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Benefits of wearing compression stockings

Written by: Debbie Dvorachek, LPN,WCC at the Agnesian Health Shoppe As women, we all want to enjoy healthy and active lives. However, with all the tasks of work, family …. we may forget about maintaining the health of our legs. While concerns with veins of the leg occur in both men and women of all ages, certain [...]

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Women and breast cancer

Learning effective breast self-exam techniques

Written by: Karen Meyer, MD Q: How should a breast self-exam be performed, and how often? A: I am so glad you asked this question because performing monthly self-exams is so important in detecting breast cancer. As you can imagine, the earlier a lump is detected, the better chance of successful removal. A breast self-exam [...]

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At what age should my teenage daughter see a gynecologist?

Written by: Lisa Michels, RN, BSN at Agnesian HealthCare According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a teenage girl may see a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15. Keep in mind that if your daughter is not 18, a parental consent is needed for the appointment. This first visit includes a [...]

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Work & Pregnancy: Guidelines for Working during Pregnancy

Many women work during pregnancy without any complications. Being able to work safely, in some cases, until the day of delivery depends on the type of work performed and the mother-to-be’s medical condition. However, the workplace can pose certain risks, depending upon the occupation. Knowing what these risks are and minimizing them will help increase [...]

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The Role of the Breast Health Coordinator

Written by: Patti Domask, RN, BSN, Breast Health Coordinator, Waupun Memorial Hospital Breast cancer treatment involves several healthcare providers, which, at times, can become confusing for patients. A breast health coordinator, or navigator, serves as a consistent presence through the entire course of care – assessing the physical, psychological and social needs of the patient. This [...]

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Nurse Assisting Patient Undergoing Mammogram

What is the difference between a screening and diagnostic mammogram?

Submitted by: Lisa Michels, RN, BSN, Breast Care Coordinator It is recommended that women at age 40 have annual screening mammograms. A screening mammogram is considered preventive care and is usually covered by most insurance. It does not require an order from your provider. It is a 15-minute appointment that involves a board-certified mammography technician obtaining [...]

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Safe Sleep for Babies

For the past three years, the three Kiwanis groups of Fond du Lac and Waupun Kiwanis have donated Sleep Sacks for newborns at St. Agnes Hospital and Waupun Memorial Hospital to promote and educate parents regarding safe sleep for their infants, in an effort to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Safe sleep experts recommend [...]

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Peripheral Artery Disease: Underdiagnosed and Undertreated in Women

Written by: Douglas R Conners, MD, Interventional Radiology with Radiology Associates of the Fox Valley, which provides radiology services at Agnesian HealthCare Have you heard of peripheral artery disease (PAD)? Despite affecting over 12 million Americans, many people have not. What is PAD? What causes PAD? PAD results from the same narrowing of the arteries that cause most [...]

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Women and breast cancer

Part III: You’re BUSTED! Breast cancer myths exposed, or are they really myths?

Written by: Stacy Hammack, Senior Mammography Technologist, RT (R)(M) at Ripon Medical Center That pot of coffee that I have every morning or all the caffeinated soft drinks I have in the afternoon will cause me to get breast cancer. Fact: Some research has been done on this topic, and in fact it is suggested that [...]

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What you need to know about detox diets

As a registered dietitian, I have been trained to look skeptically at the latest dieting trends.  This includes the latest trend toward Detox diets or regimens.  To my skeptical eye, the word “detox” is almost akin to a four-letter word striking an immediate cease and desist response; however, I made an attempt to set aside [...]

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