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Come on, get happy — and healthy — outside

You may not be able to hike the Appalachian Trail or climb Mount Everest this summer, but you still can take a walk on the wild side by seeking out trails and parks closer to home.

May 25, 2017

5, 4, 3, 2, 1: Countdown to make anxiety blast off

Everyone feels anxious now and then. But there are things you can do to minimize those feelings.

May 24, 2017

Lucky to be with us

When an infant suffers a stroke in utero, the effects of the stroke can impact the child for life. If treated promptly, the complications from a stroke can greatly be reduced. Read on to learn how one La Crosse family was able to get the immediate help their child needed.

May 24, 2017

When should a female start seeing a gynecologist?

With several choices in health care providers and specialties, determining who to see and when can be confusing. As an OB-GYN provider, one of the most common questions I hear from patients is, "What are the differences between the services offered by a gynecology provider versus a family medicine provider?"

Becky DeLuca CNP By Becky DeLuca May 23, 2017

Try some new fruits and veggies this summer

It’s hardly news that fruits and vegetables are good for you. The real news is why.

May 22, 2017

Thinking about getting pregnant? 5 things to think about first

Making healthy lifestyle choices before you conceive can decrease your risk of complications during pregnancy and increase the chances of having a healthy baby. Making changes now will benefit you and your baby in the future.

Cynthia Haugsdal NP By Cindy Haugsdal May 22, 2017

Protect your eyes from harmful light

Staring at digital screens often leads to tired eyes, blurred vision and headaches, but can also cause eye damage. Knowing the risks and how to safeguard your eyes from harmful blue light is important.

May 19, 2017

Helping people, changing lives: The 6 health benefits of volunteering

Volunteers make an immeasurable difference in the lives of others. Oftentimes, they perform with the core intention of helping others. But did you know that volunteering can benefit your own health as well?

May 18, 2017

Can carpal tunnel syndrome be treated without surgery?

I am often asked this question by patients suffering from the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. My response is, “Yes, it is possible if the condition is diagnosed early, and the symptoms aren’t severe.”

Guilherme Giusti, M.D. By Guilherme Giusti May 17, 2017

Mayo Clinic staff experiences collaborative care firsthand after stroke

The week after The Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, Dave Berg was feeling great. But he didn't realize he would soon be the beneficiary of coordinated care after having a stroke.

May 17, 2017

4 important questions about measles

Measles is a childhood viral infection that can almost always be prevented by a vaccine. The infection is very contagious and replicates in the nose and throat of an infected child or adult.

Julie Pace RNCNP By Julie Pace May 16, 2017

Healthy habits for families

As a mother of two toddlers, I often feel like I’m not able to keep up the healthy habits I’d like for myself and my family. Here are 12 ideas for incorporating healthy behaviors into family life.

Alyssa Baker By Alyssa Baker May 16, 2017