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Simple ways to manage stress…and lose weight!

Stress does a lot of crummy stuff to our bodies.  It all starts in our minds and how we perceive a situation; how we deal with it and how resilient we are to change when it comes along.  Stress dumps chemicals into our body.  We often associate food with comfort which leads to a cycle […]

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Protect Your Skin When Outdoors This Winter

By: Ashley Beyer, ATC, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center Figuring out what to wear when you are going to be outdoors in the winter can be difficult sometimes. While it is cold outside, you may be doing an activity that will cause you to be warm, such as running, skiing, an outdoor workout […]

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10 Easy Ways To Reduce Your Stress!

Here’s my top 10 quick and easy list for the busy person… Do something you love, even if it is for a short time – read a magazine, play Words with Friends, polish your toe nails! Read something non-work related or just unplug form technology for awhile Eat healthy food – good food is good […]

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Relaxation…tapping into the relaxation response

You know that moment, when you sit down or lay down after a long day on your feet when you go, “Ahhhh,” and have that deep and satisfying feeling of relaxation, right? You have that feeling of utter relaxation or the body’s natural response to slowing down and taking a break. Dr. Herbert Benson, the […]

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Living well with MS: medications to modify disease course

Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves attacks on the myelin sheath covering your spinal cord and nerves.  This process, referred to frequently to as a relapse, causes a variety of symptoms, such as general weakness, fatigue, numbness and tingling, sudden changes in vision, muscle spasticity, mood changes, cognitive changes, bladder and bowel issues, dizziness and vertigo, sexual […]

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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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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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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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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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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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