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    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC, CEN|Jun 18, 2020

    Dear NP, What are some ways to tell a stroke is coming? And why is it so important to recognize them as early as possible? L. J. Dear L. J., Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year approximately 795,000 people suffer strokes in the world. Many die, and those who don’t often suffer permanent disability. And the saddest part – many of these strokes are preventable. Not all strokes can be prevented, but there are many warning signs ahead of time that can sav...

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    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC, CEN|May 14, 2020

    Dear NP, Now that spring has made it, I am spending a lot of time working on my lawn and garden. Every year around this time, I suffer from seasonal allergies. What advice do you have to help control seasonal allergies? B.B. Dear B. B., Whether you are working in the garden, running to keep in shape, or hiking through the Black Hills, seasonal allergies are a yearly struggle. With spring comes pollen, and with pollen comes seasonal allergies. The official name for seasonal allergies is hay...

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    Dr. Wesley Davis|Apr 16, 2020

    Dear NP, Since spring is in the air and many of us are working from home due to COVID-19, I would think it is the perfect time to start an exercise regimen. What are the key steps to starting and maintaining an exercise regimen and the benefits of aerobic exercise to our health? M. S. Dear M. S., The sun may be shining again after the long, cold winter, but sprinting right into your new exercise program might be a recipe for injury. It’s important to take it slow – starting at square one. If...

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    Dr. Wesley Davis|Mar 19, 2020

    Dear NP, What does COVID-19 do to the body? What are the symptoms of COVID-19? J. R. Dear J. R., It’s safe to say that COVID-19, a novel coronavirus, is on everybody’s mind. Knowledge is power in times of fear, so it’s critically important that you educate yourself on what the coronavirus actually does to the body so you can recognize its symptoms in yourself and your loved ones. What are the symptoms of COVID-19? According to the CDC, the symptoms of COVID-19 mainly include fever, cough and sho...

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    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP|Feb 27, 2020

    Dear NP, “I have been taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI) for heartburn daily for the last seven years. My healthcare provider has advised me to stop due to possible serious side effects. What are these side effects and are they in fact serious?” M. E. Dear M. E., Heartburn can be painful and difficult to have even once, but to people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn can become a daily nightmare. GERD occurs when acid from the stomach works its way into the esophagus and...