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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’ …


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 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

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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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 …

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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 …

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