Alcohol Awareness Month: How Alcohol Affects Immunity

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By Dr. Gina Lynem-Walker, Associate Medical Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

The body’s immune system is incredibly complex and keeping it well-regulated relies on many factors – including diet, exercise and sleep. How much alcohol an individual consumes is also a factor. When the body processes alcohol, multiple organs are affected in different ways – all of which have negative impacts on the immune system. As more and more people turn to alcohol to cope with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic,

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Mayo Clinic – Weight gain often an issue as women move into menopause

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Jacqueline Thielen, M.D., Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently turned 50, and I walk about 1 mile daily and work out two to three times per week. I believe I am beginning to go into menopause, as I have not had a period in a few months. Also, I have noticed the number on my scale rising, even though I have not changed my diet or activities.

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Panic attack isn’t life-threatening, but can be frightening experience

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: After going to the emergency department for what I thought was a heart attack, the doctor told me there were no issues with my heart and that my symptoms were likely from a panic attack. How can I tell the difference, and how can I prevent future panic attacks?

Tips to reduce risks in the home kitchen while preparing holiday meals

Start with the basics! Always wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before handling food.

Managing COVID-19 Disappointments for Kids

 By Dr. Kristyn Gregory, D.O.,

Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, adults have a wealth of information available to understand the importance of face masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing. From reading the latest news and recommendations for staying healthy to receiving prevention tips from health care providers, adults are more likely to grasp the greater context of staying vigilant during the pandemic. 

Just Plain Selfish: Are You Self-Sabotaging?

 By Kris Walker

Self sabotaging is simply put, as standing in the way of your own happiness, success or growth. While common practices such as procrastinating, over indulging behaviors, self- doubt and fear are often mentioned, in this digital era where we seemingly look towards the internet and Influencers for today's standards, I think that Social Media definitely deserves an honorable mention on our Self-Sabotaging list. Listed below are a few ways that overuse or misuse of Social Media can stand in the way of your greatness.

THE KID’S DOCTOR: When is the best time to potty train?

 By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
   Every parent wants to know when their child will be ready to potty train. A study that was published in an issue of the Journal of Pediatric Urology is one of the first to show that timing of potty training children seems to be more important than the technique. 

The Bereaved Employee: Returning to Work

Going back to work after a death in the family is difficult.  Getting back to normal will take time.Source:

THE KID’S DOCTOR: Detailed history can help determine penicillin allergy


It is important to give a good description of your child's medical history to determine allergies to medications.

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THE KID’S DOCTOR: Does your child have trouble going to the bathroom?


By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 Constipation is a topic that every pediatrician discusses at least weekly, sometimes daily. It is estimated that up to 3 percent of all visits to the pediatrician may be due to constipation. Constipation is most common in children between the ages of 2 and 6 years. I have been reading an article on updated recommendations for diagnosing and treating common constipation, and the most important take home message is “most children with constipation do not have an underlying organic disorder. Diagnosis should be based on a good history and physical exam for most cases of functional constipation.”