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 […]

Mammogram Callbacks

The Breast Center recommends annual mammograms for average risk women beginning at age 40. Usually, you have an appointment with The Breast Center, have your mammogram, receive a normal test, and forget about it for another year. In about 10% of cases, however, women will have mammogram callbacks. A mammogram callback means that The Breast […]

Understanding PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition that can develop after a traumatic event. Violence, natural disasters, and other terrifying situations can trigger PTSD, and symptoms may last for months or years and may not begin until long after the event. Feeling upset or frightened is normal after a scary or shocking experience. Individuals […]

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition with its hallmark being extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). These mood swings can affect sleep, energy, activity, judgment, behavior, and the ability to think clearly. Episodes of mood swings may occur rarely or multiple times a year. Bipolar disorder most […]

Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) may not be something you think about often, but it can have some serious consequences. The most important consequence of delayed-onset muscle soreness is a decision to give up exercise.  What is DOMS? If you work out hard one day you might have a little tightness the same day — and […]