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Hearing Health Comes to Light in October

How often do you hear someone joke, “Oh, I don’t have a hearing problem. It’s just selective hearing?”  What these people may not know is that they may be experiencing symptoms of hearing loss.  Signs and symptoms of hearing loss can go unsuspected for years before it is officially identified.  Read More »

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Could a Lung Screening Save Your Life?

In my time at the Avera Cancer Institute in Mitchell, I have seen all kinds of people walk through the door. All with different kinds of cancer, one of the hardest ones to catch early is lung cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer for both men and women. Read More »

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Women’s Health: A Screening Mammogram on Your Coffee Break?

This process sounds unusual, but it can be done! Finding time to schedule a mammogram can be difficult, especially if you live miles from the nearest mammography unit or have a busy work schedule. Thankfully, because of mobile digital mammography trucks, women are able to have a mammography unit come to them. Read More »

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Prevent Illness, Get Vaccinated!

Time has escaped me. It seems like yesterday that I was in college, struggling for grades, anticipating a career in medicine, worrying about the war in Vietnam and starting a family. I never gave a thought to my health, most likely because I enjoyed wonderful health and no one ever, ever discussed health issues or immunizations for that matter. Read More »

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Do You Hear what I Hear?!

Often times, we forget that hearing loss has an impact on more than just the person with the hearing loss. As Mark Ross, audiologist, said, “When someone in the family has a hearing loss, the entire family has a hearing problem.” Family members, spouses and friends are equally affected and frequently, these people hold the crucial responsibility of getting an individual to take action against their hearing loss. Read More »

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How Can You Reduce Health Care Insurance Costs?

What a great summer I had! I was able to travel back to Wyoming and see some old friends. This was a much needed break as I am gearing up for all the changes in health care for 2014.
My friends asked, “How does the Affordable Care Act and wellness impact health insurance?” One thing that I told them was that some employers may increase your health insurance premium up to 50-percent next year if you use tobacco. Read More »

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