Chew More, Weigh Less?

A recent study at a Japanese university found that chewing longer causes the body to use more energy. A Chinese study found that obese subjects chewed less than lean ones. A U.S. study found that intentionally chewing food more reduced the amount of food eaten without making people feel less satisfied.  It’s the latest suggestion […]

Understanding Cradle Cap

Cradle cap, or seborrheic dermatitis, is a condition of crusty or scaly patches on a baby’s head. This is not a painful condition and it is not a sign of any serious health issues. It is very common and you can usually take care of it at home.  Cradle cap doesn’t itch. It is not […]

Don’t Forget Kids’ Immunizations!

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and immunizations may be on your mind more than ever this year.  COVID-19 vaccines are on our minds this year as Northwest Arkansas sees more new cases. As of this writing, Washington County is at the Medium (yellow) level of risk though Benton County is still at the Low […]

What Does HIPAA Mean for Patients?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a law that protects your health information. This law may not have made big changes in your doctor’s behavior, but it set national standards so that all patient information is covered by the same privacy rules. Before this law was passed, different healthcare facilities […]

Welcome, Dr. Andrea Placzek!

Dr. Andrea Placzek is joining The Breast Center of Northwest Arkansas, A MANA Clinic on August 15, 2022. Dr. Placzek is fellowship trained in breast imaging. She has experience interpreting mammography images, breast MRI, and breast ultrasounds. Dr. Placzek completed her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and […]

New AAP Breastfeeding Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new set of recommendations for breastfeeding. The recommendations include two primary points: Babies should be breastfed exclusively for 6 months. Breastfeeding should be continued, with other foods introduced as supplements at 6 months, for as long as mother and baby want to continue, to 2 years or […]

Life’s Essential 8

For years, the American Heart Association has listed seven essential factors for heart health. This year, they’ve added an eighth: sleep.  There have been other updates, so it’s a good time to review the eight essential elements of good heart health. #1. Eat right Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, plant-based proteins, and […]

Good News for Lung Cancer Patients

Today is World Lung Cancer Awareness Day, and it is good to be able to report that lung cancer patients are now living longer than ever before. Although there are different survival rates for different kinds of lung cancer, the average rate reported by the American Cancer Society has increased to 26% from 23% just […]

The Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC has endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation of a new vaccine for COVID-19, the Novavax vaccine. Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine is intended for adults 18 years and older. The Novovax vaccine requires two doses, like the Pfizer vaccine. The two doses are given three to eight weeks apart. Novovax is not […]

Monkeypox vs. COVID-19

Like COVID-19, Monkeypox has been in the news lately. The two diseases don’t have much else in common. COVID-19 is very common COVID-19 is still a pandemic, common around the world. Washington County is currently at moderate risk, and some estimates figure that 60% of Americans have had the disease at some point.  There have […]