Myth Busters: You Can Sweat Out The Flu

This busy cold and flu season, many are willing to try anything to help them get feeling better fast. We are often told that one of the best ways to beat the flu is to sweat it out; but is this true or just another…

6 Things to Discuss with Your Pediatrician

Dr. Irina Smith sees herself as both your pediatrician and a partner in your health care. In her practice, she has the opportunity to work alongside parents and children to provide the best care possible for her patients. “Just like any relationship, communication is key,”…

What New Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean For You

The leading cause of death for both men and women in our country is heart disease. It is paramount that we take steps to make sure our heart is healthy. That means that we must routinely break out the blood pressure cuffs and assess our…

Three Tips for Fighting a Fever

Immediate care physician, Dr. Kurt Eppley, offers three tips for fighting a fever. Nothing slows you down quite like the onset of a fever, and the aches and chills that accompany it. If you feel one coming on, there are a few things you can…

Seven Tips for a Healthy School Year

Pediatrician Dr. Irina Smith shares how to start the school year in good health Another summer sailed by, and back to school came and went! We reluctantly said goodbye to the long, lazy days of summer and set the alarm clocks for the school year’s…

Enjoying the Eclipse While Protecting Your Eyes

Viewing the solar eclipse without proper protection can result in eye damage. Men, women and children from across the country have eclipse fever! Many are counting down the days until this rare phenomenon takes place and plan to head outdoors to watch as the Earth,…

Five Ways to Avoid the Flu

Dr. Van Shares How You Can Skip the Flu This Year While the leaves may not exactly change color along the Emerald Coast, we can count on more than college football to make a debut each Fall. Every year, millions fall victim to the annual…

Allergy Season Survival Guide

Allergy Season Survival Guide: Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Specialist, Dr. William Gross, explains allergies and how to cope this season. Flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up and spring is here! We were fortunate to have a mild flu season this year, but…

Spotting the Signs of Ovarian Cancer

An estimated one in 70 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime and more than 15,000 American women are expected to lose their lives this year as a result. To raise awareness about the risks and signs of ovarian cancer, The Ovarian Cancer Coalition…

Tips for a Better School Year

As families prepare for a new school year, keeping children in the classroom and out of the nurse’s office is a top priority. Dr. Evan Meeks, a pediatrician at White-Wilson Medical Center’s Niceville Clinic, offers 10 tips for a happy, healthy, and successful school year! Get…

Beat the August Heat

As residents of the sunshine state, we bypass extreme temperatures all winter long; however, it is important to be aware that extreme summer temperatures are dangerous. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average of more than 600 people die from…

West Nile Virus Hits Close to Home

Floridians love to make the most of summer and its warm nights; however, so do mosquitos. Unfortunately, they can carry the West Nile Virus.  The Florida Health Department reported a confirmation of the mosquito-borne illness in Walton county on Friday. While rare, West Nile Virus is no stranger to the Emerald Coast. The…

Keeping Blood Pressure in Check

Have you checked your blood pressure lately? Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease, the nation’s #1 cause of death. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is one of the most common medical conditions Americans experience and a major contributor to…

Heart Attack and Stroke

Know the signs before it’s too late! Heart disease is the nation’s #1 killer of men and women. Each year we recognize February as Heart Month! It’s a great time to raise awareness about heart disease and work to prevent the 1.5 million heart attacks…