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Can a dog really improve heart health? Cardiologist weighs in

Dog adoption rates rose earlier this year during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. There are emotional and social benefits of pet ownership, but did you know that dogs may make our hearts healthier? A cardiologist weighs in on the heart-healthy benefits of your canine companion.

Tahir Tak MD By Tahir Tak August 4, 2020
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Keeping children's teeth healthy

Dental infections are one of the most common infections in children. Even though dentistry has come a long way with the latest advancements, you still have an active role in your and your child's dental care. Remember these tips for keeping your child's teeth healthy.

Erin Westfall, D.O. By Erin Westfall February 25, 2020
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Function better with less pain: When to consider total joint replacement for arthritis

There is a wide variety of nonsurgical treatment options for mild and moderate arthritis, but once the damage is severe enough, it may be time to consider total joint replacement.

Scott Perkinson MD By Scott Perkinson March 30, 2017
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Get hip to bone health

Hip fractures are a common injury among older adults, especially older women. Just ask Timothy O' Connor, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

November 25, 2016
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Avoiding injuries common in active women

It’s no secret that most women juggle many responsibilities, whether with work, family, friendships, volunteerism or all of the above.

November 25, 2016
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You are not alone: End of life care, and beyond

There are many sayings that encourage people to think ahead, such as, “Always be prepared,” or “Expect the unexpected.” But it might take more than a catchphrase for you to plan. When a loved one’s — or your own — end-of-life comfort depends on it, it’s important to know all the options.

May 16, 2016
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Always tired? You may have sleep apnea

For some people, there’s no such thing as a good night’s sleep. No matter how early they go to bed - or how many times they press the snooze button - they still wake up groggy.

January 29, 2015
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Tired of losing sleep?

Tired of losing sleep? Steve Kubas, M.D., a sleep specialist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna and Faribault, identifies common sleep disorders that might be affecting your life.

January 20, 2015
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Exercise smart: Expert advice for student athletes

Judy Fruehbrodt-Glenzinski, M.D., sees some student athletes in her family medicine practice in Faribault, and advises her patients about staying healthy on and off the field. But her practical experience is much more personal.

May 26, 2014
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Need to exercise? Start slowly

It’s said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. That’s true when starting an exercise program, too.

May 26, 2014
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Menopause

Sometime around her 51st birthday, the average woman in the U.S. will experience menopause. With the change comes a host of symptoms, including hot flashes, weight gain, bone loss, sleep disturbances, mood changes and a decreased sex drive.

Gokhan Anil MD By Gokhan Anil March 28, 2014
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Small changes can reduce your risk of diabetes

“People who develop diabetes may not have any symptoms for some time,” says Lynn Severson, a nurse practitioner in Endocrinology in Eau Claire. “Learn the risk factors. If you have any, work to lower your risk.”

November 7, 2013