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Water is best for rehydrating kids

Water is the best drink for kids

It may seem like a good idea to give your kids sports drinks to rehydrate as they play outside or participate in sporting activities, especially in warm weather.

But parents really should just stick to plain water, says Amy Seery, MD, a pediatrician with Ascension Medical Group and a faculty member of the Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency program.

“Sports drinks are never as good as water,” says Seery. 

Surgery, fitness program help Belle Plaine woman lose nearly 200 pounds

Stephanie Smeeton and Daniel Fowler

Nearing the end of her workout, Stephanie Smeeton was powering through a set of weighted sit-ups on the Functional Trainer in the Via Christi Wellness Center, located inside the Ascension Via Christi Cancer Center in Wichita.

“You can go up five more pounds, if you want to,” said Daniel Fowler, a board-certified exercise physiologist and coordinator of the Wellness Center. “Are you ready to go up?”

What is the shelf life of a car seat?

Car seat

Is that child’s car seat in your vehicle up to the task of safely shuttling your precious cargo on family vacations, summer activities and other destinations?

Several parents, grandparents and other folks responsible for transporting children who need a car seat don’t realize that car seats expire, says Ronda Lusk, RN, a community health coordinator with Via Christi Outreach and Prevention and the coordinator for Safe Kids Wichita Area Coalition.

Falls overtake car crashes for most common cause of trauma deaths


If you thought vehicular accidents are the most common cause of trauma in Kansas, you’d be wrong.

The most common cause is falls.

“Falls have been outpacing motor vehicle and motorcycle crashes for some time,” says James Haan, MD, a board-certified trauma surgeon who serves as medical director for Trauma Services at the Level I Trauma Center at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.

Does caffeine cause high blood pressure?

Caffeine and blood pressure

Your morning cup of coffee or can of a caffeinated drink might affect your current treatment and potential diagnosis of high blood pressure.

If you're on medication to treat high blood pressure, don't consume a caffeinated drink to help the medicine go down. Caffeine can block the absorption of your blood pressure medicine, making it less effective at keeping your blood pressure in check, says Ascension Medical Group cardiologist Rafael Cabrera, MD.

Virgil Miller battles prostate cancer with five easy CyberKnife treatments

Virgil Miller

When Virgil Miller was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year, he wasn’t eager to spend months getting treatment or recovering from surgery.

But because he was referred by his urologist to the Via Christi CyberKnife® Center in Wichita for treatment, he didn’t have to do either.

In just five sessions of an hour or less over a 10-day period, Virgil’s radiation therapy was complete.

Jean Anderson of Victory in the Valley found her calling through her cancer journey

Jean Anderson

In Victory in the Valley’s Hospitality Centre in downtown Wichita, Jean Anderson has found a purpose behind the disease that nearly took her life.

The view of Ascension Via Christi St. Francis from the Centre’s window serves as a reminder that much of her successful journey stems from the relationship between Via Christi, where doctors removed her cancerous tissue, and Victory in the Valley, whose volunteers and staff helped lift her spirits.


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