Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Written by: Lauren Turner, Predoctoral Intern, Outpatient Behavioral Health Services For many of us, the term “wellness” is thrown around almost every day. We hear how important it is to be well from medical doctors, mental health professionals, hospital employees, talk show hosts, etc. But, what does it actually mean to be a “well” person? [...]

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What do I need to know about my measles laboratory test?

Measles has been in the news recently, and your provider or employer may order a laboratory test to check your immunity to the virus. How does this lab test indicate whether you are protected or not? First, it helps to understand the IgM and IgG antibodies, which are produced by the body in response to [...]

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Healing Thoughts: March 2015

Through Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Services, support is available during this grieving process to individuals and their families following the death of a loved one.  All services are offered at no charge and are available to any individual or group who has experienced the death of a family member or friend. Check out this month’s Healing [...]

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Living productively in spite of anxiety

We all get nervous sometimes. Sometimes it happens when we have to speak in public or when we have to talk to someone about a difficult subject. Sometimes we get nervous before a big test or project at work. Other times, nervousness comes when we fly or before a long trip. Regardless of what makes [...]

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What is a heart catheterization?

A heart catheterization is a procedure performed by an interventional cardiologist and a team of nurses and technician to find out if you have disease of the heart muscle, valves or coronary arteries. A tiny hollow tube is inserted through a large vessel in the groin to the heart. Special X-ray dye is injected into [...]

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What is a knee ligament tear?

Written by: Bryan Royce, M.D. We often hear about ligament tears in pro-athletes, such as a torn ACL. Most recently the Green Bay Packers lost wide receiver, Jared Abbrederis, due to a torn ACL. Some common ligament tears include:   ACL injury = usually occurs in a non-contact situation with pivoting or abrupt stopping.  MCL [...]

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Eating outside the home

Written by: Rebecca Hoerth, APNP How can a person make good food choices in a fast food world? Unless we are careful, even one fast food meal can pack on enough calories for the entire day. Often, they are loaded with carbohydrates, fats, salts and MSG to make for a tastier temptation. Try to stick [...]

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