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From The Blog

Stop by a farmers market for fresh, healthy finds

Trying new fruits and vegetables from a local farmers market is one of summer's joys and a good way to eat healthy foods. Try this asparagus recipe to get you started.

May 22, 2019

Don't fall for a fad diet

Hear about a diet plan that seems too good to be true? It probably is. Learn the signs of a fad diet and three key elements in all healthy plans.

May 21, 2019

Exercises for a happy back

Don't let back pain slow you down. Learn how to stretch and strengthen your back properly to keep you moving.

May 21, 2019

Woman gets answers, life back after distressing digestive issues

Lynda Rassbach no longer is missing life's important moments. Read about her journey to diagnoses of bile acid absorption and ulcerative colitis, and how answers and treatments she got restored her freedom.

May 20, 2019

Special delivery: Neonatologist helps welcome baby from 50 miles away

Clara Louis couldn't wait to be born — she came eight weeks early. But her mom had a team of doctors ready at the bedside and 50 miles away for this special delivery.

May 17, 2019

Midwives offer care during pregnancy, throughout a woman's life

Molly Slama's pregnancy was considered high risk because of previous miscarriages. But she discovered the obstetrics nursing experience of nurse-midwives, in addition to caring for women through all ages and stages of life, fit her situation well.

May 16, 2019

Do you need to say goodbye to gluten?

Thinking about trying a gluten-free diet? Learn why it's not necessarily a healthy option for everyone.

May 15, 2019

Busy mom finds virtual appointments convenient option for prenatal care

During her second pregnancy, Briana Rachick worked full time while organizing a hectic household and chasing around her 3-year-old. She enrolled in Mayo Clinic OB Nest for a more convenient and time-saving prenatal care option. Learn about Briana's journey, which combined traditional prenatal care office visits with in-home monitoring.

May 9, 2019

When should I see a doctor about back pain?

About 80% of adults experience back pain at some time in their lives. For most people, it will go away on its own in four to six weeks with self-care. So, how do you know when to see your doctor about your back pain? Here's a few causes or symptoms that indicate it's time to schedule that appointment.

T.K. Schiefer, M.D. By T.K. Schiefer May 8, 2019

Keeping the beat: Keith Glasshof survives two heart events in one year

You can call Keith Glasshof the “comeback kid.” The 79 year-old Eau Claire, Wisconsin, resident came back from heart disease twice in one year.

May 7, 2019

9 reasons to see a travel medicine specialist before international travel

When you travel to another country, one of the most important plans you can make is to see a travel medicine specialist. Here are nine reasons why.

Lori Arndt, P.A.-C. By Lori Arndt May 2, 2019

Mankato man recounts fight back from major stroke, learns to speak again

 It was a typical summer evening in July 2018. Dan Boswell went home to let the dog out, and then, in an instant, his life changed.

May 1, 2019