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Area residents who have made it nearly halfway through June without turning on their air conditioners may be considering a change in practice by Sunday. The National Weather Service long-range … more
Meet Nick Redfearn, RN in Ozark Healthcare’s OPS/GI Department. While Redfearn stays very busy moving from procedure to procedure through the day, he always has time to make patients and staff … more
An agreement between the city of West Plains and the Howell County Health Department for environmental services has been renewed with a vote by the city council during May’s meeting. Under … more
With yet another COVID-19 booster available for vulnerable populations in the U.S., many people find themselves wondering what the end game will be. The mRNA … more
Brain Awareness Week is a celebration of the ongoing work to advance brain science. As Brain Awareness Week continues, Ozarks Healthcare neurology clinic medical assistant Mandee Moffis on Thursday … more
The struggle millions of individuals experience in regard to maintaining a healthy weight has led public health agencies to characterize overweight and obesity as a major public health crisis. … more
Members of West Plains Bike Group on Wednesday announced that city officials have endorsed the group’s proposal for a third bicycle route in West Plains. According to the group, the new … more
No one is immune to the occasional bad mood. A bad mood can make a difficult day feel even more so, and multiple-person households can become uncomfortable places to be if one person’s mood is … more
Fatigue and exhaustion are often discussed in terms that characterize the physical effects that they have on the body. However, mental fatigue can be just as draining as physical exhaustion, even if … more
A 2017 study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimated that 792 million people across the globe lived with a mental health disorder. If that figure is startling, it’s … more
I had a recent unpleasant surprise during a checkup, and that was high blood pressure that had jumped from a prehypertensive range into Stage 2 hypertension at 152/101. The last reading I recalled … more
The human body is a complex marvel. Various systems within the body work together to make life as humans know it possible, and though these systems are resilient, they’re not invulnerable to … more
I finally got to take that First Day Hike – three weeks late, but able to take my son with me. We stopped first at Round Spring. Despite getting more familiar with the area over the last couple … more
It’s Brain Awareness Week, and Ozarks Healthcare neurology medical assistant Megan Webster on Tuesday shared the answer to a common myth about people only using 10 percent of their … more
Preventive care is a key component of an effective health care regimen. Preventive care is not a one-size-fits-all approach, as various factors will influence what an individual should be doing at … more
The most successful health care regimens incorporate a number of variables to help individuals achieve optimal health. Physical health garners considerable attention when developing a health care … more
Stress can affect anyone at any time. Men, women and even children experience stress, which can be triggered by professional, personal and social pressures. Though anyone can experience stress, … more
After the first couple of weeks, I’ve had some success with moving more and keeping track of what I eat, and I’m down about five pounds. I am not patting myself on the back too much, but … more
Dietary trends come and go. A trend that’s popular today could be gone tomorrow, leaving both advocates and adversaries in its wake. Dietary cleanses, sometimes referred to as … more
Ozarks Healthcare’s Laboratory Services will conduct low-cost lab health screenings at several of its locations through 2022. Community members are encouraged to “know their … more
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