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Pregnancy Myths and Facts

When you’re pregnant, the list of dos and don’ts can seem daunting. Friends, relatives and even strangers will offer advice about what you should and shouldn’t eat, drink or do. Social media is also rife with misinformation. It’s important to be skeptical and verify the information before changing your habits. Read on for the facts …

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4 Ways to Manage Chronic Pain

Hi, I am Brant Loose from CHI Health St. Mary in the physical therapy department, and today I really want to dive into chronic pain and some of the things that you can do to bring your pain down. A lot of times, you might be told that you have to live with your pain, …

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New Mom Advice: Watch for These Postpartum Complications

Congratulations! You just delivered a new baby! While your attention may shift to your new bundle of joy, don’t forget to take care of yourself, too. Your obstetric provider is still monitoring you for several health issues in the postpartum period. These include: Preeclampsia Your doctor most likely talked to you during your pregnancy about …


Burning Calories During the Winter

Staying healthy and active can be particularly challenging during the winter months. It is easy to wrap up in a blanket and stay on the couch when the weather turns cold and we have less sunlight throughout the day. Furthermore, the holiday season surrounds us with sweet treats and larger portions that are hard to …

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Holiday Eating with Gestational Diabetes

Living with gestational diabetes can feel overwhelming at any time of the year, but especially during the holidays.  While it is important to practice mindful eating, meals over the holidays can still be enjoyable.  Use these tips to help you feel confident and comfortable this holiday season! 1.) Reasons to Be Healthy Remember the ‘why’ …


Family Discussions about Cancer History Can Save Lives

Here’s a gift you can give the relatives this holiday. Have a talk about your family’s history of cancer. It may feel like a heavy topic, but knowing if a type of cancer runs in the family empowers everyone to reduce their risk and potentially avoid a serious diagnosis. It’s important to note that you …

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Blended Family Holidays: Share the Joy While Keeping the Peace

Holidays can be stressful for blended families – even without the added challenge of a pandemic. Parents may need to follow court orders while being flexible and using common sense. Communication with the other parent is essential, especially if someone is sick. Now’s the time to avoid the blame game and do what’s in the …

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Staying Active During a Pandemic, Winter, and Holidays

With the weather changing, staying at home due to COVID-19, and the upcoming holidays it may be difficult to find the motivation to exercise and stay active. Why Stay Active? Exercise is one of the most powerful tools we have for staying physically and mentally healthy. The current recommendation for adults is that we get …

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Pillow Supported Positioning for Pregnancy

During pregnancy you may find it difficult to rest and find a position of comfort due to back, hip, belly, or pelvic pain. In this video, you will be shown positioning techniques and use of pillows to improve your quality of sleep, decrease pain and pressure, and support your hips, pelvis, back, and belly. Lying …

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Why is Sleep Good for Our Brains?

We know that during sleep, your brain actually washes itself out. So, all the toxic material is taken out of your brain when you’re sleeping. How does that happen? You have these tiny channels in your brain, through which fluid goes in and washes it out. Because of that, we have now learned that there …

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Consciousness and Our Brains: What We Know

Hi, my name is Dr. Sanjay Singh. I am the director of the CHI Health Neurological Institute. I’m also the professor and chair of Neurology at Creighton University School of Medicine. What is Consciousness? What is consciousness? That has been a question that has vexed philosophers and scientists for millennia. But now it has found …

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Prediabetes: 1 in 3 Have This Serious Condition

If the road ahead went off a cliff, you’d turn around in time. That’s the upside of a prediabetes diagnosis. Finding out you have this silent disease gives you time to turn around and avoid serious complications and the more life-threatening diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. An estimated 1 in 3 Americans has prediabetes, and …

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Don’t Suffer in Silence: Talk to Your Provider about Painful Intercourse

Women don’t talk about it, but they should. Painful intercourse, or dyspareunia, is more common than you might think. It’s often caused by a medical issue which shouldn’t be ignored. But we can’t treat it if we don’t know about it. Don’t Be Shy About Talking with Your Provider You don’t have to be shy …


Play it Smart: Why Guys Should Take Care of Their Health

Going to the doctor is often the last thing on a guy’s to-do list. In fact, a study found 72 percent of men said they would rather do a household chore, like clean the bathroom or mow the lawn, than go to the doctor. But they should, because their health matters. Many conditions that are easy …

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20 Ways to Stay Connected When Visits Aren’t Possible

The holidays can be challenging for those who have loved ones in a care facility, or have loved ones taking precautions due to vulnerability. Being unable to visit can leave you feeling guilt, stress, sadness, anxiety and frustration. While in-person visits are not possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still brighten someone’s day. Physical …

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Get Creative to Celebrate a Coronavirus-Safe Holiday

Loving your family and protecting them go together like turkey and stuffing. There’s probably nothing you wouldn’t do to save a loved one’s life. This holiday season, with COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surging at alarming levels, families are being asked to make hard decisions about get-togethers which are known to spread coronavirus. COVID-19 and the …

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Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic floor disorders are extremely common and underreported, affecting at least 25% of women nationwide (1). Pelvic floor dysfunction includes urinary incontinence, frequency and urgency, pelvic pain, dyspareunia, fecal incontinence and urgency, constipation, and pelvic organ prolapse. What is the Pelvic Floor? So what is this pelvic floor we are talking about? The pelvic floor …

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Season’s Eatings! Heart-Healthy Ways to Stay Healthy this Year

The holidays are nearly here and that often equates with lots of opportunities for excessive eating. Unless we are vigilant, we can end up packing an extra 2 to 5 pounds onto our waistlines. I’m sharing with you a few of my favorite strategies to help you “lighten up” your holiday eating. Eat Slowly First and …

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No Bad Vibes November: Tips to Stay Positive this Season

Recently a friend and I challenged each other to bring more wellness and joy into our daily routines. We are calling it “No Bad Vibes November.” I’m challenging you to do the same! You will be surprised how little joys during the day can boost mood, overall wellness and productivity. Here are some ways that …

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Water Works: The Healing Power of Aquatic Therapy

If you think the pool is just for kids in the summer, think again. Aquatic physical therapy is for all ages, all year round, and works for a wide variety of physical problems – from knee pain to spinal cord injuries. How Does Aquatic Therapy Help? This type of physical therapy takes place in an …


Chorizo, Pecan, Brussel Sprouts and Butternut Squash Stuffing

Ingredients 8 cups cubed rustic multigrain bread (about 1 lb, cut into ½ inch pieces) 12 ounces fresh Mexican chorizo sausage, casing removed, crumbled 2-3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 4 cups Brussels sprouts, quartered 2 cups diced celery, plus chopped celery leaves for garnish 1 cup diced onions 4 cups diced butternut squash 2 tbsp …

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Apple Cider Turkey

Ingredients 1 lb boneless, turkey breast 1/2 tsp salt, divided 1/2 tsp ground pepper, divided 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and thickly sliced 1/3 c finely chopped shallots 1 tsp fresh thyme 1/2 c unsalted chicken broth 1 tbsp reduced fat sour cream 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley …


Untangling the Web of Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s can be challenging because there is currently no single test or scan which can detect the disease. In fact, a definitive diagnosis is only possible after death through the examination of brain tissue. Memory Loss Might Not Mean Alzheimer’s It is essential to go through the diagnostic process, but problems with your memory …

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A COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know

Since mid-March of this year, it is not an exaggeration to say that life has been turned upside down by something that is as old as time itself and microscopic in size.  The newly discovered coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2 or HCoV-19) was first identified in the Wuhan, Hubei province in China, in December 2019, following cases of …

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Bariatric Surgery Benefits Add Up for Type 2 Diabetics

If you have type 2 diabetes and you’re overweight or obese, it might seem like your life revolves around the numbers on your glucose meter and your scale. That’s because the current therapy for diabetes includes weight loss, diet and exercise and anti-diabetes medications – all working together to help keep blood sugar levels under …

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9 Tips for Navigating Political Conversations

With the election coming up, politics seem to be everywhere. Conversations—and disagreements—are being held on social media, among friends, in the workplace, and around dinner tables. Everyone has an opinion on how our government should be run, with varying levels of intensity. Whether or not you feel passionate about politics, the topic is inescapable. At …

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Can Glucosamine and Chondroitin Help with Joint Pain?

Joint pain is something many of us deal with due to injury or age.  Many people prefer supplementation with glucosamine and chondroitin over using NSAIDs and other pain relievers to avoid the adverse effects of these medications, but does it really work? How Do Glucosamine and Chondroitin Work? Glucosamine and chondroitin are components of cartilage …

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IBS vs. IBD: What Are These Bowel Conditions?

Could that abdominal pain or diarrhea be IBS or IBD? While some symptoms can be the same, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) are two very different conditions with different treatment plans. It’s important to talk to your health care provider to discuss your symptoms and discuss next steps. What is IBS? …

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Child Abuse and Neglect Insights During the Pandemic

You may be thinking – “I’m already stressed about this pandemic, I can’t possibly think of another stressful and sad topic.” As a clinical psychologist, I agree with wanting to limit how much we worry about and for how long we worry. Here is the thing, though. We all have good intentions to not hurt …

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Eating for Two? Maintaining a Healthy Pregnancy Weight

You are pregnant! Congrats! Along with many other questions you have, one of the topics that should interest you is weight gain in pregnancy! You are indeed eating to help nourish another little life, but should you actually be “eating enough for two?” You will gain weight, but how much is healthy and what are the …


Breast Cancer: Know Your Genetic Background and Lifestyle Risks

October is breast cancer awareness month. As a female oncologist, I am very aware of the importance of this topic. In the US and across the globe, breast cancer remains the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. In fact, one in eight women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.(1) …

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Calcium Supplementation: Why You May Need It

Calcium is a popular supplement and for a good reason. This is because taking calcium as a supplement helps the body build strong bones and may reduce the risk of fractures. Although clear scientific studies may not show overt evidence for reducing risk of fractures, most experts still recommend supplementation. How Much Calcium Does a …

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Go Team! Safe Viewing Tips for Football Fans

Football is a prime fall social activity, but COVID-19 precautions shouldn’t get tossed aside for big game gatherings. We’ve all observed scenes of packed bars with few masks and no social distancing. We’ve also seen COVID-19 cases climb in college towns and vacation spots. These two factors are related — congregating with people without taking …

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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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Debunked: 8 Myths and the Truth about Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure that requires a commitment to significant lifestyle changes. For that reason, it’s important to be fully informed about the surgery before deciding to go forward. It’s also important not to let misinformation about bariatric surgery affect your decision. The following common myths, and others, are also addressed by the …


The Benefits of Testing and Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. It is often very slow-growing: studies have shown that 90 percent of men aged 90 and over have microscopic evidence of prostate cancer. How Do We Test for Prostate Cancer? Patients should understand the benefits of testing and treatment for prostate cancer. Two initial tests are …


7 Reasons Adults Need a Primary Care Provider

We take children to the doctor’s office regularly for illnesses, immunizations and growth milestones. Adults, on the other hand, tend to go to the doctor less often even though you don’t outgrow your need for health care. Routine primary care visits for adults are just as important, particularly for health concerns that emerge as we …

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You’ve Been Diagnosed with Diabetes. Now What?

Now is a great opportunity for you to take a look at this disease as something you can live with, and how it can actually make you healthier because you’re going to have a different focus on diet and exercise now. For me, being diagnosed with diabetes, it drew me more to think, “How can …

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Breast Cancer: What We Know, What We’ve Done, and Where We’re Headed

Yes, it is still here. Breast cancer, and most other cancers, still exist today; we talk about them, we fear them, we treat them, we try to control them, yet often they leave us and our loved ones torn and frustrated. What We Know About Breast Cancer Breast Cancer is still the leading cancer in …

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What is Prediabetes?

Did you know one in three American adults have prediabetes? What does that really mean? Prediabetes is when your blood sugar levels are running higher than normal but they haven’t quite reached the type 2 diabetes numbers. That means that your cells are not effectively using insulin and blood sugar like they should. What is …

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5 Essential Oils for Stress Relief

What are some natural steps we can take when having a stressful day? When there is so much going on in the world around us, and we want to bring ourselves to a state of tranquility and relaxation, what is something else we can turn to? While there are many natural remedies, essential oils have …

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Baking Basics for Diabetes and Blood Glucose Control

A common question that arises during diabetes education consults – is it necessary to eliminate all baked goods and desserts in order to control blood glucose levels?  The answer is no!  However, eating too many carbohydrates at one time can result in high blood sugars.  In addition, these food items commonly contain an excessive amount …

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If You Have Skin Cancer on the Face, Scalp or Ears, this Treatment can Help

When we hear about cancer in the news we often see reports about three of the most common malignancies, breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer.  However, skin cancer remains the most prevalent cancer in the United States with 5 million cases diagnosed each year.  1 in 5 Americans develop skin cancer and although most …


Can Vitamins Fight COVID-19? Expert Advice on Supplement Use

We all want to protect ourselves, and our families, from the Coronavirus. Could adding vitamins to your morning routine give you an edge? Studies are ongoing but there is no clear information regarding how vitamins and minerals impact COVID-19. We simply can’t – as of yet – say with any certainty whether they offer any …

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Top Tips for Mothers Choosing to Breastfeed

Becoming a mother can bring on a wealth of questions and concerns, including how to feed your child. Mothers do have options for this, and breastfeeding is one of them. Luckily, there are many resources out there for a mother to make informed decisions for her child. Since August is National Breastfeeding Month, we wanted …

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Fearful Times: Facing the Everyday Anxieties of 2020

Call it a side effect of chaotic times, a rational worry about becoming seriously ill can quickly turn into a downward and dark thought spiral, or ruminating about current events can mushroom into apocalyptic visions of the future. Anxiety has been called “fear that has no name.” It seems a particularly fitting way to describe …

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Exercise and Bariatric Surgery: 10 Steps to Get Started

We all know exercise is good for us. For those who’ve had bariatric surgery, it’s even more important because it helps maintain lean muscle that can be lost with rapid weight loss. That’s just one benefit. Exercise also increases circulation which promotes healing, decreases risk of blood clots, improves digestion and bowel function and decreases …

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Below the Surface: Psoriasis is More Than a Skin Condition

At its worst, psoriasis is a heartbreaking condition. Sometimes the skin feels like it’s on fire and the red, scaly blotches can be embarrassing. The disease can inflame blood vessels, causing atherosclerosis and leading to a three times greater risk of heart attack. Psoriasis sufferers are also twice as likely to have depression– not just …


Cells Going Rogue: How Cancer Starts

Some 30 trillion cells make up the human body. Miniscule but efficient, cells do the work that makes the body function. Each cell has a lifespan and undergoes apoptosis, or programmed cell death. It instructs old or damaged cells to stop dividing and begin dying. Meanwhile, new cells are made daily through a process of …


Testicular Torsion: Embarrassing to Talk About, but a Very Serious Matter

Pain in the testicle may be difficult or embarrassing to talk about, however sometimes this can be a very serious matter and shouldn’t be ignored.  Some common causes of pain include: Trauma (like getting kicked in the groin) Urinary tract or sexually transmitted infection Inflammation Skin infection around the scrotum (skin around the testicle) Hernia …


How to Breathe While Running

One of the most important things to learn while running is how to breathe through your diaphragm as opposed to your chest. Breathing through your chest will elevate your shoulders. It’s an inefficient way to breathe because it’s a smaller amount of action you’re getting to your system, as well as using your body’s energy …

Movement Disorders Uncovered

Movement Disorders Uncovered

Your hands are like a multipurpose tool – they do so much, it’s easy to take them for granted. But for people with tremors, the simplest activities can become impossible. Today on CHI Health Uncovered, learn about movement disorders that cause tremors and exciting advances in treatment happening here at CHI Health. Types of Movement …


Why Do Patients Like Virtual Visits?

Patients tend to like our virtual visits because of some of the convenience that it offers, for example, if someone’s working from home, they can take a break, get a quick visit in and get their refills or whatever is appropriate, and then move on with their day. It also can allow parents to have …

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Migraine 101: Inside This Debilitating Condition

Anyone who’s had a migraine knows these headaches can be extremely painful. In fact, migraines are the second most disabling neurological condition globally in terms of years lost to disability. What Are Migraines? Migraines are a neurological disease that occur as a result of complex neurochemical and neurophysiological processes in multiple areas of the brain. …

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Why You Can Feel Lonely When You Are Not Alone

Do you ever feel lonely even when you’re surrounded by people? Loneliness affects us all at times. It’s more common for some, such as those who live alone or have limited mobility, but we all face it to some extent. Loneliness can be hard to identify, and it’s often mistaken for feeling tired, sad, or …

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The Importance of Protein for a Post Bariatric Surgery Diet

Consuming the right amount of protein is essential for optimal body function. Getting the right amount can help with healing, immune function, muscle gain and much more.  Protein needs vary among individuals.  Knowing how much to get, when to consume it, what foods to eat – these are just a few of the questions that …

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Simple Snack Staples – Easy Meals and Snacks for Bariatric Patients

Having an easy and delicious go-to list for snacks can be very helpful when planning meals or on-the-go options.  Here are some great ideas and resources for snacks on both the savory and the sweet sides. Savory Snacks Add your own spin to these by trying different seasonings! 2 oz. shredded chicken + 2 Tbsp. …


How to Make Your Next Grill-Out Healthy

Summertime is here which means days at the pool, weekends at the lake and plenty of outdoor activities to fill your time. Warm weather also means grilling season is officially here. According to the 24th Annual Weber GrillWatch Survey, 25% of people are grilling to be healthier. Healthy Ideas for Your Next Summer Grill-Out The …

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Migraine Headaches: Common Symptoms, Causes and Treatment Options

Did you know that nearly 1 in 4 households in the United States has someone that suffers from migraine headaches? A staggering 12% of the population, approximately 38 million people, suffers from this condition in the United States. Let’s take a closer look at symptoms of a migraine headache and how this differs from a …

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Get Your Best Summer Body: It’s About Progress, Not Perfection!

What if we could challenge societal views on body image? What if we could approach summer as an opportunity for learning? An opportunity to think about ourselves in a more compassionate light? Could I impose a suggestion for this summer? It’s body acceptance! Would you be willing to give yourself permission to have compassion towards …

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The 14th Curse Word

We all have had moments in life where we let words slip out that we regret. Words come out that are designed to bring us and others down. Often called “four letter” words or curse words, these are those words that we speak out of anger, frustration, pain, and even apprehension. These words carry enormous …

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When Heat Stroke Strikes

Heat stroke is an elevated body temperature associated with altered mental status—confusion, weakness, dizziness. It can happen quickly, in as little as five minutes in certain temperatures. Heat Stroke Can Cause The Following: Fevers Muscle weakness Heart racing Dizziness Passing out People of Extreme Ages Struggle With Heat People who are either really old or …


Celebrating Our Cancer Survivors

June is National Cancer Survivorship Month. National Cancer Survivors Day is observed each year on the first Sunday in June. The staff at the CHI Health Regional Cancer Center at St. Francis would like to take this opportunity to recognize the importance of this cancer awareness time. What is a Cancer Survivor? The term “cancer …

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Facemask Hacks for “Mask-ne” Acne, Fogging and Other Problems

The pandemic has brought a new accessory to our lives: facemasks. When wearing a facemask for the first time, or for extended periods of time, four problems can come into play: “mask-ne” acne, perioral dermatitis, friction irritations and – for those with glasses – fogging. “Mask-ne” You might be getting some acne-type eruptions. That’s not …

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Is a Turmeric Supplement Good for You?

Turmeric has been in the news lately in connection with Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Conflicting articles and news reports have added to the confusion about whether turmeric could be helpful or harmful for COVID-19 symptoms, so I thought I’d delve into what exactly turmeric is and how it’s used. What is Turmeric? I like to cook, so …

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Iron Supplementation – Do I Need it?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world, and can lead to iron deficiency anemia. Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough red blood cells. In the United States, it is estimated that around 10 million people are iron deficient, …


7 Tips to Get the Most out of Your Virtual Visit

Virtual visits are getting rave reviews for convenience. But if you’ve never had a virtual meeting for work or with loved ones, you might hesitate to take your clinic visit to the small screen. Seeing your doctor on a device – instead of in a clinic – is easier than you might think. How to …


Focus on Cancer Screenings during Women’s Health Month

You’ve probably seen your neighborhood flourish with walkers, runners and bikers since the beginning of quarantine. The COVID-19 pandemic has created time for many of us to improve our fitness. Women can build on that momentum during May, which is Women’s Health Month. Think of it as an opportunity to focus on your overall well-being …

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What’s Blood Flow Restriction? New PT Technique Strengthens Muscles with Lighter Loads

After an injury or surgery, patients are often anxious to work on strengthening – so they can get back to normal. But they have to wait because injured tissue requires a certain amount of time before it is safe to do resistance strengthening exercises such as lifting weights. For example, an athlete recovering from a …

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Parenting in Quarantine: You are Enough

We all have insecurities and what we perceive are flaws. We are not perfect. In the age of social media parenting, parents are comparing themselves to other parents they follow on social media. You know the ones I’m talking about. The seemingly perfect families. They are always posting about the fun and special things that …


Keep Meals Fun While Dining at Home

Like me, you’re likely finding yourself eating and cooking at home more than normal.  Not everyone loves to cook in the first place, so the additional meal prep can feel like a burden.  Planning meals and cooking can be a fun way to get the family engaged in an activity together.  Looking for ways to …

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How to Properly Wear a Mask

So it’s really important when we wear a mask to cover our nose and our mouth. If the mask is not covering the nose–just the mouth– and you have an infection, you’re still at risk of exposing others. So, it’s very important to cover your nose and your mouth so that you’re not exposing others …

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Keep it Cool and Practice Sun Safety on “Don’t Fry Day”

Maybe it’s a 60-degree day and you don’t feel the sun’s heat. Or you’re working in the yard and lose track of time. Perhaps your kids ran out to play before you could get the sunscreen slathered on them. That early summer sunburn can sneak up on you. That’s why the National Council on Skin …


Childbirth Education Resources in the Time of Covid-19

Raise your hand if you were excited to go to a childbirth education class that got canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Or, did you want to sign up for a class but it was just outside of your budget? Well, I have a few solutions for you! Even if we cannot know what to …

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When Kids Ask, “Why?”

Many parents may feel overwhelmed by the flood of “why” questions that they receive from their kids regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic. These questions can range in topic and extend to the minute details of life. Their questions may gradually become more complex, frequent, and difficult to answer. Parents often scour the internet to find the …

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Ideas and Resources For Family and Kids Activities

Overall in these stressful times, we can all try to find positivity and be a little less stressed with these ideas for the whole family. It is good for parents and families to try to keep to some sort of a routine. This means trying to do things at the same time each day to …

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Gallbladder Diet: Tips for Eating After Removal

If you’ve had your gallbladder removed, and you’re still experiencing diarrhea, gas or bloating, you may want to consider changing to a gallbladder diet. 6 Tips For Eating After a Gallbladder Removal Limit fats. That means fried, greasy and fatty foods, including gravies. Look for low-fat alternatives that have 3 grams of fat or less …

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Gallbladder: Your Not-So-Vital Organ

Call it necessary but not quite essential. Your gallbladder is a small organ that’s tucked behind your liver. Its job is to store the fat-digesting bile produced by the liver. What makes it unique is that it’s one of few organs that can be removed without major consequence.  How Does the Gallbladder Work? Normally, when …


Diabetes Diagnosis: What You Should Know

Have you been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes recently? Are you feeling lost or confused? Talk to your health care provider! We are here to help you. Diagnosis of diabetes should not be taken lightly. Here is some information to help you understand and manage your diabetes. The first thing you should do is find …

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Head Lice: What Parents Need To Know

My name is Laura Denning, I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the CHI Health West Broadway Clinic and I serve the Pediatric population up to age 21. Who Gets Head Lice? Everyone can get head lice, it doesn’t mean you’re dirty, and it doesn’t mean you have a lot of germs. What is The …

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Pandemic Panic? Try 6 “C”s for Coping During a Crisis

During a crisis, it is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the Coronavirus outbreak is extremely important. Each of us have social responsibility to try to give positive …

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Diet Plans in Review: Mediterranean, DASH, and Vegetarian

Diet plans, meal plans and eating programs are everywhere. How many have you tried and how long did they last? Knowing what to eat can be overwhelming. So, let’s look at the evidence behind some popular diet plans like the Mediterranean, DASH and Vegetarian diet plans. Mediterranean Diet Plans The Mediterranean diet plan encourages a …

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Are There Ways I Can Boost My Immune System to Fight Illness?

The human body is by far the most advanced and sophisticated machine imaginable.  The level of complexity, number of systems, and processes that happen in the body to sustain life and health have intrigued and, at times, mystified scientists for centuries.  How Complex is Our Immune System? Our body’s immune system represents one of the …

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3 Strategies for Talking to Children About COVID-19

Many parents might be worried about whether or how to talk to their children about COVID-19. One thing to keep in mind is that all children, even toddlers, are being exposed to COVID-19, either by adults around them, or through social media or the TV. So one thing to keep in mind is that children …

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How to Help Children Feel Safe During Difficult Times

Many families might be wondering about how to talk with their child about COVID-19. You might be wondering how to help your child with anxiety or stress and how to make sure that the disruptions in their lives are minimized as much as possible. Build Safety Through Routine The first skill that I want to …

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Coping With Anxiety During Social Distancing and COVID-19

Anxiety is a normal human emotion and a little bit of that anxiety is necessary for us to be able to take care of what we need to take care of. For example, if I don’t have any anxiety, or if I have only a little anxiety, I wouldn’t take necessary precautions to decrease the …

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Celebrating Easter During Social Distancing

Easter, along with other major holidays, are times for families to be together. We go to church together, have Easter egg hunts, and prepare large meals to share around crowded tables. Every family has their own unique traditions they look forward to. Now, in this time of social distancing, we find our routines and traditions …


Skin Bump or Lump? What to Make of Little Growths Called Lipomas

If you have a painless little skin lump, don’t panic. It’s likely a fatty tumor called a lipoma. One in 1,000 people have a lipoma, and of those, one in five will have more than one. Here are six things you need to know about these mysterious skin bumps. 6 Things to Remember About Lipomas …


Mental Health is as Important as Physical Health

We know mental health is very important for the wellbeing of an individual. If you are not in a healthy state of mind, most likely you are at a higher risk to have physical problems. As a matter of fact, studies show that when people struggle with significant mental health problems they are at higher …

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Helping the Family Stay Calm, Connected, and Less Stressed

 Many families might be wondering how to keep their family calm during a stressful time and how to create peace and a sense of comfort for their children and for themselves. Feeling Negative Emotions is Normal First let me say that negative emotions are normal. Feeling like you’re out of control, feeling sad, mad, …


Supporting Cancer Caregivers

Talk about unsung heroes. Caregivers are challenged with developing new skills and performing new tasks due to a loved one’s cancer diagnosis – while also dealing with the emotional side of the cancer experience. Oncology Social Workers know this because we see it firsthand. Oncology Social Workers Want to Do More That’s why we’re always …

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Children, Teens and COVID-19: Identifying and Validating Feelings

During times of increased stress, a skill that you can practice with your child is to be a feelings role-model. What this really means is to label feelings that are obvious that you see your child feeling. So if you can tell when your child’s mad or scared or sad, label that feeling for your …


What Cancer Patients Should Know About Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic, also known as COVID-19 is having a huge impact on people worldwide, including cancer patients and their caregivers. Cancer patients are among those identified as being high risk because their immune system is compromised by their cancer and its treatment. It’s important that all cancer patients, whether currently in treatment or not, …

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Why Should You Get Vaccinated?

Vaccines have come a long way since the first vaccine was developed. In 1796, Edward Jenner successfully used cowpox material to create immunity to smallpox. It took almost 100 years to develop the next vaccine, when Louis Pasteur developed the rabies vaccine in 1885. Fast forward to the 1930’s, when many vaccines were developed that …

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Leftovers Going Bad? Use These Food Safety Preparation Tips

Have you ever stared into your refrigerator at to-go boxes and containers of leftovers wondering…is it still good? Maybe you tried the sniff test or asked your family “Does this look ok?” Knowing how long food is safe to consume after it is prepared is essential to preventing food-borne illness. Utilizing proper cooking and holding …

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Should You Continue Taking Your Medications During the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

I’ve received a lot of questions from patients about whether or not to continue medications, whether those be prescribed prescription medications or over-the-counter medications. The short answer to that question is you should continue to take your prescribed medications. The Risk of Stopping Medication Outweighs the Risk of Coronavirus There’s been a lot of information …

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Community Positivity During Stressful Times

During times of uncertainty, something that we can do for others that could be really beneficial for them, as well as ourselves, would be to check in on our neighbors, family and friends. Maybe it’s elderly neighbor who may not have a lot of visitors, maybe their family lives out of town, or maybe it’s …

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How to Establish a New Routine Amidst Public Coronavirus (COVID-19) Changes

During uncertain times, one thing that we can do to help ourselves is create a routine. A lot of us are home from work, home from school, and typical routines are all kind of wobbly and up in the air. Care For You Emotional Well-Being Through Routine One of the things that I think it’s …

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Top Questions Around Coronavirus, Answered

How Do We Know the Difference Between Coronavirus and the Flu? It’s hard to tell them apart just on symptoms; ideally when we do a lab test you could tell if it’s influenza or if it’s a COVID-19 infection. But with both of these infections you’re going to have fevers, cough, sometimes shortness of breath. …

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Functional Dry Needling – How it Can Help Treat Low Back Pain

At CHI Health St. Mary’s we use a multitude of therapy interventions in the treatment of low back pain. In addition to the normal joint mobilization and corrective exercises, we also like to utilize functional dry needling. How Functional Dry Needling Works During functional dry needling, we insert a tiny needle into your muscles to …

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