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  • “Bee” Careful! What To Do If You Get Stung

    Dr. Meagan Vermeulen

    Unless you are allergic to the venom of bees, wasps, or hornets, you probably won’t need to see your family doctor if you get stung. A sting will be painful and annoying, but otherwise pretty harmless. Most of my patients only have mild

  • “Why do I smoke?" Quiz

    Knowing why you smoke might be the answer to quitting for good.

  • "Do I Want to Quit?" Quiz

    Learn how you feel about smoking and how you can use this information to help you quit.

  • Baby receives vaccine

    A Family Doctor Responds to New Study on Vaccines and Aluminum

    A new study released in late September shows a possible association between exposure to aluminum found in some childhood vaccinations and the development of persistent asthma in young children. A study like this may cause parents to have questions about routine vaccinations for their

  • Illustration of a human body with close-ups of a normal aorta and one with an abdominal aortic aneurysm

    Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

    Sometimes an area of a blood vessel wall will get weak. It can start to swell like a balloon and…

  • Abdominal Pain (Stomach Pain), Long-term

    Ongoing or recurrent abdominal pain (stomach pain), also called chronic pain, may be difficult to diagnose, causing frustration for both…

  • Abdominal Pain (Stomach Pain), Short-term

    Just about everyone has had a “stomachache” at one time or another. But sudden severe abdominal pain (stomach pain), also…

  • Patient getting ultrasound

    Abdominal Ultrasound

    An abdominal ultrasound is an imaging test that allows a doctor to look inside your abdomen (belly).

  • A woman talking to her doctor

    Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

    Abnormal uterine bleeding is any heavy or unusual bleeding from the uterus (through your vagina). It can occur at any…

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  • Abusive Head Trauma

    Abusive head trauma (shaken baby syndrome) is a form of child abuse that can be deadly or leave a baby…

  • A red tractor plowing a field

    Accessing Care in Rural Communities

    Most of us can find a doctor or a hospital nearby. Rural residents struggle to find health care in their towns and counties. Some people have to drive an hour or more to find the nearest doctor or hospital. There are other barriers, too

  • ACL Injury

    An ACL injury is the overstretching or tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament in your knee. It is a common…

  • Acne

    Acne is a common skin condition. It causes bumps on the skin known as pimples to appear on the face…

  • A close-up of a young woman who has cystic acne covering her jawline

    Acne | Isotretinoin

    Isotretinoin is a medicine used to treat very bad acne and it has certain side effects to consider.

  • Acute Bronchitis

    Acute bronchitis is a contagious viral infection that causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes (the airways that carry air into…

  • Added Sugar: What You Need To Know

    Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that provides calories for your body to use as energy. There are two main types…

  • Stethoscope resting on black chalkboard with the words Addison’s Disease

    Addison’s Disease

    Addison’s disease is a condition that affects your body’s adrenal glands. It interferes with your body’s ability to produce certain…