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Dispelling Common Myths about Cosmetic Procedures

By: Denise Baker, RN, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery There comes a time in every woman’s life when she looks in the mirror and wonders, “When did that wrinkle get there?” Plenty of us have spent dollars upon dollars on products … Continue reading

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Meriter Children’s Center Celebrates The Week of the Young Child

This week Meriter Children’s Center has been celebrating The Week of the Young Child. This annual celebration is an opportunity to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families. To celebrate, the children have participated in … Continue reading

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Industry Experts Assess the ACA

In a recent InBusiness article, Dr. Robert Turngren, president of Meriter Medical Group, joined a panel of local industry experts to assess the Affordable Care Act’s long-term impacts. Click here to read the complete article.

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Seven Ways to Better Manage Your Allergies

By: Dr. Jeremy Bufford, Allergy/Immunology If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you may have started to notice a runny nose or itchy eyes. From avoiding allergic triggers to options for preventing and treating symptoms, here are several suggestions to manage … Continue reading

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Meriter Launches Interactive Experience for JointCare Program

Online care plan guides patients through joint replacement surgery and recovery Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Many Choices for a Safe Night’s Sleep

Originally published on March 27, 2014, in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: I am expecting and trying to plan where my baby will sleep. What is your recommendation? Dear Reader: … Continue reading

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Fifteen Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

By: Sara Babcock, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Center for Perinatal Care During your first visit, your provider will ask you many questions to help guide pregnancy management. You will discuss the time of your last menstrual period and ultrasounds for … Continue reading

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How to Choose Your Obstetrician

By: Sara Babcock, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Center for Perinatal Care If you’ve decided to have a baby, the most important thing you can do is take good care of yourself! When planning for a pregnancy it is always a … Continue reading

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Meriter Receives Recognition from Salvation Army

Meriter is pleased to receive recognition from the Salvation Army for its involvement in the Red Kettle campaign. Meriter staff participated by ringing bells at several locations. The Salvation Army has been an excellent partner to Meriter in the development … Continue reading

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The Truth about Colonoscopies

By: Dr. Gary Griglione, Gastroenterology Each year, March is recognized as Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer-related death that affects both men and … Continue reading

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Best Tips for Flying with Your Children

By: Dr. Kristin Millin, Pediatrics Wisconsin in the winter makes all of us question why we have chosen to live in the Midwest.  My survival tool is to think about vacations in warmer climates.  I love to fly in an … Continue reading

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Allergy and Pediatrics Groups Achieve Best in the Nation

We are proud to announce that our patients have rated the Allergy and Meriter DeForest-Windsor clinic pediatrics groups Best in the Nation (on National Research Corporation’s Fourth Quarter 2013 Survey) for being able to get an appointment as soon as they needed and getting … Continue reading

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How to Set Exercise Goals for Success

By: Lisa Sanborn, Lead Exercise Physiologist Are you already frustrated and discouraged that you have not kept up with your New Year’s Resolution to exercise more or lose weight? Most likely you probably set too grand of a goal and … Continue reading

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Understanding the Risk Factors for Heart Disease in Women

By: Dr. Melissa Grimm, General Internal Medicine Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among U.S. women.  In fact, for women the average lifetime risk for some type of cardiovascular disease is high, approaching 1 in 2 women. But … Continue reading

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Ten Tips for a Heart-Healthy Diet

Celebrate American Heart Month with the heart-healthy Mediterranean Diet Continue reading

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How to Protect Yourself from Stress

By: Gretchen Diem, PhD; Women’s HeartCare These days stress is almost a fact of life. It creeps into our lives in a variety of ways from angst-inducing news about natural disasters and economic woes to daily stressors like looming deadlines … Continue reading

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Seven Indoor Activities to Try With Your Kids

By: Dr. Carleen Hanson, Meriter Monona February is American Heart Month, and while many people think of heart disease as an adult medical issue, it’s important to remember that having a healthy heart starts in childhood. I try to remind … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Plenty of Ways to Stay Active This Winter

  Originally published on January 22, 2014 in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Dana Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: My children are starting to get cabin fever. Do you have suggestions on how … Continue reading

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Five Foods to Consume, Limit for a Healthier You

By: Gena Van Kirk, Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Educator Have you ever gone on a diet in hopes of losing weight, only to go off the diet a short time later? Did you wonder, “Why didn’t this work for me?” Most diets only … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Ways to Help Keep Baby Healthy

Originally published on January 8, 2014 in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Dana Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: I just had a baby and am concerned about her getting sick. What can … Continue reading

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Are You Familiar With the Changes in Pap Smear Screening?

By: Marta Staple, APNP Have you noticed that your doctor or health care provider has stopped saying the word “annual” before the words “pap smear?” Big changes in pap smear screening have occurred in the last 2 years, and the … Continue reading

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Meriter Health Services Officially Joins UnityPoint Health

Meriter, Physicians Plus Positioned for Strong Future through Affiliation MADISON, Wis. (January 3, 2014) — Meriter Health Services is pleased to announce it has officially affiliated with UnityPoint Health, a nationally recognized, integrated health system headquartered in West Des Moines, … Continue reading

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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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