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Does sleep have any connection to alcohol?

April is alcohol awareness month, so as a clinical sleep educator, I did some research to see if there were any connections between sleep and alcohol. I found a few. Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep are at higher risk of developing issues with alcohol compared with their peers who don’t drink. Research has found [...]

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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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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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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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Diabetes support: Increasing plant foods for diabetes management

Written by: Louise Borzcik, RD, CD, CDE, certified diabetes educator, Agnesian HealthCare Increasing plant foods in our diet is important: for weight management (very few calories in fruits and vegetables!) for maintaining optimal blood sugars (especially with non-carb vegetables) for prevention of some chronic diseases for increasing fiber to feel more full, improve cholesterol and reduce [...]

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How Much Sleep Is Enough?

Do you wake up each morning on your own without an alarm clock feeling refreshed, alert and ready for the day ahead? Or do you drag yourself out of bed, grumbling to yourself until you get your first cup of coffee? Most Americans, unfortunately, fall into the latter category. And the situation is getting worse. [...]

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How Do You Get Your Omega 3s?

If you don’t know about omega 3 fatty acids, you haven’t been paying attention. Fish oil and other omega 3 supplements are among the most popular items on the market today, resulting in $25 billion worth of sales in 2011. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends omega 3 fatty acid consumption through foods, if possible. [...]

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MS–New Treatment Options

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is such a puzzling disease that our ancestors looked to the heavens for explanations. In the 13th century, a young Icelandic woman, apparently suffering from MS, suddenly lost her vision and her ability to walk. When she prayed to the saints, her sight and mobility returned…at least for a time. Scientists are [...]

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Tracking Your Child’s Development

Playing with his parents in the backyard, Leo displayed an impressive ability to kick the soccer ball. Even though he was only a few months past his second birthday, they thought he was ready for an organized soccer program for children ages three and over. When he got to the class, Leo was as good [...]

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Protecting yourself, and others, against the flu

Individuals are encouraged to follow these preventive measures to protect themselves and those around them from getting and/or spreading influenza: Stay home if you are sick. Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your upper sleeve. If you use [...]

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