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Healthier Season’s Treatings: The Main Course

The holidays are here! That means food and family.  You might be wondering how you can be healthy but still enjoy all the traditional food your family is accustomed to.  Consider a few healthful swaps to the main meal and stay on track! 4 0z of skinless turkey breast has:        152 calories …

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Healthier Season’s Treatings: Appetizers and Beverages

The holidays are a time to celebrate the reason for the season with loved ones.  You do not have to wrap-up the holiday season with uncontrolled blood sugars and not feeling your best.  Overstuffing on high-calorie appetizers and beverages can make the remainder of your meal and celebration less enjoyable.  Consider these ideas for choosing …


Anticoagulants & Blood Thinners: How Do They Work?

Starting an anticoagulant, more commonly referred to as a “blood thinner,” can be quite intimidating for most patients. Why do I need to be on a blood thinner? Will I bleed? What is the best option for me? These are some of the questions that patients ask. Here we will discuss some of the common …

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Physical Therapy for the Pelvic Floor

Physical therapy is a branch of rehabilitative care that is focused on conservative treatment options for conditions associated with the muscles and joints. These conditions can be located in the pelvis or anywhere else in the body, and there are specially trained physical therapists who provide care specifically for this region, for all individuals regardless …


When Life’s a Struggle, Your Primary Care Provider Can Help

Health and happiness is everyone’s ideal, but we all face challenges in life. I recently had a patient who had experienced the death of a loved one a couple years back. She was still struggling – grieving, crying, and wanting to lay around instead of doing the things she used to enjoy. We talked about …


Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer month. Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. It is preceded only by skin cancer, followed by breast cancer among women and prostate cancer in men. More people in the United States die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. This is true for …


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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Gestational Diabetes – A Concern for Pregnant Women

Hi, my name is Ellen Thomsen, I’m a registered dietician and certified Diabetes Educator at CHI Health. Today, I’m here to talk to you about gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes can be a scary diagnosis, however, it’s something you can manage. Gestational diabetes is elevated blood sugar during pregnancy. The hormones produced by your placenta create …

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Working With Your Pharmacist

My name’s Scott Jakopovic and I’m a clinical pharmacist. Pharmacists are medication experts who love to solve medication problems and they can be a really important part of your healthcare team. How Can Your Pharmacist Assist You? Ask your pharmacist, they can help you understand your medications and your treatment decisions that are being made …

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Glucose Monitors for Diabetes

I’m Marcia Malone, I’m a nurse practitioner, and I work with patients specifically in diabetes focused care. Today, I was going to just take a time to talk about glucose monitor options and how to maximize using them. Why are Glucose Monitors Important? There’s so many different things out on the market today for diabetics, …


Managing Stress with Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease best managed by a mix of diet, exercise, and often medications. I have type 1 diabetes. In any given week, my best plans to get all of those things right doesn’t always come together. SO many things influence my ability to stay the course. It can be frustrating when I have …

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Dietary Approaches for Diabetes Management

Dietary measures can have a positive impact on health, improve the ability to manage diabetes, and decrease the risk of developing complications of diabetes.  There is no perfect universal “diabetes diet” that works for every individual.  The American Diabetes Association (ADA) states that there is no ideal combination of macronutrients, or food components that suits …

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100 Years of Insulin: Giving Hope to Diabetes Patients

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, centered around World Diabetes Day which falls every year on November 14. Why November 14? Well, this also happens to be the birthday of Dr. Frederick Banting, who along with his assistant, Charles Best, discovered insulin in Toronto in 1922. Prior to this miraculous invention, those with diabetes requiring insulin died, …

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Why Someone May Stay With an Abusive Partner (and How to Help)

October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. It is a time to recognize the impact domestic violence has on our communities and the continued work needed to support victims and their families. Domestic violence can be defined as any form of verbal, emotional, mental, physical, sexual, or financial abuse. According to National Coalition Against …


Save Money Without Sacrificing Your Health

Ever wonder how you can get your SNAP benefits or pantry items to stretch a little more? Want to save money but still eat healthy to manage your diabetes? Great news, you can! There is no set meal plan or diet for those living with diabetes. Finding the right plan for you will likely include …


Top 4 Fallacies about Diabetes Management

Being diagnosed with uncontrolled blood sugars can be scary – where do you start with treatment? Plus, if you go on the Internet, there are so many articles about what you should or should not eat, and how to live your life in general. How does one sift through all of the information available? 4 …


How Your Pharmacist Can Help You

October is American Pharmacists Month so I thought it would be especially appropriate to discuss the many ways a pharmacist can help you manage your medications and improve your overall health. What Can Your Pharmacist Do for Your Health? Medication Therapy Management One of the best ways that a pharmacist can help you is to …


Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Postpartum

For many individuals, pregnancy may bring excitement and joy, but also stress.  This stress may be amplified for those experiencing gestational diabetes, or elevated blood glucose during pregnancy.  Implementing proper treatment and lifestyle recommendations can improve health outcomes and minimize complication risks both during and after pregnancy.  While blood sugars after pregnancy often return to …

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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 …


Alzheimer’s Dementia is Not a Normal Part of Aging

We all worry about becoming more forgetful as we age, but Alzheimer’s dementia isn’t a normal part of aging. Understanding this condition is important so you can catch early signs in yourself or loved ones, and take action. Alzheimer’s dementia (AD) is a degenerative brain disease and accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. It is …

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Understanding Hepatitis C

Could you be walking around unaware that you have a silent, deadly disease? The answer is yes for three out of four people with hepatitis C. They have the disease but have not experienced symptoms or been tested. An estimated 75 percent of those with hepatitis C were born between 1945 and 1965. National prevalence …


What are Spinal Fusions?

Back pain is the most common cause of disability in the United States. In select cases, surgery and most specifically spinal fusion is recommended. Spinal fusion can be a quality of life saving procedure, allowing patients to go back to a relatively normal life. Patients tend to have less pain, are able to go back …


Protein On the Go!

Many individuals lead busy lives and find it difficult to prepare homemade meals or snacks. Convenient foods are foods that require little to no preparation. Unfortunately, convenient foods can be higher in fat and sodium. Also, they tend to be pricey! Recently, protein packs have become popular for those on the go who want a …


Cold, Flu, Allergies or COVID? What to Do When Symptoms Strike

With fall allergies in full swing and flu season on the way, people may be wondering if that runny nose is just pollen attacking, a seasonal cold or flu — or if it could be COVID-19. You might be asking: When should I be seen? Should I be tested?  Symptoms That Can Overlap Cold, Flu, …


Don’t Skip This Test: Mammograms Save Lives  

Call it another pandemic problem. Mammogram appointments declined dramatically during 2020 compared to 2019. It’s understandable that routine screenings were put on hold early in our fight against COVID-19.  The fact is breast cancer is still the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. One in eight will develop invasive breast cancer over the course …

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Secrets to Healthy Aging

It’s never too early to think about healthy aging, because what you do now can improve your future health for years to come. You might not realize it, but we start aging when we stop growing. That means we start aging when we hit 21 years of age. While we cannot stop aging, we can …


Inside Bariatric Surgery: Answers to Your Questions

If you’re considering bariatric surgery, you probably have a lot of questions. Since weight loss surgery is typically considered a major procedure, it’s important to get the answers you need to make an informed decision. All risks, potential side effects, and lifestyle issues should be given careful consideration. Knowing what to expect can also help …


What Everyone Should Know About Hereditary Prostate Cancer

With prostate cancer being the second leading cancer in men it is important to understand one’s risk as well as the recommended screenings. It is estimated that in 2021, close to 250,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer (American Cancer Society [ACS], 2021). Close to 10% of those diagnosed with prostate cancer will die …


Childhood Obesity: It’s About More Than Size

Pandemic habits of staying home and snacking more didn’t help anyone’s waistlines, and that includes kids. Childhood obesity was already a serious problem in the US, where it was found to affect about 14.4 million or 19.3% of all children and adolescents in 2017-2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Obesity Versus Overweight Obesity …


Infertility: Let’s Talk About It

When the topic is infertility, people tend to speak in hushed tones – or they don’t speak about it at all. As a result, infertility can be an isolating experience – and it doesn’t have to be. This year’s National Infertility Awareness Week back in April got people talking with the hashtag #WhatIWantYouToKnow. What to …

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Suicide Prevention in Older Adults – Risk Factors and Resources

In older adults, depression and many psychiatric illnesses are just as prevalent and common. Suicide is a major complication of major depressive disorder, which is present in the elderly. And major depression or a depressive illness is the main reason many of the elderly may experience suicidal ideations or intentions and maybe even attempts. What …

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Support Groups for Bariatric Surgery- Get Help, Stay Motivated, and Make Connections

Bariatric support groups bring people together who are going through similar experiences. They provide patients the opportunity to discuss their concerns or issues and to share personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies and firsthand information about their weight loss journey. Meeting with others who have undergone weight loss surgery and who share their experiences may help …

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Add More Color to Your Plate!

Colorful foods have some of the best health benefits for your body. The colorful food groups you want to make sure you are incorporating every day include fruits and vegetables. These foods pack in various vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber which are all beneficial to your health. Eating more of these types of foods can …

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Risk Factors for Suicide in Children, Signs and How to Seek Help

I’m Dr. Jyotsna Ranga, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with CHI Health and Creighton University. Child and adolescent psychiatrists in the United States are really concerned about rising suicide rates in children and adolescents. It is now the second leading cause of death in young people between the ages of 10 and 19. Now with the …

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Gearing Up for Game Day: Tailgate Food Swaps

Whether you are heading to a tailgate or hosting a watch party – sporting events and tailgate food go hand in hand. Sure, you could bring buffalo cauliflower or keto nachos, but those are so last season. Watch your favorite football team with food swaps that will keep everyone cheering! The Veggie Tray vs. Grilled …


Three Ways to Influence Good Sportsmanship in Your Child

Well, it is that time of year where Fall  youth sports are beginning or have already started. Those of us who have children playing fall sports know all too well how the weather can change dramatically from day to day. One day it can be 72 degrees and sunny and the next day it can …


It’s Back to School Time

The month of August means 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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Children’s Mental Health and School Accommodations

As Ms. Hancock scans the classroom, she observes her students involved in her studies; she eagerly notes notes down notes and fills the classroom with a steady babble of conversations. To her initial delight, it seems as if the students understand the material and everything is going well and in its proper place, until she …

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Fathers Can Also Experience Postpartum Depression

Welcoming a new baby home may be the most magical time of your life. However, newborn infants can present unexpected challenges. Many are aware of changes that mothers undergo after pregnancy including baby blues and postpartum depression. But what few folks talk about is paternal postpartum depression. Yes, fathers can feel down and blue too! …

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Not all Female Cancer is Colored Pink

TEAL. The color of the ovarian cancer awareness ribbon. This September, my new motto comes from the color TEAL: To Empower A Lady! Each one of you could point to a lady who has made an impact on your life in one way or another. My mother, Cindy, was that for me and many others! …

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5 Tips for Healthy and Consistent Lifestyle Choices

Exercise and a healthy diet are crucial for me if I want to keep my blood sugars under control. Exercising before work gives me extra energy to start my day and helps me to make better decisions regarding food. Having had type 1 diabetes most of my life, smart food choices and exercise are part …


Skin Safety 101

Although summertime is dwindling down and we are getting ready to head back to school, it is important to keep in mind proper sun safety. Protection from UV rays is important year round as skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, when caught early skin cancer is highly …

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May Your Feet Take You Where Your Heart Wants to Go!

Feet are a fun, humble and grateful part of our body and if they are treated well, you can count on them to work tirelessly every day for walking, running, standing or dancing. We have 26 bones in each foot, 33 joints, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments! The nerves in your feet are likely the …

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To Donate or Not to Donate Breastmilk?

For me, it all started in the spring of 2012. My 8-week old baby boy had blood in his stools. I took him to see a pediatrician and was told I had a baby boy who was “likely allergic” to something I was eating while breastfeeding him (a separate blog worthy topic!). We started down a …


Why Carbs are Important

Energy Your body needs energy to function and carbohydrates are your body’s number one source of energy. The brain, nervous system, and red blood cells rely exclusively on carbohydrates (in the form of glucose) for fuel. Your brain requires 130 grams of carbohydrates per day to function normally! If you want optimal function it is …

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Bladder Cancer Is More Common Than You May Have Known

The fourth most common cancer in men? It’s bladder cancer. While it’s less common in women, more than 600,000 people are living with bladder cancer in the U.S., and more than 83,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with this disease this year. The average age of diagnosis is 73 and nine out of 10 …

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Shake the Salt from Your Diet for Your Health

From my observations with my patients here at CHI Health, I have discovered that salt appears to be one of Americans’ favorite condiments. Not only is it in many obvious sources, such as salted nuts and snack chips, but it is hidden in high levels in canned soups, pickles, most frozen dinners, in the flavoring …


Navigating the New Normal

The new normal. Three words that have become a household phrase when put together. Amid everything going on in life, we are now at a point where we must learn to adapt to what life is like outside of our comfort zone that we have made over the past year. How do we do this? …


Cancer and Heart Disease: Don’t Miss This Connection

Imagine beating lymphoma, only to have a serious heart attack three years later – at age 30. That’s what happened to a patient who ended up in my care. The heart attack was due to a blockage caused by the aggressive course of radiation which saved her life the first time. If you’re one of …


COVID-19 and Dementia: Advice for Caregivers 

In March 2020, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19 from the SARS-CoV-2 virus) became a global pandemic that affected us all.  In the early months of the pandemic, we learned that older adults, and particularly those living with dementia, were at higher risk of severe illness and death due to COVID-19.   Researchers in the UK (1) looked …


Navigating a Brain Tumor Diagnosis and Treatment Plan

My own father had a brain tumor. Before my father’s diagnosis, I participated in activities related to brain tumor awareness, conducted research on brain tumors, participated in advancing the science and the treatments of brain tumors, and advised thousands of patients with brain tumors on the newest treatments, outcomes, and expectations after a brain tumor …


Ways to Cope with Symptoms of Depression

A Shroud of Darkness Depression stinks. Let’s face it. It cuts you off from life and tells you that you have no purpose. That you are worthless, insignificant, and even unwanted. Depression places darkness over your head and shrouds you in a cloak of hopelessness, telling you that tomorrow will be worse off than today …


How to Help Your Kids and Teens Be Okay with “Not Knowing”: Riding The Waves of the Pandemic

Many parents struggle with anxiety about their children’s wellbeing. I hear from parents a lot that as soon as their child was born the worry and anxiety started to kick in. There’s always this little piece in the back of their minds that tugs at them — “Will my child be okay? Will things work …


Grief from Missing Major Life Events

Missing a Celebration November 7, 2020 was supposed to be one the most special days of my life.  It was the day that I was going to marry my best friend.  Mind you, I will always remember November 7, 2020 as one of the greatest days of my life. But I will also remember it …


Trigeminal Neuralgia: Hope for Debilitating Face Pain

Imagine face pain so debilitating, you’d let a surgeon drill a hole into your skull and pull out a nerve. That was the treatment for trigeminal neuralgia pioneered in the 1890s by neurosurgeon Sir Victor Horsley.  If you didn’t bleed to death or get an infection, it actually had a good success rate. The procedure …


A Win for Heart Failure: Diabetes Medication Found to be Beneficial

If you have heart failure, you know slowing the progression of the disease can add time to your life. That’s why the discovery of a medication that improves cardiac outcomes, reduces risk of worsening heart failure and risk of death is good news. A Clinical Trial Gives Hope You might even call the discovery a …


Continuous Glucose Monitors

If you have stepped away from streaming channels and watched regular TV lately, you will likely have seen a commercial for a newer technology called continuous glucose monitoring. Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) are replacing the old familiar finger pokes for blood sugar management, and can be a great tool for those with Diabetes. What is …


Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease Patients

Parkinson’s disease can affect many aspects of daily living. Common symptoms include a shuffling walking pattern, poor posture, decreased balance and coordination, stiff muscles, tremors, confusion, and difficulty speaking and swallowing. Medications can provide some relief of these symptoms, however, Occupational, Physical and Speech therapy can also be beneficial in preserving these important qualities of …


Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

April is Head and Neck Cancer month and although the head and neck region may appear small compared to the rest of the body, it represents one of the most complex parts of the human anatomy. What Are Head and Neck Cancers? Cancers that occur in this region typically derive from the squamous cells that …


Brain Aneurysms: What You Need to Know

Sometimes called a “ticking time bomb,” an aneurysm is a very rare vascular event in which an artery wall weakens and balloons or widens abnormally as it fills with blood. Typically, aneurysms develop over several years silently without symptoms.  When they remain small, aneurysms do not bleed or cause problems. However, all aneurysms have the …

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Self-Check for Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer of younger men between age 30-34, and it’s the most common cancer in men. However, 6% of testicular cancers do occur in children and teens, and 7% occur in people over 55. But, it’s still a good idea to do a self-check which is a really easy and …

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Pain in the Neck or Something More Serious?

Neck pain is a very common problem, which can seriously limit your daily activities. Most adults experience some neck pain and discomfort at some point in their lives. Common Neck Pain Issues and Treatment The most common cause of neck pain is often a strained muscle or a sprain in the ligaments or tendons. Lifting …

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Diabetes Meal Plan Priorities

Can you give me a meal plan? What should I eat?  What about potatoes?  Can I eat fruit? When I first meet with someone who is newly diagnosed with diabetes, there is so much to sift through.  They feel lost and overwhelmed, to say the least.  I get it.  We receive mixed messages from health …

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What is the Difference Between a Physical and an Office Visit?

If you’re confused about the different visit types you’re not alone. At first glance, a physical and an office visit may seem like the same thing…but there is a difference, and it’s important to understand because the services offered, and coverage by insurance, are distinctly different. In our clinics, our providers strive to make every …


Reuben Sandwich Healthier Alternative for St. Patrick’s Day

March is National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating habits. Healthy eating helps us feel better at any age, and also helps support healthy aging. Personalize Your Plate This year’s theme for National Nutrition …

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Post-Cesarean Women Have Delivery Options

Once a cesarean section, always a cesarean section. That was the standard thinking for pregnant women years ago, but that standard has changed. The concern used to be that during labor, a previous cesarean incision could potentially open up, called a uterine rupture. This is considered an emergency that can harm mom and baby. An …

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When to Begin Taking Your Daughter to a Women’s Health Provider

When or why would my daughter need to start seeing a Women’s Health provider? This is a very intense and personal question for me too! Not only am I a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, but I have a 10 year old daughter who thinks she is entering womanhood far sooner than I would like to …


Endometriosis – A Common Disorder for Women

Happy endometriosis awareness month! — said no one. Millions of women have been diagnosed and are being treated for endometriosis.  This month is a reminder to many people that this disease will or can effect you or someone you know. Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent disease that affects at least 10% of women (Ninoaham, 2011). In short, …

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How to Help a Loved One Through a Mental Health Crisis

Having a friend or family member with a mental health condition can be challenging. We all want to help and be supportive, but sometimes we just don’t know how. The 6 Steps to Help a Loved One With a Mental Health Condition 1) Express your concern. Example: I notice you haven’t been sleeping as much/or …

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Black History Month: Health Care Heroes of the Past Inform Our Present

It’s been said that we can be transformed by the voices we hear. I experience it every day in my work at CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center – University Campus, where we see a large and diverse population. While they learn from me, I also learn a great deal from them. This Black History …


Start Saving Yourself Now: February is National Cancer Prevention Month

Cancer doesn’t take a year off. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2021, approximately 1.9 million people will be diagnosed with cancer. It is essential that you not neglect the basics of cancer prevention and detection, even while we may be focused on the pandemic. In fact, nearly 42% of newly diagnosed cancers are …

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Tips on Managing the Side Effects of the COVID-19 Vaccine

It’s finally your turn to get the Covid vaccine, but you’ve heard there may be some side effects from the vaccine.  It’s true, some of the side effects can be downright miserable, but it’s your body’s way of telling you that your immune system is working to protect you from the virus.  For most people …

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Doctor or Midwife: Which One is Right for You?

You took the test and the results were positive.  Congratulations!  You’re pregnant.  There are so many emotions that come with the realization that you will expand your family.  And there are also so many questions.  Will I have a girl or a boy? Do I want to deliver in a hospital or a birth center? …

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So I “Herd” Something about Immunity: COVID-19

There has been a lot of talk recently about COVID-19 vaccinations and the end of the pandemic. But how does this really work? How do vaccines help with this? What Protections Do Vaccines Provide? If a person receives a vaccine, and the vaccine is effective, they are generally protected (at least for a time) from …


Nutcracker Esophagus: This Rare Condition Can Feel Like a Heart Attack

Feeling like food is stuck in your throat or having chest pain can be alarming. Sometimes, these sensations are caused by a condition called nutcracker esophagus or jackhammer esophagus. This vivid name describes what happens when the muscles in your food pipe (esophagus) go into overdrive. Normally, these muscles contract with a regular coordinated rhythm, …

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Myocarditis and COVID-19

Myocarditis is an inflammatory condition where the heart muscle is affected by something, whether it be a virus, a bacteria, an autoimmune disease, or other reason. The heart muscle itself becomes inflamed, much like you can get an inflamed muscle in your leg, back, or any other area. How it affects your heart, is that …


Cervical Cancer Symptoms Women Shouldn’t Ignore

Spotting, discharge, and pain are symptoms that women should not ignore. These could be symptoms of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer was once a leading cause of death for women but is now one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer. But we can’t be complacent. It’s essential to know what to watch for …

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Healthy Breakfast for a Healthy Heart

Breakfast- “the most important meal of the day”- yet, most of us skip it on the regular or just have coffee or a glass of juice and call it good.  Moreover, many people choose calorie-heavy options that don’t provide much nutrient content. These often include sugar-sweetened breakfast cereals, pastries, bagels, or huge portions of bacon …

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Your Blood Pressure is a Very Important Number to Know

Hypertension – High Blood Pressure – AKA The Silent Killer. Almost half of adults in the United States (108 million) meet the criteria for diagnosis of hypertension. Hypertension is defined by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association as a systolic blood pressure, or “the top number,” of around 130mmHg and diastolic …

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Healthy Wins to Stick to in the New Year

Tis the season for diets, exercise plans and health goals.  Are you making New Year’s Resolutions this year?  Wellness promotions are everywhere – social media, TV ads and grocery stores. Be Cautious of Quick Fix Diets I’m all in for a health reboot or jump start – however, please be cautious of the plan you …

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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’ …

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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 comfortable position due to back, hip, abdominal or pelvic pain. In this video, you will be shown positioning techniques and the use of pillows to improve your sleep quality, reduce pain and pressure, and support your hips, pelvis, back and belly. Lying on …

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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

The holidays are a time when we all enjoy getting together and spending time with family. Oftentimes, people see family that they haven’t seen for many months or even since the last holiday season. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, however, there are still some concerns with family gatherings. Although the amount of patients in the …

Happy woman during electromagnetic procedure for urinary incontinence at medical clinic.

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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