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Health matters: Finding cancer early can save lives

Health matters: Finding cancer early can save lives

Many of us are preoccupied with our own struggles. But in October, the color pink forces us to realize just how many lives are caught up in the struggle against breast cancer.

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Health matters: Healthy aging equals increasing number of life changes

Health matters: Healthy aging equals increasing number of life changes

Feeling great and staying healthy is important at any age. As you grow older, you experience an increasing number of life changes. These changes may include new careers or retirement, kids growing up and leaving home, the loss of family and friends, and noticeable physical changes. Learning …

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HEALTH MATTERS: Get Ready Yellowstone County: Be prepared

HEALTH MATTERS: Get Ready Yellowstone County: Be prepared

Disaster often strikes without warning. It might be a natural disaster or one involving hazardous chemicals or infectious diseases. In an emergency or widespread disaster, police, fire, rescue and other first responders may not always be able to reach you quickly. You may have to take care o…

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Health matters: Viral hepatitis ranges from mild to deadly

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. While it can be caused by drugs or alcohol use, it’s commonly caused by a virus. Chronic cases of viral hepatitis can lead to life-threatening diseases, including a scarring of the liver called cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer.

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HEALTH MATTERS: Plenty of work behind scenes to make food safe at MontanaFair

HEALTH MATTERS: Plenty of work behind scenes to make food safe at MontanaFair

As a child, MontanaFair meant carnival lights, concert music and the tantalizing smell of food on the midway. Since becoming a registered sanitarian at RiverStone Health, when I think about the fair, I think about food safety.

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Little hearts can have big problems

Parents are thrilled to welcome a new baby into the world. But if that baby arrives with a life-threatening condition, it can be one of the scariest times in a parent’s life.

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Health Matters: Women, follow these 10 tips to stay healthy

In today’s fast-paced society, it’s difficult for women to balance family life, work life and self care. But if we’re not taking good care of ourselves, we won’t be able to take care of our responsibilities at home, work or school. In recognition of Women’s Health and Fitness Day today, here…

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Hand washing the most effective way to prevent spread of germs

In many ways, your health is in your hands.

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Health Matters: Prevention the best way to address obesity epidemic

The growing obesity epidemic has been a hot topic in the United States, and for good reason. In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that medical care costs of obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases totaled about $147 billion. That estimate does not take into …

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Health Matters: Annual HIV test day promotes knowledge

In March and April, six new positive HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) tests were reported in Yellowstone County.

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Health Matters: Proper medication use sometimes overlooked in health care

Jack suffered a heart attack a few years ago. Now he is not only concerned about how he feels, but he also worries about the costs and side effects of his medications. He takes a combination of medications — drugs for fluid retention, blood pressure, heart function and high cholesterol. He a…

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Health Matters: Be prepared; Disasters happen anywhere, anytime

We’ve faced some unusual and frightening situations this summer. It’s felt like the summer of perpetual storms that have claimed lives and caused a whirlwind of destruction across our state. A tornado touched down in Billings for the first time in decades.

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Health Matters: 5,500 Montanans will start battle with cancer this year

Cancer. It’s safe to assume that each one of us has been affected in some way by this burden and tragedy. No one is immune from cancer, and you never know when it might turn your world upside down.

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Health Matters: Families can have festive Fourth without injuries

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and with it comes food, fun and fireworks.

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Health Matters: Montana summers more enjoyable when you’re safe

The sun is out (finally) and it’s time to gear up for another Montana summer. For many this means getting outside to enjoy the natural playground provided by our beautiful state. Whether you plan to hit the trails, rivers, roads or just the neighborhood pool, here are a few tips to keep safe…

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Health Matters: Planning is key to economical eating

We all know that we should eat healthy foods, but can we afford it? By planning ahead and shopping for sales, it’s possible to eat right and save money at the same time.

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Health Matters: Home health care has real benefits

Research shows that when it comes to physical and mental well-being, there is no place like home. Receiving medical care in the home gives an individual a sense of control, satisfaction and independence.

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Health Matters: Keep food safety atop your holiday list

No matter how you celebrate the holiday season, it more than likely includes a spread of delicious food. Holiday traditions are often defined by what you eat. Whether it’s ham or turkey, pumpkin pie or apple pie, the big meal is a much-anticipated part of any holiday gathering. Making sure y…

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Health Matters: RiverStone Health takes flu seriously

While the first case of seasonal influenza has yet to be reported in Yellowstone County or in the state, it’s only a matter of time. Typically, seasonal influenza makes an appearance in December or January, peaks in the ensuing months, and continues to be reported into April.

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