It’s Not Too Late If You Have Prediabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 84 million American adults have prediabetes — that’s more than one-third of U.S. adults. The real surprise is that 90% of people with prediabetes do not know they have it. The good news about prediabetes is that you still have time to make changes in your […]

Do You Still Need Your Flu Vaccine Late in Flu Season?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you get a flu shot as soon as the flu vaccine becomes available. Getting your flu shot as early as possible provides the best protection for you and for those around you. Ideally, you should get the flu vaccine before November before flu season is in […]

Heart Disease Risk Factors

Someone dies in the U.S. every 37 seconds from heart disease, according to the CDC. The term “heart disease” refers to many different diseases and health conditions that affect the heart, including cardiovascular disease, arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, and heart failure. Knowing heart disease risk factors can help you understand your own risk, lower your […]

Dr. Benafield of Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics Voted the Best

Dr. Laureen Benafield of Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics has been chosen by readers of Celebrate Arkansas for the Very Best Awards.    Dr. Laureen Benafield joined MANA’s Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics in September of 2000. She is board certified in Pediatrics by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Laureen Benafield was voted as one of the Best […]

Can You Reduce Cancer Risk?

There is no guaranteed way to prevent all types of cancer. However, more than a third of cancers are preventable, and there are things that you can do to reduce your risk for developing certain cancers. Don’t use tobacco Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide, and between 80-90% of lung cancer deaths […]

Trampoline Park Safety

Between 2008 and 2017, trampoline injuries increased by nearly 4% each year. The odds of getting an injury at a trampoline park, however, increased by more than 30%. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against letting kids use a trampoline. If kids use trampolines, the AAP would rather see them on a trampoline at school, […]

Different Uses for Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, is a type of medical imaging that allows physicians to examine what’s going on inside your body in a way that is safe, comfortable, and non-invasive. MANA provides medical imaging services — including ultrasound — at American College of Radiology accredited facilities in Northwest Arkansas. Unlike other types of […]

MANA Urgent Care or ER?

Deciding where to get appropriate medical care can sometimes be hard when unexpected symptoms arise.  The emergency room is the obvious place for possible life-threatening emergencies. It’s not always clear, however, whether you should go to the ER or an urgent care clinic if you are unsure what is going on.  Walk-in urgent care clinics […]

Blue Light and Your Kids

Parents have plenty of reasons to worry about screen time, from cyber-bullies to Instagram-induced low self-esteem. Should you also be worrying about blue light and HEV rays? Digital eyestrain Different light sources have different wavelengths and levels of energy. Blue light, which is the most common kind coming from computer, smartphone, and tablet screens, has […]

Small Changes You Can Make to Improve Your Health

Are you thinking about starting a trendy new diet or picking up a grueling fitness regimen? It’s good to make decisions to improve your health. Making radical changes in your life can be intimidating; it can be difficult to maintain a new lifestyle, and it’s discouraging if you can’t stick with it. You don’t have […]