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Moderation is the key in tanning

All things in moderation.

That’s the motto Alison Kirkpatrick, 15, uses when she talks about her tanning regimen at SunSations Tanning, 1551 Indian Hills Drive.

“I’ll come in twice a week for 12 minutes to maintain my tan,” she explained.

The teenager has her parents looking over her shoulder with her tanning frequency, since Mark and Gayle Kirkpatrick own the salon.

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Childhood aspirations leads to long-term career

Ever since he was a young boy, Gary Carton aspired to be a doctor.

“I’ve known I wanted to be a doctor since I was seven or eight years old because they help people out and are someone everybody seemed to look up to,” said Carlton, general surgeon at Midlands Clinic, Dakota Dunes. “I knew I wanted to have that kind of occupation.”

Fifty-five years later Carlton is living that dream that began as a youth.

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Endocrinologist encourages screening for osteoporosis

If you are of advancing age, you may be at risk of developing osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. Bone thinning renders a person more susceptible to fractures, which may be multiple, silent or occurring because of low trauma.

Dr. Tareq Khairalla, an endocrinologist at Midlands Clinic in Dakota Dunes, said osteoporosis is a threat for more than 50 percent of the population over age 50.

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Midlands Clinic Newsletter

The Siouxland area is blessed with a variety of gifted primary care doctors, but when a patient’s health care needs become more specialized, the physicians and surgeons on Midlands Clinic, P.C. in Dakota Dunes have the skill and experience to pick up where primary care leaves off.

This team of seven board-certified general surgeons, two endocrinologists, a dermatologist and three physician assistants have built a reputation as a diverse practice ready to tackle health problems ranging from diabetes to obesity, rashes, wrinkles, and cancer, all within a compassionate and efficient environment.

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20 questions with a surgeon Mike Wolpert

When it’s time for surgery, you probably don’t know what questions you should ask – or even much about the person wielding the scapel. Nick Hytrek caught up with Dr. Mike Wolpert, director of trauma at Mercy Medical Center and private practice general surgeon, and did some digging.

1. What made you want to be a eon?

My dad was a primary care physician in Onawa. My intent was to join my father in practice. At the time it was three years residency for general care physicians and with four years of residency you can be a surgeon. With all the automobile accidents on I-29, I figured that would be helpful. My father died three to four months before I graduated from my residency program, and my brother Paul had a general surgery practice in Sioux City so I decided to join him.

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Energy to burn – Thyroid problems could cost you

For some unknown reason one evening in 2002, Rick Wollman put his hand to his neck, discovering a swollen area just above his collar bone.

After seeing the bulging area in the mirror, he made a trip to the emergency room. A series of tests and X-rays showed a mass growing on his thyroid.

The funny thing, Wollman said, was that he felt fine.

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