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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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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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Spring – a time to clean and organize!

That is what spring is all about – wash windows, clean rugs, clean those areas we have neglected all winter. I just love the feeling of a clean house and the best part is having one that is organized. I am not an expert on organization, far from, but I like to take things that [...]

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Healthy alternatives to the Easter basket

We all love those big chocolate rabbits that we bite the ears off and eventually get the whole thing eaten by supper on Easter! Well, that is what I did as a child and thought nothing of it. Now I am like, “I can’t believe I ate all that chocolate; I wonder how much fat [...]

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Calling all Easter bunnies!

Coloring Easter eggs is such a fun family activity. Trying new methods of decorating is always a good time, maybe messy, but always fun. I always loved to do this and I wish I would have had this idea to try with my son. Check it out! Rainbow Nest Eggs What You Need Cheesecloth Hard-boiled [...]

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Eight reasons women should lift weights

Many women fear “getting big” from lifting weights and just stick with cardio.   However, women do not have the testosterone levels that males do, making it virtually impossible to put on huge quantities of muscle.  Large increases in muscle mass are due to: Lifting heavy weights with minimal repetitions (for example, bench press 100# 3 [...]

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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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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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