All posts filed under: Health Tips

Which Birth Control Method is Right for Me? (Infographic)

Whether you choose birth control to prevent unintended pregnancy or for its other benefits (lighter periods and acne management among them), finding the best method can be confusing. According to Dr. Audrey Roberts at our Women’s Center at McKay Dee Hospital, the best choice for each woman depends on which benefits are most important to her. She says “choosing birth control is kind of like choosing the perfect running shoes. Maybe insole support is important to you, or maybe your shoes need to be the right color or style. Perhaps you prefer lightweight materials and minimal support—we all have different preferences.”

When Is a Mole Concerning?

Most people have a few moles that have grown with them since childhood. A mole can appear anywhere on the body and mole patterns are usually determined by genetics, sun exposure, or a combination of the two. Many of us have wondered at some point if our moles are harmless or if they may need to be examined. Nancy Shina, Dermatology Nurse Practitioner, shares some insight about when a mole may be concerning.

CPR: Differences for Adults and Children

If you were with someone and they went into cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? If you’ve had CPR training, your answer is likely an immediate “Yes.” However, if you have never gone through training, or you’re a little rusty, you may hesitate. The truth is, anyone can do CPR. It is a relatively simple procedure that can be performed quite easily – and it could save a life.

How to Communicate More Effectively with Your Doctor

The relationship with a healthcare provider is a very personal one that’s built on trust and open communication. Whether you’re visiting your primary care doctor of 10 years or a specialist for a new problem, you need to feel comfortable discussing your health and confide in their care.  In turn, your provider should listen to you, offer feedback, and give options that allow you to take an active role in your own healthcare. 

Is It a Cold or the Flu? (Infographic)

When you or your child wakes up with chills, aches, a runny nose, or a fever, sometimes it’s tricky to discern if it’s a cold or the flu. Proper treatment begins with understanding the symptoms that differentiate a cold from the flu. A cold is a mild respiratory illness that can keep you ill for a few days, while the flu is a virus that may last a few days to even weeks.

6 Ways Owning a Pet Is Good for Your Health (+ CONTEST ENTRY)

Has owning a pet improved your health? Share your experience with us for a chance to win a $50 Petco gift card! ENTER OUR CONTEST HERE At mealtimes, you pile your plate with vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. You visit the gym as often as you can. You even get a physical every year. But, sometimes you still wonder what more you can do to boost your health. If you can relate to this scenario, the answer might be as simple as adopting a pet from your local animal shelter. While you may be skeptical if owning a pet can actually improve your health, the correlations below are pretty compelling. Owning a Pet Diminishes Symptoms of Depression According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people spanning all ages around the world suffer from depression. In fact, this serious mental health problem is the leading cause of disability globally. Spending quality time with a pet can elevate the levels of the mood enhancing neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in your brain. Pets can also give …