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Audio Blog: When to consider hip replacement or resurfacing

Dr. Eric Nelson, an orthopedic surgeon at Waupun Memorial Hospital was recently interviewed about his job. He also discussed options for hip pain, such as hip resurfacing or hip replacement. Listen now.

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Diabetes support: Why is physical activity important for people with diabetes?

Written by: Louise Borzcik, RD, CD, CDE, certified diabetes educator, Agnesian HealthCare Physical activity, at least 30 minutes a day, is important for everyone! However, for people with diabetes, consistent physical exercise does a lot of good things! Physical activity: Helps insulin work better. Insulin is what takes the sugar out of your blood and [...]

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Why is knowing your family history important?

One of the number one risk factors for developing specific cancers is a positive family history.  Talking with a genetics professional about your family history of cancers could result in consideration of genetic testing.  If a genetic mutation is found, it can greatly increase your risk of developing a cancer in your lifetime.  Knowledge is [...]

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Accidental Genius: An Exploration

In an earlier blog (here) I discussed how the acquired savant syndrome hints at buried potential within us all.  Acquired savant syndrome is the rare, but real, phenomenon in which an ordinary person suffers a head injury or other brain incident such as stroke or dementia followed by the sudden emergence, sometimes at a prodigious [...]

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What is a stent?

A stent is a tiny metal mesh tube the props open the artery walls. It is used to treat narrowed or blocked arteries. Some stents are coated with medication that slowly and continuously release to prevent the artery from becoming blocked again.

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What causes shoulder instability?

Written by: Bryan Royce, M.D. Shoulder instability is usually caused from a fall on an outstretched arm or being hit in the arm while the arm is out to the side. Many times this will damage the shoulder labrum (the soft tissue ring that helps the shoulder stay in place) or it may even damage [...]

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Early detection is key in colorectal cancer

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. Dr. Richard [...]

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Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Written by: Lauren Turner, Predoctoral Intern, Outpatient Behavioral Health Services For many of us, the term “wellness” is thrown around almost every day. We hear how important it is to be well from medical doctors, mental health professionals, hospital employees, talk show hosts, etc. But, what does it actually mean to be a “well” person? [...]

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What do I need to know about my measles laboratory test?

Measles has been in the news recently, and your provider or employer may order a laboratory test to check your immunity to the virus. How does this lab test indicate whether you are protected or not? First, it helps to understand the IgM and IgG antibodies, which are produced by the body in response to [...]

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Healing Thoughts: March 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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