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Family Nurse Practitioner Jen Scott, ARNP-C, treats patients of all ages and has a special interest in cardiac care. 

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Oh my Heart!

With a new little one, the tests, forms and information are abundant. Family Practice with Obstetrics Physician Dr. Shawn Richmond knows this all too well! One test that all of his little patients receive is a pulse oximetry to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood. Sounds big but it’s actually quite small. The test uses little sticky monitors (think of a band-aid), that are applied to a baby’s foot and hand. Don’t worry, this test is totally painless, but provides insight on their health, often before any signs and symptoms could be noticed. Pretty neat huh?

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Published Feb 23, 2017

Shake Those Hips!

When it comes to your body, aches and pains can really throw you for a loop! One common complaint is hip, knee and shoulder pain, at least in MHP Orthopaedic Surgeon Sreedhar Somisetty, MD’s, office! Some may think replacing those joints will fix all; however, Dr. Somisetty likes to remind patients that it’s not a race to the finish line and taking baby steps will get you on the road to recovery!

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Published Feb 16, 2017

Late Sleeping and Weight Gain

Mahaska Health Partnership Sleep Services urges the public to maintain good sleep habits.

“Adequate sleep is as important as good nutrition and exercise to your health,” MHP Sleep Technologist Kai Schwab said. “A recently study showed that people who stay up late and sleep in end up consuming more calories in a day and are at risk for gaining weight.”

The study, conducted by researchers of the Sleep and Circadian Rhythms Program at Feinberg and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, showed that late sleepers consume 248 more calories in a day, twice as much fast food and half as many fruits and vegetables as those with earlier sleep times. Late sleepers also consumed more full-calorie beverages. The study concluded that the extra calories were consumed during dinner and later in the evening with others were asleep.

‘The extra daily calories can mean a significant amount of weight gain, two pounds per month, if they are not balanced by more physical activity,” said co-lead author and health psychologist Kelly Glazor Baron. “We don’t know if late sleepers consume the extra calories because they prefer more high-calorie foods or because there are less healthy options available late at night.”

Schwab stressed that continuous weight gain can lead to other, more serious health complications such as sleep apnea. “People who are overweight or those with a large neck circumference are more susceptible to developing sleep apnea, a closing of the airway during sleep.”

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, obstructive sleep apnea causes pauses in breathing that last between 10 and 30 seconds, but some may persist for one minute or longer. The lack of oxygen can lead to abrupt reductions in blood oxygen saturation.

Schwab explained that most people with sleep apnea snore loudly and frequently with periods of silence when airflow is blocked. Those suffering with the condition may also experience excessive day time sleepiness and possibly depression due to the lack of quality sleep.

“Maintaining a good sleep routine affects many aspects of a person’s overall health and well-being. If you are having trouble sleeping, contact your primary care provider.”

To find more about how MHP Sleep Services is making healthcare personal, visit mahaskahealth.org.