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The importance of movement

Movement. It seems like the simplest thing in the world. Our bodies are designed to run, jump and manipulate objects. But how often do we use our bodies at their full potential?

Andrew Jagim PhD By Andrew Jagim June 8, 2020

Help stop the spread of respiratory illness: Masking options

The CDC recommends everyone wear a mask while in public. We'll help you find the best options for you and your family.

Joseph Krien MD By Joseph Krien May 20, 2020

COVID-19 and lung conditions: What you need to know

People with underlying lung conditions, such as asthma or COPD, have been identified as having an increased risk of developing serious respiratory complications from COVID-19. Get tips to prevent getting the virus.

Muhammad Rishi, M.D. By Muhammad Rishi May 18, 2020

Video visits help therapy patients recover at home

Patients recovering from stroke and orthopedic surgery, and children experiencing speech difficulties are among the growing number of patients now using video visits. Discover the benefits of rehab therapy video visits.

May 14, 2020

10 ways to manage COVID-19 symptoms at home

With stay-at-home orders, now is the time to focus on minimizing exposures and spread of COVID-19. One way to accomplish this is by managing any new viral symptoms at home. What does that mean?

Samantha Runstrom, M.D. By Samantha Runstrom May 13, 2020

Staff member shares experience after COVID-19 diagnosis

COVID-19 affects people in different ways. Kari Houser, a Mayo Clinic Health System staff member, shares her family's story of their recent diagnosis and recovery.

May 12, 2020

Q&A: How to wear a cloth face covering

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public. Learn more about cloth face coverings in this Q&A.

May 8, 2020

Managing substance abuse disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has interrupted daily routines and caused many people to feel uncertain, stressed or isolated. While this is a difficult time for many, it can be especially challenging for those with underlying substance use disorder. Learn why, and get coping strategies.

Tyler Oesterle MD By Tyler Oesterle May 6, 2020

Caring for newborns during the COVID-19 pandemic

Bringing home a newborn may feel overwhelming at any time, but how do you do manage it during a pandemic? Here's a Q&A to help parents navigate the ever-changing safety concerns.

Laura Ambler, D.O. By Laura Ambler May 1, 2020

COVID-19 and pregnancy: Q&A

This time can feel especially frightening for some pregnant women. Here's a Q&A to help expecting families feel informed and prepared for pregnancy and delivery during this unprecedented time.

Laura Ambler, D.O. By Laura Ambler April 29, 2020

Knowing and recording your family health history

Here's an idea for your next virtual family reunion: Discuss family health history. The information can help you know if you may have an increased risk for a specific health condition. Here's how to get started.

Katie Plamann By Katie Plamann April 25, 2020

5 tips for managing medications for aging parents during a pandemic

Some medications should be closely monitored, and you may be concerned about aging loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are 5 tips for helping them with their medications even when you can't be physically with them.

Catherine Lea, R.Ph., BCACP By Catherine Lea April 20, 2020