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Pacemakers: Past and present

Pacemakers have evolved over the years by becoming more compact and sophisticated, but they still operate the same way in keeping the heart beating at a regular rate.

January 19, 2018

Cold weather exercises to try

Midwesterners know how to make the most of winter. We skate, ski, sled and snowshoe our way through the coldest months of the year. But if those standard “S” sports are starting to feel a little stale, there are plenty of other options.

January 18, 2018

Tips for drinking more water

Upping your water intake may seem easy. Yet many of us aren’t coming close to getting enough water: 2.7 liters per day for women, and 3.7 liters for men. Get tips for upping your water game.

January 18, 2018

The not-so-sweet truth about added sugar

You have yogurt and cereal for breakfast, a salad for lunch and make a stir fry for dinner. You haven’t had a sweet all day. Or so you think. But chances are you’ve consumed countless grams of added sugar, which is hiding in many foods.

January 18, 2018

Supplements: What you need to know

You’ve been hit hard by your first cold of the season and stop by the store for supplies. Herbal supplements sound like healthy, natural choices for treating colds and addressing a host of other health concerns. But that’s not necessarily true.

January 18, 2018

Can stress lead to a heart attack?

Many people underestimate the impact stress can have on the body, especially the heart. Women of all ages should take heart disease seriously.

Ismail Tabash, M.D. By Ismail Tabash January 17, 2018

Seasonal affective disorder explained

Are you starting to feel a little blue this winter? Long, dark days can affect your mood. Learn about seasonal affective disorder and how you can manage the symptoms.

Kyja Stygar, M.D. By Kyja Stygar January 16, 2018

Awareness and intervention help with suicide prevention

Suicide is a serious problem. Suicide is a human problem and affects people in all walks of life, culture and socioeconomic status. It’s the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 10-34 and the fourth leading cause of death for those ages 35-54. Suicide is preventable. Most people want to live — they’re simply unable to see alternative solutions and feel stuck.

Jessie Wolf LICSW By Jessie Wolf January 16, 2018

Too dry for tampons: Now what?

No one looks forward to their menstrual cycle and the pain and other symptoms it brings with it, but what if you’re too dry to use tampons to combat the bleeding? There are a few factors that can cause dryness and a few ways to treat the problem.

January 11, 2018

Back on the road again

Lisa Luskey-Lestrud, 47, was no stranger to living with chronic pain. At just 15, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. While some may have given up on keeping an active lifestyle, Lisa continued doing the things she loved, which included playing softball on her high school team.

January 9, 2018

Winter health issues: Allergy or common cold?

For many people, cooler seasonal temperatures not only signal the start of winter but also an increase in cold activity. However, did you know a sore throat or runny nose may be something other than a common cold?

Joni Mirehouse PAC By Joni Mirehouse January 9, 2018

Molecular breast imaging FAQ

You may be hearing about a new breast cancer screening test for women with dense breast tissue called molecular breast imaging or MBI. It is a fundamentally different approach to breast imaging than mammography.

Richard Ellis MD By Richard Ellis January 3, 2018