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How to help someone having a seizure

Not many people know how to react when observing somebody having a seizure. Although quite common, seizures are not something people are typically used to seeing in person.

Scott Spritzer, D.O. By Scott Spritzer January 20, 2017

Monday Run Day 1: Picking a training plan

You’ve thought about it for years, you’ve dreamed of crossing the finish line, it’s on your bucket list or it’s become a tradition. Picking a training plan for a marathon or other long-distance race depends a lot on your experience and fitness level, and it’s time to get real and be honest with yourself.

Michael Ramaeker, P.T., L.A.T. By Michael Ramaeker January 20, 2017

Love your lipids!

Keep your cholesterol and triglycerides at normal levels to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Andrew Calvin, M.D. By Andrew Calvin January 19, 2017

Cervical cancer: Pap smears and prevention

You just received a letter from your doctor’s office informing you that you’re due for your Pap smear. You dutifully call and schedule an appointment, but have you ever taken a moment and really asked yourself what is a Pap? Why are you getting screened for cervical cancer, and can you do anything to prevent it?

Graham King MD By Graham King January 17, 2017

Are you struggling to drink enough water daily?

Getting a sufficient amount of water in daily is a common struggle that I, and often others, have. In fact, not drinking enough water can become a difficult habit or pattern to break.

Arlene Hrdlicka, R.N. By Arlene Hrdlicka January 16, 2017

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