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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Alcohol and drug abuse: identifying the issue and finding solutions (Part Three)

Part Three: helping loved ones Helping a person who drinks too much takes knowledge, compassion and patience. Some actions are helpful and others are not. Do: Try to remain calm, unemotional and factually honest about how the person’s drinking abuse hurts you and others. Discuss the concern with someone you trust – a friend, clergy [...]

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Exercise: a moderate proposal (Part Two)

Part Two: Raising your heart rate In terms of heart rate, experts define moderate activity as anything that gets the heart beating at 50 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate; vigorous, at 70 to 85 percent of capacity. Although there are individual variations due to genetics and fitness levels, you can generally determine [...]

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Healing Thoughts: May 2014

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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What to expect following a total knee replacement

Written by: Gina Breit, PT with Agnesian Bone & Joint Health Your physician has told you that you would benefit from a getting your knee replaced and you have decided that it is finally time – now what? You have likely heard horror stories about the pain and rehab following a knee replacement and are [...]

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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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