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Stay Active to Protect Your Joints

To maintain quality of life, keep your joints healthy as you age. Joint pain and loss of mobility make it harder to enjoy life. A healthy lifestyle can help keep you vibrant and active, and maintaining healthy joints can help prevent osteoarthritis or other joint disease. “I tell my patients to maintain flexibility and mobility […]

Prepare for Flu Season

Learn what you can do to avoid seasonal influenza. When the temperatures fall and colorful leaves appear, the time has come for seasonal illnesses such as influenza. The good news is by taking the proper precautions, you can reduce your risk of getting sick. “Getting vaccinated for the flu in the fall is one of […]

Soothe Your Child’s Itchy Skin

If your child experiences patches of irritated skin that seem to come and go, eczema may be the cause. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to ease the discomfort. Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is common among children—at least 10% have it, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. During an eczema flare-up, […]

Hope After a Cancer Diagnosis

More people in the U.S. are surviving cancer than ever before. According to a recent report by the American Cancer Society, the number of estimated cancer survivors living in the U.S. increased from 15.5 million in 2016 to 16.9 million in 2019. By 2030, that number is expected to grow by nearly a third. “This […]

4 Signs a New Dad Is Struggling

Like women, men may also experience postpartum depression (PPD). Bringing baby home is one of the most joyful experiences a human being can have. But for many parents, that time is also fraught with stress, uncertainty, and sometimes feelings of anger and anxiety. Women who feel hopeless, cannot sleep, and have trouble forming an attachment […]

5 Steps to Guard Your Baby from the Flu

Learn how to reduce your infant’s risk of contracting a potentially dangerous infection. Young children, particularly babies, are at a greater risk of coming down with the flu and are more likely to experience severe complications and hospitalization as a result of the virus. According to Amy Lysy, MD, FACOG, Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OB/GYN) at Prevea Health, […]

See a Primary Care Physician for Better Health

While you may only want to see a physician when you are sick or injured, establishing a relationship with a primary care provider (PCP) can improve your healthcare experience throughout life. “Our ultimate goal as providers is your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, because you are unique,” says Michael Braunsky, DO, Family Medicine Physician at […]

Operation Scheduled? Talk to a Surgery Educator.

Preparing for surgery can be nerve-wracking. At HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals, surgery educators put patients’ minds at ease by sharing needed information. Every patient scheduled for surgery at HSHS Sacred Heart or St. Joseph’s hospitals meets with a surgery educator—a nurse whose job is help patients understand what to expect before, during, […]

Is Your Child Too Sick for School?

Deciding whether to keep your child home from school due to illness can be tricky, but several symptoms are sure signs she needs a sick day. “You cannot keep children home for every sniffle, but you should not send them to school if they’re sick either,” says Regi Geissler, RN, HSHS Western Wisconsin Division Trauma […]

4 Ways to Help Control Childhood Obesity

Every day, in doctors’ offices throughout the country, parents hear the dreaded words: Your child is overweight. In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nearly one in five school-aged children and young people ages 6 […]

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3 Common Treatments for Varicose Veins

Most often found in the legs, varicose veins are twisted, swollen veins that can be seen under the skin. They affect approximately 24% of adults in the U.S. and are twice as likely to develop in women than in men. “While your risk of varicose veins increases as you get older, they can develop at […]

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No Need to Be Lonely

You can find meaningful relationships, even if you are not a social butterfly. Some people find that their social connections dwindle in number as they age. Widowhood, retirement, and social isolation caused by illness or other factors can take a toll on physical and emotional health. Loneliness can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and […]