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Fertility care close to home makes dreams of baby come true

Ever since she can remember, Marissa Merrill says she dreamed of being a mom, even though she knew it likely would mean a long and complicated journey. Her diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome when she was 13 meant conceiving children would be difficult.

April 24, 2018

Progressive overload: Get stronger in a healthy way

Whenever you want to improve your exercise capacity, it’s important to understand progressive overload. Progressive overload means challenging your muscles and body by gradually increasing the stress put on them.

April 24, 2018

Boost infant health with breast milk before baby's birth

When preparing for the birth of your new baby, you likely completed a checklist to ensure you had everything ready to go before your bundle of joy arrived. Set up crib. Check. Purchase diapers. Check. Attend childbirth education classes. Check. Gather colostrum. Wait, what?

April 23, 2018

Access medical information, care team with Patient Online Services

It’s a pattern that is all too familiar to many patients: You have a visit with your provider regarding an important health concern only to return home and forget the details of your diagnosis or treatment plan. Now, how do you find the time in your busy day to contact your provider?

April 18, 2018

Is a do-not-resuscitate tattoo a valid advance directive?

With the growing popularity of tattoos, you may wonder if a tattoo is the best way to express health care wishes.

James Deming, M.D. By James Deming April 16, 2018

Running Q&A: Choosing the right distance, increasing miles and more

Nothing gets me more motivated than signing up for a race, putting it on the calendar and working toward that goal. My excitement about marathons and running means I tend to get a lot of running-related questions from friends and coworkers. Here are some of the most common questions I get and my thoughts.

Christopher Crocker PAC By Chris Crocker April 16, 2018

Designing your taper to maximize your potential on race day

An important piece of training that many new runners forget to calculate into their program is the taper. Taper is the reduction in training load before a competition in order to optimize performance on race day.

April 11, 2018

The space in between grief and growth

Growth is never easy, and it almost always requires pain along with joy. It is in the space between joy and sorrow that our hearts are strengthened and our bonds renewed.

April 5, 2018

Calming your pain: Is it possible?

When you hurt your back it’s common to assume the pain is stemming from your back, but did you know the pain could be caused by any part of your body that is compressed, stretched, or has reduced blood flow? Learn how you can calm pain.

Carol Gardner PT By Carol Gardner April 2, 2018

Tips to keep runners hydrated

The National Academy of Medicine determined that adequate intake for men is roughly 13 cups and women is nine cups per day. For athletes, the thirst mechanism can be an unreliable signal to drink. Your observed thirst may be reduced because you’re focusing so much on the activity in which you’re participating.

Allyn Wergin RDN By Allyn Wergin April 2, 2018

One woman's addiction journey

Suzanne first tried alcohol as a teenager and did not like the taste. As a college student, she enjoyed the way it made her feel. And, as a married adult with children, it became a problematic situation.

Tyler Oesterle MD By Tyler Oesterle March 29, 2018

Troubled by knee arthritis but not ready for knee replacement? Here are 5 alternatives

Millions of Americans suffer from knee arthritis, which eventually leads to knee replacement surgery. However, there are several minimally invasive options to try before committing to knee replacement.

Scott Perkinson MD By Scott Perkinson March 28, 2018