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7 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Healthy This Halloween

It’s that time of year again when BIG bags of candy start appearing on the store shelves.  And with the rising rates of childhood obesity, it’s important to provide healthy alternatives to the traditional Halloween treats.  Here are 7 helpful hints … Continue reading

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A Review of Breast Health and Breast Cancer Reduction Strategies

In the United States, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the second most common cancer death in women. Breast cancer screening and early detection is the best strategy for breast cancer detection. Reducing risk factors and … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Talking to Children About Death

Originally published on October 23, 2013 in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: My 6-year-old son’s grandmother has a terminal illness. How do we explain this to him … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Fireplace safety

Originally published October 16, 2013 in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Readers: If you have been reading this column for a while, you may recognize this topic from previous … Continue reading

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Reconstructive Options for Patients with Breast Cancer

  As a plastic surgeon, I have the privilege of treating women who suffer from breast cancer, a potentially life-threatening disease that is becoming all too common. After the general surgeon completes the cancer removal operation, I am given the … Continue reading

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Community Resources Can Ease Breastfeeding Challenges

Breastfeeding your baby can be one of the most wonderful, lovely, challenging things a woman ever does. Simply put, breastfeeding is naturally feeding your infant. If nature had its way, a mother would continue to feed her infant, naturally, for … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Vaccinations Best Way to Prevent Flu

Featured in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 2, 2013 Dear Dr. Johnson: Do you recommend the flu shot for otherwise healthy school-age children? Dear Reader: With the fall season here, we are entering cold and flu season, whether we … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Hand Washing a Key to Health

Featured in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 18, 2013. Dear Dr. Johnson: My child seems to get sick every year after a couple weeks of school. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? Dear Reader: With the … Continue reading

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Healthy Recipe: Zucchini Muffins

Recommended by Krista Kohls, RD, CD, Meriter Registered Dietitian Makes: 24 delicious muffins Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: About 30 minutes Ingredients: 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup all purpose flour 1 cup wheat germ 1 tsp baking … Continue reading

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Pre-existing Diabetes and Pregnancy

Women with pre-existing diabetes (diabetes prior to pregnancy) can have healthy pregnancies and babies. They are no longer discouraged from having children; however, there are important things you need to know to help you have a healthy pregnancy. First of … Continue reading

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Healthy Back-to-School Snacks

Recipes recommended by Dietitian Krista Kohls and featured on WISC-TV. No-Bake Energy Bites  Makes about 20-25 balls Ingredients 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats) 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter or soynut … Continue reading

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Yoga is in Full Bloom

The wholesome benefits of this ancient health practice are found in scientific journals, fitness periodicals and wellness magazines. But the stated advantages are true. With few exceptions, yoga is healthy for every one of every shape, size and fitness level. … Continue reading

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Meriter Encourages Rooming-In

After you deliver your baby at Meriter we recommend “rooming-in.”  This means you keep your baby with you in your private room the whole time you are in the hospital. This is a healthy choice for families because it lets … Continue reading

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Are allergies bothering your family?

No matter the time of year, we can’t hide from allergens, both indoors and out.  The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American has ranked Madison the 12th worst city in the nation for those who suffer from allergies.  It’s that … Continue reading

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Diabetes Screening During Early Pregnancy

Many of the clinics in our area have now taken an active part in screening for diabetes early in  pregnancy, usually with other pregnancy lab tests in the first trimester.  Why? There is a diabetes epidemic.  Many more people are … Continue reading

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Using Seatbelts During Pregnancy

Pregnant women may wonder if they should wear a seat belt while they’re pregnant. The answer is YES!  Experts agree that everyone, including pregnant women, should wear a seat belt when riding in a car. It is well documented that … Continue reading

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Perinatal Palliative Care

When parents choose to continue a pregnancy after their baby is diagnosed with a life-limiting condition A family has learned that their baby’s life may be much shorter than planned.  Meriter Hospital offers a service called Perinatal Palliative Care that … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: How to keep a child in bed at bedtime

Originally published March 14, 2013, in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Dana Johnson is a pediatrician at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: How do I keep my 2 year old in her “big-girl bed” at bedtime? Dear Reader: Developing good … Continue reading

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2013 March for Babies

Join Meriter and Physicians Plus at the 2013 March for Babies! Saturday, May 11 NEW LOCATION – Law Park 410 South Blair Street (At Machinery Row) Registration: 8:30am; Start: 9:30am Distance: 3 miles COST: FREE, but you are encouraged to … Continue reading

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Health and Lifestyle Prebiotics in Baby Formula and Eczema: Mixed Picture

Originally published by Reuters on March 28, 2013. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – There’s some evidence to suggest that putting prebiotics in baby formula protects children against the skin condition eczema, according to a fresh look at past research. The … Continue reading

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Family-Centered Bedside Shift Report

Bringing a new baby into your family is one of the most memorable times in your life. Along with the happiness many families feel a little bit nervous whether welcoming your first baby or the newest brother or sister. We understand … Continue reading

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Meriter Celebrates Healthy Baby Month

March is Healthy Baby Month. Our staff works to ensure every baby is born healthy. Meriter is proud of our commitment to family-centered-care provided by highly qualified staff and providers. Our newly renovated Birthing Center was just completed for the … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: How to Help Your Baby’s Dry Skin

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal, March 7, 2013. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: My toddler has dry skin. What can I do to help with this? Dear Reader: At this … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Is there a way to tell what color my baby’s eyes will end up?

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal, February 14, 2013. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: My newborn has blue eyes. I have heard they can change color. Is there a way I … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Choking is a Danger for Infants and Young Children

Originally published in the the Wisconsin State Journal, February 7, 2013. Dear Dr. Johnson: We have started some solid foods with my 6-month-old. She loves them, but I am worried she might choke. What can I do to prevent this? … Continue reading

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