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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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Are there other options for taking multiple medications?

Written by: Katie Voskuil, RT(R), CPhT, Compounding Technician, Agnesian Pharmacy Often times older adults, children with special needs and patients struggling with pain and chronic infections find it difficult to take their medications. Compounding of medications may be the answer. What is medication compounding in layman’s terms? Compounding is making custom medications for patients. Similar to […]

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Navigating Healthy Food Choices This Holiday Season

By: Sami Woolson, MS, ATC/LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center While the fall season means cooler weather and changes in the color of leaves, it also means the holiday season is coming. With that comes holiday gatherings and delicious fall foods and treats. At this time of year, it can be hard to stay […]

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Should I use antibiotics for my cold symptoms?

Written by: Brenda Grass, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Antibiotics are becoming less and less effective, in part due to over-prescription and inappropriate use. Antibiotics aren’t needed for common illnesses, like colds, most sore throats, the flu and even some ear infections. These illnesses are often caused by viruses, which do not respond to antibiotics. Sometimes the […]

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An innovative approach to help loved ones remember to take their medications

Written by: Morgan Bernard, PharmD, RPh, Long-Term Care Supervisor, Agnesian Pharmacy & Prescription Centers With America’s aging population, it’s common for the average person to take four, five, 10 or even more medications daily. It can be easy to mix up bottles, forget to take a medication at the correct time, take an extra pill or […]

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