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Weekend Doctor: Holiday eating

By Sophia Volpe, RD Blanchard Valley Hospital Dietetics

The holidays are quickly approaching, which can be such a joyful time of the year for celebrations with family and friends. However, they can also wreak havoc on our nutrition goals. The following are some helpful tips on how to be mindful during the holidays.

Don’t skip meals. A common thought around the holidays is, “if I skip lunch, I will be able to save those calories and eat them all at dinner.” However, skipping meals often leads to overeating at the next meal. It is important to eat three balanced meals during the holidays to help avoid overeating at gatherings.

Fall 2021 COVID impacts on hospital capacity and staffing

In November 2020, with the state of Ohio heading towards a COVID hospitalization peak of 5,308 (December 15 daily count, Ohio Hospital Association), the Bluffton Icon talked with Dr. William Kose about how individuals can prevent spread of the virus. Kose is an internist in Findlay, Ohio and Vice President for Special Projects at Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS).

This week we talked with Dr. Kose about the current surge. On September 27 the state of Ohio had a daily count of 3,742 COVID patients hospitalized, the highest such count since the introduction of COVID vaccines.

Weekend Doctor: Mental Health in the Medical Community During COVID-19

The Covid pandemic has brought about new challenges to the medical community and society as a whole. There have been times where we were forced to give up rights and do things we are not comfortable doing. We as Americans do not give up our rights freely and will definitely put up a fight whenever we feel our rights are being infringed. We have fights over why we would or should wear a mask. Fights over vaccines and if they should be mandated. Fights over schools and how the school year should be laid out, if the kids should wear masks, should we have full sessions, etc.

Weekend Doctor: Should I Continue to Breastfeed My Baby If I Get Sick?

Cold and flu season is right around the corner. Top that with the new risk of COVID, and many moms aren’t sure what to do when they or their baby get sick. Of course, our top priority as mothers is protecting this new little life, and we would do anything for them. So, here is the good news. Your body has superpowers!

Weekend Doctor: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, is a chronic pain condition that most often affects one of the limbs (arms, legs, hands, or feet). Commonly following injury or trauma to a limb, CRPS is believed to be caused by the damaging or malfunctioning of the peripheral and central nervous systems.

Weekend Doctor: Please Don't Kiss the Baby

It’s always a joyful moment when a new baby is born. Everyone in the family wants to come to meet the new addition. A few days later, this precious little baby is struggling to breathe and needs to be in the ICU with RSV bronchiolitis.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is generally a virus present in the winter, usually at its worst in January and February each year. This year, RSV and influenza were conspicuously absent in the winter months. There are likely multiple reasons for this, but the bottom line is that RSV is here now.