Blog

Thinking About Skipping Your Annual Checkup? Don’t!
Mar 22, 2019

You take your car in for its regular oil change. You never miss an appointment at the hair salon. You even take your four-legged bestie to the vet for annual vaccines. But if you’re like a lot of Americans, it may have been a while since you had an annual checkup. Why do so many […]

Read More


Accidents Happen. Put Together a First-Rate First Aid Kit.
Mar 18, 2019

What’s the old saying? Expect the unexpected. It’s a great reminder to be prepared for accidents and injuries that can happen at home. In fact, more accidents actually happen at home than anywhere else. That’s why Denise Bruckerhoff, D.O., a board-certified internal medicine physician with USMD Midlothian, says it’s important to put together a first […]

Read More


Avoid Bedtime Battles: Sleep Tips for Babies and Toddlers
Mar 7, 2019

“Does my baby have their nights and days mixed up?” It’s a question Katrina Willie-Musoma, M.D., a pediatrician at USMD Mansfield Clinic, hears often from sleep-deprived parents. While newborns sleep on-and-off about 20 to 22 hours a day—waking briefly for feeding, burping and diaper changes—that doesn’t last long. “The body produces a hormone, melatonin, that […]

Read More


A Colonoscopy May Not Be Fun, But It Can Save Your Life
Feb 27, 2019

Not too long ago, a vivacious 44-year-old wife and mother got some unexpected news. She had metastatic colon cancer. It was a cruel blow for a woman who didn’t have any symptoms or family history of the disease. She only had a colonoscopy because her husband—10 years her senior—had been putting his off, so she […]

Read More


Bone Up on Good Bone Health
Feb 4, 2019

In many ways, bones are the unsung heroes of our bodies. The strong, silent stanchions that protect our organs, provide a vital underframe that supports our muscles and skin, and power our mobility. Still, they’re vulnerable to breaks and disease—most notably, osteoporosis. Over time, the 206 bones in our bodies can become less dense, thin […]

Read More


Preventing Childhood Obesity Begins the Day Your Baby is Born
Jan 31, 2019

Every parent wants their child to grow up healthy and happy. One of the most important ways you can put your child on that path is to make sure their bodies receive the right kind of nourishment to fuel their growth. It seems straightforward, yet childhood obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. The […]

Read More


Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Be Like a Wildfire When Not Diagnosed Early
Jan 17, 2019

Humans have walked the Earth for nearly six million years, so you can be sure arthritis isn’t anything new. Even our earliest ancestors suffered through their fair share of stiff, aching joints. The struggle to remain flexible and mobile can become more difficult as we age—and some form of joint disease is usually the culprit, […]

Read More


Advice for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
Dec 17, 2018

Every day nearly 16 million Americans find themselves in a tough position they weren’t really prepared for—caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. In the medical community, they are often referred to as “informal caregivers” because they aren’t paid or professional care providers, but rather loving family members simply trying to do their best […]

Read More


My mammogram is abnormal? Now what?
Nov 29, 2018

Every woman breathes a sigh of relief when she gets the word that her breast mammogram is normal. But what happens when you don’t get the all-clear? What happens when the radiologist sees something suspicious? Getting called back for a follow-up can be a bit nerve-racking, but Kathie Edgington, a breast imaging specialist with USMD […]

Read More


Wondering Which Type of Birth Control is Right for You?
Nov 19, 2018

It could be argued that nothing has had a bigger impact on the sex lives of men and women than the first oral contraceptive approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration back in 1960. Since then, birth control has come a long way. But as Marissa Kirchenbauer, a certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-C) who […]

Read More