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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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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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Healthy Halloween Treats

Patty Larabell, RDN Halloween is a fun time for kids and families, but it often includes too many sugary treats. There are easy ways to turn a Halloween snack into a fun and healthy treat. Frankenstein Cups Fill a clear … 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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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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ALS: The Ice Cold Truths

By: Dr. Kevin Kapadia, Neurology You may have seen your favorite celebrity, friend or family member ‘go viral’ with voluntarily dumping an ice cold bucket of water on themselves this summer. While this may seem like they are playing practical … Continue reading

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How to Manage Fall Allergies

By: Dr. Jeremy Bufford, Allergy & Immunology Ready to say goodbye to seasonal allergies now that spring and summer have passed? Not so fast. Unfortunately for many people, the approaching autumn doesn’t mean relief from sneezing. Instead, it marks a … Continue reading

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How to Get an A+ in Healthy Back to School Lunches

By: Krista Kohls, MS, RDN, CD It’s hard to believe but it’s already time to start thinking about back to school and that means finding food to stuff in the lunch box or brown bag for school lunches. Kids’ lunches … Continue reading

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10 Tips for Returning to Work After Having a Baby

By: Kris Fedenia, RN, Lactation Consultant Many new moms are returning to work in the early weeks after the birth of their baby. It can be challenging and exhausting without some support and planning. Here are some ideas to help … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why You Are Unlikely to Become Sick With Ebola

By: Katelyn Harms, Infection Prevention and Control Western Africa is currently experiencing the largest outbreak of Ebola in history.  Agencies around the world are collaborating to control the spread of disease and calm the world’s fears about this deadly disease.  … Continue reading

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What to Expect at a Sports Physical

By: Dr. Cheryl Martin-Foster, Family Medicine at Meriter Fitchburg As summer winds down, it is time to get ready for the start of school. If your child participates in fall sports, part of preparing for school is scheduling a sports … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Stay Safe This Summer

By: Dr. Paul Hick, Emergency Services With summer in full swing, it is important to keep safety at the top of your mind when enjoying time with family and friends. Whether you’re hiking or cooking out, remember these summer safety … Continue reading

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What to Expect at a Well-Child Visit

By: Dr. Sumita Ram, Pediatrician at Meriter Middleton Of course, we all know to take our children to the doctor when they are sick with an ear infection or a cough or a rash. However, well -child visits are also … Continue reading

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How to Prevent Catching the Flu at the Fair

Today is the opening day for the Dane County Fair! Between the carnival rides, food stands and animals, you can stay busy while taking in the scenes of the fair. During past county fair seasons, swine exhibits have been associated … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Keeping Kids Safe Online

Originally published on July 9, 2014, in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: How do I keep my preteen safe on the Internet? Dear Reader: The vast World Wide Web can … Continue reading

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