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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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Getting Your Children to Love Racing

The Ripon Medical Center Kids’ Aquathon staff’s goal is get children excited about physical activity, not only on race day, but hopefully as a lifelong habit. As parents of racers, there is a lot we can do to help young, new racers develop a passion for racing. Here are a few tips to get your [...]

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Make safety a priority when biking

As a parent, safety of your child or children is ever present on your mind. So, when you start thinking of healthy, yet safe, summer activities for your children, biking usually comes to mind. Biking can be fun for the whole family, if proper safety measures are taken into consideration. One of the most important [...]

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What is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)?

Written by: Jessica Boelk, RN with Agnesian HealthCare Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder that consists of abdominal pain, cramping, fluctuation of bowel patterns (diarrhea and/or constipation), increased gas, bloating and food intolerances. IBS is different from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), such as Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease, as it is not an autoimmune [...]

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Testosterone therapy…is it right for you?

Written by: Robert Santa-Cruz, MD with Agnesian HealthCare Urology Services The possibilities of testosterone therapy are enticing – increase your muscle mass, sharpen your memory and concentration, boost your libido and improve your energy level. As you get older, testosterone therapy may sound like the ultimate anti-aging formula. Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in [...]

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May is Stroke Awareness Month

Written by: Diane Park MSN, RN, CNL - Primary Stroke Center Coordinator at Agnesian HealthCare Approximately 800,000 people in the United States have strokes each year. That’s a lot of people whose lives are affected by stroke. Apart from being a major cause of death and cause of disability, stroke is also an expensive disease and consumes a [...]

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Colon Cancer and Obesity

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Some colon cancers can be prevented. A new study by the National Institute of Health found that obesity can change the inside of the colon, which can lead to colon cancer. More research is needed to better understand these changes and [...]

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Early detection is key in colorectal cancer

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. Dr. Richard [...]

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The Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer in males and females in the U.S.  One out of every 20 individuals living in the United States will develop colon cancer in their lifetime, that’s a high number. There are approximately 130,000 new cases of colon cancer in the United States.  Ninety percent of the [...]

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