COPD Awareness Month

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, makes breathing difficult for 16 million Americans. COPD is a progressive, chronic lung condition that can include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is the #3 cause of death in the United States. What is COPD? Smoking is the most common cause of COPD. About 75% of people diagnosed with […]

7 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Some 5.8 million Americans suffer from this form of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder, but 80% of respondents to a recent survey believed that dementia is a normal part of aging. That makes it easy to overlook the early signs. How can you tell if a […]

COVID-19 Booster Shots

Updated November 16,2021 If you’re fully vaccinated, should you plan to get a COVID-19 booster shot? In Arkansas, booster shots are now available for anyone age 18+. The FDA recommends booster shots for people who have received the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Jannsen COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible individuals may choose which booster shot they take, […]

National Respiratory Care Week

October 24-31, 2021, is National Respiratory Care Week. Since 1983, this week has been an opportunity to spread the word about lung health and respiratory health conditions. It’s also our opportunity to celebrate MANA Respiratory Therapists Clyde Nichols, Shauna Roughton, Art Middleton, and Gail Carr. (RT Linda Bessinger not pictured.) In 1983, cigarette smoking was […]

Understanding Your Health Metrics

How healthy are you? Whether you rely on your doctor to measure them for you, use an app, or get your results at work, you might have quite a collection of measurements of your health. But what do these health metrics mean? Here are a few of the most commonly tracked health metrics. Weight More […]

Get to Know Your Kidneys

15% of American adults are estimated to have kidney disease, but 90% of them don’t know it.  Kidneys filter your blood — about 200 quarts each, every day. Small blood vessels called the glomerulus allow water, waste, and small particles to pass into the tubule. Nutrition from the filtered blood is absorbed by the body […]

Increase Your Energy

Author Scott Adams suggested that personal energy should be the main metric we use to measure how well our lives are going. We all have lots of demands on our time and lots of different priorities. How can we juggle all those priorities and make sure we do the most important things first? “The way […]

COVID-19 Vaccine 3rd Dose

There is a lot of talk about getting a 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. People are wondering if the vaccine they received in March will protect them from the Delta variant that is spreading in Northwest Arkansas and around the world. According to the CDC, the COVID-19 vaccines are working very well at helping protect […]

Understanding Brain Tumors

A brain tumor is a mass of abnormal cells growing inside the brain. Brain tumors may be cancerous or benign. Either way, the brain doesn’t have extra space available for tumors to expand. This means that they can be life-threatening.  Primary brain tumors begin inside the brain. They are often benign. Secondary brain tumors come […]

What’s an EKG?

EKG (or ECG) stands for electrocardiogram: a picture of the electrical signal of your heart. It’s a fast and painless test that gives an expert information about the activity of your heart. The machine used for an EKG is an EKG machine or ECG machine. It doesn’t send electricity into your body or create any […]