363 articles found in "Health Matters"

Tobacco Can Affect Pregnancy

Source: Billings Gazette

In this Billings Gazette column, Eden Sowards, our Tobacco Prevention Health Specialist, tells why pregnancy and smoking don't mix. Because tobacco use can harm both mother and unborn child, pregnant women can get special help quitting from the Montana Tobacco Quit Line.

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Keep Children’s Vaccinations On Schedule

Source: Billings Gazette

Immunization can protect infants from 14 serious childhood diseases before age 2. Keeping your child's vaccinations current provides the best possible protection, as this Billings Gazette by Karmen Hammermeister points out.

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HPV Vaccine Protects Against Cancer

Source: Billings Gazette

Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus, commonly called HPV. Only females can get cervical cancer, but both males and females can get HPV and spread it to others. In this Billings Gazette column, Shawna Coleman, a Health Prevention Specialist, offers even more reasons why all youngsters should get the HPV vaccine.

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Let Others Know Your End-of-Life Wishes

Source: Billings Gazette

You can’t predict what the future holds, but you can think about your values, your beliefs and what’s important to you, according to Linda Roers, a geriatric educator at RiverStone Health. Find out more about advance planning, which lets others know how you would like to be cared for at the end of your life.

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Cancer Screening Can Save Lives

Source: Billings Gazette

Only 62 percent of Montanans are up to date on their screenings for colorectal cancer. In an effort to increase screening rates and save lives, each patient over age 50 at RiverStone Health Clinic -- no matter their insurance status or ability to pay -- is offered a free FIT test during appointments. The yearly FIT test is a take-home screening test for colorectal cancer.

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Resolving Workplace Conflicts

Source: Billings Gazette

Understanding the causes of conflict, and learning how to communicate more effectively to resolve differences, can improve your overall job satisfaction. John Wessell, with our Behavioral Health Team, offers tips in this Billings Gazette column.

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Curb the Suicide Crisis

Source: Billings Gazette

More than 60 percent of Montana suicides are completed using firearms. The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yellowstone Valley has embraced a campaign to encourage voluntary secure storage of firearms. You can find out more about the campaign, which is backed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in this column written by Claire Oakley, our Director of Population Health Services.

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Using Gloves Correctly

Source: Billings Gazette

One of our Registered Sanitarians separates fact from fiction when it comes to using gloves to avoid foodborne illnesses.

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