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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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The 411 on Celiac Disease

Written by: Liz Gorecki, RD, CSO, CD with Agnesian HealthCare I’m sure everyone knows at least one person who has been or still is following a gluten-free diet for some reason or another. However, for 3 million Americans this diet is necessary and the only treatment for their disorder – celiac disease. Celiac Disease Celiac [...]

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Why do we worry so much about body image?

Body-image is how we think, feel, and react to our own perceived physical appearances to the outer world.  Body-image develops over time based on culture, media, family, peers, others, and our own mental thoughts.  Body image is not permanent; it is always changing and is a process we can work on and adjust over lifetime. [...]

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Video Blog: Giving Medicine to Children

Written by: Joy Schultz, PharmD Pharmacy Director Agnesian HealthCare Important tips to remember when giving kids medications: If mixing medication in the child’s food, only mix the medication in a small amount that the child will eat.  Give the medication mixed in food with the first few bites of the meal or snack. If the medication is mixed [...]

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How often should I get a pelvic exam?

The American College of Gynecology (ACOG) changed the guidelines for frequency of PAP exams to eliminate unnecessary testing of younger and older women with no history of abnormal PAP smears and at low risk for developing cervical cancer. Age 30 on, ACOG says that screenings can be cut to every two to three years when [...]

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Spring 2014 ASTOP Newsletter

ASTOP is a Sexual Assault Service Provider offering treatment, outreach, prevention, and advocacy, emphasizing hope and connection to self and others located in Fond du Lac and Green Lake counties. “The Healing Resource” is ASTOP’s quarterly publication, focusing on community outreach, prevention education, awareness and agency initiatives.

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Women, time for you to take charge of your own health!

May 11 to 17 is National Women’s Health Week, an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services office on women’s health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. Women tend to take care of the husband, children or parents before themselves. National Women’s Health Week serves [...]

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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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Preventing breast cancer starts with young girls

A recent article by Reuters Health brings hope to young girls and women for preventing breast cancer. Recent reports indicate that almost half of all breast cancer cases could be prevented. Preventing breast cancer starts at a young age for girls. Lifestyle behaviors for girls between the time they start menstruating and have their first [...]

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May is PKU Awareness Month

Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder. It results from a mutation in the gene necessary for the breakdown of liver enzymes into necessary amino acids needed by the body for cell function. When this action doesn’t occur, an accumulation of phenylalanine occurs. If PKU is untreated, it can lead to cognitive disabilities, seizures [...]

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