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Stay Healthy

Stay Healthy offers everyday tips, practical strategies and perspectives for your health and wellness, as well as timely discussion from a variety of doctors, specialists and experts. We cover a variety of topics intended to help our patients make healthy decisions in their everyday life.

We cover topics ranging from different areas of the news, to healthy recipes that you can use at home. At Mercyhealth we believe that a lifestyle does not end when you leave the doctor’s office, and that’s why we work to make sure you have the knowledge to live the healthiest life possible.


Get your sleep patterns on a better path

Did you know around one third of Americans are sleep-deprived? Spending more time at home this past year didn’t do much to improve our sleep habits either— the pandemic actually created more sleep challenges for most of us. Establishing habits ...

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How to protect your skin against the sun

Spending time outside is a great way to be physically active, reduce stress and get vitamin D naturally. You can work and play outside without raising your skin cancer risk by protecting your skin from the sun. Most skin cancers ...

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Make breakfast a part of your routine

Did you know ... breakfast literally means to break a fast? It replenishes the energy and nutrients stored in your body after fasting for 8-10 hours during sleep. What’s more, studies have shown that eating breakfast improves your energy level ...

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The benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are safe. COVID-19 vaccines were developed using science that has been around for decades. COVID-19 vaccines are not experimental. They went through all the required stages of clinical trials. Extensive testing and monitoring has shown that these vaccines ...

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All about audiology

Audiology: What is it? An audiologist is a doctoral-level health care provider that diagnoses hearing loss and balance disorders, and provides treatment. Hearing loss is diagnosed on a scale of the degree of loss, ranging from mild to profound hearing loss. ...

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Heart attack symptoms, risk and recovery

A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, happens when a part of the heart muscle doesn’t get enough blood. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart muscle. Coronary artery ...

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Why should diabetics be concerned about their feet?

Submitted by Dr. Jakob Thorud, DPM, MS, FACFAS Diabetes can lead to many medical conditions including neuropathy (nerve damage). Elevated blood sugars can lead to damage to the peripheral nerves resulting in sensation changes to the feet. Although burning and tingling ...

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Importance of using sunscreen

Have fun in the sun, but always avoid sunburns, tanning beds and unprotected sun exposure! Sunscreen facts There is a difference between sunscreens and sunblocks. Screens have broad-spectrum protection through chemicals with names like oxybenzone or avobenzone. Although these are excellent protectors, ...

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Itchy eyes. Runny nose. It’s allergy season!

Spring is beautiful, but it's also a key time of year for seasonal allergies. As plants release pollen, millions of people with hay fever start to sniffle and sneeze. There's no cure but you can take steps to curb springtime ...

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How to spot a stroke and B.E. F.A.S.T.

A stroke, also called a brain attack, occurs when a blood clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. About 137,000 Americans die of stroke every year. Stroke is a serious medical ...

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