Minnesota winters and frostbite risks

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Dec 18, 2014 12:17:36 PM

How to identify and prevent frostbite 

When the temperature drops below zero, our Minnesota weather can go from uncomfortable to downright dangerous. If your skin or body tissues are exposed to cold temperature long enough, you risk getting frostbite, which is a form of tissue damage. Everyone is at risk, so it’s important to be able to identify and prevent frostbite

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Foods to keep you healthy during the winter

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Dec 16, 2014 11:33:00 AM

Healthy winter foods to avoid illness

Winter in Minnesota is a great time for warm recipes and comfort foods, but if you’re also thinking about eating foods to stay healthy during winter, you’re on the right track. A healthy diet can help your body fight off winter illnesses, but getting enough vitamins in your diet isn't always easy. (Supplements are another way to incorporate important vitamins and ensure overall health.)

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When should I call the doctor?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Dec 11, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Winter survival guide: what to do when you're sick

It’s winter in Minnesota, so the cold and flu season is upon us. And although colds are common, so are many questions, like “how long should I stay home from work?” and “when should I call the doctor?”

Both the flu and the common cold are respiratory infections caused by viruses. Typical cold symptoms include stuffy or runny nose and sneezing, though you may also have a headache, cough or sore throat. The flu is usually worse and lasts longer, with additional symptoms such as body aches. Either can cause a fever, which is actually a sign that your body is fighting back.

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Winter survival guide: All about flu shots

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Dec 9, 2014 1:47:00 PM

Frequently asked questions about the flu and vaccines

‘Tis the season for coughs, colds and questions about the flu. In this winter survival guide, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the flu – and the flu shot.

Every year, millions of Americans come down with influenza, or the flu. About 36,000 of them die from the flu or related complications, which can include pneumonia or brain infection. Pneumonia is a serious respiratory infection and a serious consequence of influenza in particular. This is one of the reasons the flu shot is so important.

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Do I have a cold or the flu?

Posted by Dr. Nina Hamza on Dec 4, 2014 12:42:00 PM

Surviving seasonal illnesses

Winters in Minnesota are rough, there’s no denying it. There’s the snow shoveling, slippery roads, incredibly short days, but also the colds, coughs and the flu. So, just in time for your sore throats and sneezes, Dr. Nina Hamza offers these tips to help you cope with seasonal illnesses.

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Where do I find credible answers to my women's health questions?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Dec 2, 2014 12:02:06 PM

Women's health questions answered: best online sources 

This is the final article in our 10-part blog series addressing a variety of women’s health myths with the help of Andraya Huldeen, MD. Dr. Huldeen is an OB/GYN at Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics, and she says word-of-mouth and the Internet are two of the most common culprits when it comes to spreading these health myths.

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Does the morning-after pill cause abortion?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Nov 26, 2014 12:56:02 PM

Myths and facts about the morning-after pill and IUDs

Welcome back to our blog series about women’s health myths. This is the ninth article in our 10-part series, and focuses on two contraception myths. In this article, Andraya Huldeen, MD will again address myths about women’s health, as she has in earlier articles. Dr. Huldeen is an OB/GYN at Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics.

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Topics: Women's Health

“I’m not depressed, I’m anxious”

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Nov 24, 2014 1:30:11 PM

Myths about depression in women

Have you ever said to yourself, “I’m not depressed, I’m anxious”? Well, you could be right, or you may be truly depressed. The answer for women is often more difficult to determine than it is with men. Andraya Huldeen, MD, who has addressed several women’s health myths in previous articles, says the answer for women is often more difficult to determine than it is with men. Dr. Huldeen is an OB/GYN at Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics. 

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I don't feel like having sex; is there something wrong with my libido?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Nov 20, 2014 1:20:00 PM

Myths about libido and women's sexual dysfunction

If you’re a woman and you don’t feel like having sex, it’s common to think that something’s wrong with you. But before you continue to stress about it, you should know that low libido is the most common type of female sexual dysfunction. Andraya Huldeen, MD, who has addressed several women’s health myths in previous articles, says low libido is likely to strike at some point in every woman’s life. Dr. Huldeen is an OB/GYN at Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics, and she estimates that she discusses low libido with at least one patient every day.

This is the seventh article in our blog series about women’s health myths, in which Dr. Huldeen discusses the reality of libido and sexual dysfunction in women.

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Is women's hormone therapy harmful?

Posted by Andraya J. Huldeen, MD on Nov 18, 2014 11:15:28 AM

Myths about hormones and tips for managing menopause

Women who want to take an active, thoughtful role in their own health care are often concerned about the possible dangers of hormones in treating symptoms of menopause. So what’s the real story here? Andraya Huldeen, MD, an OB/GYN at Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics, has been helping us explore various women’s health myths in a 10-part blog series.

In this post, we clarify the myth that hormones are dangerous, and offer some tips to deal with hot flashes, as well.   

No need to suffer in silence.

If menopausal symptoms are compromising your quality of life, Dr. Huldeen encourages you to talk to your doctor about treatment options. “We have hormonal and non-hormonal options,” she notes. “Hormones do have some risks, but they are not nearly as significant as many patients think.”

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Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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