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February: sleep deprivation and heart disease

February, as I am sure you know by now,  is American Heart Health Awareness Month. Heart disease is the number one cause of death according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and there is more and more evidence strengthening the connection between sleep deprivation and heart issues. Not getting enough sleep can happen for [...]

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Garlic – the super food for fighting cancer

Written by: Ann P Sorgent RN, BSN, Clinical Supervisor – Agnesian Cancer Center A study in China has determined that eating raw garlic two times per week may decrease the incidence of lung cancer by 44%!  Even among smokers (who comprise the vast majority of lung cancer cases), there is a reduction in incidence of lung cancer by [...]

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Childhood obesity impacts families

Childhood obesity is a major concern impacting many families today. Most children today are not engaging in the recommended one hour of physical activity each day, and the majority of food companies target children with poor quality food filled with added sugar, unhealthy fats, and chemicals. In addition to lack of exercise and an excess [...]

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Recommended Screening by Age – 30s

Getting preventive care is one of the most important steps you can take to manage your health. That’s because when a condition is diagnosed early, it is usually easier to treat. And regular checkups can help you and your doctor identify lifestyle changes you can make to avoid certain conditions. In addition to a full [...]

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Burn to Learn: via CDC

Did you know that teens who receive mostly A’s are almost twice as likely to get the CDC recommended daily 60 minutes of physical activity than teens who receive mostly D’s and F’s? Kids who perform better in school are more likely to be physically active on a regular basis. Adding physical activity to the [...]

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Hand Washing: How and Why

  A recent study published in Nature (June, 2012) reported that about 100 trillion bacteria – three or four pounds worth – live on the human body, and they are more than just passive travelers. While most of these germs do good things for your health, your bacteria are not the same as others.You count [...]

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Wellness Tips: tanning beds

Nearly 30 million people in the United States tan in tanning salons every year. On average, that is more than one million people a day. More than 70 percent are Caucasian females, ages 16 to 49 years. It’s Big Business: The indoor tanning industry’s revenues have increased fivefold since 1992 to about $5 billion. Our [...]

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What you need to know about whooping cough

Whooping cough, or pertussis, can have serious consequences for infants and older adults, says David Maruska, MD, a family medicine physician with Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic. Dr. Maruska encourages families to check out this article with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. Pertussis vaccines are recommended for children, teens, and adults, [...]

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Sunburn still common in our country

This is a great time to be outdoors, doing the things you love to do. Taking care of your skin while enjoying the outdoors is important. Michael Tjoelker, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, suggests the following research showing the importance of protecting yourself from the harmful effects of the [...]

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