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Family history: facts or folklore?

Part two of three If you’ve ever tried to track your ancestors, you know that family history is a complex puzzle with many missing pieces. Constructing your family medical history is an even more complex process, but if you persevere and do it right, you can gain important information that can affect your own health [...]

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Early detection is key in colorectal cancer

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. Dr. Richard [...]

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What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of cells (like those in the uterus) that grow in locations other than within the uterus. It can be usually found on other organs in the pelvis. The cause has not been identified. Are there symptoms? Some don’t have symptoms at all, which makes treatment not necessary.  Some women experience [...]

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Audio Blog: An Interview with Dr. Filip Troicki

Dr. Filip Troicki, a radiation oncologist with Agnesian HealthCare at the Agnesian Cancer Center, discusses the importance of colon cancer screenings, as March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month across the country. Dr. Troicki also talks about fit kits and the Living Smart event taking place the first week of April.

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Cognitive therapy after cancer treatment

Many people receiving cancer treatments notice changes in their thinking and memory abilities. This may be caused by increased stress and anxiety, fatigue, poor sleep, changes in your blood chemistry, medication side effects or hormonal changes. People often report a sense of feeling more disorganized, more easily distracted, more forgetful. They also describe difficulty paying [...]

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Women and Heart Disease

Women need to be aware of such statistics as: Every year, coronary heart disease claims the lives of more women than breast cancer and lung cancer combined. More women die within one year of having a heart attack as compared to men. Almost 65 percent of women, who die suddenly of coronary heart disease, had [...]

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National Wear Red Day – February 7

Written by: Juan Diaz, MD, Cardiologist with the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care One out of every three deaths among women in the United States each year is attributed to cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke. That makes it the No. 1 cause of death in women, leading to more fatalities than all [...]

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Swallowing Difficulties after Spinal Surgery

Swallowing difficult (dysphagia) is a common complication of spinal surgery.  Studies suggest that as many as 60 percent of patients experience some difficulty swallowing within the first two or three weeks after surgery.  Patients who received an anterior approach (through the front of the neck) are more likely to experience dysphagia. Previous thought was that [...]

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How do patients benefit from seeing a perintologist?

Written by: Dr. Randall Kuhlmann For women that are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, your healthcare provider may refer you to a perinatologist. Perinatologists often serve as consultants for regular obstetricians. In addition, they work with family physicians to manage pregnancy complications. In some cases, a woman may see a perinatologist regularly for the rest of [...]

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Life lesson no. 2: when we miss them so much it hurts

When we miss them so much it hurts to breathe…every minute of every day. They are in our every thought. We would do anything to feel their touch, the warmth of their embrace. We dream, we long for them. We’d love to wake up in the morning, and find it was all a huge mistake [...]

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