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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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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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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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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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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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Tips to Combat Depression and Anxiety on a Daily Basis

Depression and anxiety. Both terms have become household words these days. It seems like everywhere we turn, someone is struggling with the daily grind. Who among us hasn’t experienced a down day or a sleepless night, ruminating over our worries? Whether it is a temporary hiccup or a clinical diagnosis, depression or anxiety can magnify …

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3 Ways to Get Rid of a Negative Attitude

Hi, my name is Dr. Tadi. I am one of the neurologists at CHI Health. Strategies to Minimize Negative Thoughts and Cultivate Positivity Take Brief Pauses to Relax Your Mind Whenever we are having negative emotions, I’d recommend first closing our eyes. I do this first to shut out the world, just for a moment. …

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Uncovered

Today, we are uncovering a disorder that affects 20% of Americans – IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It results in recurrent abdominal pain, and can severely affect your diet and your life. We’ll analyze ways to reduce its symptoms, here at CHI Health! What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome and its Symptoms? Irritable Bowel Syndrome is …

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Positivity, Happiness, and Our Health

Hi, my name is Dr. Tadi. I am one of the neurologists at CHI Health. Can a Negative Attitude Affect Your Health? In the modern world, we have a lot of negative impulses coming from television, newspapers, Facebook feeds, and many other things. So, with negative thinking comes “fight or flight” hormones that release into …

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Dreams & Sleep – How They Affect Our Brains and Health

My name is Sanjay Singh, and I’m the director of the Neurological Institute here at CHI Health. What Happens in the Brain as we Sleep and Why is Sleep Important? It’s kind of a mystery, because until a few years ago we really had no idea why we sleep. Also, we sleep for one third …

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Nutrition Tips for Those with Diabetes or Blood Sugar Issues

Nutrition has a huge impact on blood sugar management. Whether you have type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes, your food choices make a huge difference. Today, I’ll provide you with a few real life tips that you can integrate into your life related to nutrition and exercise. Sugary Drinks Contain a Lot of Carbohydrates …

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Why You Need to Make Yourself a Priority in Parenthood

Parenting: A lesson in structure and flexibility, love and forgiveness, and patience and perseverance. It is picking up the discarded clothing from the floor of your teenage son’s bedroom, only to rewash it since you’re not quite sure if it is really clean or not. It is watching the movie Frozen again, for the thirtieth …

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How to See a Registered Dietitian for Nutrition Help

Hi, my name is Ellen Thomson. I’m a registered dietitian here at CHI Health, and today we’re going to talk about how to schedule a visit with a dietitian. So you’ve consulted Facebook, Pinterest, and even your friend that sells wellness supplements for nutrition advice, but why not consider meeting with one of our registered …

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Eating Healthy on a Budget

Happy National Nutrition Month my name is Michelle Yates. I’m a dietitian with CHI Health and I wanted to give you some quick and easy tips to help save money through eating and how to eat on a budget. Prepare Your Food for Budget Eating First, I would recommend trying to the prepare your own …

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How Does Sleep Change as We Age? 6 Tips for Good Sleep Hygiene

If you’re yawning through the evening news, or unable to nod off once your head hits the pillow, you may be experiencing sleep-related changes which are common as we age. Despite being biologically normal, sleep pattern changes can be frustrating as you find yourself yawning through the day. The Sleep Cycle Changes as We Age …

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Germs: Uncovered

Germs…bacteria…gross! While we all dread and try our best to avoid them, the bottom line is, they’re everywhere! But there are some things you can do to minimize exposure. CHI Health will help you uncover the truth about germs! Where can Germs Grow? Germs and bacteria are a constant in our everyday lives. To grow, …

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Is Emotional Eating Running Your Diet?

There is no doubt that food is something all humans partake in for many reasons. It can be a part of a social event, it can be religiously centered, or it can even be a response to an emotional situation. Some of these reasons can fit into a healthy lifestyle. However, emotionally eating to cope …

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3 Ways you Might Be Derailing your Keto Diet

You can’t open a magazine or attend a party without hearing someone talk about the ketogenic diet.  Recently, this diet has gained popularity as a weight loss tool but did you know that it has been used to treat epilepsy since the 1920’s?  In simplified terms, when the body is deficient in glucose for energy, …

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What is Endometriosis and How is it Treated?

March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month.  An estimated 176 million women around the world are affected by endometriosis. Endometriosis is a disorder that affects 1 out of 10 women. It is very important to raise awareness about this disease because many women suffer in silence or suffer from feelings that they are not heard. This disease …

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The Gluten-Free Diet: All You Need to Know

My heart goes out to those with celiac disease back when the gluten-free diet was not popular 10-20 years ago. That must have been really tough to stick to the diet. Thankfully, today the gluten-free diet is a fad diet and manufacturers are running to keep up with the demand for gluten-free products. Now there …

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Prenatal Vitamins

Should You Be Taking Prenatal Vitamins?

Did you know the use of prenatal vitamins are associated with a lower risk of miscarriage? The benefits from a once-daily prenatal multivitamin are numerous and should be considered by anyone thinking of becoming pregnant. Even a well-balanced diet may not contain enough of the daily recommended amounts of two important nutrients for fetal development, …

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Woman unhappy with her food

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Are You Hurting Others When You Talk About Food?

February 25th – March 3rd, 2019 is a very important week that you may not know about: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Eating Disorders are a complex and deadly disease that are vastly misunderstood affecting 30 million people in the U.S. alone, 2/3 women of which are women 1/3 who are men. Even though this …

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For Family and Friends of Those with Eating Disorders

In part 1 of this two-part series, we discussed the off-handed comments that can be hurtful to those who may have an eating disorder, those at risk for an eating disorder, and harmful to one’s self. In this post, I’d like to focus on the family and friends who are struggling to know how to …

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Family Medicine Doctor

Why Should I see a Family Medicine Provider?

What is the Difference Between Family Practice and General Practice? The difference between family practice and general practice is that, with family medicine, we really focus on the entire family. We focus on a patient-centered medical home aspect to where we are covering all aspects of your care. I also feel passion about being the …

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How to Avoid Being Overworked by Unplugging from the Office

Many (many) years ago when I was still in college, a program called Leisure Studies was housed in the same building as many of my other classes. I remember asking one of the professors one day what Leisure Studies was. I was told that the concept of leisure was a relatively old idea and needed …

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Chili Recipe

Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Chocolate Chili

Serves 10 Ingredients 1 large onion, dice 2 yellow or red peppers, diced  6 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tablespoon chili powder 2 teaspoon cumin 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder 2 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper 1 28 ounce can low-sodium fire-roasted crushed tomatoes 2 15 ounce cans low-sodium black beans, rinsed …

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coffee and caffeine

The Buzz On Caffeine

How To Determine Caffeine Tolerance Excessive caffeine consumption is not mathematical, it is individual. Caffeine sensitivity depends on the amount and frequency of consumption, body weight, physical condition and overall anxiety level among other factors. For most healthy adults moderate amounts (100-200 milligrams (mg) a day, about 1-2 cups of coffee) pose no physical problems. However, if you …

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Colon Cancer Screening

45 is the New 50: Colon Cancer Screenings Now Recommended Earlier

Are you 45 or older? Now is the ideal time to have a conversation with your healthcare provider about colorectal cancer screening. While most colon cancers are diagnosed over age 50, the incidence of colon cancer diagnosed under age 50 has increased. The American Cancer Society came out with new guidelines recommending colon cancer screening for …

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4 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthfully

We’ve been hearing it for over a decade now: Our kids are getting heavier. One in three of our youngsters are overweight or obese. Prevalence of childhood obesity has tripled since the 1970’s, and is now America’s number one health concern for parents, even over drug and alcohol use. But these are things we already …

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Cancer Prevention: 10 Tips to Reduce Your Risk

What if you could do something to avoid cancer? In some cases, you can. In fact, nearly half of cancers diagnosed in the U.S. can be attributed to preventable causes. That means the choices you make every day can actually help protect you from an increased risk of many types of cancer. Some are things …

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Irritable bowel syndrome ( IBS)

Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and the FODMAP Diet

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can range from a mild annoyance to complete debilitation. As a sufferer of this syndrome myself, I understand the largest frustration is often due to the fact that the cause is unknown. Until recently, many physicians believed that IBS was all in your …

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How to Stay Mentally and Physically Healthy During Winter

We made it through the holidays and winter is well underway.  Much of the county has struggled with brutally cold, wind, and snow this winter. We still have a ways to go to get through this winter. Maintain Mental and Physical Health During Winter No matter how long winter lasts, it’s a good time to …

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Day in the Life: Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility

The Story of a Resident – “Erica” After another long night, marked with little sleep and overtaken by troubled thoughts, 15-year-old “Erica” turned over in her twin-sized bed and pulled the blanket up a bit higher. The white cotton throw masked the coming sunrise that filtered through her window. The sunrise that cast a slight …

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Different types of milks

Not all Milks are Created Equal – Understanding Non-Dairy Milks

Whether for personal reasons or due to allergies, millions of people choose to avoid drinking cow’s milk. With all of the options available, it can be difficult to find a dairy alternative that provides the nutrients comparable to those found in cow’s milk. While you can certainly meet all of your nutrient needs without consuming …

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