Health Topics Information

Health Topics

Nutrition in Pregnancy

What do you think of when asked about food and nutrition? For some, they may think of the fact that it is necessary to survive on a day to day basis. Others may think about their favorite meal. And for others yet, they may think about how difficult it is to manage some of their cravings and how it relates to having a healthy diet. Whatever your thoughts may be, these thoughts are still there in pregnancy and may even become another thing to worry about as one goes through the pregnancy.

Concussions and Youth Sports

With the start of summer comes many youth sports programs and activities. While there are numerous benefits to a child athlete participating in sports - such as physical conditioning, goal orientation and learning to work as a team player - team sports are not without risk. In the United States, an estimated 300,000 concussions are thought to occur in sports each year, second only to motor vehicle accidents in cause of brain injury in people 15-24 (Source: Journal of Athletic Training).

Psychological Effects of Stroke

Nearly 800,000 people in the United States suffer from a stroke each year. Approximately 34 percent of individuals hospitalized for a stroke are under the age of 65. Although the cause may differ, there are some common psychological and emotional changes that can happen after experiencing a stroke. Some of the most common psychological difficulties include a feeling of apathy, depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and irritability.

It’s Time to Move

Congratulations you have survived another winter in North Dakota! If you are like most you have experienced a significant decline in your physical activity over the past five to six months. The side effects of this reduced activity include mild to moderate weight gain, decreased flexibility, decreased muscle strength, higher fat diets, and a decrease in the quality of your sleep. Well enough of that. It is time to move! And it is so simple.

Spring Allergies

Spring Allergies

When will symptoms of spring allergies begin?
Spring seems ready to burst forth in the very near future. Individuals with seasonal allergies will start to notice symptoms soon. Symptoms from seasonal allergies can vary dependent on which season you are more sensitive too. In certain areas Spring allergies can start as early as February.

Meningitis - Symptoms and Prevention

While many of us parents are in the midst of helping our families fight cold and flu germs this time of year, we should all be aware of another potential illness that can affect our children.  Meningitis, while less common than a cold or stomach bug, can be very serious for children from infanthood through young adult years.


Newborns and Vitamin K

As an expectant mother, you inevitably will have several forms to fill out and information to take in during and after your baby’s delivery at the hospital.  Being prepared for some of the common questions can make your time in the hospital less stressful.

One routine injection given to your newborn is vitamin K. In the moment, many parents are not sure what the vitamin K shot is, and why it is recommended.

Below are some helpful questions and answers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that can help inform you ahead of time:

Rhabdomyolysis and Extreme Exercise

In today's busy world, you may find yourself cramming in a few intense work-out sessions here and there around your hectic schedule.  You might have joined a fitness class or started a video work-out program designed to push your body to its limits, all in the name of burning the most calories in the shortest amount of time possible.  If this sounds like you, there’s a rare but serious condition you should be aware of: Rhabdomyolysis, or “Rhabdo” for short.