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Pink Glove Dance final filming date

It’s time to pull out your favorite dancing shoes, dust them off and dance like there’s no tomorrow. And, the good news is that your efforts will help raise breast cancer awareness and early detection. Agnesian HealthCare is almost finished filming for its entry in the 2015 Pink Glove Dance nationwide video competition. More than 200 Agnesian [...]

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Woman Walking

Physical activity: how to get started

Physical activity is a vital part to living a healthy life and improving your overall well-being. It is recommended to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day. Some examples of these activities can be walking, climbing stairs, yard work, swimming, dancing, etc. When starting your physical activity program, there are some [...]

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Taking Care of Your Child’s Teeth

Tradition is a wonderful thing, but when it comes to taking care of your teeth, or those of your children, you may not want to follow the example set by your ancestors. Your great-grandparents most likely never brushed nor flossed their teeth; dealt with a toothache by having it extracted; and probably ate with “false [...]

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis awareness

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by low bone density. People with low bone density stand a greater chance of fracturing their bones. The elderly and frail are at greater risk from falls, which can lead to bone fracture. Osteopenia is the start of bone loss or the start of the condition called osteoporosis. Osteopenia unlike [...]

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Women and breast cancer

Can mammograms cause overexposure to radiation?

Digital mammography has decreased radiation exposure by 22% when compared to the prior screen print mammography.  The average radiation exposure from a mammogram is 70 millirems, which is equal to the amount of radiation we are exposed to in our own personal environment over two and half months. A breast examination by a doctor or nurse [...]

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Way to go Angelina!

Prevention, prevention, prevention… This is what healthcare should be all about! It is wonderful to see such a popular public figure sharing her most intimate tales to raise awareness about genetic mutations and how they can affect individuals. Actress Angelina Jolie has the BRCA1 gene mutation. BRCA is the “breast cancer” gene that men and [...]

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Nurse Assisting Patient Undergoing Mammogram

How are breast ultrasounds different from digital mammography?

Mammograms are the “gold standard” for breast cancer screening.  Other modalities such as ultrasound and MRI can be used as an adjunct in order to determine if an abnormality seen on mammography is suspicious for a malignancy or not.   Some abnormalities seen on mammograms need to be imaged by ultrasound in order to determine if [...]

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Why is knowing your family history important?

One of the number one risk factors for developing specific cancers is a positive family history.  Talking with a genetics professional about your family history of cancers could result in consideration of genetic testing.  If a genetic mutation is found, it can greatly increase your risk of developing a cancer in your lifetime.  Knowledge is [...]

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colorectal cancer awareness

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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Wintery Heart

Women’s Health: What should you know about heart health?

February – as American Heart Month – is the perfect time to talk about heart disease in women. Symptoms of a heart attack in women can be a little different than those in men. The most classic symptom is chest pain – in the front, radiating to either shoulder or down either arm, as well [...]

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