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Is It Depression?

All of us feel blue, sad, hopeless, or listless at times.  When these feelings become a major aspect of our lives, and consume our thinking and behavior, help is needed.

Depression is a very common mental health disorder, affecting all age groups and genders.  Willpower alone will neither prevent depression, nor will it “cure” depression.
Causes of depression range from low levels of brain chemicals, poor coping skills, overwhelming life situations, substance abuse, chronic pain, to possibly an inherited predisposition to the disease.
A healthy life style can build a foundation for mental health.  Measures like healthy nutrition, adequate sleep and rest combined with exercise can help ward off depression.
Speak with your healthcare provider if you persistently feel down or are poorly functioning.  Some physical causes can mimic the symptoms of depression.  Together with your healthcare provider you can decide on the best treatment options to once again return you to your best [ ... ]

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Snorting and Sneezing… Does My Child Need an Antibiotic?

By Mary Jo Ytzen, ARNP

Most illnesses are caused by two kinds of germs: bacteria or viruses.  Antibiotics can cure a bacterial infection but not a viral infection.  Bacteria cause strep throat, some pneumonia and sinus infections; viruses cause the common cold, most coughs and the flu.  Yellow or green mucus from the nose may not mean your child has a bacterial infection. During a viral cold it is normal for mucus to get thick and change color.

Antibiotics should not be used to treat the common cold, runny noses and most coughs.  Children fight off these viral illnesses on their own.  Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can cause some bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic. Resistant bacteria are stronger and harder to kill and can stay in your child’s body and can cause severe illnesses which may require stronger treatment and a possible stay in the hospital.

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November is Diabetes Education Month

By: Marvel Blazek, ARNP

When a person has diabetes, the food he or she eats cannot be used for energy because
the body is not making enough of the hormone, insulin, OR the insulin the person has is
not working the way it should. Insulin is made in the pancreas, an organ that lies behind
the stomach.

Most food is broken down into a form of sugar called glucose. Sugar is the body’s main
source of energy. As sugar enters the bloodstream, the amount of sugar in the blood
rises. Normally the body reacts to the rise in blood sugar by signaling the pancreas to
send insulin into the bloodstream. Insulin helps sugar leave the bloodstream and enter
the cells. To understand how insulin works, think of a cell as a house with many locked
doors. Insulin is the key that unlocks the doors and lets sugar leave the bloodstream and
enter the cells.

When a person has diabetes, the pancreas makes [ ... ]

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National Nurse Practitioner Week – November 13th – 19th

As the healthcare provider shortage crisis looms, nurse practitioners offer the high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered services needed to help solve the increasing demand for healthcare in the United States.

Nurse practitioners are licensed, expert clinicians with advanced training who provide primary, acute and specialty healthcare services. They work as a partner with their patients, helping them make educated healthcare decisions on healthy lifestyle choices.

Adair County is fortunate to have three nurse practitioners on staff at the Adair County Medical Clinics. Kathleen Nelson, ARNP is located at the Fontanelle Clinic, Marvel Blazek, ARNP is at the Greenfield Clinic and Mary Jo Ytzen, and ARNP is at the Stuart Clinic.

National Nurse Practitioner Week (November 13th – November 19th) is a time to celebrate these unique healthcare providers.

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