What to Know About Gallstones

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Gallstones are small or large stones that form in the gallbladder that can sometimes travel outside the gallbladder. They vary in size and can be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a golf ball. Often times, gallstones are small enough to be passed without symptoms, but it is important to know the causes and signs before potentially serious issues arise.

Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy

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Of the roughly 84,000 pregnancies in the state of Missouri, about 8,400 (or 10%) are mothers who struggle with an alcohol or drug problem. One serious issue is opioid use disorder, also known as substance use disorder or opioid addiction, which is the use or abuse of heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioids. 

Make Primary Care a Priority

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If you’re feeling well, you might think a visit to the doctor isn’t needed. However, having a primary care provider who is focused on your overall health and well-being is important to ensure you stay well, now and in the future. 

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

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It can be hard to discern a common cold from the flu. A cold can be caused by more than 200 different viruses while the flu is often caused by the influenza A and B viruses. Here’s how to tell the difference between these two viral illnesses and what you can do to get back to feeling well. 

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