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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One Step At A Time

A team effort in recovery from COVID. It was December 2022 when Donna Becker tested positive for COVID-19. At a time when many look forward to Christmas lights and gingerbread cookies, Donna was dealing with symptoms from COVID. Around 4 days after she recovered from her COVID symptoms, Donna developed polymyositis – an uncommon inflammatory…

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What is RSV?

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is the most common lower respiratory tract infection in infants under age 1. A pediatrician explains what RSV is, its symptoms, treatments, and prevention. The fall season brings crisp mornings and colorful leaves, but it also marks the beginning of what we call “sick season: for children.” Respiratory Syncytial Virus,…

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Paula J McMurtry, MD

Rheumatology, Boone Health Rheumatology I grew up in Farrell, Pennsylvania – a steel town 70 miles north of Pittsburgh. My undergraduate degree in biology is from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. and I attended medical school at Hahnemann University (now Drexel) in Philadelphia. I am married to John McMurtry, MD, a retired urologist, and…

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Quenna Kovar, BSN, RN, CNOR

Operating Room I was born in San Diego, Calif., as the youngest of five children — and only girl. My parents are immigrants from Cambodia. We moved to Columbia, Mo. on my 6th birthday, and I’ve been here ever since. I received my ADN from Moberly Area Community College in 2009, my BSN from Central…

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Grains Galore!

Grains are an abundant food group in the ever-expanding worldwide food system. As a globalized population, we have access to a large variety of grains. Grains are a rich source of carbohydrates, with varying degrees of fiber and a small amount of protein and fat. Grains contain B vitamins, like thiamine and folate, and trace…

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Thanksgiving 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 for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24. We wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday! Closed Thursday only & OPEN Friday, Nov 24 Boone…

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Chemical Peels

As a nurse practitioner in the aesthetics field, fall not only means pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters, bonfires, and falling leaves – it makes me think of corrective treatments for the skin! Cooler temperatures, less direct sun exposure, and fewer outdoor activities make autumn a great time to undergo a medical-grade chemical peel. But what is…

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Dry Needling

Decades of lower back and hip pain began to melt away for Brenda Wilson as she underwent dry needling from Boone Health Therapy Services. Brenda’s pain began in her late teens after roller-skating falls and an unusual landing when cliff jumping into a river. “At the time, the pain was just occasional, but as I…

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Back in the Workshop

Dale Vogt got the help he needed to get back to making wooden toys for children in need. 91-year-old Dale Vogt enjoys spending his days in his woodworking workshop, making little toys to give to children in need. Woodworking has been a passion of his since he was just 8 years old, learning from his…

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