RMH Blog

Menopause Can Increase Risk of Broken Bones

  • older woman taking a break from walking to tie her shoe

Women lose up to 20 percent of their bone density in the five-to-seven years after menopause. This can lead to osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones are weakened and become easier to break. They may become so light that they look more like a sponge than solid material.   Unfortunately, people with osteoporosis […]

6 Pedicure Pointers

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Getting a “mani-pedi” can be a great way to relax. It can also make your feet look much better in sandals. However, the basis of any good pedicure is keeping your feet and toenails clean and healthy. Here are few pedicure pointers:   Nail files can easily pick up bacteria and fungus.  To avoid infection, […]

Tips for Sharing the Road with Buggies and Farm Equipment

  • Man driving a tractor on a road

Sharing the road in Rush County includes watching out for Amish buggies and large farm equipment, as well as cars and cyclists. Here are a few tips for safe driving on Rush County roads.   1) Be careful when passing. Some farm equipment is too large to safely pass on back roads. Often our back roads lack […]

The Benefits of Stretching

  • Man stretching on the ground before a run

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  

  • Older man taking prescription at home

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

  • Close up of elderly couple. Woman with hand over heart

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  

  • Close up of white diuretic pills on a a table

“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

  • Older couple doing yoga outside

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 […]