Passing a Kidney Stone

Talk to anyone who has experienced the passing of a kidney stone, and they will tell you it isn’t a pleasant experience. A kidney stone is a solid piece of crystalline mineral formed within the kidney or urinary tract. They form when substances in the urine—such as calcium, oxalate and phosphorus—become highly concentrated. They are […]

Changing Family Mealtime Traditions

“Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.” W. Somerset Maugham Most people have family traditions which often include food and celebration because food can allow us to connect and socialize with each other. Family reunions, holiday gatherings, and potlucks, are all examples of family traditions, which often include extended family. But a family tradition […]

Mixed Greens and Cranberry Salad Recipe

Makes 8 servings Ingredients: 1 cup fresh cranberries 1 Tbsp. sugar substitute 2 large oranges 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced 5 cups of mixed greens ¼ cup sliced red onions Dressing: 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 tsp. grated ginger 1 tsp. honey ½ tsp. Dijon mustard ¼ cup olive oil ¼ tsp. sea salt […]

Preventing Common Winter Diseases

Sandy Johnson, RN, NREMT-P, MSTC EMS coordinator Have you ever thought about the diseases that come around every winter season? Living in this cold and snowy environment five to six months of every year, we tend to get used to the various winter ailments circulating around us. Influenza One of the most common diseases is […]

A Basic Review of Sepsis

Megan Johnson, ACNP-BC Sepsis is the clinical syndrome that results as a result of an inflammatory response to an infection. The inflammatory cascade causes a disruption in the homeostasis that leads to the clinical symptoms and over time can lead to vasodilation, capillary leak syndrome, and eventually organ dysfunction which can ultimately result in the […]

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