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What is UV sun exposure and how do I protect myself from it?

Often when we read or hear about skin cancer and sun exposure the term UV will be used. UV is short for ultraviolet radiation and it is given off by the sun, as well as tanning beds. The UV rays have three different wavelengths called UVA, UVB and UVC. The different wavelengths determine how deep […]

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Know these stroke facts

What do you think of when you think stroke?  Many responses likely include half your body is weak, can’t talk  or can’t walk. But often, people experience slight numbness, tingling, dizziness or blurred vision and believe it will go away. Therefore, they wait to be seen by a physician for hours and sometimes days. For every hour […]

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Life with MS

Living well with multiple sclerosis: a more mindful you

You no doubt have been hearing a lot these days about mindfulness and may wonder what it is and why it is drawing so much attention.  Mindfulness is based on ancient eastern meditation practices.  It gained popularity in the west after it was introduced by Jon Kabat-Zin, as a method of  “paying attention in a […]

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Healthy Recipe: Dark Chocolate Blueberry Bark with Roasted Flax Seeds

As prepared by Chef Mike Wetzel of Agnesian HealthCare Ingredients 1 package (6 ounces or 1-1/4 cup) fresh blueberries 16 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (about two cups dark chocolate chips) 60% cocoa or higher 3 ounces sliced almonds, toasted and cooled to room temperature 1/3 cup sunflower seeds, salted 1/3 cup flax seeds, toasted Directions […]

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Small steps to decrease stroke risk

Written by: Nicki Gritt-Franzen, RN, Stroke Coordinator at Agnesian HealthCare Did you know that the risk factors for stroke include heredity, atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking. While this list looks daunting, one small change a day can add up to significant changes in a week, month […]

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Happy Sleep

Proper sleep hygiene

What is sleep hygiene? * Sleep practices that help you maintain your health. * These practices can help you get to sleep easier and feel more rested. Sleep deprivation can cause the following: * Shortened life spans * Increased risk of heart disease * Irritability, depression * Increased risk of automobile crashes * Decreased work […]

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April showers bring May flowers

In the Catholic tradition in which I was raised, I remember as a child having the May crowning. It was a special way to give tribute to Jesus’ mother, and you were a very special, young lady if you were ever chosen to crown Mary. The crown was always made of spring flowers and ribbons, […]

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Prenatal Yoga

Benefits of prenatal yoga

Prenatal yoga has numerous benefits: stress relief, improved balance and flexibility, and reducing lower back discomfort just to name a few.  Of course, please get clearance from your doctor before engaging in any physical activity when pregnant. 3 yoga poses I recommend including into your daily routine are the bird/dog pose, child’s pose, and pigeon […]

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Welcome to the Treffert Center: A place of happiness, help and hope

Welcome to the first and only savant syndrome institute in the world.  There is no such other facility elsewhere.  It is a first and will be foremost. I am immensely humbled, and proud, to have such a center in Fond du Lac and have my name attached to it. In bringing this dream to reality […]

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Sands of time

Billy and his grandpa would go on weekend adventures to find different types of hourglasses. They found big ones, little ones, old ones, new ones. But to Billy and his grandpa it was about the time they spent together searching for them. One weekend Billy’s grandpa became very ill and was in the hospital.  Billy […]

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