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West Nile Virus: what you need to know

Written by: Carlos Figueroa Castro, MD, Infectious Diseases A recent update from the Fond du Lac County Health Department indicates that a dead crow found in the county last month tested positive for the West Nile virus. As a healthcare consumer, what do you need to know about this virus? First off, it’s important to […]

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What is urinary incontinence?

Written by: Steven Sheppard, DO Urinary incontinence (UI) is the loss of urine control. You may not being able to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom. It may be a short-term problem caused by another health issue. Or it may be a long-term problem that you’ll have to manage. UI can range from […]

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Living Well with Multiple Sclerosis: Dealing with Depression

For those living with multiple sclerosis (MS), there can be periods of sadness and frustration. Such feelings are normal and expected and typically come and go. However, when a person experiences these feelings more days than not, it might be due to depression. In fact, depression is common in those living with MS. While this […]

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Child safety checklist

Written by: Yamil Darwich, MD You can help your child avoid injury by being prepared and educating yourself and your family. It is important to take charge of your child’s health and follow a program designed to help you and your family stay healthy and safe. At Home Set your water heater to 120 degrees […]

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Stay hydrated and beat the heat

By: Amy Bohl, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center Whether you’re a serious athlete or a recreational one, summer’s high temperatures can put you at risk for dehydration. Hydration is necessary for good health, and it’s important to make sure you consume the right amount of fluids before, during and after activity. Because the […]

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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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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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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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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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Zika virus: What you need to know

Written by: Vivian Onunkwo, MD, Agnesian Work & Wellness Medical Director Zika virus infection is a disease caused by Zika virus. It is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti) which also transmits dengue and chikungunya viruses. Infected pregnant women can pass the virus to their fetus during pregnancy or at time of […]

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