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Be mindful this Halloween of children with sensory or social challenges

Written by: Emma Coffman, MS OTR/L, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Treffert Center & Clinic Consider these tips for celebrating Halloween with children that have sensory or social challenges: For community members Be mindful of overwhelming décor, including your yard. Consider not using flashing lights or loud, surprising sounds. While these may be fun for some, they can […]

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Good Night Sleep

Is napping good for me?

Written by: Lindsay Dorn, REEGT, RPSGT, Agnesian Center for Sleep Disorders More than 85 percent of mammals are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for […]

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Is there such a thing as ‘too much’ sleep?

Written by: Lindsay Dorn, REEGT, RPSGT, Agnesian Center for Sleep Disorders When it comes to sleep, can you have too much of a good thing? It’s true that a good night’s sleep is essential for health. Oversleeping has been linked to a host of medical concerns, including diabetes, heart disease and increased risk of death. […]

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Ready to order diabetic shoes? Here’s how.

Written by: Katie Gregory, DME sales specialist of Diabetes/Therapeutic Shoes at Agnesian Health Shoppe When I am working with individuals who are looking for the best pair of shoes for their specific medical needs, there are certain questions I am generally asked. Here are the answers to the two more commonly-asked questions. What percentage does […]

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How often should I clean my CPAP supplies, and how?

Written by: Tanya Westra, registered respiratory therapist, Agnesian Health Shoppe You should wash your CPAP mask, tubing, water chamber and washable filter (if you have one, some use disposable filters) once a week at the minimum to prevent bacteria growth and infection. You can wash your supplies in a mild dish soap and water. Rinse […]

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The lowdown on the EpiPen®

Written by: Leslie Ganske, CPhT, BLS, Retail Pharmacy, Operations Coordinator, Agnesian Healthcare There’s been much information in the news lately regarding the cost of EpiPen® injections, which contain Epinephrine – a potentially life-saving medication used in emergencies to treat very serious allergic reactions to insect stings/bites, foods, drugs or other substances. The drug acts quickly to improve breathing, […]

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Consideration for those who grieve

Written by: Melissa Klebs, Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Counselor I recently read an article on Facebook that got me thinking. The article was entitled “Stopping Traffic for Grief.” I got to thinking about the funeral processions that I have been a part of. Most of these funeral processions have been in smaller towns where people slow down, pull over, […]

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My Fight Song

Written by: Lori Tschetter, CSW, Bereavement Counselor, Agnesian Bereavement Center & Grief Relief I was never what you would consider a runner. In fact, I was the complete opposite. I dreaded that one day each year that we were forced to run the mile in gym class. When I got older, my personal stance became […]

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West Nile Virus: what you need to know

Written by: Carlos Figueroa Castro, MD, Infectious Diseases A recent update from the Fond du Lac County Health Department indicates that a dead crow found in the county last month tested positive for the West Nile virus. As a healthcare consumer, what do you need to know about this virus? First off, it’s important to […]

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Benefits of using art to heal

Being creative can reduce stress. Often relaxation and enjoyment are the main goals when thinking about making art. Art can also be more than a hobby or pretty picture. Art therapy is an expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Art therapy can […]

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