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Q&A: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By: Dr. Gary Griglione, Gastroenterology   Q: What is IBS? A: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not a disease – it is a set of symptoms or conditions caused by dysfunction of the GI tract that can affect men and women … Continue reading

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Jordy Nelson Did What?

By:  Dr. Beth Weinman, Sports Medicine Physician Jordy Nelson, a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, recently tore his ACL. This, unfortunately, is a season ending injury. ACL tears are one of the most common sports-related knee injuries and occur … Continue reading

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Lunches, Snacks and Breakfasts On-the-Go That Your Children Will Love

By Krista Kohls, M.S., R.D., C.D., Clinical Dietitian, Meriter Wellness Center School has begun and that means soccer practice, homework, play practice, games, play dates and so much more! All this running around also means meals-on-the-go, BUT I am not … Continue reading

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Steps to Treating Back Pain

By Craig A. Dopf, M.D., Orthopedic Surgery Neck and back pain are very common conditions that can negatively impact your quality of life. If left untreated, it can result in a loss of productivity at work, inability to participate in … Continue reading

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Healthy Lunches at School

By Carleen Hanson, Pediatrician With breakfast being offered at many schools, some children may eat as many meals at school as they do at home during the school year. Ensuring your child eats healthy at school can be a challenge. … Continue reading

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Easy After-School Snacks

Before you know it, school will be back in session, and you’ll have some hungry kids ready for a snack the minute they walk in the door. Dietitian Dena Person recommends the following ideas for healthy treats that your child will actually want to eat.

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10 Reasons Doctors Talk About the Need for Good Nutrition

Eating well can add to your overall health.  Learn 10 reasons why doctors talk about this need.

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Easing Back to School Anxiety

By Dr. Nicole Baumann-Blackmore, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Ready or not, the new school year is right around the corner!  Parents may be anxious for their kids to get back to school and back into a routine, but the kids may … Continue reading

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A Map to Summer Fun: Safety Tips

Summer fun can also mean summer risk.  Follow these safety tips to help ensure a happy and healthy summer.

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10 Reasons Why You Need a Primary Care Doctor

Visiting your primary care doctor is an important part of keeping of staying healthy!

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Pain Relievers May Increase Risk of Heart attack and Stroke

by By Steve Ebert, Pharmacist The FDA has recently updated a warning that certain pain relievers can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. The warning now includes some over the counter medications. Warning labels on these medications will … Continue reading

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Simple Steps to Stop Type 2 Diabetes

by Gretchen A. Diem, PhD, Health Psychology The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is on the rise. More than 29 million Americans or 9.3% of the U.S. population have diabetes. In addition to the 29 million who already have diabetes, … Continue reading

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Summertime Rashes: Poison Oak, Poison Ivy and Wild Parsnips

By Cate Shookman, nurse practitioner, Meriter ER During the warm summer months, you might be getting outside to hike or camp. While enjoying these activities you may also come across some plants that can cause rashes, especially May through September. … Continue reading

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Formula for Good Health: Sleep

By Luke Fortney, MD, Family Medicine When the topic of health comes up, we immediately think about exercise and diet, which is usually appropriate. However, even with exercise there is a flip side, so to speak, that is often forgotten. … Continue reading

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Head Lice: Prevention and Treatment

By Dr. Nicole Baumann-Blackmore, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Most parents worry about their children getting head lice during the school year.  The majority of cases of head lice are acquired outside of school, however.  I found myself thinking more about it … Continue reading

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Healthy Swimming: Share the Fun, not the Germs

by Katelyn Harms, MPH, CIC, Infection Prevention Summer is the perfect time to enjoy fun in the water.  If you are planning a visit to the pool, water park, hot tub, splash pad or spray park, there are ways to be safe … Continue reading

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Signs and Symptoms of Swimmer’s ear

This upcoming holiday weekend is sure to be filled with fun in the sun. For many families this includes a trip to the swimming pool or lake. Learn the signs, symptoms and treatment for this very common medical problem. Continue reading

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What is Lassa Fever?

By:  Katelyn Harms, Infection Prevention and Control This week a man in New Jersey passed away of a rare disease called Lassa Fever after recently returning from Liberia. So what is Lassa Fever and are you likely to get it?  What is … Continue reading

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How to Treat a Tick Bite

Most tick bites are harmless and do not result in disease in humans. Here in Wisconsin, however, we do have a higher incidence of one of the tick-borne illnesses, Lyme disease, which is spread by the Blacklegged tick, more commonly known as the deer tick.

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The ABCDEs of Skin Cancer

By: Dr. Jeffrey Larson, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, affecting nearly one in five individuals.  Sadly, my practice frequently involves reconstructive surgery following the removal of skin cancer. … Continue reading

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What is Tendonitis and How Can it be Treated?

By: Dr. Beth Weinman, Sports Medicine Physician Are you in pain every time you use your arm, leg or foot? It may be due to tendonitis. Currently, over 10 million people in the United States suffer from severe pain due … Continue reading

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Do you Know the Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion?

By: Dr. Nicole Baumann-Blackmore, Pediatric Hospital Medicine You know spring is in the air when you see and hear children laughing and playing outside.  While the fresh air and exercise is terrific, this can also lead to an increase in … Continue reading

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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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