Yearly Archives: 2013

Five Common Allergy Myths

By: Dr. Katherine A. Gonzaga, Allergy/Immunology Allergies can affect people at any age. Unfortunately, there are a lot of common myths and misconceptions about allergies due to a great deal of false information in the media and on the Internet. … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Enjoy Safer, Happier Holidays

Originally published on December 25, 2013, in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: How do I allow my child and myself to enjoy the holiday season more completely? … Continue reading

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Healthy Weight and a Healthy Pregnancy

By: April Eddy, RN, CNS, CDE (APNP), Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist for Perinatal Services Healthy weight can reduce the risk for multiple issues for a women’s health in general, but did you know how your weight can affect the chances … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Holiday Gift Ideas

Originally published on December 18, 2013, in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: Do you have suggestions on the best gifts for children this holiday season? Dear Reader: … Continue reading

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Attend the Center for Perinatal Care Open House

We’re Blooming! Please join our Center for Perinatal Care Open House Celebration on Wednesday, January 15 from 5:00-8:00 pm. This is the final step of the renovations of both women’s inpatient and outpatient units. Tour the new high-tech ultrasound rooms, … Continue reading

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Four Reasons to Quit Smoking

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Medical Director, Meriter Wellness Programs There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. Any exposure to tobacco smoke – even an occasional cigarette or exposure to secondhand smoke – is harmful. Secondhand smoke increases … Continue reading

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Quit Smoking with Mindfulness Training for Smokers

By: Kelly Bodoh, Smoking Cessation Coordinator I’ve been running the stairs of my apartment building in preparation for “Hustle Up the Hancock,” an event comprised of running up 94 stories. I feel ready, and the sensation of being this alive … Continue reading

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How to Keep Stress In Check During the Holiday Season

By: Dr. Lindsey Duca, Health Psychology Between snow storms, traveling with the family, holiday gatherings and out of town visitors, the holiday season has earned its reputation for bringing a healthy dose of stress along with sugar plums and mistletoe … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Getting a Pet

Originally published on December 4, 2013, in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: We are considering getting a pet for our family for Christmas. What recommendations do you … Continue reading

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Six Ways to Beat a Cold This Winter

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Family Medicine As winter approaches, people gather in close proximity in colleges, schools, daycares, clinics and workplaces. Humidity drops and indoor heating leads to dry air. Many experts believe that these and other factors can contribute … Continue reading

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Part Two: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with a Healthy Outlook

By: Michelle Swader, Dietitian Here are a few additional ways to help your child stay at a healthy weight and prevent the onset of diabetes at a young age. Read Part One: How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Children for … Continue reading

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Healthy Recipes Featured in the Community Cooking Class

Oven “Fried” Chicken 4 portions 4 Piece  Chicken breast, bone less, skinless, 5-8 oz (can use bone in, if skin removed) 2 Cups  Panko bread crumbs, or regular standard bread crumbs 2 Eggs, beaten 1 Tablespoon  Garlic powder (or adjust … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Constipation Concerns

Originally published on November 27, 2013, in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: My 3-year-old daughter has been having hard golf ball-sized stools. Should I be concerned, and … Continue reading

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Part One: How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Children

By:  Michelle Swader, Dietitian We are seeing type 2 diabetes appear at an earlier age than in previous generations. In the past, the disease was most typically diagnosed in people over 40, but it is now being found in children and … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Preparing Sibling for Baby

Originally published on November 13, 2013, in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: We are expecting a baby. How do we prepare our 3-year-old for the addition to … Continue reading

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10 Tips For Healthy Skin This Winter

 By: Dr. Michael S. Pomroy, Dermatologist Although Healthy Skin Month is coming to a close, winter is just getting started!  Dry skin can occur at any time throughout the year, but it is most prevalent in the winter when the … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: When to Treat Eye Drainage with Antibiotics

Originally published on November 13, 2013, in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: My toddler has been sent home several times from day care due to eye drainage. … Continue reading

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National Bladder Health Week: How much do you know about your pelvic floor?

Urinary incontinence affects 25 million people in the US, and one out of three US adults has experienced loss of bladder control. November 11th – 15th is National Bladder Health Week. Take this quiz to find out how much you … Continue reading

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Meriter Wins 2013 eHealthcare Leadership Awards

Meriter is proud to announce that is has again been honored with two national eHealthcare Leadership Awards, presented by eHealthcare Straegy & Trends. Meriter received the 2013 Silver eHealthcare Leadership Award for Best Doctor Directory and the 2013 Gold eHealthcare … Continue reading

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Thank You, Forensic Nurses!

The entire staff of Meriter Health Services would like to join the International Association of Forensic Nurses in recognizing forensic nurses around the world for the extraordinary work they do.  The Meriter Hospital SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) program is the only … Continue reading

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Join Us for a Family Night Out

Enjoy a night with your family before the holiday season kicks into full gear! Meriter is hosting a family night out at our DeForest-Windsor clinic (located near the intersection of Hwys. 19 & 51) on Tuesday, November 26 from 5:30-7:30 … Continue reading

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Meriter Home Care Agency Receives HomeCare Elite Recognition

Meriter Home Care Agency is pleased to announce achievement of HomeCare Elite recognition in 2013. HomeCare Elite™ is a compilation of the top 25% most successful home care providers in the United States based on standardized performance measures using publically … Continue reading

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Tips to Prevent Diabetes

A week does not go by where a patient does not ask me about whether or not they have diabetes. It can either stem from symptoms they are having that could be attributable to diabetes and/or a family history of … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Halloween Safety

Originally published on October 30, 2013, in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. The leaves are changing color, the temperatures are dropping and the ghouls are coming out. Each year, I … Continue reading

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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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