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Network of Support for Opiate Abusers is Needed

This article was originally published on April 23, 2014 in the Wisconsin State Journal. Regarding recent coverage of heroin use, as addiction medicine physicians at Meriter, we confirm the opiate crisis is not overstated. Opiate abuse is rampant in Dane … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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12 Tips from Meriter Women’s HeartCare

Know your numbers. High cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure are major risk factors for heart disease. Optimal total cholesterol should be under 200, fasting blood sugar under 100 and blood pressure under 120/80. Stop smoking cigarettes. Get … 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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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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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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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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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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Part Two: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with a Healthy Outlook

By: Michelle Swader, Dietitian Here are a few additional ways to help your child stay at a healthy weight and prevent the onset of diabetes at a young age. Read Part One: How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Children for … Continue reading

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Healthy Recipes Featured in the Community Cooking Class

Oven “Fried” Chicken 4 portions 4 Piece  Chicken breast, bone less, skinless, 5-8 oz (can use bone in, if skin removed) 2 Cups  Panko bread crumbs, or regular standard bread crumbs 2 Eggs, beaten 1 Tablespoon  Garlic powder (or adjust … Continue reading

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