Solar Eclipse Facts: Things to Know

Solar Eclipse Facts: Things to Know

Today the solar eclipse will span the United States, coast to coast, for the first time since the summer of 1918. This will impact areas from Oregon to South Carolina, turning daylight into twilight during one of the world’s most unique phenomenons. A total solar eclipse is defined as the point when the Moon completely covers the Sun; a total eclipse can only occur when the moon’s orbit is closest to the earth’s surface. Though the solar eclipse is one of the most unique, naturally occurring events, it must be viewed using proper eyewear to prevent eye damage.

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Poison Ivy and Hiking: What to do?

Poison Ivy and Hiking: What to do?

Hiking in the Black Hills can be enjoyable until you come across a patch of poison ivy. Poison ivy and Hiking coincide as it is the most familiar poisonous plant in the Black Hills. It is an allergenic plant which causes a reaction in most, but not all people. About 85% of the American population is allergic. Having a reaction to poison ivy may at first be scary, below are some preventative measures and ways to control the reaction if you come in contact with the plant.

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How to Stay Hydrated in the Summer

How to Stay Hydrated in the Summer

Summer activities are endless, but in the recent extreme heat the risk of dehydration has increased. The body loses water naturally through sweating, breathing and going to the bathroom. Dehydration is the excessive loss of water from the body, and can become a major issue. People may not recognize the symptoms until they are already dehydrated. It is extremely important to balance this loss especially during these hot, summer months.

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Help Us Welcome Rheumatologist Jennifer May, MD

Help Us Welcome Rheumatologist Jennifer May, MD

We are pleased to welcome Jennifer May, M.D. and her Rheumatology practice to the Rapid City Medical Center. Her interests include treatment of osteoarthritis, gout, tendinitis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. She is especially passionate about systemic vasculitis.

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When to see a Podiatrist: Hiking Related Injuries

When to see a Podiatrist: Hiking Related Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries can ruin a hiking adventure, but they are easier to prevent than one may think. One of the best ways to prevent injuries begins with a good quality, proper fitting hiking boot with good ankle support.  This way no blisters can form and injuries are less prone to occur.

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Heat Stroke & More: What You Need to Know About Heat Stress Syndromes

Heat Stroke & More: What You Need to Know About Heat Stress Syndromes

It is hard to believe that the “dog days” of summer are fast approaching. As the mercury rises and our summer fun begins, heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke might occur.

Heat stress syndromes, such as heat exhaustion and stroke, often occur during the first days of a heat wave. These syndromes generally occur when the temperature outside is greater than 90 degrees F, with a relative humidity greater than 60 percent. Unfortunately, those who are affected most by the heat tend to be the very young and the very old. Read More »

Skin Matters: The Importance of Sunscreen/Sunblock Use in the Summer

Skin Matters: The Importance of Sunscreen/Sunblock Use in the Summer

The skin is the body’s largest organ and is home to millions of blood vessels, hair follicles, and nerve endings. Thus, our skin matters and proper protection is needed begining in childhood. This protection can be as easy as using a high quality, broad-spectrum sunscreen or sunblock that protects from both UVA and UVB rays.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Tick Bites

Frequently Asked Questions About Tick Bites

It is the season for hiking, biking, and exploring the beautiful Black Hills and surrounding area. With these outdoor activities come concerns about ticks and tick bites. Though you are at low risk to contract a tick related disease in South Dakota, traveling to surround areas, such as Minnesota, may put you at higher risk. Here are a few frequently asked questions about tick bites and ticks.

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Made for Shade Awards Over $20K to Community of Shade Structures

Made for Shade Awards Over $20K to Community of Shade Structures

Rapid City Medical Center was happy to support the 11th Annual “An Evening Made for Shade” wine tasting dinner and silent auction on June 14, 2017. Over 150 people attended this year’s event in support of opens in a new windowMade for Shade, a non-profit organization founded by Skin Institute at Rapid City Medical Center dermatologist opens in a new windowLycia Scott-Thornburg, MD. The organization raises funds to provide shade structures to protect local children from the sun’s dangerous rays. The dinner and auction, which took place at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, raised funds for next year’s grants through ticket sales, sponsorships, auction items and raffle ticket sales, making this the foundation’s most successful event to date.

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Ask a Dermatologist: What Lip Balm Ingredients to Avoid

Ask a Dermatologist: What Lip Balm Ingredients to Avoid

Your lips are comprised of extremely thin layers of delicate skin which makes them prone to dryness and chapping. Lips do not have sebaceous glands and cannot produce the oils necessary to self moisturize. This causes lips to become dry, leaving you with painful chapped lips. Hydration is key to combatting painful chapping but most people don’t know that most lip balms contain ingredients that cause adverse effects. Read More »

Sports Physicals and How to Prevent Sport Related Injuries

Sports Physicals and How to Prevent Sport Related Injuries

Sprains, strains, scrapes and more. Spring is here and so is the risk of sports injuries. Organized sports provide a number of physical and social benefits for our children after the long, cold winter, but they also come with an increased risk of injury. opens in a new windowAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.6 million children are treated in emergency room departments each year for sport and recreation-related injuries.

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Bariatric Surgery: A Key Tool in a Comprehensive Weight Loss Plan

Bariatric Surgery: A Key Tool in a Comprehensive Weight Loss Plan

Deciding to undergo bariatric surgery can be very difficult. After years of trying trendy diets and gimmicky meal plans, weight loss surgery is often seen as a last resort. And for many patients suffering from severe obesity, this decision it becomes an issue of life and death. As body weight increases, quality of life and longevity decreases.

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Mommy Makeover: No Shame in Restoring Your Post-pregnancy Body

Mommy Makeover: No Shame in Restoring Your Post-pregnancy Body

Two and a half years after giving birth to the last of my three children, it’s still difficult to look at myself in the mirror. And with a closet busting at the seams with pre-pregnancy clothing “that may fit again someday,” I’m ready for a change.

More and more mothers feel the same after the toll their body has taken from bringing a little human into this world. We are here to tell you, “It’s OK.” There is no shame in wanting to restore your post-pregnancy body and the mommy makeover may be just what you need.
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Over $9,000 Raised for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Over $9,000 Raised for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

The Rapid City Medical Center along with The Endoscopy Center hosted the opens in a new window2017 Bottoms Up 5K Run/Walk and raised over $9,000 for the American Cancer Society. Funds will benefit colon cancer research in western South Dakota. The race, held on March 11, had 136 participants racing along the Rapid City bike path from Founders Park to Sioux Park and back. Participants gathered at Lost Cabin Beer Company for a post race celebration in honor of colon cancer awareness month. Lost Cabin along with Smokin’ Hot Catering donated a percentage of the proceeds on Saturday to the cause as well. Read More »

MonaLisa Touch: The Answer to Vaginal Atrophy We’ve Been Looking For

MonaLisa Touch: The Answer to Vaginal Atrophy We’ve Been Looking For

You may have heard the quiet whisper around a new magic laser treatment used to improve opens in a new windowvaginal health. From the start it all sounds too good to be true but we are here to tell you the  opens in a new windowMonaLisa Touch laser is the real deal.

Before we explain what the MonaLisa Touch laser does, let’s talk about why you need it. As women, we learn to embrace our ever-changing bodies throughout all stages. Yet as we grow older, some of these changes are cascading with countless side effects that target the very core of our female existence: our intimacy.

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