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End- of- life decisions focus on life, not death

When radio personality Casey Kasem passed away last month at the age of 82, news stories focused as much on the legal battles waged by his family as they did on Kasem’s 40-plus years in the entertainment industry. Kasem, perhaps best known as the host of the widely popular “American Top 40” countdown, suffered from [...]

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14 things to do with your family yet this summer

Go picking: Find a farm with raspberries, tomatoes, flowers, anything, and get picking. Play outside in the rain: Smell the rain, splash in puddles, make mud pies. No rain? Set up the sprinkler up outside instead. Go camping: Try backyard camping, or set up sleeping bags on the floor in your house and have a family [...]

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Technology helps with swallow exercise treatment

Speech therapists regularly develop and train clients in swallow exercises to help treat swallow difficulty caused by muscle weakness or dysfunction. Like any exercise program, the best results occur when the exercises are done regularly and repeatedly over time. Research has shown that for many patients with swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) caused by a medical condition [...]

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Keep Kids Safe from Bugs

Lyme disease. Rocky Mountain spotted fever. West Nile virus. Flying fiends and crawling critters can spread such diseases with a bite. Few cases put kids’ lives at risk, say experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Still, some insects can threaten children’s health, and you’d be wise to take precautions. Many products seek to [...]

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This Saturday, June 28 is National Backyard Campout Day

When my son was young, my husband and I would pitch a tent on the deck or in the backyard to enjoy the “modified” camping life. I was never a camper, but the thought of the campfire, smores and the stars was always enough for me to get excited. Problem, I would usually end up [...]

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What is a superfood?

Written by: Liz Gorecki, RD, CSO, CD, Agnesian Cancer Center Dietitian “Superfood” is a popular term in the health food industry. It refers to foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans/legumes. Since the magic health pill has yet to be invented, superfoods are the [...]

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Think LOUD: Improving Your Voice with Parkinson’s Disease

Written by: Heather Lindert, Graduate Student Intern, M.S., CF-SLP The evidence-based Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program has been extensively researched and utilized with individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. The research found that for many individuals, the improvements in voice using the LSVT techniques lasted up to two years after completing the therapy program. What does LSVT treatment [...]

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What is a reference range?

You went to the doctor or had a laboratory screening or diagnostic test performed and the results are in.  For some tests, the result is easy and straightforward to read – positive or negative. However, many tests require some interpretation when results are above or below the reference range. A reference range, in many cases, [...]

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How much sleep do you need versus what you actually get?

Amy Bohl, LAT, at Agnesian HealthCare Bone & Joint Health How many of us wake up tired each morning? Most of us probably think about going to bed earlier or look forward to the weekend when we can “catch up” on sleep. Unfortunately, lost sleep over several days or a week cannot be made up [...]

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Video Blog: Expiration Dates Matter

Written by: Joy Schultz, PharmD Pharmacy Director at Agnesian HealthCare If you searched through your medications at home, would you find any that are expired?  As medications age or are stored improperly, the amount of the useful ingredients in the medication decrease causing them to be ineffective or even potentially dangerous.  It is really important to [...]

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