RMH Blog

The Benefits of Stretching

If your idea of stretching is to stretch out a muscle and then hold it in position for 30– to 40 seconds, you are not alone. ‘Static stretching”, as this is known, is the most commonly recognized form of stretching. In recent years, however, “dynamic stretching”, or stretching combined with movement, has begun to replace static […]

When Children Ask About Suicide  

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Stereotypical youth suicides occur in the teenage years, but pre-teens are also vulnerable. In 2018, suicide was the second leading cause of death for children aged 10 to 14 in the United States. It’s important for parents to be prepared to discuss suicidal ideation with preteens as well as older adolescents.   When very young children […]

Medication Safety  

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When taking a medication, if you miss one dose, don’t double up on the next one. In some cases, more can be worse than not enough.  If you don’t take all of a prescription, don’t save the rest for “later”. This can cause all sorts of negative consequences that only your healthcare […]

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

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Heart attacks are the number one killer of women in the United States, yet many women don’t realize that their experience of a heart attack can be very different from the experience of a man having a heart attack. Some women do have the classic “an elephant is sitting on my chest” feeling, but […]

“Water Pills” Can Have Serious Side Effects  

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“Water pills”, or diuretics, are often used to treat high blood pressure. While they are very effective in managing blood pressure, however, they can also have serious side effects.  These side effects are directly linked to how diuretics work.   As anyone who has taken them knows, diuretics increase the amount […]

Why Men Need More Calories

Our weight isn’t the only thing that matters when calculating how many calories we need in a day. Body composition also matters. Muscle burns more calories than fat, even when we’re not moving. Someone with a higher percentage of muscle is going to need more calories than someone of equal […]

10 Tips to Help You Age Healthy

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Healthy aging, like having enough money to retire, is largely dependent on choices you make long before old age actually arrives. Here are 10 tips that will help you look forward to a healthy old age.  Know your family history and share it with your primary care provider. If your genetics put you at higher risk for particular health […]

Prevent Broken Bones with Early Detection of Osteoporosis 

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One way to prevent broken bones is to keep bones strong and solid. This is primarily done with strength– training and weight-bearing exercises as well as proper nutrition. As people age, however, their bones can become thinner. They may look more like a sponge than solid material. This is called “osteoporosis”.   Osteoporosis is more […]

Is “Covid Brain” Real?  

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Is “Covid Brain” Real?   Many patients who appear to be fully recovered from relatively mild cases of COVID-19 are reporting a condition that is informally titled “Covid Brain” or “Covid Fog”.  Reported symptoms include confusion, poor short-term memory, poor concentration, sleep disturbance, fatigue and trouble remembering words. In severe cases, patients have even experienced delusions. These […]

Primary Care Providers Help Patients Maintain Wellness 

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While it’s easy to get tired of the “same old” advice to eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep, these wellness basics are much easier to live with than a series of escalating healthcare issues resulting from years of neglect. Obesity, inactivity and a lack of sleep put the body under continual stress, leading to pain, decreased function and, in many […]