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Signs of heart trouble

By: Richard Santa-Cruz, MD, Cardiologist with the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care Although there are many types of heart diseases, there are a few universal signs and symptoms that all the diseases share. It is important to be in tune with your body and take these signs seriously. Catching a heart concern early is the best [...]

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How does cancer start and how does it spread?

Contributor: Dr. Michael Vander Kooy Cancer begins to grow when cells in your body start to grow rapidly out of control; we call these cells abnormal cells. As you can imagine, abnormal cells grow much different than normal cells. Instead of dying, abnormal cells continue to grow and form new cells, which are also abnormal. [...]

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What is Osteoporosis?

Author: Margie Anderson, APNP at the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic in Waupun Osteoporosis is a silent disease that is preventable and can progress for many years without detection. Sometimes one doesn’t know they have a fracture until they start having pain. Our bone mass peaks between the ages of 18 and 35. After our [...]

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Timely Reminders: Sexual Assault Awareness

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Each day people witness a continuum of behaviors that [...]

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RMC site preparation begins

The location of the new Ripon Medical Center is looking busy these days as site preparation has begun to start the footings and foundation for the building. Work started on Tuesday, April 2, and the pouring of concrete is occurring. The site work was pending state approval, which has since been received, and warmer temperatures have [...]

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What’s with that whistling hearing aid?

Written by:  Angela E. Katzfey, Au.D., CCC-A of Agnesian HealthCare When a hearing aid whistles or buzzes in someone’s ear, audiologists* call it feedback.  If you experience whistling or buzzing noises, here are a few important things to know. It should never happen with a properly placed hearing aid, and you should not have to [...]

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Energy drinks and your athletic performance

Are you drinking Red Bull or other energy drinks to increase your athletic performance?  Well, a recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning reports that non-caffeine ingredients in energy drinks don’t enhance your athletic performance.  A group of researchers removed ingredients like taurine and vitamin B from Red Bull and had cyclists train.  They found [...]

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