Are You Connected?

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  By Terri Griffith, LPC, Behavioral Health Consultant at Fordland Clinic  Have you ever been in a room full of people and felt lonely? Many of us think that just because we are with people, we have met that need for connection. This is not true. There is a difference between really connecting and being in the company of other … Read More

Covid-19 Testing

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Antibodies (blood test): Do not get tested for antibodies (the SARS-CoV-2 IgG test) until 4 full weeks AFTER you have had Covid or suspect that you have had Covid. It may take a full 4 weeks for this test to be accurate. This test is not used to diagnose a current infection with Covid. A negative test is 100% accurate … Read More

Fordland Clinic Welcomes Dr. Drew Shoemaker

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Fordland Clinic is excited to announce that Dr. Drew Shoemaker will be joining the Fordland Clinic team. Dr. Shoemaker completed a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1995. He did his Internship and residency at Lester E. Cox Medical Center, Springfield, MO. Dr. Shoemaker uses a patient-centered approach to healthcare – treating each patient as … Read More

How is your stress level?

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        By Terri Griffith, LPC, Behavioral Health Consultant at Fordland Clinic  Have you noticed higher than normal stress levels these days?  Maybe you have felt more irritable.  Irritability may be easy to recognize in others, but what about in ourselves?  Does it seem as if the smallest things annoy you?  Maybe you are becoming angry or feeling … Read More

What Is The Difference Between Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19?

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Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, … Read More

Encouraging Patients To Get This Season’s Influenza Vaccine Early

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This has been a year of “firsts” for all of us. It’s the first time that students have returned to school on an iPad, grocery stores sported barren cleaning supply shelves, and now we are about to enter into a flu season during the middle of one of the worst public health crises in human history. While we don’t yet … Read More

Which Test to Have? Covid-19 nasal swab test or antibody blood test?

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A COVID-19 performed with a nasal swab will confirm whether or not you have an active infection with SARS-CoV-2. New research shows that you do not need to have any signs of being sick to be infected. You can give the virus to others even without having symptoms of COVID-19. Who should get tested? These are a few reasons to consider … Read More

Managing Stress and Coping

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The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and can cause strong emotions in all ages. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the difference in people, and the community you live in, along with other factors. … Read More

6 New Year’s Resolutions for a Happy and Healthy 2020

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The new year can be an exciting time, with the promise of fresh starts and new beginnings. It’s also an opportunity to recommit to your health and well-being. Creating new resolutions is easy enough. Sticking to them beyond the month of January, however, is another story. Whether the new year has you feeling totally inspired or a tad overwhelmed here … Read More

12 Days of Christmas Holiday Health Tips

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A Partridge in a Pear Tree –A medium-sized pear supplies 212 milligrams of potassium that helps your heartbeat normally and keeps your muscles working the way they are supposed to. Two Turtle Doves – Dove, a famous maker of chocolates, makes dark chocolate treats that are filled with something called epicatechin. Epicatechin is a particularly active member of a group … Read More