Colds and flu are definitely in our area. When you feel overcome by illness after catching something, it can be tempting to insist on an antibiotic from your health care provider to help you feel better. But antibiotics will not work against flu and other viral illnesses. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can do more harm than good, by increasing your risk of a bad reaction to a drug or getting an antibiotic-resistant infection later. Antibiotics also have harmful side effects, and the benefits versus the risk of these side effects need to be considered.

February is the month of valentines and hearts. It’s a good time for women to learn about their hearts, and why it’s important to realize that heart attacks in men and women can look somewhat different. By taking control of what you know about your own health, and what you can do to lower risk factors of heart disease and heart attack, you can better take care of your ticker.

Getting the flu vaccine is one of the two biggest ways to avoid getting the flu (the other is washing your hands.) If you haven’t gotten the flu shot yet, it’s not too late. But flu is not the only virus or infection that can make you miserable and use up your vacation days on the couch this winter. An “influenza-like illness” can be difficult to deal with, too.

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is a very misunderstood disease and most people don’t realize the severity of it, or who can be affected. You may not know some of the following facts about glaucoma.

If you take blood thinners requiring an INR blood test, talk to your MLHS medical provider about the new Anticoagulant Clinic. The new clinic feature is designed to address more effective monitoring, requiring less INR testing.

For the person with diabetes, the holidays can become very stressful. Trying to juggle the abundance of sweets, staying physically active, checking blood sugars, decorating, wrapping packages, and enjoying this special time of year, can take its toll.

Eye exams are an important part of maintaining your eye health, no matter how old you are. But how do you know if you need to have your eyes looked at by a professional?

At the MLHS Annual Shareholders’ meeting on November 15, an announcement was made about the new Phase IV building project, which the board of directors has approved. Improvements include a two-story addition for 17 patient rooms; a larger Emergency Department, which will offer patients more privacy; and a new kitchen and cafeteria.