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7 ways to combat coughs and colds

The next time you go to see your health care provider for an upper respiratory illness — a cough or cold — don't assume you'll get a prescription for an antibiotic. While antibiotics don't treat viral illnesses, you can use a these seven tips to help with recovery.

Emily Langer PA By Emily Langer January 10, 2017

Brace for it: When to use an ankle brace

Using ankle braces to prevent ankle injuries is becoming more common, and I’m often asked by coaches, parents and athletes if wearing an ankle brace is worthwhile.

Kurt Jacobson, L.A.T. By Kurt Jacobson January 9, 2017

Knitting group in Eau Claire make twiddle muffs for hospice patients

Hospice volunteer knitting group makes twiddle muffs for dementia patients.

January 6, 2017

Processed foods: What you should know

Processed foods have been blamed for the national rise in obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. But what exactly is a processed food, and is it really all that bad for you?

January 3, 2017

What a hospice nurse in northwest WI learned about talking turkey

Erin Shadbolt, nursing director for Home Health & Hospice in northwest Wisconsin, shares her experience with Advanced Care Directives

December 30, 2016

Winters don’t have to bring dry skin

Winter has snuck up on us, and everyone has begun to prepare for the cold, snow and ice. One thing we don’t always associate with winter weather is dry skin.

Peter Reisner, M.D. By Peter Reisner December 28, 2016

What is the right care when my child gets ill today?

As soon as a child is not feeling well, parents begin to think of ways to alleviate symptoms and, ultimately, help their child’s symptoms resolve.

Kylee Anglemyer, N.P. By Kylee Anglemyer December 27, 2016

Vulvar health — Pay attention. Speak up.

The vulva is made up of mucous membranes, several glands, and highly innervated and sensitive skin and hair follicles. This makes it one of the most anatomically and physiologically intricate body parts. Vulvar health is dependent on many aspects of a woman's health.

Tarek Khalife MD By Tarek Khalife December 27, 2016
Becky DeLuca CNP By Becky DeLuca December 27, 2016

When grief goes unacknowledged

The holiday can be a difficult time for many, especially if you are dealing with unacknowledged grief.

December 22, 2016

Recipe: Painted desert chili mix in a jar

This healthy chili mix makes a great gift and is an excellent way to expose children to a variety of spices, smells and colors. It’s also a great way to teach children healthy food preparation habits (wash hands before beginning), math and measurement.

December 6, 2016

What should I do if I might be having a heart attack?

A heart attack is a frightening experience. Fortunately, health care providers are highly trained to provide critical care to assist heart attack patients during their time of need. However, it’s equally important for people everywhere to better recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and to react quickly.

John Haley MD By John Haley December 6, 2016

Steps to prevent norovirus

The end-of-the-year holidays are perfect for family gatherings, shopping excursions and workplace potlucks. These, in turn, can lead to an uninvited guest: norovirus, which causes people to become sick with cramping, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus is a highly contagious virus.

December 2, 2016