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Clocks turn back and now we are all sleepy

Why is it that every year in Wisconsin when the clocks “fall behind,” we all get sleepy? There are known reasons of why this occurs to us and our family members. We live in the northern climates where during the fall and winter months the sun goes down earlier than the summer months. What happens [...]

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Night shift weight gain

A common question that gets asked is: I recently switched to working night shift and I am gaining weight…why? On average a third shift worker will gain an extra 10 pounds solely from working nights. The main reason for the weight gain is loss of sleep. Many people switching to a night shift position are [...]

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Sleep and weight loss: are they related?

Why is it that when we are tired or are sleeping poorly, it is so hard to lose weight? This can be a viscous cycle that many people struggle getting out of. What happens when we are tired at work or at home, we typically reach for caffeine, chocolate or foods high in carbohydrates?  We [...]

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Do you have a hard time hearing on the phone?

TEPP Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program….is the way to get telephone equipment you need at a reasonable cost or maybe even at no cost. The telephone is a vital element in our daily living. We routinely use the phone to chat with friends, make dinner reservations, inquire about job openings and even to do our banking. [...]

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Gratitude Practice To Refresh Your Soul

During the business of the holiday season coming…please take time, each day to write down 3 things you are grateful and or thankful for each day.  Focus on what you are doing right, good choices and positive things to fuel you for the next month.  This is a good practice to improve your mood and [...]

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“Rustproofing” People: Wellness in Perspective

While a very welcome concept, I don’t have a particular fondness for the term “wellness.” While “sickness” seems right as a noun, “wellness” feels a bit awkward as a noun. Maybe it’s just me. The term I prefer is “rustproofing” ourselves. In 1972, I wrote an article with that title in Postgraduate Medicine listing the [...]

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Motivation for today

Live each day of your life! Get Active… Be Active… Stay Active… Run,jog,walk,trot,scamper, move,hike,swim,jump,jump rope,hop,skip,kick,volleyball, basketball,soccer,baseball, Tennis,horse back riding,roller blading,climbing,running steps… Whatever it is…do it!

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Tell me about genetic testing

New technology in laboratory medicine has been emerging at a rapid rate in recent years.  Medical journals are publicizing new information so fast it can be difficult to keep up with all the advancements.  Genetic testing analyzes human DNA, RNA, chromosomes, protein or certain metabolites.  It can determine changes that may cause illness or disease, [...]

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Mealtime challenges those with dementia

Many individuals with dementia and their caregivers struggle at mealtime. This can be frustrating because many of life’s pleasurable events center on food…favorite meals, backyard grilling, party food and holiday dinners. They are happy social memories with spouses and children, relatives and friends. When mealtime becomes a frustrating and negative experience, both emotional and nutritional [...]

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