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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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A New Way to Fight Acid Reflux at Night: Reza Band

Millions of people suffer from acid reflux at night. The combination of lying flat and the relaxation of the upper esophageal sphincter during sleep allow stomach acids and food residues to come back up into the throat and enter the airway, irritating the delicate voice and lung tissues. A Milwaukee gastroenterologist and leader in dysphagia […]

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Popularity of Personal Technology With Young Children Highlights Importance of Prioritizing Verbal Communication

Guidance for Parents during Better Hearing & Speech Month With new evidence showing a majority of young children in the United States use personal technology such as smartphones and tablets, it is important that parents ensure technology is not overtaking time for talking, reading, and other verbal communication—which are the primary ways that children learn. […]

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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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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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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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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 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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