Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year when again when fitness centers fill up with New Year’s “resolutioners.” There is a mad rush to the treadmill or weight machine, then two months later the gym numbers return to normal. How do you avoid the same pitfalls that these individuals always seem to run in to? First, set […]

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What to expect at my first mammogram appointment

Written by: Jessica Hickson, Agnesian HealthCare Womens Imaging Coming in for your first mammogram can be stressful. You may be asking yourself questions like: What is this going to be like? What will I need to do? Is it going to be painful? How long will it take? When will I get the results? By […]

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Cherish your life

Relaxation…tapping into the relaxation response

You know that moment, when you sit down or lay down after a long day on your feet when you go, “Ahhhh,” and have that deep and satisfying feeling of relaxation, right? You have that feeling of utter relaxation or the body’s natural response to slowing down and taking a break. Dr. Herbert Benson, the […]

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The 12 days of Well-Being

I was reading about the origin of the 12 days of Christmas carol. It is actually an old Roman Catholic song that was used to pass on faith in Jesus Christ that started in the 1558 (published in 1780) when England didn’t allow them to freely practice their faith. It’s really fascinating to read about; […]

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Living well with MS: medications to modify disease course

Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves attacks on the myelin sheath covering your spinal cord and nerves.  This process, referred to frequently to as a relapse, causes a variety of symptoms, such as general weakness, fatigue, numbness and tingling, sudden changes in vision, muscle spasticity, mood changes, cognitive changes, bladder and bowel issues, dizziness and vertigo, sexual […]

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When to stay home

By Brenda Grass, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics  Adults and kids with viral infections should stay home from school or work when they have a temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees F. They should stay home until that fever is gone for 24 hours without using a fever reducing medicine, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. They should […]

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No White Christmas: protect the soul, reduce stress and get rid of the white sugar

The hypothalamus is a central player in how the brain reacts to stress and food. It is the “brain” of the endocrine system and regulates what it dumps into our bodies hormonally/chemically. If we prolong our stress, we release high levels of cortisol. When the high level remains in our bodies for an extended period […]

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