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Millions of children not getting recommended preventive care

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 11:02am September 19th, 2014
Millions of infants, children and adolescents in the United States did not receive key clinical preventive services, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Supplement. Clinical preventive services are various forms of important medical or dental care that support healthy development.

Digging a Vegetarian Diet: Plant-Based Eating Can Reap Rewards

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:26am September 17th, 2014
Vegetarians miss out on lots of foods. No grilled burgers or franks at picnics. No holiday turkey or fries cooked in animal fat. Strict vegetarians may even forego honey made by bees. But vegetarians also tend to miss out on major health problems that plague many Americans. They generally live longer than the rest of us, and they’re more likely to bypass heart-related and other ailments.

Drinking to Excess: Recognize and Treat Alcohol Problems

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 7:37am September 15th, 2014
Some people enjoy an occasional glass of wine with dinner. Others might grab a beer while watching a football game. Most people drink alcohol moderately, within their limits. Others overdo it occasionally. But some people find they can’t control their drinking. How do you know when drinking is becoming a problem? And what can you do if it is? About 18 million Americans have an alcohol use disorder.

Reducing Sodium in Children's Diets

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:00am September 10th, 2014
About 9 in 10 US children eat more sodium than recommended. Most sodium is in the form of salt, as a part of processed foods. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure. About 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years has raised blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

Preventing Suicide

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:29am September 9th, 2014
Suicide can be prevented. Each year, more than 39,000 Americans take their own lives and about 487,000 people receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries. September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Help prevent suicide in your community by knowing the facts, warning signs, and where to get help.

What is Bullying?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:12am September 5th, 2014
What is bullying? Bullying is when a person or a group shows unwanted aggression to another person who is not a sibling or a current dating partner. Cyberbullying (or “electronic aggression”) is bullying that is done electronically, including through the Internet, e-mail, or mobile devices, among others.

Blood drive set for Sept. 19, at VGH

By Vinton Today · 10:17am September 3rd, 2014
Volunteer blood donors play a vital role in the community health care system. Blood donors are needed every day to ensure the right blood product is on the shelf the moment it is needed. It is difficult to predict when and exactly how much blood is needed, which is why it is important for volunteer blood donors to make blood donations on a regular basis.

Can You Recognize a Heart Attack or Stroke?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:02am September 2nd, 2014
How would you react to a medical emergency? When it comes to life-threatening conditions like heart attack or stroke, every minute counts. Get to know the signs and symptoms of these health threats. If you think you or someone else might be having a heart attack or stroke, get medical help right away.

Nurse Practitioner LaGrange Joins VFMC

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:41am August 29th, 2014
You may notice a new, yet familiar face the next time you’re at the Vinton Family Medical Clinic (VFMC). Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics is pleased to announce the addition of Ali LaGrange, ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner) to the community of healthcare providers in Benton County.

Area organizations receive St. Luke's Rural Healthcare Grant funds

By Vinton Today · 4:52pm August 28th, 2014
Cedar Rapids—Seven Eastern Iowa organizations are the recipients of $13,879 in grants as part of UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s Foundation’s Rural Healthcare Grant. This program provides matching grants toward healthcare projects that improve the health and wellness of rural residents.

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