Summer skin care: sunscreen and skin cancer

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on May 21, 2015 2:13:00 PM

Protect your skin from the summer sun 

By now we all know that exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin cancer. UV rays are dangerous year round, and even when it’s cloudy or hazy. But did you know that the danger is greatest closer to the start of summer? That makes right now the ideal time to review all of the information about sunscreen and skin cancer.

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Topics: Wellness

How can I protect my skin to age gracefully?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on May 19, 2015 4:12:00 PM

Why skin changes as we age, and how to protect it 

Protecting your skin will help you age as gracefully as possible. It’s a process that should start early and become part of your ongoing lifestyle. After all, your skin does more than cover your body, so protecting it will provide benefits that go deeper than your appearance.

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Topics: Wellness

What should you do about bug bites and bee stings?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on May 14, 2015 11:21:00 AM

Enjoy more of Minnesota's summer by preparing for bugs and bees

The joys of working and playing outdoors in Minnesota can be diminished by concerns about bee stings, bug bites or mosquitoes.

So, here are a few suggestions to help you enjoy the spring and summer seasons with less pain and itching.

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What you should know about spring allergies

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on May 12, 2015 3:14:00 PM

Treatments and causes for common spring allergies 

Spring is such a beautiful and welcome time of year in Minnesota. Unfortunately, spring allergies in Minnesota are expected to be worse than usual this year, thanks to our comparatively mild winter. Pollen counts are up, and your symptoms will be up, too, if they haven’t kicked-in already.It's a shame to suffer through the season simplybecause you have allergies. Here’s what you should know about spring allergies in Minnesota, so you can actually enjoy the season.

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Topics: Wellness

Know your Ologies

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on May 7, 2015 2:04:00 PM

Understanding medical specialties in Minnesota 

Although it’s important to choose a primary care provider as your initial go-to resource when you’re sick or injured or have wellness questions, it is also beneficial to know about medical specialties in Minnesota. At some point, your doctor may recommend seeing a specialist, or you may experience symptoms that make you wonder if you should consult a specialist directly. Here is a rundown on some of the more prominent medical specialties in Minnesota. Since many of these have names with the same ending, we call them our “Ologies”:  

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Topics: Primary Care

Do you need an internal medicine doctor?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on May 5, 2015 4:34:23 PM

How to choose the right kind of primary care physician 

What, exactly, is an internal medicine doctor? Don’t almost all medical doctors treat your “insides?” While that simple statement might be true, different types of physicians approach care a little differently and treat different types of patients. Many people don’t realize that primary care physicians can specialize, just like orthopedic surgeons or dermatologists.

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Topics: Primary Care

What’s the difference between a family physician and an internist?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Apr 30, 2015 2:13:00 PM

Understanding the roles of primary care physicians 

Finding a health care provider with whom you can develop a trusting, long-term relationship is one of the best steps you can take toward improving your health and well-being. It’s a very personal decision, and there are a number of factors to consider. First, though, you need to decide what type of primary care provider you'd like to have – so it’s important to understand the difference between a family physician and an internal medicine doctor.

A family medicine or primary care provider can be your go-to doctor for non-emergency services. Primary care providers can be general practitioners, nurse practitioners or physician assistants. The latter two have a different level of training and certification, which varies by state.

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Topics: Primary Care

What is a Doctor of Osteopathy?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Apr 28, 2015 3:48:00 PM

Reasons to Consider Choosing a Doctor of Osteopathy

Not all doctors have an “MD” after their name. Some have the credentials “DO,” which stands for Doctor of Osteopathy. These physicians are commonly called osteopaths. If you’re looking for a new primary care provider, you might want to consider a Doctor of Osteopathy. In this article we'll explain the difference between an osteopathic physician and an MD, and how to decide which doctor is right for you.

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How do you start an exercise program?

Posted by Dr. Nina Hamza on Apr 23, 2015 2:47:00 PM

One doctor's tips to start an exercise program

When the first days of spring finally arrives, I often feel like a bear coming out of hibernation. In winter, I marvel at those people riding their bikes or going for a jog in -30 degree weather. I am most definitely not one of those people.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

Understanding Colon Screening

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Apr 21, 2015 11:27:00 AM

What To Expect From A Colonoscopy

If you’re a middle-aged or older adult, we hope you’ve been following Ridgeview’s series about colon cancer, for one very important reason: the American Cancer Society says as many as 60 percent of deaths related to colon cancer could be prevented if everyone age 50 or older had a regular colon screening. In the final article of this series, we’ll explain what to expect from a colonoscopy.

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Topics: Colon Cancer

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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