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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 …

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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 …

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It’s Back to School Time!

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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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 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. Overdose Risk for Opioid Medications You may think it’s something you’ll never need. Perhaps. But as a pharmacist, I recommend naloxone for anyone who takes an opioid medication and: …

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How to Advocate for Your Child

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 10:30am, your patience is running low as are your options on how to address his behaviors. You have done the tried and true methods of …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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Alzheimer’s Wave is Coming; What You Can Do Now

One in three. That’s how many seniors who live to age 85 will die with Alzheimer’s dementia, according to projections for the year 2050. Based on those numbers, Alzheimer’s is likely in your future — either as a patient or a caregiver. It’s also a significant increase for a disease which is already the 6th …

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7 Alternatives to Medication for Pain Management

We understand that pain management is important when a person is hurting. However, pain relief is often a complex issue, especially when pain is chronic or happens often. Mistakes or misuses of pain medicine can cause serious health problems and even death. If you are looking for alternatives to medication for managing your pain, here …

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Why Do Teens Sleep So Late?

It is no news to parents that teens tend to sleep in later than the rest of us. We all know they often stay up later and they are hard to wake up in time for that 7:45 a.m. class. Now, this is being supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. They published their recommendation …

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Yoga Basics

When some people think of yoga, they imagine having to stretch like a gymnast. That makes them worry that they’re too old, unfit, or “tight” to do yoga. The truth is you’re never too old to improve flexibility. Most Westernized classes focus on learning physical poses, which are called asanas. They also usually include some …

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Tips for Proper Sun Protection And Avoidance of Melanoma

“A drink in my hand, my snow up against the burning sand, probably getting gorgeously tanned in summer!” We are 100% in summer mode now with school being out and our kids are going to be spending a lot of time outdoors. So now is the time to have a plan for protecting their skin …

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Sunscreen Ban? What Beach Bums Need to Know This Summer

Vacation Destinations Ban Chemical Sunscreens If you’re headed to a distant beach this summer, you might want to check your bag. Many Mexican vacation spots already ask tourists to use natural rather than the chemical sunscreens. Four more popular vacation destinations are the process of banning chemical sunscreens: Hawaii (2021) Key West, Florida (2021) Bonaire …

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Watermelon Popsicles

This is an easy recipe to make ahead of time for those hot summer days! Ingredients 2 cups watermelon, small pieces Directions Chop watermelon into small pieces and place in blender. Set blender to purée and blend for 30 to 60 seconds. Fill molds and freeze overnight. Serving Size: 2 Tip: 1 pound of watermelon is …

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Stroke Care: The Importance of Acting Fast

When it comes to stroke, time is usually not on your side. In the US, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. A stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked by a clot or bursts. With each passing minute, brain cells start dying due to lack of oxygen-rich blood. That’s why …

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Saving Brain: Landmark DAWN Study Improves Stroke Care

Time Is Brain Doctors who treat strokes use that mantra because every minute – even second — the brain is deprived of blood damages the brain. In fact, for every minute a large vessel ischemic stroke isn’t treated, a patient can lose 1.9 million neurons, 13.8 billion synapses and 7 miles of fibers, on average. …

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Celebrity Diets: Fake or Fab?

It’s almost every day we hear about a new celebrity diet; we may think if we follow it we can get the same results.  But before you dive into just any celebrity diet, lets take a look at some of the most popular. Celebrity Diets: Jennifer Lopez This New Years, J Lo decided to grace …

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Dizziness and Its Symptoms

Why Would a Cardiologist Deal With Dizziness? I see a lot of patients who are sent to me for evaluation of dizziness.  On the surface you wouldn’t think a cardiologist would have much to do with a symptom that relates more to the head than the heart. However there is some logic to it—poor blood …

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Shingles Vaccination – You May Need It

New Shingles Vaccine More Effective for Prevention When I was a kid, chicken pox “parties” were all the rage. Parents would take their children over to another infected child’s house to spread the virus around from child to child. The thought behind early exposure to chicken pox was to decrease the likelihood of a more …

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Summer Snacks For Kids

SUMMER! Warm weather is on the way and that means tasty treats and fun times.  The summer months are a special time for kids –camps, sleepovers, outside activities and no school! What are your kids eating during those steamy summer months?  Among the parties and vacations, kids will be at home and looking for things …

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When is it Time to Get Help for Your Mental Health?

Increase in Mental Health Awareness There have been a lot of changes in the field of mental and behavioral health over the last 50 years or so. The biggest change that comes to my mind is that people are no longer considered weak if they seek help with depression, anxiety or any other mental-health disorder. …

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Sun Protection: Keeping Your Family’s Skin Safe

Overexposure to the sun has many adverse effects, most obviously visible acute injury (sunburn), but immunosuppression can also occur. Chronic overexposure may cause wrinkling, pigment changes, and damage to DNA. The latter is a more serious consequence in that it can precipitate different types of skin cancer. Limit Sun Exposure by Using Sunscreen and Protective …

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Why Do Nurses Give Shift Report in the Patient’s Room?

First, what is shift report? Shift report is when the nurse who is ending their shift passes on the details of patient care with the nurse who is starting their shift. These details usually include topics such as your past medical history, where your IVs or incisions are, lab results, what medications you are on, …

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Home Remedies for 5 Common Kids Summer Injuries

The weather is nice and our children are spending more time outside. Which is great! But that usually means more injuries and ailments for them. Here are some home remedies to deal with 5 of the most common injuries/ailments that can occur. Home Remedies For Burns A minor burn is red and tender with minor …

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Six Marijuana Myths Your Teen Might Believe

Recreational marijuana is now legal in 10 states, and medical marijuana is legal in 33. Globally, cannabis is the most available and most used illegal substance. It’s becoming mainstream, and teens who aren’t using it are assuredly aware of it. Don’t wait for your kids to bring it up. Have family discussions about marijuana. Now …

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How Leisure Affects Mental Health

When we are depressed, stressed or overscheduled, leisure activities–things we do for fun in our free time–are often the first things we sacrifice. But these activities are usually also our coping skills to help get us through hard times, so we must find free time for fun and relaxation. How Does Leisure Affect Mental Health? …

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Why Do I Have to Arrive 2 Hours Before My Procedure?

Patients and families often wonder why they are asked to arrive so early for their procedure. Often, the health care team has many tasks to do before you are ready. These all involve making sure you are safe, and we don’t want to rush this important time. What to Expect Before a Procedure Here are …

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How and Why Children Misbehave (and How to Help)

My name is Dr. Jamie Snyder and I’m a child and adolescent psychiatrist here at CHI Health. I want to talk to you for a few minutes about how and why children misbehave, and what we can do to address it. Do Children Think the Same as Adults? Adults sometimes misunderstand children thinking that they …

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Protect Your Skin to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and excessive exposure to the sun is the leading cause of skin cancer. Tanning can accumulate skin damage, accelerate the aging process and increase your risk for all types of skin cancer. Malignant melanoma is increasing more rapidly than any other cancer with one person dying from melanoma every …

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Helping Children Learn to Swallow Pills When Necessary

Whether it’s for an occasional antibiotic or a daily medication, knowing how to swallow pills can be helpful for both children and adults. Sometimes, both children and parents can struggle with this task. Hi I’m Dr. Jamie Snyder and I’m a child and adolescent psychiatrist here at CHI Health and I’m here to talk to …

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3D Heart Model Gives Cardiologists Most Accurate Picture of Blockages

A new imaging technology called FFRct Analysis is giving heart specialists the most accurate picture of the heart’s coronary arteries – and blockages. That’s an exciting advance, because coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease – and heart disease is the cause of one in four deaths in the U.S. Chest …

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Varicose Veins and Your Legs

I love my job! But did I pick the right occupation for my legs? NO!!! When I chose to study pharmacy, I didn’t know my family history of varicose veins and that standing all day was another risk factor. I was also blessed with 4 children. Those pregnancies didn’t help my leg health either. Three …

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The Hidden Signs of Drowning

It’s something no parent wants to think will ever happen to their child, but drowning is a leading cause of death in young children.  The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reports that drowning is the number one cause of accidental death in children 1-4 years of age.  Between 1999-2004, 15 children drowned in …

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4 Ways to Help Someone Grieving the Loss of a Loved One

For many of us, comforting someone in their time of grieving the loss of a loved one can be very challenging. Our first response is to say something, but we worry about saying the wrong thing. This is a concern I have often heard through the course of my practice. Through my time with my …

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Collagen Supplementation – Should You Start?

I was walking through the beauty aisle at the store and found collagen peptides for sale. Will supplements help my morning routine – what gives? What is Collagen? Collagen is protein found in your bones, muscles, skin and tissues.  It occurs naturally in animal products like bone broth and animal feet.  Another strategy would be …

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Institute a Technology-Free Zone for Kids

It is springtime here in the Midwest and we are enjoying the warmer temperatures and the emerging beauty that this time of year brings. This is also the time of year when our kids begin that final push for end-of-school-year activities and projects. In the field of mental health, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. …

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Catch Some Sleep, Lose Some lbs

Is it possible that a lack of sleep is putting a damper on your weight management or may even be the cause of your weight gain? While you are at work or school what is the first thing you reach for to stay awake? Think about it. One cup or two of coffee full of …

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10 Dos and Don’ts When Confronting Your Teen’s Drug Use

Maybe you found pills in your daughter’s backpack. Or your teen staggered home late and clearly high. Take a deep breath. You need to have a conversation you never imagined when you brought home that little bundle of joy. As shocked or angry as you feel in the moment, the next best step is to …

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Protecting Your Heart This Summer: Stay Hydrated

How Being Dehydrated Affects Your Heart Is thinking about summer causing you to sweat? Be sure to replace those fluids to protect your heart. Dehydration puts you at risk for serious conditions like swelling, dizziness and heat illness. Your heart has to work overtime to pump blood when fluid levels dip too low. There is …

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Clinical Trial Coordinators Help Navigate the Cancer Journey

Clinical Trials are a huge part of every cancer patients journey. Some patients decide to participate in clinical trials and some don’t, but as a trial coordinator, part of my job is to identify which patients are eligible for trials. Right now, we have over 74 trials available to our patients. We evaluate every new …

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The Vaccine That Can Prevent Throat Cancer

Throat Cancer Developed by Infection of HPV When most people think about throat cancer they know that smoking and alcohol are behaviors that increase the risk of developing throat cancer.  What most people don’t know is that the majority of people in the United States who develop cancer in the back of the throat (known …

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Exercise at Work: Uncovered

I want to work out, today is the day! Oh wait.. where is the time? I have to go to work and run errands; are you in a similar situation? Well, you’re not alone, that’s why at CHI Health we’re going to uncover how to use simple tips to exercise at work. Getting More Walking …

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Food Cravings: Is Your Body Missing Essential Nutrients?

Ever had a craving for something that you couldn’t explain? A craving that no matter what you seemed to try, it wouldn’t go away until you ate that food you were craving? Did you know that certain cravings can actually be a sign that you may be deficient in a certain nutrient? Read on! Craving …

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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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The Scoop on the Whoop — Whooping Cough

There has been a lot of talk and press about whooping cough over the years.  New York had a very large outbreak mainly due to exposure from children and adults who were not vaccinated against bordetella pertussis. This is the bacteria that causes whooping cough.  The vaccination is part of the series called Tdap, which …

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Finding Support Through Support Groups

It’s Okay to Feel Nervous at Your First Support Group Meeting The first time at a support group, you may pause at the set of double doors leading into that small conference room, a room that is new and unfamiliar to you. With a deep sigh, you remind yourself that all you have to do …

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Intake of Diet Soda

Don’t Quit Caffeine Cold Turkey Cut back slowly to avoid caffeine withdrawal. For 2-3 weeks….each time you consider having a soda during the day, consider alternating the diet soda with a naturally flavored sparkling water. It is going to take time. Try a Different Drink Whether it is the fizz, sweet flavor, caffeine buzz, or …

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How do Cancer Clinical Trials Work?

Hi I’m Dr. Ryan Ramaekers, a medical oncologist and medical director here at the CHI Health St. Francis Cancer Center. We are very proud of our clinical trial program that we have available for patients. We are part of multiple clinical trial research networks across the country and participate in around 70 clinical trials that …

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Celebrate National Women’s Health Week and Commit to Keeping Yourself Healthy

Hi, I’m Dr. Eduardo Herrera, this week we’re celebrating National Women’s Health week and I would like to invite all women to make your health a priority. If you haven’t done it yet, visit your doctor for your Well-Woman checkup. This is a very important step to gain control of your health. Make sure that …

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I’m Ready to Quit Smoking!

How will quitting smoking benefit your life? Well, I could certainly give you a whole bunch of health and financial reasons.  However, we all know that we decide what we will or will not do based on what is important to us as individuals.  Someone may quit because of health reasons, while another may just …

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Farmer’s Market Finds Have Major Health Benefits

Local farmer’s markets will be in full swing through October. This means plenty of time to cash in on the health benefits that fall produce has to offer. From broccoli to Swiss chard, these plants provide major benefits in the form of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. While visiting your local market this weekend, be sure …

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Vitamin Supplementation after Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery has been increasingly more common. It has been shown to be the most effective and durable treatment for patient who is considered morbidily obese.  Morbidity obesity is defined as having a BMI as greater or equal to 30.  Surgery can result in a large weight loss and improve numerous health conditions such as …

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“Healthy Snacks” That Are Not Always Healthy

Choose Yogurt with Higher Protein and Less Sugar Yogurt can be a great way to get a serving of probiotics or calcium, but it can also pack in a lot of excess sugar. Don’t let the “low calorie” label fool you. You need to ask yourself where those calories are coming from. Most of the …

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Fitness Tracker

First, you want to make sure that you are wearing your fitness tracker properly. Wear it on your non-dominant hand Make sure that it’s snug on your wrist. You should be able to move it a little bit so it can read your heart rate and track all your fitness levels Your Fitness Tracker Has Many …

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Strokes: What to Watch For and What to Know About Getting Care

CHI Health Neurologist, Dr. Vishal Jani talks about important information you need to know about strokes and stroke care. How do I Know if I’m having a Stroke? The Simple formula is called FAST. ‘F’ stands for droopy face and whenever you see an even face that could be a sign of a stroke. ‘A’ …

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Lifesaving Facts about Preeclampsia, a Dangerous Pregnancy Complication

Pregnancy is a time of tremendous body changes for women. Some are joyful, like the first flutters of fetal movement. Others are bothersome, like the nausea of morning sickness and swelling due to water retention. Sometimes these common complaints signal a more serious condition called preeclampsia, which occurs in up to 8% – or one …

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Hoarding Disorder vs. Messiness

What is Hoarding Disorder? Hoarding disorder used to be considered a subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder. However in 2013 it was categorized as its own mental health diagnosis. Hoarding is characterized by two main traits. The first is a tendency to acquire and keep an excessive number of belongings that appear to have limited value or …

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The Truth About Detox Diets

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past thirty years, you’ve probably heard of the term “Detox Diet.” Infomercials and celebrities alike tout such benefits as weight loss, increased energy, improved cognition, and the ability to “reset” your metabolism. There are several cleanses on the market, lasting anywhere from one day to several …

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Smiling woman preparing barbecue at backyard

The Healthy Way to Slim Down for Summer

It’s almost May, which means summer is almost here! For some people this may be the best news they have heard in months. But for others, this may be terrifying. Why? Some might be frustrated because they haven’t lost the weight they were planning to for their New Year’s Resolution, or they dread looking at …

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Colorectal Cancer Screening and Early Detection

March is colorectal cancer awareness month, and a good time to learn about colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) and how it can be prevented or best treated. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States for both men and women combined. In our country approximately 140,000 …

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The Quickest Ways to Healthy Eating

Can Convenience Food Be Considered Healthy Eating? Convenience food that is healthy – can it be true?  Yes!  One of the top barriers to healthy eating – lack of time.  I get it.  There is a solution! It will require you to grocery shop– but, whether you shop for your own groceries or online order, …

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The Changing Nature of Airborne and Food Allergies

You sniffled through grade school, breathed easier in college and now your allergies are back with a vengeance. Or, perhaps a food you usually enjoy suddenly triggers a rash, or more alarmingly, causes your throat to swell. What’s going on, and what can you do about it? It’s the wily nature of allergies: they change …

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The Art of Coping with Goodbyes

With tear-soaked eyes you watch as the sedan pulls away, slowly picking up speed as it drives down the lane all while leaving a faint trail of exhaust behind. With every last bit of your being, you raise your arm to wave goodbye. It seems heavy though, different than usual, and every second of your …

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9 Alternatives to Easter Candy

At my house, we just ran out of Valentine’s candy a week or so ago. This was immediately on the tail-end of depleting our supply of the Christmas candy and the Halloween candy before that. I don’t know about your kids, but mine are beginning to think they get candy every single day. (We try …

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Coping With Community Wide Disasters – Recent Flooding in the Midwest

It is, without a doubt, one of the most seriously devastating times here in Nebraska and Iowa. According to the Governor of Nebraska, Pete Ricketts, one-third of Nebraska has been under water at some point in the past few weeks; some parts still are under water. We have all been impacted – deeply – by …

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Consider Your Options for Bariatric Surgery Success

Bariatric surgery has been found to be the most reliable approach to achieving weight loss for those with severe obesity (BMI>35) associated with medical problems and morbid obesity (BMI > 40).  That doesn’t mean it’s a shortcut or a simple way to achieve weight loss; it requires a lifelong commitment to lifestyle changes. How Bariatric …

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Man’s Best Friend: The Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

Pet ownership has been on the rise in the last few decades. A recent study by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association determined that approximately two-thirds of American households (71.1 million) have at least one pet. According to national surveys, most pet owners say companionship, love, company, and affection are the main benefits of owning …

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Symptoms of a Concussion

As I watched my 8-year-old put on his very first football helmet, all I could think of is, “football has the highest rate of concussions….” As his mom, I am worried (once again), but I also know that he loves football.  He knows all the teams and the players.  We live in Nebraska.  Who am …

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Your Blood Sugar Monitor is Your Speedometer for Diabetes Management

Many people diagnosed with diabetes ask, “Why should I check my blood sugars?” Then say, “I feel great; I know when my numbers are high or low.” These words usually come from people that don’t test their blood sugars at home. I often compare blood sugar meters to speedometers. When I am driving along with …

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Advance Directives: Even Important in your 20s

A year ago my husband was having shoulder surgery to repair a snowboarding injury. He was anxious – not just about the surgery, but also the pain and rehabilitation that would follow. A few days before his surgery, I attended a planning meeting for National Healthcare Decision Day. Have The Talk About Advance Directives As …

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Change and Choices in Your Emotional Health

Anyone reading this, patient, friend, or colleague, you may have heard me use the equation: Outside Events + My Response = The Outcome. I would love to take credit for this amazing equation, but I can’t. The man who writes the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Jack Canfield, offered this life equation to Katie …

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young man suffering from PTSD

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Due to tragic events in the news, some patients are asking more about PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). When we hear of traumatic events in the news – local or global – we can certainly be impacted. When someone personally experiences or witnesses a traumatic event this can make for an even deeper impact, resulting in …

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