Physician Assistant’s Week

Physician Assistants are a relatively new type of healthcare professional. The category arose in the 1970s as a creative solution to doctor shortages, and now there are more than 150,000 highly trained physician assistants in the United States.  In May 2021, the American Association of Physician Assistants voted to change the title of this position […]

Welcome, Nurse Practitioner Hardin!

Nurse Practitioner Kelly Hardin has been a board-certified family nurse practitioner for more than a decade. She will work with Dr. John Nolen, Dr. Karl Haws, and Dr. Kin Hood to provide compassionate, comprehensive, quality care at MANA Family Medicine Thompson in Springdale.  Nurse Practitioner Hardin trained in Missouri and Arkansas and has worked in […]

Bananas: The World’s Favorite Fruit

Bananas are the most popular fruit in the world. This may be a little bit surprising, since they are a tropical fruit that doesn’t grow in most places. They don’t grow in most of the United States, but the average American eats 26 pounds of bananas each year.  Bananas are a fresh fruit that is […]

Flu Vaccines: 5 Things You Might Not Know

It’s time to get your flu shot! Flu season in the United States runs from October to May, and flu vaccines are available now.  This year, COVID-19 vaccines have been on our minds. But we still need to vaccinate against the flu. Millions of people get the flu each year, and thousands or tens of […]

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 […]

Southwest Bentonville Clinic Opening This Fall

MANA Family Medicine Coming to Southwest Bentonville Bentonville, AR – MANA Family Medicine plans to open a 9th location at 701 S.W. Regional Airport Drive in Bentonville on November 1, 2021. Dr. Gregory Henson has joined MANA Medical Associates and will be the primary doctor at the new southwest Bentonville clinic. The new MANA Family […]

6 Myths about Healthy Aging

September is Healthy Aging Month. This is a good time to examine some of the myths that can interfere with healthy aging. Myth #1: There’s no such thing as healthy aging — getting older means getting less healthy. Our bodies change as we get older. Skin loses elasticity, bones become weaker, and the number of […]

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 […]

Is the Keto Diet Healthy?

The keto diet is trendy– but is it healthy? What is a keto diet? A keto diet is a diet low in carbs and high in fat. The standard proportions for these macronutrients is 70% fat, 20% protein, and only 10% carbs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend getting 20 to 35% fat, […]

Healthy Breakfast 101

You might have grown up hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day…but is it? Or would you stick with liquids till lunch? And what exactly do you need for a healthy breakfast? Breakfast has become surprisingly controversial. Do you really need breakfast? Say you eat dinner around 6:00 p.m. and close […]