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What You Need to Know About Kidney Disease

Richard Cline, MD


According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Unfortunately, as with a number of other diseases, the vast majority of people do not feel and/or recognize the first symptoms. When it comes to kidneys, they typically don’t complain.


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Breast Cancer Care – Curative and Restorative

“You have breast cancer.” That is the last thing you want to hear from your doctor. No matter your level of understanding, being told you have breast cancer can suddenly turn your whole world upside down. During this time, you may find it difficult to listen, understand, and even remember discussions with your physician. Our combined clinic team, including surgeons from the Portneuf Surgical Specialists and oncologist from the Portneuf... Read More »

The Codependent Relationship Between Kidneys and the Heart

The heart and the kidney are two important parts of the body that work together to keep you going. What many people don’t realize is that when the heart is affected by your health, so too are your kidneys. The heart pumps oxygen-filled blood throughout the body, while the kidneys clean the blood and remove waste and excess water. The kidneys also help control blood pressure and balance different minerals in your blood such as sodium, phosphorus and potassium.

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Why Heart Disease is the Leading Cause of Death in America

Heart disease has many different factors and it affects many people. As the leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease takes away 610,000 people each year.

Almost half of Americans are at risk for heart disease due to one these risk factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

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E-cigarettes a Better Option than Nicotine Therapy?

Peter Fort, MD

As most people are well aware by now cigarette, smoking is a high-risk addiction.  Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, COPD, asthma, diabetes and cancers to include lung, kidney, mouth, stomach, esophageal and pancreas.  Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for non-smokers.  Fourteen percent of Americans smoke, but it is as high as 25% in some high-risk subgroups based on education, race... Read More »

Physician Seminar: Weight Loss Goals

Austin Myers, MD

Nearly two-thirds of Americans experience lower back pain. For those who suffer from prolonged or acute back pain,... Read More »

‘Tis the season of hot chocolate, eggnog, gingerbread cookies and so much more. While you’re facing the temptations of tasting all the festivities, here are a few pointers to help you combat those extra, unwanted pounds and conquer your self-control.

When you’re at home:

Hide the snacks.

“Out of sight out of mind.” The less frequently you see those little holiday temptations, the less you think about them. If you know that your local department store is going to be serving free snacks on the third floor, avoid the third floor or go to the store on a... Read More »

For as many as 50 million people In North America, severe headaches can be completely debilitating and greatly interfere with an individual’s quality of life. For many women, headaches may go hand in hand with the hormonal fluctuations that come during pregnancy, menstrual periods or perimenopause. During the transition, when estrogen levels start dropping, a number of women, especially those with a history of headaches, experience an increase in the prevalence and/or intensity of headaches.

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By: Jason Orien, MD

Prostate cancer has long been a leading cause of cancer death in men, second only to lung cancer. Many cancer types, including prostate cancer, often have no symptoms until they reach an advanced stage and are more difficult to treat. This problem has driven the need for screening tests such as mammography for breast cancer,... Read More »