How Heat Affects Brain Health

We’re expecting a hot summer here in Northwest Arkansas! Excessive heat can have health effects, especially for more vulnerable populations like young children. High temperatures can also affect brain health. How can you prepare for the hot weather and stay safe? Heat and the brain Our brains don’t function as well in very hot weather. […]

Why We Need National Men’s Health Month

We have lots of special months for special groups of people, from National Breastfeeding Month to Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. But men are not an underserved population, so why do they need a special Men’s Health Month? Men are statistically more prone to certain conditions, such as heart disease, prostate cancer, and mental health […]

The Hidden Crisis of Loneliness

By Randall Staley, MD Impacting Health, Happiness, and Society Loneliness is a problem for many Americans, affecting not only their physical health and mental well-being but also society as a whole. In our fast-paced and interconnected world, it’s easy to assume loneliness is a rare phenomenon. However, the reality is far from it. Loneliness has […]

Welcome, Holly Rogers!

Holly Rogers, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, has joined the MANA team at Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic, specializing in Pulmonary Medicine. Nurse Rogers has been serving as a nurse in Northwest Arkansas since 2005. She completed her BS in Nursing at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and took her Master of Nursing at UAMS in Little Rock.  She participated […]

Is Antiperspirant Dangerous?

There has been a lot of debate on the use of antiperspirants and their potential health risks. Some people believe that certain chemicals in antiperspirants, such as aluminum, can accumulate in the body and cause kidney damage or breast cancer over time. However, current research does not support the idea that antiperspirants can cause kidney […]

How Does a Bone Density Scan Feel?

As you get older, your primary care physician will suggest that you have a bone density test, also known as a DEXA scan. This test checks your bones for osteoporosis. Women over 65 should generally get a bone density test every two years. Men over 70 should talk with their doctors about whether they might […]

Mental Health Month

Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) is kicking off Mental Health Awareness Month with a message: mental health is an essential part of a person’s whole health. MANA physicians, providers, and nurses across 25 locations are wearing a green lapel pin this month to increase awareness of the importance of mental health as part of […]

MANA Nurses Featured in Our Health Magazine

Several nurses from MANA were featured in the May 2023 issue of Our Health Magazine, a publication of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Karla Johnson, LPN Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic, a MANA Clinic Karla Johnson is a licensed practical nurse and Patient Care Manager at Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic, A MANA Clinic. Karla wanted to become a nurse […]

Poor Sleep Habits Increase Risk of Asthma

Sleep problems tend to go with asthma; patients and doctors alike have known this for some time. New research, however, suggests that poor sleep habits can actually increase the risk of developing asthma.  A large-scale, long-term study examined sleep habits and genetic vulnerability to asthma. Researchers followed 455,405 individuals with high, medium, or low genetic […]

Clarifying Health Effects of Moderate Alcohol Consumption

One of the challenging facts about alcohol consumption is that observational studies find moderate drinkers live longer than heavy drinkers — and also live longer than people who abstain completely.  One possible conclusion was that moderate consumption of alcohol is good for us. Is that true? Another explanation Recent research has noted that studies of […]