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  • Sep 15, 2016, 10:59 AM

    Did you know…

    • Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer found in men in the United States?
    • Prostate cancer often has no early symptoms? Or the symptoms can mirror a benign prostate condition?
    • Finding and treating prostate cancer before symptoms occur may not improve health or help you live longer?
    • Grinnell Regional Medical Center can provide quality cancer care close to home?
  • Sep 8, 2016, 11:03 AM
    The use of essential oils as a natural alternative or supplement to medication has increased over the past few years. Essential oils are oils derived from plants. They maintain the fragrance of the plants they come from, and are used in perfumes and aromatherapy. Essential oils have proven to be useful tools in accentuating the benefits of massage therapy by using the two together.
  • Aug 26, 2016, 13:30 PM
    As you read this, you’re probably doing something very dangerous—sitting. Not what you expected? Prolonged periods of sitting can be dangerous to your health, and are associated with higher risk of death from all causes, including heart problems and cancer.
  • Aug 12, 2016, 11:43 AM
    The 2016 Iowa State Fair started yesterday, August 11, and is considered one of the top-ranked state fairs in the United States. The fair draws people near and far with a host of exciting exhibits, enticing entertainment, and crazy (but delicious!) cuisine. But, if you're like us and don't want to blow your diet in the first ten minutes you're at the fair, there is hope!
  • Jul 28, 2016, 11:49 AM
    The sun is out, the weather is beautiful, and it’s the perfect time to be outside. Unfortunately, hot weather clothing leaves a lot of skin exposed—skin that can get burned by several kinds of plants; wild parsnip, poison ivy, stinging nettle, and wood nettle, to name a few. While total avoidance of all poisonous plants may not be realistic for your lifestyle, following the upcoming instructions may help reduce long-term effects of contact.

  • Jul 14, 2016, 12:12 PM
    Otitis externa—Mother Nature’s painful wet willy—is commonly referred to as swimmer’s ear. Swimmers typically spend a significant amount of time in the water, allowing ample opportunity for water to become entrapped in the ear canal, hence the common name swimmer’s ear. 

  • Jun 30, 2016, 12:31 PM
    Fireworks during the Fourth of July are about as American as apple pie. With the Fourth of July right around the corner, keep fireworks safety at the forefront of your mind.
  • Jun 1, 2016, 13:00 PM
    Dining in his senior living facility in Cincinnati, 96-year-old Dr. Henry Heimlich perfectly executed a—you guessed it—Heimlich maneuver, saving a choking victim’s life.
  • May 26, 2016, 13:01 PM
    The sweat beads on your overheating brow, leeching into your eyebrows; one droplet glides past your swiping fingers and slips quickly into your eye, stinging. One pesky sweat droplet cascades down your cheek, flushed pink by the heat, making its way down to the southernmost point of your chin before it dribbles off and soaks into your already sweat-drenched tank top.
  • Apr 25, 2016, 13:19 PM
    It is common during the spring months to switch out hearty meals for lighter recipes; darker clothing in favor of pretty pastels; and to shake the dust off your trusty home workout DVDs, all in an effort to prepare for summer. Ah, summer, the time of year that calls for sunshine and cold drinks by the pool. When asked if they are “summer ready,” most women reply with a hasty, “No!” But, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center, we urge you to think of being “summer ready” from a different angle.
  • Feb 25, 2016, 14:43 PM
    March is National Nutrition Month, and time to “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right!” Since no single diet is ideal for everyone, focus on a healthy eating pattern that works for YOU. Select an eating pattern packed full of tasty foods that you enjoy, while providing a variety of nutrients that help prevent or manage chronic disease and help you feel your best.
  • Feb 11, 2016, 14:50 PM
    February: the month of love, valentines, and hearts…heart health, that is. February is Heart Health Month, and it’s about time we Americans showed our hearts a little TLC.
  • Jan 21, 2016, 15:03 PM
    Donuts, pizza, and ice cream, oh my! While these are tasty indulgences, eating these nutrient-lacking foods too often may bloat your thighs. Today, on Women’s Healthy Weight Day, in the middle of Healthy Weight Week, we will discover some ways to maintain a healthy weight without feeling like you are depriving yourself of comfort food completely. 
  • Dec 31, 2015, 14:28 PM
    Snow—a lot of thick, heavy snow—has fallen, which means this Iowa winter finally has Iowa winter weather. Freshly fallen snow offers a pristine, blank canvas on which we can build pudgy snowmen, make sweet snow angels, have a neighborhood snowball fight, or even tattoo a field with snowmobile tracks. While playtime in the sparkling spread is enough to make most anyone smile, many of us become dismayed at the sight of the fluffy white stuff, as we are tasked with the dreaded chore of snow removal.
  • Oct 29, 2015, 14:39 PM
    As temperatures begin to cool, thoughts drift to comfy foods like a warm apple pie, and red and gold leaves seem to dominate the skyline, people can tend to head indoors to hunker down. Instead of ousting autumn in favor of winter behavior, try a few of these fun, simple activities to engage the whole family in some fall-themed fun!
  • Aug 26, 2015, 14:47 PM
    It's a good idea to take a couple of steps to set students up for a safe, healthy year. Here are five back-to-school health tips to consider.
  • Jun 11, 2015, 15:06 PM
    In today’s busy world, we constantly face choices and sacrifices, but sometimes those sacrifices come at a larger cost than we realize. This is especially true when the sacrifice is sleep. What many of us don’t realize is that when we deprive ourselves of healthy sleep we are actually giving up much more than puffy free, refreshed eyes and a happy demeanor. Consider three benefits you miss when you lose those precious Zzzzs.
  • May 29, 2015, 15:26 PM
    The summer weather is finally getting here, and while things are heating up, we’re all starting to plan for a fun and hot summer. But, there are several health risks that you need to consider when you make your plans for your outdoor activities.
  • Nov 10, 2016, 16:14 PM

    The holidays are looming ever closer, and we can practically SMELL all the tantalizing traditional dishes that will lavish Grandma’s counter tops. Succulent, savory favorites or sickeningly sweet treats – we don’t discriminate – will likely fill (or overfill) your plate. Though the overwhelming number of delicious flavors will make it tempting to overeat, we suggest that you reign in the desire to stuff yourself (a classic holiday mistake) to avoid the potential of diabetes that chronic overeating can cause.

  • Dec 11, 2014, 15:07 PM
    Shopping, parties, family gatherings, school programs, and the winter weather is bringing us all indoors. And when we come indoors, we are in close quarters with groups of people. Sneezes and coughs are spreading their holiday cheer as we gather together.
  • Sep 25, 2014, 15:38 PM

    If you are like most people, you have unused medications in your home. Prescriptions that you no longer need to take. Over-the-counter medications past their effective dates. Half-empty bottles that are just taking up space.
  • Aug 21, 2014, 15:47 PM
    The start of a new school year is an exciting and busy time. Think about making some new year's resolutions now for healthy eating. Here are a few suggestions that you might choose from to get the school year off to a great start:
  • Jun 12, 2014, 15:52 PM
    Before we began vaccinating children against chickenpox (varicella) kids routinely got this childhood disease and were rather miserable for the week to ten days we lived with it. And then we thought we were all done with chickenpox.
  • Dec 15, 2016, 14:32 PM
    Do you find holiday shopping to be too expensive and stressful? Stress no more! We asked our employees for their best healthy, economical gift ideas to pass along to you. We have compiled a list of our favorite ideas below $60, so you can spend less time worrying about finding the perfect gift, and spend more time creating memories that will last a lifetime. Happy holidays from our family to yours!
  • Jan 12, 2017, 16:49 PM
    For starters, it is an element on the periodic table, with an atomic number of 86. It is not, however, as harmless as helium or silver, for example. Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas, and it is also radioactive. You may not even be aware if this gas is in your house, yet it can cause some serious damage.