Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

Classes & Events

HEALTH Program for Weight Management

Fitness & Weight Management

Mankato, MN
12-1 p.m.

Enhance Fitness Class

Fitness & Weight Management

Eau Claire, WI
7-8 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.

Birth Basics Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Colon Cancer Awareness Event

Community Education

Mankato, MN
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Fairmont, MN
12-1 p.m.
Osseo, WI
7-8:30 a.m.
Lake City, MN
7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

In The News

St. James named as 2017 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

This is the third consecutive year the St. James medical center has received a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital designation.

March 27, 2017
Memory Bear Event for Hospice Families

All-day event helps those who have experienced the death of a loved one.

March 27, 2017
Fountain Centers in Rochester to host open house April 12

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the staff and tour the expanded space that will accommodate the growing need for treatment services.

March 24, 2017
Cardiologist joins the practice in Faribault and Owatonna

Breno Pessanha, M.D., looks forward to providing local care for frequently encountered cardiovascular problems.

March 16, 2017
Austin to host blood drive, March 24

Online sign up is available.

March 14, 2017
Physician assistant joins orthopedics team in Owatonna

Valerie Peterson, P.A., enjoys the full spectrum of the orthopedics practice, but has a passion for sports medicine.

March 14, 2017
Eau Claire man survives, thrives following accident

Dylan Walling, was riding his motorcycle on State Highway 93 when the unimaginable occurred.

March 13, 2017
Annual event in Eau Claire highlights cancer awareness dedication

The Wellness Before, During and After Cancer event will be held on Saturday, April 1.

March 10, 2017
Skipping sedation: Patient opts for quicker colonoscopy in Eau Claire

Sedation-free colonoscopy is cheaper, quicker and more efficient.

March 10, 2017
Health care career scholarships available for Fairmont area students, application deadline April 1

Fairmont Foundation is offering two Blanche Kindstrom Hospital Auxiliary Scholarships to local students pursuing health care careers.

March 10, 2017
Volunteer, pet bring smiles to patients in Eau Claire with Paws Force pet therapy program

Eugene Gagnon and his dog, Bernie, provide animal-assisted therapy to patients in need of comfort or a smile.

March 10, 2017
David Agerter, M.D. to lead strengthened focus on medical education and research in Mayo Clinic Health System

Dr. Agerter will work to strengthen medical education and residency opportunities at Mayo-owned clinics and hospitals across the Midwest.

March 9, 2017

From The Blog

Exercise benefits for bariatric patients

If your goal as a bariatric patient is to improve your health and enhance longevity, losing weight by modifying your diet and having bariatric surgery is not enough. You also need to understand the importance of increasing your level of physical activity.

Sunghwan Choi DPT By Sunghwan Choi March 28, 2017

Helping you 'catch' healthier habits

It’s easy to catch a virus from the people around you. But you can also catch habits from your friends and family.

March 27, 2017

Monday Run Day 10: Fuel before exercise

Are you starting to feel like the “The Little Engine that Could?” As you continue to push yourself, remember that nutrition is an incredibly important piece of the puzzle.

March 24, 2017

Vagus nerve stimulation treatment for seizures

Medications and other treatments, such as a vagus nerve stimulator, can help people with epilepsy find seizure control.

Scott Spritzer, D.O. By Scott Spritzer March 24, 2017

Tinnitus and quality of life

Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can be exceedingly bothersome and affect your quality of life. It is important to discuss possible management strategies with your audiologist and health care team.

Lisia Rollman AuD By Lisia Rollman March 23, 2017

Memory loss

A Mayo Clinic study asking participants 70 and older how their memory now compared with their memory of the past indicated that four out of five had trouble remembering people’s names.

March 22, 2017

With stroke, time is survival

What happened to my arm? Why can’t I walk right? What’s wrong with mom’s face? It’s drooping on one side and her words don’t make any sense at all. Stroke hits someone about every 40 seconds in the United States — and suddenly life is changed.

Andrew Reeves MD By Andrew Reeves March 21, 2017

Too Embarrassed to Ask: Is urinary incontinence in women treatable?

Women suffering from urinary incontinence often think it’s untreatable and something they have to learn to live with. Thankfully, this is not the case, and there are many options to treating urinary incontinence, including surgery.

Fadi Yahya MD By Fadi Yahya March 20, 2017

Monday Run Day 9: Balancing training and family

By now, you likely have put in hour after hour, day after day and week after week of training for this race. Have you found yourself begging family and friends for forgiveness while dedicating so much time to achieving your goal?

March 17, 2017

10 things you can do during a cryolipolysis procedure

Cryolipolysis, also known as CoolSculpting, is a noninvasive cosmetic procedure that uses controlled cooling to eliminate fat cells underneath the skin that are resistant to diet and exercise. Here are 10 things you can do during your procedure.

March 17, 2017

5 nutrition tips to maximize your workouts

Did you know when and what you eat can have an impact on your workout? Eating and exercise are connected, and you can maximize the effectiveness of your workouts by using a few tips.

John Murphy MD By John Murphy March 14, 2017

Monday Run Day 8: Assessing your protein needs

As you reach the midpoint of your training, are you looking for ways to fine-tune your regimen and up your performance? Let’s take another look at your diet. Do you really know how much protein you need when exercising?

March 10, 2017