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When to Call the Doctor: Vomiting

It can be challenging to determine when to call the doctor. Here are several things to know about all things on vomit.

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Healthy Habits for the New Year

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Family Medicine at Meriter McKee The Holy Grail of medicine has been and continues to be healthy lifestyle change. Basically this means 1) identifying something in our daily routine that adds significant risk to our ability … Continue reading

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Recipe: How to Pack the Perfect Salad In a Jar

By: Susie Brueggemann, Clinical Dietitian Makes 1 salad Ingredients 1-2 tablespoons salad dressing Mix of raw and cooked vegetables, fresh and dried fruit, nuts, cheese, and other salad ingredients Salad greens Equipment Wide-mouth canning jars with tight-fitting lids: Pint jars … Continue reading

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Preventing Post-Surgical Infections – Steps to a Successful Procedure

By: Diane Dohm, Infection Prevention Program A surgical site infection occurs after surgery in the part of the body where surgery took place. Most patients who have surgery do not develop an infection. However, infections develop in about 1-3 of … Continue reading

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Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions

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Visitor Guidelines During the Flu Season

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What You Should Know About Botox and Juvéderm

By: Dr. Jeffrey Larson, Plastic Surgery Botox and Juvéderm are cosmetic medical treatments referred to as “injectables” because both treatments are injected with a needle and syringe in an office setting. Botox works by paralyzing muscles in the face that … Continue reading

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10 Top Baby Names of 2014

Are you wondering what the top baby names were for 2014 in the Madison area? As the busiest birthing center in the state of Wisconsin, we compiled a list of the most common first names of the more than 3,800 … Continue reading

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Hot Water Hand Washing and The Five Second Rule

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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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