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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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What to Know About the Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

By: Dr. Carleen Hanson, Pediatrics When you have a newborn, your life is a whirlwind — not only in regards to daily activities (When was the last time I ate sitting down or even ate at all? Yes, it’s 4:30 … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Plan Ahead to Stay Safe During Storms

Originally published on June 25, 2014, in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Dana Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee Clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: How do I prepare my family to be safe during severe weather? Dear Reader: … Continue reading

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Healthy Dishes That Will Cause a Bang at Your Celebration

By: Krista Kohls, Clinical Dietitian What comes to mind when someone says “4th of July”? Do you picture an American flag or fireworks or hanging out with family and friends in warm weather? How about grilling and sipping on a … Continue reading

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The ABCs of Infant Safe Sleep

By: Dr. Nicole Baumann-Blackmore, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), defined as the sudden death of an infant less than one year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation, is the leading cause of death … Continue reading

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Why Men Should Have PSA Screenings

By: Dr. Andrew Jahoda, Urology Prostate cancer is relatively common, occurring in roughly 8 out of 10 men. According to the latest data, approximately 1,000 men need to undergo Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) screening to benefit one man’s length of survival. … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Fractures Can be a Common Childhood Injury

Originally published on June 11, 2014, in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: My 4-year-old is a “daredevil” and constantly getting hurt. Fortunately just bumps and bruises at this point but … Continue reading

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Healthy Graduation Party Snack Ideas

By: Michelle Gullickson, Manager of Green Bush Garden Bistro Looking for something that will please the taste buds of everyone, but with a health twist? Try these helpful hints and recipes at your graduation party! Give up chips and dip … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Get Kids Engaged With the Outdoors

Originally published on May 14, 2014, in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: What is the best way to get children active outdoors? Dear Reader: For most young … Continue reading

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What does Skin Cancer Look Like?

By: Dr. Jeffrey Larson, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, affecting nearly one in five individuals. Sadly, my practice frequently involves reconstructive surgery following the removal of skin cancer. … Continue reading

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Five Things to Know About Mammograms

By: Lucinda Prue, Mammography Technologist Over the last couple of years there has been some misleading information in the media concerning screening mammograms. How old should you be to have a mammogram? How often should you schedule the examination? Although … Continue reading

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Four Ways to Improve Your Health and Wellness

By: Marta Staple, APNP at Meriter West Washington Healthy living. Wellness. Good health. We hear these terms all the time. We wish for good health for one another and for our children. We strive for our own wellness. We talk … Continue reading

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How to Manage Daily Activities While Living with Arthritis

By: Dr. Amy Franta, Orthopedic Surgery May is National Arthritis Month! Until I hit middle age, I don’t think I truly understood the impact that arthritis has on the millions of Americans who suffer from it. While my aches and … Continue reading

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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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