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151020Bipolar-300During my life, I've watched loved ones struggle with various mental health issues. As a nurse working with patients from all walks of life, my eyes have been opened to the reality that many seemingly "normal" - however you describe "normal" - people cope with mental illness on a daily basis and still maintain a job, family, and/or school.

Mental health is a topic many people avoid, even though we all know people who've dealt with mental health challenges or instabilities. We are used to hearing the word "depression," but there are other common mental health conditions that people cope with every day, such as bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression.


151006AllergyTesting1There are more than 50 million people in the United States who have allergies. Discovering the cause of the allergy symptoms is an important step in finding the correct treatment. The information gained from allergy testing, together with your history, will provide your allergist with the data needed to create a treatment plan just for you.

Allergy testing, which can be done at any age, helps determine your reactivity to a specific environmental or food allergen. Testing makes it possible for your doctor to determine if you have an allergy to things like dust mites, dog or cat dander, pollens or foods, like peanut.


150922XanaxBenzodiazepines are medications commonly prescribed for anxiety disorders and insomnia.   

Benzodiazepines have names, such as Alprazolam (Xanax®), Diazepam (Valium®), and Lorazepam (Ativan®), and have different timing of their action, often classified as short- or long-acting.  


150908EpiPen1Over the years, I’ve found that patients have a lot of important questions about epinephrine. Here are some answers.

What is epinephrine?


150806PeanutAllergyThink back to elementary school—do you remember there being a peanut-free table? I don’t. In fact, I don’t remember knowing any kids with food allergies.

Peanut allergy has doubled the past 10 years and is the leading cause of allergic reactions and death due to food allergy (Toit, 2015).