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Back-to-school season: Focus on healthy backs

August 19, 2019

With the new school year here, parents might think about measures to protect their children’s spinal health. Heavy backpacks, pressure on the spine from looking down at electronics, and school sports can all have an...


Tips for parents to address bullying and cyberbullying

August 12, 2019

As children get ready to go back to school, I understand bullying is one of the last things parents want to worry about. However, bullying is a salient and, unfortunately, common occurrence. It can take...


Managing cholesterol starts with what you eat

August 10, 2019

High cholesterol, particularly high levels of “bad” cholesterol, is a risk for heart disease. The Mayo Clinic says that high cholesterol also can increase risk for heart attack. Understanding cholesterol and how to control it...


Put the flu shot on your back-to-school checklist

August 2, 2019

Backpacks might be stocked with supplies, and new shoes may be ready to hit the school yard, however, there’s an important back-to-school item that many students miss: their flu shot. Getting a flu shot as...


How to avoid heat stroke on hot days

July 26, 2019

Summer weather draws many people outside. Warm air and sunshine can be hard to resist, even when temperatures rise to potentially dangerous levels. Sunburn may be the first thing that comes to mind when people...


Healthy menu tips for dining out

July 22, 2019

Today’s American families spend as much as half their food budget on meals away from home. Meals at restaurants can be costly on the wallet, but are also costly for a family’s health. While it...


5 facts you may not know about skin cancer

July 15, 2019

Your skin has many important jobs, such as protecting your body, helping to maintain your temperature, and generating vitamin D. Yet sometimes your skin doesn’t get the care and protection it needs. While some sun...


Be aware of cold water immersion

July 2, 2019

Summer is here and after a snow-packed winter, locals and visitors alike are ready to get out and enjoy Lake Tahoe. Whether out on the water, lounging on the beach or hiking to a rock...


Make your food go further

June 26, 2019

Each year, the typical American family tosses out $2,275 worth of food and beverages. About 15 to 20% of the produce we buy is wasted. But as we all know, eating a diet full of...


Keep your teens active this summer

June 19, 2019

Summer’s here, and the lure of sleeping in and no schoolwork can be hard for teens and tweens to stay mentally and physically active. Here are some ideas to keep them busy throughout the summer...


Sports performance training and the student athlete

June 12, 2019

The growing popularity of sports performance training for young athletes has never been stronger. This is leading to parents and coaches seeking professional training and education for their child. For those that are active there...


Six health screenings to help men prevent disease

June 7, 2019

June is Men’s Health Month. Don’t let heart disease, stroke and other serious health conditions sneak up on you. Instead, visit your doctor for regular checkups — even if you’re feeling well. During your visit,...


Improving community health

June 5, 2019

This week, June 2-8, is Community Health Improvement Week; a national celebration recognizing the hard work of local care providers to improve their community’s health. Barton is committed to providing quality care and staying focused...



Keeping student athletes in the game

May 29, 2019

Even though school is almost out for the summer, if you have children who play sports it’s time to start thinking ahead to next year. Participating in student athletics promotes mental and physical well-being; which...


Importance of knowing your family medical history

May 16, 2019

When visiting a physician for the first time, patients may notice an extensive section on family history on one of the requisite forms they fill out before meeting the doctor. Though it can be hard...


Compassion is at the heart of nursing

May 4, 2019

There are over 4 million nurses in the United States. Nurses work in every community large and small providing care in hospital and clinic settings alike. When we seek medical care, we’re often not at...


History of hearing aids

April 24, 2019

Today’s hearing aids are remarkable devices that help people who are hard of hearing in myriad ways. These devices are part of a rich history of hearing assistance items that dates back several centuries. According...


5 tips for happier, healthier holiday season

December 13, 2017

The Holiday Season is an especially wonderful time of year. We look forward to holiday get togethers, to holiday meals, to good cheer and yes, treats. But we don’t look forward to holiday pounds. Many...


Keeping kids healthy during seasonal changes

September 28, 2017

It’s that time of year again! The season is changing, the temperatures are dropping and the kids have gone back to school. In Chinese medicine autumn is the season associated with the Metal element and...