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Weekend doctor: Lupus

By Lynn Dillon, RN, ADON
Birchaven Village

Weekend doctor: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By Jay Alammar, MD
Surgical Associates of Northwest Ohio
Did you know that 10 to 15 percent of Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Many more also meet the criteria of the diagnosis but have not been formally diagnosed.

Carey Medical and Diagnostic Center opens Monday

The Carey Medical & Diagnostic Center, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, will open on Monday, Aug. 5. The building consists of Carey Medical Center (family medicine), Carey Diagnostics Center (lab, EKG and imaging services) and Carey Specialty Clinic (rotating medical specialists). The new location is at 930 Sheriden Drive, Carey.

Carey natives, Dr. Troy Puckett and Dr. Robert Puckett will providing an array of primary care services to the region. Both physicians are now welcoming patients of all ages. To make an appointment,  call 419-396-7683.

Bluffton Hospital specialty clinic offers physician specializing in GERD

Dr. Reynolds sees patients in Bluffton on Mondays and Thursdays

Among the many specialty clinics provided by Bluffton Hospital is one focusing on GERD, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Dr. Jessica Reynolds, M.D., of Surgical Associates of Northwest Ohio, Findlay,  sees patients in the Bluffton Hospital specialty clinic on Mondays and Thursdays.

GERD is caused by a weak muscle in the esophagus. It allows acid and bile to flow back from the stomach into the esophagus. That causes damage to the lining of the esophagus, throat and lungs.

Weekend doctor: Cologuard Test

New colon cancer screening

By Jay Alammar, MD
Surgical Associates of Northwest Ohio
Colorectal cancer is a common disease, and colon cancer screening continues to be of utmost importance. Preventing cancer or detecting and removing it early when it is still localized greatly impacts colon cancer related mortality.

Dr. Joshua Ebel joins Blanchard Valley Urology Associates

Blanchard Valley Medical Practices welcomes Joshua Ebel, MD to the team at Blanchard Valley Urology Associates. Dr. Ebel offers a variety of both surgical and non-surgical treatments for disorders of the male and female urinary tract.

Dr. Ebel completed undergraduate studies at Miami University (Oxford, OH) before pursuing his medical degree, surgical internship, and urology residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and James Cancer Hospital (Columbus, OH).