Depression, stress, anger, disappointment, sadness, fear, emotional pain are a part of life but hopefully not a daily constant. There are times when these feelings distract us to the point where we have trouble coping with our routine. A tool for combating these is mindfulness; reflexive meditation that places you in control of your emotions. […]

Flu Signs & Symptoms What are the signs, symptoms and common treatments for influenza (flu)? Star Valley Health and its satellite clinics have confirmed laboratory cases of influenza A and B strains. Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, usually comes on suddenly and is different from the common cold. Dr. Clayton Brown, a […]

Fall weather means that we’re headed into flu season. The CDC recommends everyone (6 months of age and older) should receive a seasonal influenza vaccination. Flu caused the deaths of nearly 80,000 people in 2017 in the US alone. Vaccination to prevent flu is particularly important for people who are at high risk of developing […]

Kids throughout the valley are back to school and given a few weeks the usual sore throats will occur. Sore throats are common with most illnesses, luckily most resolve on their own within a few days. A few environmental causes are allergies, dryness (especially in heated homes during the winter), acid reflux, irritants (e.g. pollution […]

Summertime in Wyoming is spent outdoors enjoying the wilderness, lakes, and mountains. And the sun shines down through it all. Despite information about continued sun exposure without protective sunblocks or clothing; many of us are at risk for sunburn and skin damage. A Sunburn is easily diagnosed and treated with simple over the counter treatments, […]

Wyoming has reported an early case of West Nile virus in Campbell County. In past years such cases didn’t manifest until late July or August, but that doesn’t mean that Wyoming is in for a tough season. But it does suggest being prepared for summer activities in mosquito areas. Mosquitos aren’t just a summer nuisance […]

As summer warms up, so does the activity of outdoor pests. Ticks can be an unwelcome visitor to anyone enjoying the wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter. The most common tick in Wyoming is the Rocky Mountain Wood tick. Provided below are some identification and tips for staying tick free this […]

The stomach flu is a name given to a condition known as gastroenteritis. Stomach flu can cause cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It spreads easily from person to person through contact with unwashed hands, food, or contaminated surfaces. Rotavirus can also cause gastroenteritis, which is one of the most common causes of diarrhea in children. […]

Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox (varicella), and anyone that has had chickenpox as a child is at risk for developing shingles in adulthood. Vaccination can minimize your risk of developing shingles. Check with your doctor to see if a shingles vaccine is appropriate for you; even if you’ve […]

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