Holiday Plans and COVID-19

Updated December 10, 2020 It’s time to make holiday plans — but COVID-19 can make that difficult. Here is some expert advice to help.  Avoid travel The safest option is not to travel this year. Put off your holiday travels until next year, when the virus should be under better control. There may be cases […]

Ways to Prevent Respiratory Illness

The world is still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. For months you’ve heard that wearing a mask, washing your hands, and avoiding close contact with others (maintaining six feet of distance) can help slow the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19. There are other diseases and illnesses that can affect our respiratory tract, and we tend […]

Flu Shot Locations

During the pandemic, it is more important than ever to get your flu shot to stay healthy. MANA physicians and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend you get a flu vaccine as early as possible this year. According to the CDC, the flu vaccine has been shown to: prevent flu illnesses prevent doctor visits […]

Understanding Type 1 Diabetes

There is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes, and the exact causes of the disease are not known. Also known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes affects children and adults, and it can be diagnosed at any age. There is no cure for the disease, but long-term management helps people with type 1 diabetes […]

New COVID-19 Testing Priorities in Northwest Arkansas

As of July 2, 2020, due to an increased testing demand and a national shortage in the COVID-19 testing reagent and supplies, the Northwest Arkansas health care community needs to prioritize COVID-19 viral testing for people who meet certain criteria.  MANA Clinics will offer COVID-19 viral testing according to the new criteria outlined below:  Symptomatic […]

COVID-19 Testing at MANA

There are different types of tests for Coronavirus Disease 19, including diagnostic viral tests and antibody tests. Your doctor will help you determine which type of test is right for you.  Diagnostic Tests  Who should consider a diagnostic COVID-19 test? If you meet the criteria below, contact your physician.  If you have symptoms: cough shortness […]

CDC Recommends Cloth Face Masks in Public

The CDC is now recommending wearing cloth face masks in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We are asking you to please wear your mask to the clinic if you have an appointment. Mask Wearing 101: Learn more about the types of masks and how to wear one effectively! Learn how to make […]

FirstCare Family Doctors Will Change Name To MANA Family Medicine in 2020

After 20 years of being part of MANA, FirstCare Family Doctors will be rebranding to MANA Family Medicine in January 2020. The physicians, ownership, and services will remain the same at the seven family medicine clinics in Northwest Arkansas, but the blue sun logo will change to the MANA family of faces logo on all […]

What’s Causing Your Back Pain?

Eighty percent of adults experience lower back pain at some point. Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability and one of the most common reasons for employees missing work. Maybe you do the same movements all day long working at a factory, or you spend your day lifting heavy furniture for a […]

Biggest Health Risks of Sedentary Living

What does a normal day look like for you? Maybe you have a long commute to and from the office, where you spend your day sitting behind a desk. After work, you drive the kids to practices, and when you finally get home, you’re exhausted, so you sit and relax in front of a screen. […]