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What’s Happening in the Community

Pump you up: Exercise with dumbbells

The CrossFit phenomenon has proven what Rocky Balboa always knew: You don’t need an expensive gym or sophisticated equipment to get in shape. If you’re willing (and able) to get pumped up, try these basic and effective moves for beginners.

October 16, 2017

Trying to get pregnant? Select a lubricant that is most helpful for sperm

Lubrication can be an easy way to increase comfort during intercourse. However, many couples who are trying to conceive don’t realize that lubricants can adversely affect sperm.

Alicia Ogle, N.P. By Alicia Ogle October 13, 2017

Treating your child's hearing loss

As an audiologist, I often work with parents who are concerned about their child’s hearing. Hearing loss is a huge concern for parents who understand it can impair speech and language skills as their child develops. The Baha system may be the right solution.

Katie Kendhammer AuD By Katie Kendhammer October 13, 2017

Holiday table topics: Know your family's health history

You know every detail of your parents’ first date and have your grandmother’s lefse recipe committed to memory. But when your doctor asks if anyone in your family has had heart disease, you draw a blank.

October 12, 2017

Breast cancer survivor wonders “What if?”

Tammy Jackson, a 55-year-old Eau Claire resident and breast cancer survivor, says she asks herself all the time, “What would’ve happened if I hadn’t made that phone call and booked that mammogram?”

October 12, 2017

Cyberbullying: What can you do?

Texting and social media can be a great way for kids to connect. However, they also can be avenues for bullying.

October 11, 2017

Back-to-school tips to help your child make the grade

A new school year is a great time to revisit goals and re-establish good habits — for kids and their parents.

October 9, 2017

Extend vegetable season with squash and zucchini

Squash and zucchini extend the summer vegetable season and are available in your garden or local farmers market through October.

October 6, 2017

Breast cancer survivor wonders “What if?”

Tammy Jackson, a 55-year-old Eau Claire resident and breast cancer survivor, says she asks herself all the time, “What would’ve happened if I hadn’t made that phone call and booked that mammogram?”

October 12, 2017

New knee works like magic

Linda Bure of Austin, Minnesota, knew it was time to take care of her aching knee when she noticed her dog started to gain weight due to her inability to take him for a daily walk.

October 5, 2017

Little changes, big results: After managing his diabetes, Colin Minehart wants to help others

Colin Minehart, a 61-year-old resident of Albert Lea, Minnesota, was determined to improve his health. He listened to what his doctors told him. But, for some reason, he found it hard to follow their advice.

October 4, 2017

Routine checkup leads to lifesaving heart surgery

Brian Schilling didn’t know anything was wrong when he went in for his regular physical. But, unbeknownst to Schilling, there was a problem lurking in one of the valves in his heart.

September 18, 2017

Diabetes education classes lead to improved quality of life

Ken Moore had lost his get-up-and-go. His wife said he had no motivation and should see a doctor. That's when he learned he had Type 2 diabetes.

September 11, 2017

Lifestyle changes bring rapid results for diabetes patient

Has life got you tired much of the time? Read how a simple diabetes test, some lifestyle changes and support from others turned that around for one woman in Barron, Wisconsin.

August 2, 2017

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy promotes better wound healing

Fritz Kruger wondered how breathing pure oxygen while enclosed in a pressurized tube could heal his body. Kruger, 56, suffered from side effects of radiation treatments for prostate cancer when referred for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

July 27, 2017

Heart surgery gives new meaning to taking the stairs

Chris Schlicher's physical limitations didn’t allow him to do everyday activities on a regular basis. However, after a mitral valve repair to his heart, he has more energy and is able to engage in life without limitations.

July 25, 2017