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Posted August 26, 2015in Altoona, Advice Column

I’ve been in an accident; now what?

Driving while lost trying to follow the directions on the GPS, scolding kids in the back seat, inclement weather or a moment of distraction no matter how brief. It happens to all of us at some point, a series of unfortunate events that lead to an accident. We’ve put together

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Posted August 19, 2015in Advice Column, Windsor Heights

Transitioning into retirement

Most people work the majority of their adult lives.  The money that is earned enables us to have our basic needs met and then some.  At a certain point during your working life, you look beyond the basics and are able to start saving some of your paycheck.   You also start to build

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Posted August 19, 2015in Advice Column, Grimes

Q: What should parents know about backpacks?

A: For the health of their children, it’s important for parents to follow these guidelines to help prevent pain and any future problems associated with improper use of backpacks: Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 10 percent of his or her body weight. A heavier backpack will

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Posted August 19, 2015in Advice Column, Winterset

Bringing health care close to home

“I didn’t know you did that!” That’s what one of our staff heard when she responded to a friend who said she had to go to Des Moines to see an orthopedic specialist. Actually, we have four orthopedic doctors visiting Winterset monthly! It’s really quite amazing when you look at

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Posted August 19, 2015in Advice Column, Ankeny

What happens to my IRA after I’m gone?

Contributing to an IRA can help you build some of the resources you will need to enjoy a comfortable retirement. But what happens to your IRA if you don’t use it up in your lifetime? You can still put the IRA’s assets to good use — as long as you’ve

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Posted August 19, 2015in Advice Column, Downtown

Q: Who can benefit from women’s health physical therapy?

Patient’s experiencing pelvic pain, incontinence, pain pre/post pregnancy, or abdominal scarring can all benefit. You may ask your primary care physician or OB-GYN if your problems may be addressed with Women’s Health Physical Therapy.   What shoulder I do to maintain a healthy bladder? Drink plenty of fluids. Six to

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Posted August 19, 2015in Advice Column, Ankeny

Q: What are some tips for keeping my independence?

A: You can continue to live independently as you age by making simple adjustments, taking safety precautions and having the support of others. Get help with daily tasks. Give yourself more time and less hassle by using agencies that provide services like shopping, cooking, and housekeeping. Get meals or groceries

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Posted August 19, 2015in Advice Column, Grimes

5 steps to protect a decedent’s identity

Who would have thought that you have to protect your identity, even after you are dead!? It’s true. Identity thieves thrive on reincarnating deceased people. After all, who is going to complain? Identities of deceased individuals are used to apply for credit, tax refunds, and obtain jobs. Black market sales

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Posted August 19, 2015in Advice Column, Ankeny

Q: I’m pregnant. How can I beat the summer heat?

A: There is nothing like pregnancy to make a hot Iowa summer feel even hotter. Follow these simple tips to stay comfortable this summer while still enjoying the season. -Avoid direct mid-day sun, as pregnancy makes you more susceptible to sunburn. When outside, make sure you use SPF 30+ sunscreen.

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Posted August 19, 2015in Advice Column, Winterset

Q: Why do I need to have a dental exam for my child before she goes to school?

A: The State of Iowa passed legislation in 2007 that requires all students entering kindergarten and ninth grade to have a dental screening. This was to help promote the importance of oral health and improve the health of our children. You must submit a dental screening form from the Iowa

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