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Formula for Good Health: Sleep

By Luke Fortney, MD, Family Medicine When the topic of health comes up, we immediately think about exercise and diet, which is usually appropriate. However, even with exercise there is a flip side, so to speak, that is often forgotten. … Continue reading

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Healthy Habits for the New Year

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Family Medicine at Meriter McKee The Holy Grail of medicine has been and continues to be healthy lifestyle change. Basically this means 1) identifying something in our daily routine that adds significant risk to our ability … Continue reading

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Symptoms and Triggers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Family Medicine at Meriter McKee Is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) real? Yes! Irritable bowel syndrome (also called spastic colon and sometimes referred to as abdominal migraine) is a complex disorder that affects as many as 20 … Continue reading

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How Can You Become Tobacco-Free?

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Family Medicine When someone mentions the Great American Smokeout on November 20, do you feel inspired, annoyed, anxious, guilty or something else? If truth be told, many people who smoke have mixed emotions about smoking and … Continue reading

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Four Reasons to Quit Smoking

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Medical Director, Meriter Wellness Programs There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. Any exposure to tobacco smoke – even an occasional cigarette or exposure to secondhand smoke – is harmful. Secondhand smoke increases … Continue reading

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Six Ways to Beat a Cold This Winter

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Family Medicine As winter approaches, people gather in close proximity in colleges, schools, daycares, clinics and workplaces. Humidity drops and indoor heating leads to dry air. Many experts believe that these and other factors can contribute … Continue reading

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