How Cold Weather Affects Your Ear, Nose & Throat

When the weather turns cold, many people experience pain or discomfort in their ears, nose and throat. People often confuse symptoms caused by cold weat

girl holding her ears in the cold

her with illness or infection (or vice versa). It is important to know how cooler weather can affect your respiratory health. 

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What’s The Difference Between The Cold, Flu, And Sinus Infections?

woman with the fluChicken soup, lots of rest, and fluids were always mom’s remedies when family members were sick. While these common practices are helpful up to a point, the best remedy is to know why someone is sick, and then seek appropriate treatment.

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A School Break Doesn’t Mean An Abnormal Sleep Schedule

waking sleeping kidNo parent wants to become the “sleep police” during the summer months when everyone is taking a break from their normal schedules. The days are longer, the sun is shining, and time is a little less important. Summer vacations, going to camp, and just hanging out with their friends is a relaxing respite for teens and younger children.

Most parents want to cut their kids a little slack during a school break, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they have to develop an abnormal sleep schedule.  

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7 Sun Safety Tips for Children

As the weather warms up, it’s no surprise that your kids are going to want to be outside. It’s less of a surprise that you’re going to love getting them out of the house! However, it’s important to know that sun, even in small doses, can cause harm to your child if not protected. 

Whether it’s playing in the yard, swimming at the pool, or just taking the dog for a walk, it’s important to take a few extra steps to ensure your little one’s safety. Here are a few tips to help you remember. 

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Open House Event – MonaLisa Touch

monalisa touch  eventHigh Lakes Health Care is now offering a novel laser therapy called MonaLisa Touch. We are hosting an open house event on Thursday, May 24th at 6pm. Dr. Tammy Bull, Gynecology & Dr. Marta Johnson-Mitchell, Urology will be hosting a drop-in informational session for the community to come and chat with them about this new service. Ask questions, become informed!

The MonaLisa Touch is a laser therapy designed for women who are experiencing changes in their gynecologic health. The therapy stimulates a healing response by generating new collagen, elastin, vascularization and revitalization.

Promotional pricing for treatment services will be available for those who attend this open house.

Where: High Lakes Health Care, Upper Mill Clinic 929 SW Simpson Ave, Suite 300 Bend, OR 97702
When: Thursday, May 24th 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Price: Free to the community

If you have any questions, contact High Lakes Health Care at 541-389-7741

Three Easy Steps to Prevent the Flu

Per the CDC’s latest reports, the flu has now been reported as widespread in 42 states plus New York City and the District of Columbia, with 53 pediatric flu-related deaths reported so far. What this means for most, and certainly those with children, is that the flu is much closer to you and your home than you may think. While most of the recommendations for prevention should be practiced throughout the year, it’s more important right now to follow these steps to prevent sickness for not only you and your family, but numerous others. 

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Breast Cancer Risk Testing: Is the BRCA Test Right for You?

You may have seen the term “BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 testing” being used on the internet in regard to breast cancer, but are you unsure about what it means? The simple explanation is this: BRCA1 and BRCA 2 are genes that help repair damaged DNA. Damaged DNA can lead to tumor growth. When either of these genes do not function properly, cells are more likely to develop genetic alterations that can lead to cancer.

It is possible to test for BRCA 1 & 2 mutations, but is it necessary for you? Having all of the information can help you make an informed decision.

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