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Headache medication: Get the facts

Concerned about taking prescription medications for your frequent headaches? Get the facts for relief.

Angela Oldenberg, N.P. By Angela Oldenberg June 18, 2018

Is there a simple treatment for varicose veins?

Varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic issue. Learn about minimally invasive treatment options that can ease pain and discomfort while improving the look of your legs.

Tim Berkseth, M.D. By Timothy Berkseth June 15, 2018

4 safety tips for summer festivals

Do your summer plans include a music festival? Check out these tips so your experience doesn't end on a sour note.

June 14, 2018

Calorie counts: New menu labeling rule in effect

Having trouble figuring out which menu item is the healthiest option? Learn how new menu labeling rule can help.

Shirley Shelley, R.D. By Shirley Shelley June 13, 2018

The wonders of watermelon

Watermelon is a staple at many summertime picnics and gatherings around the country. While most people agree watermelon tastes good, a majority are unaware of the many health benefits this wonderful fruit contains.

Kristi Wempen RDN By Kristi Wempen June 12, 2018

Mike eats veggies

Mike Hesch eats carrots. And Brussels sprouts. And sweet potatoes. In fact, Mike is very eloquent about his newfound love for vegetables. Eating well is just one of the elements of Mike’s healthy lifestyle, which involves a three-pronged approach: nutrition, exercise and stress reduction.

June 12, 2018

Recovery slogans: More than a catchy phrase

Packing a world of wisdom, recovery slogans are easy to remember when you need to use them.

June 12, 2018

Hip, hip hooray: Dual hip replacement keeps Mike Omtvedt on the move

Mike Omtvedt wasn't about to let hip replacement slow him down. He took a trip to the Holy Land just two months after having both hips replaced using a new anterior approach.

June 11, 2018

Second chance: A new beginning after years of addiction

It was an ordinary trip for Randy Gruhlke to the store to fix his cellphone, when the clerk smelled his breath and was concerned by his behavior.

June 11, 2018

What's up with Wabi?

There is something special about Camp Wabi, a camp designed specifically to help young people struggling with weight. Campers and counselors share what's up with Wabi.

June 8, 2018

2 simple ways to lose weight

Weight loss can be a challenging, overwhelming process. In many cases, it is difficult to know where — and how — to start. Try these two simple ways to lose weight.

Nadar Ali MD By Nadar Ali June 8, 2018

Collaboration returns girl to ice for tournament play

With hopes of returning to the state tournament her senior year, Maria and her team practiced faithfully. One afternoon while scrimmaging a week before section finals, Maria Haley took a slap shot to the head.

June 7, 2018