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Knowing your family history

Part three of three If you’ve ever tried to track your ancestors, you know that family history is a complex puzzle with many missing pieces. Constructing your family medical history is an even more complex process, but if you persevere and do it right, you can gain important information that can affect your own health [...]

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What does a laboratory professional do?

Written by: Patty Birschbach, MS, MLTI (ASCP)  with Consultants Laboratory April 20-26, 2014 is recognized as National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week.  Consultants Laboratory, a member of Agnesian HealthCare, recognizes our associates that each day, 24 hours a day, bring their passion of laboratory medicine to our physicians, providers, patients, residents, and communities. The laboratory is [...]

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What do I do about my allergies?

Written by: John Nash, M.D. Allergies are among the most common health concerns, with more than 50 million people afflicted with asthma, seasonal hay fever or other allergy-related conditions each year. Allergies can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic class. Generally, allergies are more common in children, however, a first-time occurrence can [...]

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Family history: facts or folklore?

Part two of three If you’ve ever tried to track your ancestors, you know that family history is a complex puzzle with many missing pieces. Constructing your family medical history is an even more complex process, but if you persevere and do it right, you can gain important information that can affect your own health [...]

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Each day in the United States, more than nine people are killed and more than 1,060 are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distraction can occur three ways: visual – taking your eyes off the road; manual – taking your hands off the wheel; and cognitively – taking your mind [...]

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The world’s trickiest tongue twister

Stephanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, a researcher with the Speech Communication Group at MIT, recently presented the world’s trickiest tongue twister to the Acoustical Society of America.  Her research focuses on speech errors as a way of understanding normal brain function through analyzing the types and patterns of errors. The tongue twister? Say this 10 times fast: Pad [...]

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Your family, your health

Part one of three If you’ve ever tried to track your ancestors, you know that family history is a complex puzzle with many missing pieces. Constructing your family medical history is an even more complex process, but if you persevere and do it right, you can gain important information that can affect your own health [...]

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Are you being fooled by distractions this April Fool’s Day?

Several years ago, we went through the challenging task of teaching our son to ride his bike. This time, instead of doing the old, chase him and hold on, let go and see him fall on the hard cement technique, we started out on the grass on a hill that slopes slightly. (I think we [...]

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Having difficulty swallowing after cancer treatment?

Normal speech and swallow function is a delicate balance of strength and agility in the lips, tongue and throat muscles. Any weakness, loss of flexibility or change in anatomy can cause speech and/or swallowing disruption and discomfort. While changes to your voice/speech may cause frustration, worsening of your swallowing safety can affect your nutrition and [...]

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How well do you sleep?

Many women have issues with sleep, some of which are due to things in our control, but how about hormones? It has been documented that hormonal changes can cause sleep deprivation and in turn, sleep deprivation can affect hormonal levels. When do our hormones change? During the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and perimenopause (years preceding menopause), [...]

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