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Antibiotics: Do They Help or Harm?

The changing weather and fall colors signal that Cough and Cold season is coming soon.  Many of us may often wonder if there is a magic pill or medicine that could possibly help get treat those dreaded respiratory symptoms?  What if however, the same medications that you think may help you in reality cause more …

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What You Need To Know About Parkinson’s Disease

I’m Dr. Melinda Burnett, and I’m a neurologist at CHI Health. I am also a specialist in movement disorders. That means that a lot of the patients I see, have Parkinson’s disease. As a fairly common disease, about one out of a hundred of us will get it in our lifetime, and that frequency only …

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How Normal is Postpartum Depression?

During pregnancy a lot of attention is placed on Mom, but then as soon as baby is born the attention goes away. To make sure that Mom is still doing okay, it’s important to pay attention to her overall physical, mental, and emotional health. What is Postpartum Depression? Postpartum depression is where you can feel …

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Looking For a Career Change? Tips to Get Ahead

Hi, I am Karen Williams and I work at CHI Health as a mental health provider. Today, I am going to talk about career change. You Are in Control of Your Career Choices Every now and then people come to me and ask, “What do I do? How do I get there? and what are …

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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

The days are getting shorter, temperatures are definitely cooling down, and we all seem to know and feel that winter is just around the corner. When I drive to work in the morning, it’s much, much darker now than it was; driving home in the evening, there’s still some light, but I can see it …

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Blood in Your Urine: Bring It Up

What causes blood in the urine? It’s not something you want to talk about, but it’s something you should never ignore. The causes range from not-so-serious to quite serious – so it’s absolutely essential that you contact your primary care provider right away to determine the reason for the bleeding. Can You Always See Blood …

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Image Guided Breast Radiation can Protect Your Heart

Hi, I’m Dr. Kevin Yiee the medical director of CHI Health St. Elizabeth Radiation Oncology. The treatment of breast cancer has changed quite a bit over the last 20 years. I’m happy to say that the cure rates are higher than ever. But one of the things that has lead to is longer side effects …

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Vaping-induced Lung Injury – Know the Facts

Hi, I’m Dr. Doug Moore, a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician here at CHI Health. With all the recently-identified cases of vaping-induced lung injury we felt it important to reach out and let people know what potential dangers are associated with vaping. We have seen a large number of cases of vaping-induced lung injury throughout …

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain Uncovered

Is the weight of the world causing you shoulder pain? Designed for strength and mobility, the human shoulder is unique. But when something goes wrong, we really feel it. On this edition of CHI Health Uncovered, here’s what you should know about your shoulder pain. Hi, I’m Dr. Matt Dilisio and I am an orthopedic …

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What’s the REAL Story About Kratom?

It seems that the sale of Kratom is becoming more and more commonplace. There are many outlets that advertise and sell Kratom products such as gas stations, health and nutrition stores, and online outlets to name a few. It is touted by these places that Kratom is beneficial for improved concentration and mood, increased energy, …

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Having a Healthy Diet During Pregnancy

Today, we’re going to be talking about having a healthy diet while you’re eating for two during your pregnancy. Pregnancy is a time of rapid growth and development for a woman, and a lot of times women think they can eat twice as much food or go non-stop at the buffets or with ice cream …


What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

For many years, polycystic ovary syndrome has been misunderstood and under-diagnosed. Warning Signs of PCOS As a multi-symptom disease, the most common symptom of polycystic ovaries is irregular periods. Patients with this symptom may skip periods for weeks or months at a time, but when they do have a period they experience heavy menstrual bleeding. …

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Prenatal Care: Why is it Important?

When it comes to prenatal care, scheduling visits with your physician are an important part of pregnancy. After all, your Labor and Delivery isn’t the only factor that goes into your pregnancy. Prenatal Visits are Important for the Patient and Provider The prenatal visits provide an opportunity to develop a relationship with your physician, as …


Colon Cancer: Everything You Should Know

Your colon also known as your large intestine is a 4 to 6 foot tube in the body that helps remove water from the food we eat and makes stool. Abnormal growths called polyps can begin to grow in the colon. They initially resemble small grapes or raisins, but can grow larger. Eventually these polyps …

Pear-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Pear-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Serves 4 For this delicious sweet potatoes recipe, use extra-light olive oil for its light flavor which can be useful in sweet dishes. Sweet potatoes are often referred to as yams, but they’re actually two different vegetables. To save time, you can prepare ahead through step 4. Per Serving: 170 calories 2g protein 35g carbohydrate …


Don’t Ignore Belly Pain: How to Tell If It’s Appendicitis

You’d never know you had an appendix – until it becomes inflamed. Then, this finger-sized organ announces itself with a sharp abdominal pain that typically starts on your right side. Don’t ignore it.  Appendicitis is the most common cause of sudden abdominal pain requiring surgery and a ruptured appendix can be life-threatening. According to the …

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What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness within the brain. More than 5 million Americans have bipolar disorder which consists of mood swings that involve major highs and lows. There are two types of bipolar disorder – Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 is where the person experiences manic episodes, and type 2 is …


Strangulated Hernia – Don’t Delay Treatment

Most of my General Surgery practice is related to acute issues although there is an element of elective practice. One of the common things I see in the emergency department as well as in the office is a hernia. Where is a Hernia Located? There are several varieties of hernias of the abdominal wall such …

Cherry Cranberry Sauce

Cherry Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Makes 2 and a half cups! Why buy jellied cranberry sauce in a can when delicious, healthful cranberries are available fresh or frozen? If you can’t find spiced apple cider at your grocery store, steep the cider in mulling spices for at least 15 minutes after you remove from heat. For garnish finely grate and …

Chest Pains or Heart Disease?

Chest Pain, Heart Disease, or Worse?

Chest pain is a very common symptom, we see in all kinds of patients and in all kinds of forms. It can be described as a burning sensation, a tightness, a pressure, some people have heartburn type symptoms. Sometimes people just have shortness of breath or fatigue. What Do Chest Pain Symptoms Mean? Although, chest …

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Savory Squash with Smoky Pork Chops

Serves 4 Green beans make a great complement to this dish. Season and put them in the oven at the same time as the pork chops, so they finish together. Per serving: 505 calories 32g protein, 22g carbohydrate (4g fiber) 12g fat (2g sat, 10g mono/poly), 72mg sodium Ingredients: 1½ pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, …

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Decision Making – The Power Of Saying Yes

When it comes to decision making, Psychology Today says the average person makes 35,000 conscious decisions each day. On average that is nearly 1,500 choices in one hour and 24 choices every minute of our lives.  I am not even going to do the math as to how many decisions one makes in a lifetime, …

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Added Sugar QUIZ – This or That?

There are two types of sugar in this world; natural occurring sugars or added sugars. Natural occurring sugars for example are those in fruit (fructose) and milk (lactose). Added sugars are those that manufacturers add during the processing of foods, before they hit the shelves. Added sugar is everywhere in places you won’t expect. In …

Autumn Cranberry Apple Cider

Cran-Apple Cider

Makes 10, 6 oz servings Per serving: 113 calories 0g protein 29g carbohydrate (3g fiber) 0g fat (0g sat, 0g mono/poly) 6mg sodium Ingredients: 5 cups apple cider (40 ounces) 2 ½ cups sour-apple juice ¾ cup 100% cranberry juice (no blends) To Make Fresh Sour-Apple Juice: Juice 4-5 tart apples, such as Granny Smiths, …

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Mac’s Hearty Beef Stew

Serves 4 Per serving: 319 calories 26g protein 34g carbohydrate (6g fiber) 9g fat (3g sat, 6g mono/poly) 211mg sodium Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons whole wheat unbleached flour ½ teaspoon each, dried rosemary, sage and thyme 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 Tablespoon olive oil 8 ounces lean beef steak in ¾-inch cubes 1 cup beef …

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What To Do About Prescription Medical Supplies

When your doctor prescribes medicine, you know where to go. But what about when you get a prescription for medical supplies? If I Need Medical Supplies, Where Do I Go? Most people don’t know what to do with a prescription for medical supplies or if their insurance will cover it. Referred to as health care …


5 Ways to Feel Better: Help for Autoimmune Disease Sufferers

Having an autoimmune disease that can be managed but not cured can be challenging. But there’s much you can do to feel better on a daily basis. Try these five ways to improve your symptoms. 1. Eat Well You’ll find a cornucopia of advice online regarding what to eat and not eat to improve autoimmune …

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Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Squares with Yogurt and Fruit

Serves 12 A breakfast bar that is great on-the-go or to heat up and top with yogurt on a cold morning. Ingredients: 3 cups rolled oats 1 cup dried cranberries 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 Tablespoons honey ½ cup apple sauce 2 large eggs ¼ cup light olive oil 2 teaspoons vanilla …

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Supplements Vs. Real Food

More than half of Americans are taking a dietary supplement of some kind. It is estimated that Americans spend about $32 billion on dietary supplements every year (vitamins, minerals, weight loss supplements, etc). The global dietary supplement market is predicted to be worth as much as $349 billion by the year 2026. Why is this …

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6 Healthy Halloween Tricks for Treats

With the beauty of the changing leaves, the comfortable weather and the anticipation of the holiday season, my kids start deciding on the perfect Halloween costume. Meanwhile, I start to think of ways to incorporate healthy Halloween treats to the festivities. What I dislike is this is also the time of year where the candy …

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Breast Health – Not Just a Practice for October

It’s that time of year again! The weather is getting cooler, school is in full swing, and pink ribbons have sprouted up everywhere. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while it is a well-established cause that we have seen for many years, it doesn’t mean it’s any less important to use it as a …


Is there a Shorter Radiation Treatment for Breast Cancer?

HI, I am Dr. Kevin Yee. I am the medical director of Radiation Oncology at CHI Health St. Elizabeth. One of the challenges of radiation treatment for our patients is the amount of time it takes for them to get treated. In some cases, patients have to come in for treatment for 6 to 8 …

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What is Inulin and Should I Add it to My Coffee?

Let’s talk inulin – what is it? (And note it is INULIN – not insulin) Is it healthy for me? Can I add it to my food or coffee? Well first of all, inulin is a starchy substance found naturally in many fruits and vegetables (onion, bananas, leeks, artichokes, and asparagus). When used as an …

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When Cells Attack: What Are Autoimmune Diseases?

Call it biological mutiny. People with autoimmune disease are experiencing what happens when the body turns on itself. The immune system which normally helps keep you healthy is instead triggered to attack cells and tissues it wrongly perceives as a threat. Who Might Get an Autoimmune Disease? The result is a plethora of conditions – …

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4 Eating Tips For Women Over 40 to Feel Your Best

Feel like you are in a slump? Can’t lose weight? Struggle to stay awake through the afternoon? Lacking motivation and time for exercise? You are not alone! These are complaints I hear daily from patients. It’s true, our body at 40, 50, 60 and beyond is much different than our body at 25. But that …

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6 Tips on Using Art Therapy to Cope

Have you ever wondered if art therapy is for you? Does this scenario sound like you? Sitting in that day-room on her first day of treatment, she let her mind become immersed in the activity of the room. The bustled motion of others as they took their seats and the constant buzz of conversations meshed …

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What is Functional Nutrition? Is it Right for Me?

Perhaps you’ve heard promotions for natural, holistic or alternative approaches to prevent and treat health conditions through diet. Maybe you rolled your eyes. Perhaps you did a quick internet search or asked a friend. One can’t blame you for being suspicious. There is an overabundance of health claims out there and it’s hard to sift …

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Caught in the Cycle

During the month of October it’s important to shed light on a topic that impacts many members of our community in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in 3 women have been physically assaulted by an intimate partner in their lifetime. However, the rate …

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Mindful Eating During Game Day

For the last installment of our game-day series, I wanted to highlight a secret threat to mindful eating during game day celebrations – calories, calories, calories! TV Leads to More Calories Consumed Adults have been shown to consume more calories simply because of a television program still running.  The distraction of the television leads to …

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3 Key Facts to Know About the Flu Shot

One of the best ways to prevent getting the flu virus is to receive a yearly flu shot. Influenza, more commonly called the flu, is a contagious virus that can cause mild to severe illness. This seasonal illness is caused by the influenza virus and there are two main types: Influenzea A and Influenza B. …

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How You Can Incorporate Meaningful Self-Care Everyday

Have you noticed that the term “self-care” is everywhere these days? We hear about it through all sorts of media, such as TV and radio, or read about it in magazines and newspapers. It’s something our health-care providers, ministers and friends like to talk about, too. In fact, even Google loves to talk about self-care …

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Go Big Red Foods! Husker-Inspired Healthy Eats

When it comes to choosing the best red foods for your game day, we know that choosing a wide variety of produce can be beneficial for all areas of health. With Husker Fall sports in full effect, let’s shed some light on red foods and the punch they deliver against the competition. Pomegranates Don’t let …

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Effect of TAVR Procedure Recall on the U.S.

When it comes to hearing news of a medical recall, it can be tempting for consumers to panic. CHI Health patients that have had the TAVR procedure do not have to worry about being affected by this recall. As a minimally invasive surgical procedure, TAVR was developed to repair damaged heart valves, without performing open …

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Recovering from a Spinal Cord Injury

September is spinal cord injury (SCI) awareness month. The spinal cord can be damaged at any point along the spine from the neck up and down to the tail bone. This damage can result in permanent loss of movement of all extremities below the injury if the spinal cord is completely severed. If part of …

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Overcoming Loneliness

As the weather changes for the worse outside and loneliness can creep in while you’re cooped up in your home in front of the television at 7 p.m., you begin casually perusing online. After reading the latest celebrity gossip and checking your email for the umpteenth time, you find yourself on social media, quietly stalking …

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Year-Round Gingersnap Pumpkin Custard

Ingredients for Gingersnap Pumpkin Custard: 1 cup gingersnap cookie broken pieces (12 small cookies) 1 15-ounce can pumpkin purée 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 whole egg 4 egg whites 1 cup evaporated milk ¼ cup honey 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ¼ cup chopped walnuts How to Prepare: Preheat oven to 350°F. Gently oil 8 ramekins and …

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Healthy Game Day Appetizers You’ve Never Tried

Game day appetizers like these will surprise your guests with nutritious options that are packed with flavor, nutrients, and low in calories, leaving you feeling energized and ready to cheer on your team! Chicken Salad Kabobs Impress your guests with low calorie game day appetizers for both kids and adults! -Yields – 16 kabobs Ingredients …

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Why Do My Prescriptions Cost So Much and What Can I Do?

Prescription medications are an important part of health and wellness.  There have been a multitude of advances in prescription medications in the past 50 years leading to better treatment of diseases, prevention of medical conditions and ultimately improved wellness and life expectancy.  In the United States, more than half of the population regularly takes a …

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Understanding Concussions

If you play competitive sports, odds are you either know someone whose had a concussion or you’ve been on the receiving end of one. So, what are the signs and symptoms? The symptoms may show up right away or may not show up until later. Common Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion are: Headache Pressure …

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Finding Strength in Letting Go and Appreciating What is Now

Getting that call after waiting all those days, weeks, months, or even years. After those sleepless nights praying, wondering, and hoping that you will be chosen. Just wanting a chance to be a parent, even if the child would not be biologically yours. Each time that phone rings, your heart skips a beat and you …

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How Much Does Technology Contribute to Insomnia?

“Doc, I have trouble going to sleep at night…” A common complaint that I get in my sleep clinic is insomnia. Insomnia is something that plagues a large portion of our society. Insufficient sleep due to insomnia has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, obesity and even cancer. The good news is there are some …

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What’s Happening in Your Thyroid Gland?

Think of your thyroid as setting your body’s tempo. This quarter-sized, butterfly-shaped gland below your Adam’s apple secretes hormones which influence everything from metabolism and heart rate, to body temperature and mood. Too much or too little hormone can cause weight gain or weight loss, restlessness or fatigue and a variety of other symptoms. More …

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Gearing Up for Game Day: Tailgate Food Swaps

Welcome to our CHI Health Nutrition Health Game Days series! Over the next few weeks we will be sharing lots of ways to stay on that healthy path while enjoying the fall sports season with friends and family. Whether you are heading to a tailgate or hosting a watch party – sporting events and tailgate …

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A Quick Guide To Strep Throat

Who Needs Strep Throat Testing? Adult and pediatric patients commonly develop a sore throat, especially during the winter months and frequently associated with the common cold. Strep throat is caused by a specific bacteria know as ‘Group A Beta-hemolytic Streptococcus’ (GABHS). The majority of sore throats are due to viral illness and only 15-35% of …

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4 Ways Gardening is Good for Your Mental Health

“We might think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden who is nurturing us.” -Jenny Uglow When I was a young child growing up, my family had both a large flower and vegetable garden.  I had many opportunities to exercise this endeavor, as I’m sure my love for gardening came from …

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Chronic Pain Relief Without Opioids

With more than one in five American adults suffering from chronic pain, which is pain that lasts longer than three months, finding chronic pain relief has been called a national crisis. As a country, our attempt to manage pain with opioids has contributed to an epidemic of addiction, abuse and opioid overdose deaths. Even when …

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What’s For Supper? 3 Steps to Meal Prepping

Are you stopping at the store daily, relying on frozen entrees or driving through fast food to get a meal on the way to nightly activities? If you answered yes – you are not alone. Finding time to do meal prepping between long work days and jam packed schedules – people are at a loss …


Keep Your Fall Drinks in Check

As the fall season rolls in, it brings relief from the sweltering heat and a season full of beautiful colors and fanciful flavors. From cinnamon and pumpkin, to sea salt and caramel, coffee shops around the country have our mouths watering. However, if you’re not careful, these delicious drinks will have you packing on the …

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Protein Powder: Do’s and Don’ts

Protein powder supplements are used for a variety of reasons – from wanting to increase muscle mass to meal replacements, most retailers have jumped on the protein powder bandwagon. Whether it’s whey, hemp or pea protein – marketing strategies make you feel like you need these products in your life. So, how do you know …


When Changing Careers Alters Life’s Course

As children, we are often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” With little thought to the significance of this question, we often respond with a widely known career aspiration: a singer, a model, a doctor. We play dress up and pretend. Dreaming of fulfilling this goal, we pick out school …

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Diabetes, What You Need To Know: Uncovered

What’s something that’s becoming as American as apple pie and baseball? Unfortunately, the answer is diabetes. 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes and another one in three has pre-diabetes. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to beat this disease at its own game. CHI Health is here to tell you what …

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Make Your Plan to Quit Smoking Today

There aren’t a whole lot of habits you can take up that will harm nearly EVERY organ in the body – but smoking is certainly one of them. As we’ve all heard for years and years, it can cause countless diseases and flat-out reduces your overall health. Plus, it’s a habit that’s tough to quit. …

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How to Get and Stay Mentally Healthy

Staying Healthy Through Good Mental Health As you can see by this blog’s title, our topic is about getting and staying healthy from a mental-health perspective. Quite often, we hear about how to stay physically healthy – good nutrition, decent sleep, some exercise – those types of things really do help us all work toward …


Some Cancers are Hereditary – How to know if You Need Genetic Testing

The majority of cancers that develop are considered to be sporadic, due to environmental exposures and/or lifestyle choices. These account for about 70% of all cancers. Twenty percent of cancers develop due to similar lifestyles and exposures within a family. About 5-10% of all cancers are considered to be hereditary and develop due to a …


What You Need to Know About Sugar Consumption

Have you ever wondered if you or someone you know is addicted to sugar? Have you ever felt ‘withdrawal’ symptoms after cutting out sugar from your diet? Have you felt like the more sugar you eat, the more you crave it? If you answered yes to one or all of these questions, you probably would …


UV Rays – How Dangerous Are They?

July is a sunny month, with days spent outside at the ball field, swimming at the pool or enjoying time at the lake. Along with the sun come ultraviolet (UV) rays. July is UV Safety Month and so it is a good time to learn more about ultraviolet rays, risks of UV exposure and how …

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Preeclampsia – What is it and Who Does it Affect?

Preeclampsia refers to high blood pressure and protein spillage in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy in a woman who had a normal blood pressure prior to getting pregnant. When the preeclampsia gets bad enough, a person may have a seizure. When this occurs the woman is said to have eclampsia. Normally, delivery of …

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6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Medical Appointments

Every day, delivery of medical care becomes more streamlined and transparent.  As a center of excellence, where the highest standard of health care delivery and the highest quality of care in the region, we want to make your appointments as productive as possible. Doctors, both generalists and specialists, have constraints on their time. New practices …

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Farmer’s Market Finds: Easy to Prep and Great for Your Health!

When it comes to finding fresh local foods at your local Farmer’s Market or grocery store, it’s important to know which foods benefit you the most! Not only that, but it’s essential to living a healthy lifestyle for the future. That’s why our awesome team at CHI Health’s Nutrition Services is here to show you …

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More Farmer’s Market Finds: How to Incorporate Avocados, Kohlrabi and Beets in Your Diet

Farmer’s Market Find: Kohlrabi Today, we’re going to be talking about Kohlrabi! So, what is Kohlrabi? Kohlrabi is a vegetable that you’re going to find at your Farmers Market and is readily available year-round at your grocery store. However, if you want it at its best, then you’ll want to look for it right around …

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Heavy Menstrual Bleeding? You’re Not Alone.

Hi my name is Lauren Anderson and I am a doctor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at CHI Health. Today, I would like to help educate women about heavy menstrual bleeding. If you are suffering with heavy menstrual periods, you are not alone. Really heavy bleeding during your menstrual cycle is not normal. Heavy bleeding and …


It’s Back to School Time and Kids Health

We are nearly there – the beginning of back-to-school season. Getting our kids back on track can be a little challenging after a few months of relaxed schedules, no homework, and playing until the sun goes down. Just a month or so ago, our blog was about helping kids stay engaged during summer so that …

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Tube Feeding – Is It Ethical?

Tube feeding—a frightening topic when brought up by a member of your care team. As a dietitian working in the hospital, tube feeding is a part of my everyday work flow. However, for those on the receiving end and the family members involved, one would hope it is not normal and not a part of …

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Proper Methods of Medication Storage and Disposal

According to the CDC about 60,000 children will be seen in emergency rooms each year due to accidental ingestion of medication. The best way to help eliminate this household hazard is to properly identify, store, and dispose of medication. Safety Tips for Medication Storage The first step is to properly identify what needs to be …

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From Adolescent to “Adult” – The College Freshman’s Transition

College Freshman Anxiety Every new school year offers new challenges for students as they promote into the next grade. There is excitement and maybe even a little bit of anxiety about the new school year. Students start to anticipate new goals and challenges. Parents do their best to prepare their kids, no matter what the …

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6 Tips for the Perfect Tailgate Party

Take your tailgate party from average to awesome by making it healthy, safe, and fun! There’s only one thing that can make America’s most popular sport even better: the perfect tailgate party. A great American tradition itself, tailgating celebrates football and food throughout the fall. Although best known for beer and burgers, tailgates can be …

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Nature Nurtures: 5 Ways Green Spaces Make Us Better

When I was a child, my grandmother always said: “Prasanna, go outside and play.” It’s an admonition heard in households around the world. What if I told you we adults should heed this time-honored advice? And that better health, less stress and more creativity is just a walk in the park away? Research has repeatedly …

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When to See a Sports Medicine Physician

When you hear sports medicine, you may think of a pro athlete getting injured in the big game. But what about you? When should you see a sports medicine doctor? Hi, I’m Dr. Dani Wooldrik from CHI Health and I’m a Sports Medicine physician. Sports medicine doctors are usually primary care physicians who have done …

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Children’s Mental Health and School Accommodations

As Ms. Hancock scans the classroom, she watches her students involved in their studies; eagerly jotting down notes and filling the classroom with a steady chatter of conversation. To her initial delight, it appears the students are comprehending the material and everything is going well and is in its proper place. That is until she …

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Allergy Treatment Options for a High Blood Pressure Patient

A patient with high blood pressure presented to my office with a severe headache. She has a history of seasonal allergies. The patient is adherent to her medication regimen. In the office, her blood pressure was 210/120. Normally, her blood pressure on therapy is 125/78. What is happening and what should we do? Can Allergies …

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This Nasal Spray Saves Lives: 3 Reasons to Have an Opioid Overdose Antidote on Hand

Police officers carry it and schools keep it on hand. And now you can, too. It’s naloxone, the life-saving medication which can counteract an opioid overdose. Risk of Opioid Overdose You may think it’s something you’ll never need. But as a pharmacist, I recommend naloxone for anyone who takes an opioid medication and: Takes a …

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How to Advocate for Your Child – Tips for Parenting

As you meander the cereal aisle with your boisterous and defiant five-year-old in tow, you sigh deeply. With this being his third big tantrum of the day and it’s only 10:30 a.m., your patience is running low as you weigh your options on how to address his behaviors. You have done the tried and true …

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Six Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

We’ve all heard the story in the news: a chemical in your plastic bottles is going to give you breast cancer, thus stop drinking out of plastic bottles. But did you know that those reports are based on assumptions and not on scientific evidence? It turns out that there are a lot of myths when …

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How to Use Basic Weight Lifting Machines

Today we will give you a short introduction on how to use weight equipment that is found in most fitness facilities. It is always a good idea to setup a free fitness assessment and equipment orientation that are offered at most fitness facilities. A few notes before beginning: Before starting an exercise program, it is …

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Dehydration Symptoms and Prevention

About 27 years ago, my husband’s job transferred our family to Omaha.  On a humid day with temperatures near 100 degrees, we were moving into our new home.  The air conditioner could not keep the house cool as the movers kept doors open as they moved furniture and boxes into the house.  After unpacking items …

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Do’s and Don’ts of Sunscreen

With 4th of July around the corner it’s time for some fun in the sun. Staying safe in the sun this summer is important for your health today and for the future. One in five Americans develop skin cancer before the age of 70, and proper sunscreen care can greatly reduce the risk of these …

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Fixing Heart Valve Leaks Without Open Heart Surgery

Imagine a tiny fastener repairing a leaky valve. Now imagine that little fastener being placed inside your heart. A breakthrough innovation using such a device is making it possible for more people with something called mitral valve regurgitation to be treated with a minimally invasive procedure – rather than undergo open heart surgery to repair …

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After Foster Children Go Home

Receiving the News I recall sitting at my dining room table that tepid summer evening last year, surrounded by caseworkers and other members of the legal team. Though my ears were listening to the conversation, my eyes were swallowed up by tears leaving some of the words overshadowed by pain. Certainly I knew this day …

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How Much Sugar is In that Drink?

Did you know that sugar-sweetened beverages are one of the biggest contributors to weight gain and obesity? There are many sneaky sources of sugar in both food and drinks that are all around us. Have you stopped to consider how many calories may be in the beverage you are consuming? Common Beverages and Their Calorie/Sugar …

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What Causes Leg Cramps?

Here’s a question I frequently get from my patients: “I have cramps in my legs. Is it due to low potassium or other electrolyte problem?” Low Potassium is One Cause of Leg Cramps The answer is that hypokalemia (low potassium) frequently results in leg cramps. Heart doctors see many patients with high blood pressure and …


What is Hyperparathyroid Disease and How is it Diagnosed?

Let’s talk a little bit about parathyroid disease. The majority of people that have parathyroid problems have something called primary hyperparathyroidism. What that means is that the parathyroid glands, either one or all four of them, have decided to over-produce the parathyroid hormone which then creates an elevation of calcium in the blood. How Hyperparathyroid …

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Beat Bloating

Think about it – the gut does a lot of interacting with the outside environment.  We bring in food, beverages, medications and more into our bodies.  The digestive tract breaks down food for nutrients but did you know it is also responsible to deal with toxins, chemicals and infections. Both good and bad bacteria can …

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How to Determine the Best Diet for You

Look at all of that delicious fuel! That’s what food is, fuel for your body. If you are trying to lose weight, choosing the best fuel can be confusing. Especially when the latest diet promises to supercharge weight loss. CHI Health is here to tell you what you should know on Diets: Uncovered. Negative Affects …


How are Thyroid Nodules Treated?

Let’s talk a little bit about thyroid nodules. Many people have thyroid nodules and don’t even know that they have them. Usually nodules are found when imaging is done for another reason. 90% of nodules are benign (not cancer). When to Have a Thyroid Nodules Biopsy However, when a thyroid nodule is a centimeter or …

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Snoring Uncovered

You probably wouldn’t be able to sleep through the sound of a jackhammer! Would you believe that snoring can be just as loud? Sure, it’s annoying, but snoring is more than just noise. It can take a toll on your everyday life and overall health. Luckily we have plenty of solutions. CHI Health is here …

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Living as a Cancer Survivor: Six Ways Life Can Change, and How to Cope

More people are living as cancer survivors than ever before, thanks to advances in cancer care. In fact, an estimated 16.9 million cancer survivors were living in the United States in January of 2019, and that number is expected to increase to 21.7 million by 2029.¹ Many cancer survivors experience a change in perspective after …

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10 Reminders When Overcoming an Eating Disorder

You used to be that innocent girl who would twirl in the living room, laughing as you became dizzy. You used to be that kind girl who would hold the door open for the elderly and wave to strangers as you passed by them in the grocery aisles. You used to be that brave girl …

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Natural Flavors vs Artificial Flavors

If you’re ever reading the ingredients label on a packaged food, you might notice something towards the bottom that says, ‘natural flavors’ or perhaps ‘artificial flavors’. Seems like a vague statement, doesn’t it? How do we know the ingredients grouped under this umbrella word, ‘natural’, are truly natural? Are the ingredients grouped in the ‘artificial …

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What is the Difference Between Depression and Anxiety?

When I was in graduate school learning to become a therapist, one of my professors said, “Depression is overwhelming sadness about what has happened, and anxiety is overwhelming worry about what might happen.” To this day, I feel that this is an excellent, easy to understand description. I use this quote frequently to help my …

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When Chest Pain Isn’t a Heart Attack

“The good news: It’s not your heart. The bad news: I don’t have a clue what it is.” The first half of this statement is heard every day in emergency rooms and doctors’ offices across the country.  The second half may involve a little more honesty than most doctors want to admit. You come to …

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