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Advance Care Planning 101

By: Jennifer Gotto, Social Worker and Advance Care Planning Facilitator   In honor of National Health Care Decisions Day on April 16, we would like to help you begin the conversation with loved ones about your health care wishes if … Continue reading

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International Travel in Your Future?

By: Dr. Kristin Millin, Travel Medicine Physician Finally, spring is here, and it is the time of year when many of us start to think about summer travel. Whether leaving the country for business or pleasure, you may need to … Continue reading

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How to Prevent A Urinary Tract Infection

By: Katelyn Harms, Infection Prevention and Control Have you ever experienced pain or burning while urinating, the urge to urinate frequently, or lower abdominal pain and fever? These could be symptoms of a urinary tract infection. A urinary tract infection, … Continue reading

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What You Should Know About the MMR Vaccine

By: Kris Fedenia, RN For the past several weeks, vaccines have been in the news — particularly the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). All of this media coverage has stirred up controversy over what to do about outbreaks of measles, … Continue reading

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How to Prevent Colon Cancer

By: Dr. Gary Griglione, Board-certified Gastroenterologist What is Colon Cancer? Before discussing how to prevent it, we should begin with what colon cancer is. The colon is also called the large intestine and begins at the end of the small … Continue reading

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How to Choose a Contraception

By: Marta Staple, APNP Choosing the right contraception can be a confusing task, and many women feel overwhelmed with choices while many others feel that there are not enough options. Contraception is the intentional or deliberate prevention of pregnancy, and while … Continue reading

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Eating Right for Your Workout

By: Samantha Schmaelzle, Dietetic Intern Do you know what to eat before and after your workout? Have you ever been so sore the day after weight lifting that you can hardly move and refuse to go back to the gym? … Continue reading

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Epigenetics: Empowering You to Make Positive Lifestyle Changes

By: Dr. Gretchen Diem, Healthy Psychology Did you know that your genes may not fully determine your health destiny? A new concept in the medical community known as “epigenetics” suggests that you may have more control over your genetic legacy … Continue reading

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Heart Healthy Tips for Kids

By: Dr. Kathryn Cahill, Pediatrician As a child, February was one of my favorite months. After coming down from Christmas, the month of January was cold and dragged on. I eagerly anticipated February and all its heart-themed activities. As a … Continue reading

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Foods for a Heart Healthy Diet

February is Heart Month! Use these guidelines to make heart-healthier choices to prevent heart disease.

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Do You Know the Risk Factors of Heart Failure?

By: Katie Diaz, Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner Heart failure is a chronic condition that develops over time, and it is estimated to affect over 5 million people in the United States alone. Heart failure doesn’t mean that your heart has … Continue reading

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Healthy Habits for the New Year

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Family Medicine at Meriter McKee The Holy Grail of medicine has been and continues to be healthy lifestyle change. Basically this means 1) identifying something in our daily routine that adds significant risk to our ability … Continue reading

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Recipe: How to Pack the Perfect Salad In a Jar

By: Susie Brueggemann, Clinical Dietitian Makes 1 salad Ingredients 1-2 tablespoons salad dressing Mix of raw and cooked vegetables, fresh and dried fruit, nuts, cheese, and other salad ingredients Salad greens Equipment Wide-mouth canning jars with tight-fitting lids: Pint jars … Continue reading

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Preventing Post-Surgical Infections – Steps to a Successful Procedure

By: Diane Dohm, Infection Prevention Program A surgical site infection occurs after surgery in the part of the body where surgery took place. Most patients who have surgery do not develop an infection. However, infections develop in about 1-3 of … Continue reading

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Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions

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Visitor Guidelines During the Flu Season

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What You Should Know About Botox and Juvéderm

By: Dr. Jeffrey Larson, Plastic Surgery Botox and Juvéderm are cosmetic medical treatments referred to as “injectables” because both treatments are injected with a needle and syringe in an office setting. Botox works by paralyzing muscles in the face that … Continue reading

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Hot Water Hand Washing and The Five Second Rule

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Symptoms and Triggers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Family Medicine at Meriter McKee Is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) real? Yes! Irritable bowel syndrome (also called spastic colon and sometimes referred to as abdominal migraine) is a complex disorder that affects as many as 20 … Continue reading

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Core Conditioning: It’s Not Just About the Abs

By: Lori Parmenter, Clinical Exercise Physiologist with Women’s HeartCare Many people compare “core” with their abdominal muscles. However, it is much more than your abs. Traditional stomach crunches or sit-ups target just a few muscles. The core is made up … Continue reading

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8 Accidents to Avoid This Holiday Season

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How to Avoid Common Prescription Drug Mistakes

By: Nick Gnadt, Ambulatory Pharmacy Manager Medicines have the power to heal and cure, but sometimes mistakes and errors can happen. When not used properly, they can be ineffective or even harmful. Here are some tips for making sure your … Continue reading

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10 Healthy Thanksgiving Meal Alternatives

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Six Ways to Manage Stress Around the Holidays

By: Dr. Gretchen Diem, Health Psychology Although holidays are supposed to be a joyful time, they can also feel overwhelming and stressful. There is often a dizzying array of demands – parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, family get-togethers, to name just … Continue reading

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How Can You Become Tobacco-Free?

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Family Medicine When someone mentions the Great American Smokeout on November 20, do you feel inspired, annoyed, anxious, guilty or something else? If truth be told, many people who smoke have mixed emotions about smoking and … Continue reading

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