Monthly Archives: December 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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