September Is Healthy Aging Month!

What’s involved in healthy aging? First, get rid of some myths about health and aging. 6 Myths about Healthy Aging Next, the CDC recommends a program called “10 Keys to Healthy Aging,” developed by the University of Pittsburgh.  10 Keys to Healthy Aging Lower systolic blood pressure. Track your blood pressure, and work to get […]

Lifestyle Changes for Health…and Reality

Your doctor has probably suggested some lifestyle changes for you. If you have gout, you should avoid red meat, sodas, and alcohol. If you have diabetes, you should count carbs and exercise regularly. If you’re generally healthy, you should quit smoking, get your cardio and eat your vegetables. Chances are you agree when your doctor […]

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 […]

MANA Gives to 7Hills Homeless Center

For July, MANA staff elected 7hills Homeless Center as the recipient of the MANA Gives Donation. On July 13th, the staff at MANA Family Medicine in South Fayetteville presented a check for $2,300 to Haley Wood, the Development Director, at 7hills. Haley said receiving this donation “was a nice surprise.” When asked how 7hills would […]

Popcorn: The Perfect Snack

When it comes to healthy snacks, popcorn has a lot going for it. It’s a whole grain, with more fiber per serving than whole wheat bread. It has a higher level of polyphenols — powerful antioxidants — than fresh fruits and vegetables. It contains small amounts of B vitamins, iron, and magnesium. It’s more filling […]

DNA and Your Diet, 23andMe, Genebase, and many more companies will send you a kit that lets you take a DNA sample and mail it in. In return, they send you an estimate of your ancestry showing where your forebears lived and, depending on the company, a variety of other information. You might discover that your sweet tooth […]

Spice Up Your Diet!

Spicy food feels just right for summer, when fiery tacos, saucy curries, and peppery pasta are on the menu. You might not realize that spicy food also has health benefits.  Spice and your metabolism Hot spices, including ginger, red peppers, and even cinnamon, can rev up your metabolism. This can make it easier to lose […]

4 Surprising Things that Affect Blood Pressure

What affects blood pressure? You may already know that regular exercise and eating right can help keep blood pressure low. You probably realize that smokers are likely to have high blood pressure. But you may not know about some other factors that can affect blood pressure. Here are four items that might surprise you. How […]

Did TikTok Tell You You’re Depressed?

About 7% of American adults suffer from depression, and 18% from anxiety, according to a research paper from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. If you watch a few #sad or #depressed videos on TikTok, though, the platform may serve up nearly 100% sad content for you. What you watch, share, like, and follow […]

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Each year, the last full week of April is a special time to honor medical laboratory professionals who dedicate their lives to helping others. Lab professionals provide as much as 70% of the information doctors use for diagnosis. This year, we would like to recognize MANA lab professionals for their hard work and sacrifice. “Thank […]