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Healing Thoughts: October 2015

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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A New Way to Fight Acid Reflux at Night: Reza Band

Millions of people suffer from acid reflux at night. The combination of lying flat and the relaxation of the upper esophageal sphincter during sleep allow stomach acids and food residues to come back up into the throat and enter the airway, irritating the delicate voice and lung tissues. A Milwaukee gastroenterologist and leader in dysphagia […]

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Could you be at risk for Type II Diabetes?

Written by: Tara Schmitz, Agnesian Work & Wellness – Wellness Coordinator Diabetes contributes to over 230,000 deaths in the United States per year, and yet many people are not aware they have the disease or may have risk factors associated with it. Risk factors increase a person’s risk for developing pre-diabetes and eventually type 2 […]

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Crunch-Free Core Strengthening for Athletes

Participating in a regular core strengthening program has been shown to increase explosive power and prevent injury during athletic activities. Your core muscles are needed to stabilize both your upper and lower extremities during high level activities, such as throwing and kicking. When most people think about core strengthening exercises, the first exercise that comes […]

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Healthy Recipe: Sweet Potato Wedges

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Makes 4 servings Nonstick cooking spray 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/3 inch thick wedges 1 tbsp. canola oil ½ tsp. chili powder ½ tsp. garlic powder ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. dried oregano Coat the grill rack with cooking spray; heat the grill to […]

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What is Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)?

A patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a hole in the heart that failed to close like it should have after birth. During development in the womb, the unborn baby has a small flap-like opening called the foramen ovale. Normally it closes during infancy when the baby is no longer dependent on the blood supply through […]

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Preventing Sport-Related Knee Injuries

A torn knee ligament is one of the most debilitating injuries that routinely occur in young athletes.  Sports that involve jumping, cutting, pivoting and sudden stops such as football, basketball, soccer and volleyball place the athlete at a greater risk for developing a knee injury. The good news is that there are ways to decrease […]

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Do mammograms hurt?

Most women would say that a mammogram is uncomfortable as opposed to being painful. Remember that compression is needed in order to see all your breast tissue properly.  Although everyone‘s breast tissue is different and some may have more discomfort than others, here are some ideas to help decrease the discomfort. Try to schedule your […]

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What’s behind that radiation door?

Written by: Filip Troicki, MD If you have ever visited the Agnesian Cancer Center, you may have asked yourself: “What’s behind that radiation door?” If you never had the opportunity to visit the Agnesian Cancer Center, I’m referring to the milky door in the radiation department behind which patients disappear and then re-appear a few […]

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Five things to consider before using e-cigarettes

Five questions and answers to review before using or recommending the use of e-cigarettes. What is the quality control process during manufacturing of the devices, liquid nicotine and non-nicotine juice? Currently there are no federal regulations on how the devices and liquids are manufactured, mixed, stored or distributed. Contents vary widely and don’t always match the ingredients or amounts listed on […]

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