When to stay home

By Brenda Grass, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics  Adults and kids with viral infections should stay home from school or work when they have a temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees F. They should stay home until that fever is gone for 24 hours without using a fever reducing medicine, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. They should […]

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No White Christmas: protect the soul, reduce stress and get rid of the white sugar

The hypothalamus is a central player in how the brain reacts to stress and food. It is the “brain” of the endocrine system and regulates what it dumps into our bodies hormonally/chemically. If we prolong our stress, we release high levels of cortisol. When the high level remains in our bodies for an extended period […]

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Sleepless Night

What can I do to help myself fall asleep at night?

Written by: Lindsay Dorn, REEGT, RPSGT, Agnesian Center for Sleep Disorders What is sleep hygiene? Sleep hygiene is a variety of different practices that are necessary to have normal, quality nighttime sleep and full daytime alertness. What are some examples of good sleep hygiene? The most important sleep hygiene measure is to maintain a regular […]

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Healing Thoughts: December 2016

Through Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Services, support is available during this grieving process to individuals and their families following the death of a loved one. All services are offered at no charge and are available to any individual or group who has experienced the death of a family member or friend. Check out this month’s Healing […]

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When’s the right time to medicate?

By Brenda Grass, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Many common infections have become resistant to antibiotics. As a parent, ask questions to make sure your sick child is getting the best care possible, which might not include an antibiotic. If an antibiotic is not the most effective course of treatment, there are other steps you can take […]

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Crispy Turkey Tostadas

Shredded leftover turkey tops homemade tostadas in this Tex-Mex favorite. Making your own tostada shells from fresh corn tortillas is easier than you might think—crisp them up in the oven while you prepare the toppings. Choose either regular petite diced tomatoes or those with added jalapeños, depending on your inclination for spicy food. Serve with […]

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What to expect at a sleep study?

Written by: Lindsay Dorn, REEGT, RPSGT, Agnesian Center for Sleep Disorders After an initial consultation with your physician or a sleep specialist, you may be referred for a sleep study. The medical term for this study is “polysomnogram,” which is a noninvasive, pain-free procedure that usually requires spending a night or two in a sleep […]

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