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Symptoms and Triggers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Family Medicine at Meriter McKee Is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) real? Yes! Irritable bowel syndrome (also called spastic colon and sometimes referred to as abdominal migraine) is a complex disorder that affects as many as 20 … Continue reading

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Core Conditioning: It’s Not Just About the Abs

By: Lori Parmenter, Clinical Exercise Physiologist with Women’s HeartCare Many people compare “core” with their abdominal muscles. However, it is much more than your abs. Traditional stomach crunches or sit-ups target just a few muscles. The core is made up … Continue reading

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8 Accidents to Avoid This Holiday Season

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How to Avoid Common Prescription Drug Mistakes

By: Nick Gnadt, Ambulatory Pharmacy Manager Medicines have the power to heal and cure, but sometimes mistakes and errors can happen. When not used properly, they can be ineffective or even harmful. Here are some tips for making sure your … Continue reading

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10 Healthy Thanksgiving Meal Alternatives

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Six Ways to Manage Stress Around the Holidays

By: Dr. Gretchen Diem, Health Psychology Although holidays are supposed to be a joyful time, they can also feel overwhelming and stressful. There is often a dizzying array of demands – parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, family get-togethers, to name just … Continue reading

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How Can You Become Tobacco-Free?

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Family Medicine When someone mentions the Great American Smokeout on November 20, do you feel inspired, annoyed, anxious, guilty or something else? If truth be told, many people who smoke have mixed emotions about smoking and … Continue reading

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10 Common Medical Conditions in Veterans

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Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

By: Michelle Miller, Manager of Greenbush Garden Bistro Fall and winter are all about comfort foods for most of us, so I have included some healthy alternatives to our everyday idea of what comfort food is. Now, these recipes will … Continue reading

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Meriter-UnityPoint Health Wins 2014 eHealthcare Leadership Awards

Meriter-UnityPoint Health is proud to announce that is has again been honored with three national eHealthcare Leadership Awards, presented by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends. Meriter received the 2014 Silver eHealthcare Leadership Award for Best Doctor Directory, the 2014 Silver eHealthcare … Continue reading

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Eating to Improve Overall Health and Diabetes Control

By: Gena Van Kirk, Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Educator When it comes to healthy eating, nourishing the body is the main concern. Our bodies require a certain quantity of nutrients to work at their best. This is largely about getting a well-balanced … Continue reading

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Help Feed the Hungry This Thanksgiving

For many years, the Goodman Community Center has provided groceries to families across Dane County so that they can also make a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This year, they hope to feed over 2,500 families. You can easily make a big … Continue reading

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Manage the Holidays Mindfully

  Are you feeling daunted by the thought of the upcoming holidays? If so, you’re not alone. This season, choose to give yourself the gift of respite while developing skills that can take you from frantic and overwhelmed to mindful … Continue reading

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Meriter-UnityPoint Health Offers Additional Colon Cancer Screenings

At Meriter-UnityPoint Health, your health is our priority. We know that colon cancer is one of the most preventable, yet least prevented, cancers in the U.S. today. Unfortunately, only 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 are getting … Continue reading

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Six Things You Didn’t Know About Hospital Pharmacists

By: Hanna Knurr, Pharmacy Practice Resident Did you ever wonder how your nurse knows that he or she is giving you the right medications at the right times and at the right dose? Hospital pharmacists handle all things medication related! … Continue reading

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16 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween

By: Dr. Kristin Millin, Pediatrics at Meriter West Washington Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. At my house, we are currently in negotiations with my 9-year-old about whether a Zombie costume is appropriate to wear this year when we … Continue reading

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Why You Should Schedule a Screening Mammogram

By: Dr. Susan Toth, General Surgery You have a spot on your mammogram. You have breast cancer. No two sentences can strike more fear in a woman than those above. Sometimes that fear prevents a woman from actually getting a … Continue reading

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Learn the Truth About Ebola

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What to Know About Breast Reconstructive Options

By: Dr. Jeffrey Larson, Plastic Surgery 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 … Continue reading

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Laura Brown Nominated for PA of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Laura Brown, MS, PA-C, WCC, has been nominated for the 2014 Wisconsin PA of the Year Award. The PA of the Year award annually honors an outstanding physician assistant who demonstrates excellence in service … Continue reading

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Tackling the Blues

By: Elizabeth Bothfeld, APNP at Meriter West Washington At some point in our lives, most of us will be personally affected by our own or a loved one’s mental illness. In fact, 1 in 4 adults will experience mental illness … Continue reading

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How to Remain Injury Free from Falls

By: Roseanne Braslow, Patient Safety Officer, Performance Improvement Did you know that Wisconsin is a national leader in fall-prevention research and that the state’s Aging and Public Health networks are leaders in providing evidence-based, fall-prevention programs to older citizens? A … Continue reading

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Five Reasons to Get a Flu Vaccine

By: Dr. Marie Roethlisberger, Family Medicine at Meriter McKee Did you know that flu activity can begin as early as October and occur as late as May? According to the Centers for Disease Control, the timing of the flu is … Continue reading

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Stepping On Program: Building Confidence and Reducing Falls

Meriter – UnityPoint Health’s Stepping On Program empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risk of falls. This community-based workshop is offered once a week for 7 weeks using adult education and self-efficacy principles. In this … Continue reading

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Meriter – UnityPoint Health Wins National Patient Satisfaction Award

Meriter – UnityPoint Health is proud to announce that it has again been recognized as one of the best patient care providers in the nation at the National Research Corporation’s 20th Annual International Patient-Centered Care Symposium in San Diego over … Continue reading

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