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What is a spinal fusion, and does it work?

“Oh my aching back!” If your back pain is caused by structural issues and not muscle or ligament strain, find out what spinal fusion is and how you can benefit.

T.K. Schiefer, M.D. By T.K. Schiefer June 14, 2019

Keep track of bite, lick and taste calories

A nibble here and a bite there can quickly add up to a 1,000 or more extra daily calories. Read how easily it can happen.

Rhonda Jenson By Rhonda Jenson June 13, 2019

5 FAQ about laughing gas for pain relief during labor and delivery

Laughing gas is one of many options women may choose from to control pain during childbirth, but you may misunderstand how it really works. Get answers to five common questions about nitrous oxide use during labor and delivery.

June 12, 2019

Athletic trainer provides sports medicine care

As an athletic trainer, Kiersten Schmidt conducts baseline concussion screenings, evaluates injuries during and after games, and much more. Read about her work with the Mankato MoonDogs and other teams.

June 5, 2019

Skin needling procedure uses body’s natural healing process

If you have wrinkles or acne scars, a skin needling may be the solution for you. As microinjuries from needling heal, the body produces capillaries, collagen and elastin that reduce fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars.

Patrice Hicks MD By Patrice Hicks June 3, 2019

Soften, smooth skin with new skin renewal procedure

When it comes to skincare, you have lots of options, including peels, Botox and laser resurfacing. It can be challenging to determine which can target your skin’s needs. But there is a new hydrating skin renewal procedure that's a good option for nearly anyone.

May 29, 2019

3 steps to control your environment and weight

When you think about managing your weight, eating healthy foods and physical activity come to mind. But have you thought about your eating environments? Tackle them with some addition, subtraction and saying no.

Elizabeth Lindsay By Elizabeth Lindsay May 28, 2019

Good bacteria for your gut

The lining of your digestive tract is covered in microscopic creatures, mostly bacteria, called a microbiome, which plays a large role in your health. Find out how to maintain a healthy microbiome.

May 24, 2019

5 tips for reducing screen time

These days, screens are a part of everyone’s life. With growing evidence showing the negative impacts of screen time on health, your family can improve their health by slimming screen time with these five tips.

Margaret Bach NP By Margaret Bach May 24, 2019

5 ways to build strong bones as you age

After age 30, you start to lose bone mass. Get five tips to build stronger bones and combat that loss.

May 23, 2019

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