Ryan Strain, MD

Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery, Boone Health Bariatrics I was born and raised in the Kansas City area and attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I did my surgical training at the University of Kansas and Bariatric Surgery fellowship at Mizzou. I have been practicing surgery for over 10 years and been a…

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Ear Infections in Babies and Children

Ear infections are one of the most common infections in babies and children, and are especially common in the winter. They can accompany many viral infections that are frequent this time of year. Ear infections also account for a large proportion of antibiotic use in children. It’s very important in this day of antibiotic resistance…

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A Partner in Education

Boone Hospital Center has had a partnership with Columbia Public Schools for almost 40 years. Becoming one of the first partners in the district, Boone Hospital joined Jefferson Junior High School (JJHS) in 1984 as their sole Partner in Education. Partners in Education allows schools and businesses in the community to work together and share…

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How to Stay Motivated During the Cold Winter Months

When days grow shorter and the temperature drops, it’s not uncommon to experience a dip in motivation during the cold winter months. The desire to stay cozy indoors can often override our enthusiasm for pursuing our goals and maintaining a productive lifestyle; however, with the right mindset and a few strategic tips, you can beat…

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Relief from Pain

Laura Hutton woke up before work one early February morning and knew something was wrong. Terrible pain was coming from her neck and shooting pain was going down her arm. “I knew something was very wrong, but I decided to try to go to work anyway. The pain had started the evening before when I…

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Advancements in Robotic Surgery

The advancement of robotic assisted surgery has changed the game for many surgeons and patients. Robotic surgery has been around since 2001. The surgeries performed are minimally invasive which means minimal trauma for the patient. Incisions are smaller, blood loss is less, and pain and recovery times are shorter. Boone Hospital Center added its first…

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Valuing Experience

Julie A. Brown BSN, RN, CAPA, CPAN is known for being a fabulous nurse by her patients and her coworkers. “I’ve been doing this a long time, and I take the ‘mom approach’ I think,” says Julie, “If a patient or a coworker needs a hug, I give them a hug. If they need a…

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Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Closures

Boone Health is always here to improve the health of the people and communities we serve, but some of our clinics and services will be closed or closing early during the holidays. We wish you and your family a merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year! Christmas Eve, Sunday. Dec 24 Boone Convenient…

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A Pinched Nerve

It was a sunny day in September 2022. The weather in Macon, Mo. had consistently been in the 80s and Roger Cathey was outside soaking up the sun. Not one to sit around, Roger loves being outdoors, whether he’s mowing, fishing, gardening or planting his wife Pat’s flowers. As Roger was mowing, he got his…

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All About Your A1C

What is A1C and should you get tested? What has your blood sugar been up to lately? If you’re at risk for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, or if you’re managing diabetes, an A1C test can answer that question. The A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that…

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