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Happy kitchen, healthy eating

WHETHER YOU’RE TRYING to lose weight, improve your mood, or adopt healthier habits, the best place to start is by looking at the big picture. It’s time to clean out your kitchen. 

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Addiction is a disease

ACCORDING TO THE American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is a chronic disease that changes the reward, motivation, and memory centers of the brain. This disease can cause people to persistently seek pleasure from a substance or behavior, regardless of the consequences for themselves or others. 

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Take a tech time-out & help teens disconnect

A RECENT SURVEY conducted by the American Psychological Association found 86 percent of Americans report constantly checking their smartphones, and those who use their phones the most have the highest stress levels. 

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The healing effects of proper posture

MAYBE YOU’RE FEELING a little tired. Or perhaps you are very tall, head and shoulders above everyone in the world around you. For whatever reason, slumping, hunching your shoulders, and tensing your lower back will eventually begin to cause pain.

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Harvest of hope

NOW IN ITS fifth growing season, the HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Community Garden welcomes green thumbs of all ages to grow a variety of healthy produce that nourishes our community in body and spirit.

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Eat with the seasons

DURING THE SUMMER, Wisconsin farmers harvest a variety of fruits and vegetables for local markets. Beets, berries, squash, and sweet corn are just a few of the items in abundance at this time of year. 

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When helping others helps you

MULTIPLE STUDIES HAVE shown that a rapid decline in mental and physical health can occur after retirement. According to Mary Pengra, Director of Volunteer and Community Services at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, other big life changes, such as the death of a loved one, can compound the effect.

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A parent's guide to peaceful travel

WHEN CHILDREN FIGHT in the car, their arguments cause a potentially dangerous distraction for drivers. An Australian research team, for example, found that drivers with kids in the car are up to 12 times more distracted than drivers who use their cell phones behind the wheel.

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The priceless gift

Bob was three months short of his 18th birthday in September 2000, when his vehicle crested a hill and ran into a county tar truck on the wrong side of the road. He never regained consciousness. 

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  • Make good health your pet project: Safe hygiene can prevent catching a bug from your furriest family member

    Make good health your pet project: Safe hygiene can prevent catching a bug from your furriest family member

    Monday, January 15 2018 10:56 AM EST2018-01-15 15:56:46 GMT

    Pets are a great source of comfort in any season, but they may receive a little more attention during the winter months. This companionship is known to provide a variety of health benefits, such as the alleviation of symptoms related to loneliness and depression. Unfortunately, pets can also transfer various bacteria and parasites that cause diseases called zoonoses.

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    Pets are a great source of comfort in any season, but they may receive a little more attention during the winter months. This companionship is known to provide a variety of health benefits, such as the alleviation of symptoms related to loneliness and depression. Unfortunately, pets can also transfer various bacteria and parasites that cause diseases called zoonoses.

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  • Focusing on the present for an addition-free future: a mindfulness practice can help break the cycle of substance abuse

    Focusing on the present for an addition-free future: a mindfulness practice can help break the cycle of substance abuse

    Monday, January 15 2018 10:50 AM EST2018-01-15 15:50:35 GMT

    Mindfulness is a well-established method for reducing stress, and now its potential to help individuals dealing with addiction is also coming to light. A 2014 University of Washington study, for instance, found that mindfulness meditation was more effective at preventing relapses of drug and alcohol abuse than conventional methods, such as 12-step programs and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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    Mindfulness is a well-established method for reducing stress, and now its potential to help individuals dealing with addiction is also coming to light. A 2014 University of Washington study, for instance, found that mindfulness meditation was more effective at preventing relapses of drug and alcohol abuse than conventional methods, such as 12-step programs and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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  • Partners in the path to weight loss: find the information, structure and support you'll need to reach your goals

    Partners in the path to weight loss: find the information, structure and support you'll need to reach your goals

    Monday, January 15 2018 9:39 AM EST2018-01-15 14:39:39 GMT

    For people who have struggled to reach a healthy body mass index (BMI) through diet, exercise, or medical therapy, bariatric surgery—which has proven effective at causing long-term weight loss, lengthening life and reducing the burden of diabetes, high blood pressure and other diseases—might be the tool they need to live a healthier life. 

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    For people who have struggled to reach a healthy body mass index (BMI) through diet, exercise, or medical therapy, bariatric surgery—which has proven effective at causing long-term weight loss, lengthening life and reducing the burden of diabetes, high blood pressure and other diseases—might be the tool they need to live a healthier life. 

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  • Spare some time: the secret to achieving fulfillment may be as simple as devoting a few hours to someone else

    Spare some time: the secret to achieving fulfillment may be as simple as devoting a few hours to someone else

    Monday, January 15 2018 9:27 AM EST2018-01-15 14:27:19 GMT

    When you volunteer, you not only help your fellow community members—you also learn new skills, meet new people, and enjoy the mood-boosting gratification that comes from making a difference. In fact, volunteering on a regular basis can reduce your chances of developing depression and even improve your overall mind-body health.

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    When you volunteer, you not only help your fellow community members—you also learn new skills, meet new people, and enjoy the mood-boosting gratification that comes from making a difference. In fact, volunteering on a regular basis can reduce your chances of developing depression and even improve your overall mind-body health.

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  • A hub for good health: Local senior centers connect older adults with the resources they need to remain active and engaged

    A hub for good health: Local senior centers connect older adults with the resources they need to remain active and engaged

    Monday, January 15 2018 9:31 AM EST2018-01-15 14:31:53 GMT
    The National Council on Aging estimates that nearly 1 million older adults visit a senior center every day, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has enjoyed the wide variety of programs offered at the centers in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. Currently, they offer opportunities to: Exercise Socialize Develop skills such as painting, woodcarving, and writing Enjoy card games, billiards, and other recreational activities Receive screenings and instruction about health an...More >>
    The National Council on Aging estimates that nearly 1 million older adults visit a senior center every day, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has enjoyed the wide variety of programs offered at the centers in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. Currently, they offer opportunities to: Exercise Socialize Develop skills such as painting, woodcarving, and writing Enjoy card games, billiards, and other recreational activities Receive screenings and instruction about health an...More >>
  • Inspiring Health: New campaign. This is why we serve

    Inspiring Health: New campaign. This is why we serve

    Monday, January 15 2018 9:22 AM EST2018-01-15 14:22:33 GMT
    The ties that bind us to one another and to this place we share are stronger because we believe in certain things. Every life is a gift. Every person is a unity of body, mind, and spirit. Every one of us can offer compassion and give special attention to those of us who are in the greatest need. At HSHS St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart hospitals, we’re drawn to a different way of thinking. For us, healing, mission, caring, and compassion are intertwined. This is why we serve...More >>
    The ties that bind us to one another and to this place we share are stronger because we believe in certain things. Every life is a gift. Every person is a unity of body, mind, and spirit. Every one of us can offer compassion and give special attention to those of us who are in the greatest need. At HSHS St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart hospitals, we’re drawn to a different way of thinking. For us, healing, mission, caring, and compassion are intertwined. This is why we serve...More >>
  • A healthy night out - Paint the Town Red

    A healthy night out - Paint the Town Red

    Monday, January 15 2018 9:19 AM EST2018-01-15 14:19:46 GMT

    Chippewa Falls Main Street will host its annual Paint the Town Red event on February 22 with help from local merchants and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital. The night will feature giveaways, food, and refreshments from local businesses, and representatives from St. Joseph’s will operate multiple booths at which you can take advantage of free screenings and consultations from 4 to 7 p.m. 

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    Chippewa Falls Main Street will host its annual Paint the Town Red event on February 22 with help from local merchants and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital. The night will feature giveaways, food, and refreshments from local businesses, and representatives from St. Joseph’s will operate multiple booths at which you can take advantage of free screenings and consultations from 4 to 7 p.m. 

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  • Does your heart need more potassium?

    Does your heart need more potassium?

    Monday, January 15 2018 9:15 AM EST2018-01-15 14:15:51 GMT
    An encouraging new study found a connection between potassium and healthier blood vessels. Through tests conducted on mice, researchers at the University of Alabama-Birmingham recently discovered that an increased potassium intake could reduce the risk of pathogenic vascular calcification and aortic stiffness, conditions that can lead to heart disease and stroke. Further, a recent report from Harvard Medical School indicated that consuming recommended amounts of potassium lower...More >>
    An encouraging new study found a connection between potassium and healthier blood vessels. Through tests conducted on mice, researchers at the University of Alabama-Birmingham recently discovered that an increased potassium intake could reduce the risk of pathogenic vascular calcification and aortic stiffness, conditions that can lead to heart disease and stroke. Further, a recent report from Harvard Medical School indicated that consuming recommended amounts of potassium lower...More >>
  • Don't spoil the fun - food safety advice that will keep the party going

    Don't spoil the fun - food safety advice that will keep the party going

    Monday, January 15 2018 9:08 AM EST2018-01-15 14:08:22 GMT

    AH, THE REFRESHMENTS TABLE. It can be found at almost every Christmas, New Year’s, and Super Bowl celebration, offering a variety of hors d’oeuvres, dips, drinks, and desserts. Unfortunately, it can also contain harmful bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 million Americans get sick from food-borne illnesses every year—many cases of which are the result of improper food preparation and storage. In an effort to keep your guests sa...

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    AH, THE REFRESHMENTS TABLE. It can be found at almost every Christmas, New Year’s, and Super Bowl celebration, offering a variety of hors d’oeuvres, dips, drinks, and desserts. Unfortunately, it can also contain harmful bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 million Americans get sick from food-borne illnesses every year—many cases of which are the result of improper food preparation and storage. In an effort to keep your guests sa...

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  • Pressure points

    Pressure points

    Friday, June 1 2018 12:24 PM EDT2018-06-01 16:24:21 GMT
    Last November, the definition of hypertension (high blood pressure) changed. Here is what you need to know. NEW GUIDELINES DEVELOPED by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association set a lower threshold for hypertension: 130–139 mm Hg for systolic pressure when heart contracts (top number) and 80–89 for diastolic pressure when the heart relaxes between beats (bottom number). Blood pressure in those ranges is now categorized as Type 1 hypertension. Typ...More >>
    Last November, the definition of hypertension (high blood pressure) changed. Here is what you need to know. NEW GUIDELINES DEVELOPED by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association set a lower threshold for hypertension: 130–139 mm Hg for systolic pressure when heart contracts (top number) and 80–89 for diastolic pressure when the heart relaxes between beats (bottom number). Blood pressure in those ranges is now categorized as Type 1 hypertension. Typ...More >>
  • PSA Public Service Announcement - Prostate Cancer

    PSA Public Service Announcement - Prostate Cancer

    Friday, June 1 2018 12:22 PM EDT2018-06-01 16:22:15 GMT
    PROSTATE CANCER IS the second deadliest cancer for men. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings can help save lives by detecting the cancer early in its development. “I recommend PSA screening in men between 50 and 70 years old who are expected to live another 10 years and have no additional risk factors for prostate cancer,” says Christopher Tornehl, MD, urologist at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “AfricanAmerican men and men with a family history of prostate cance...More >>
    PROSTATE CANCER IS the second deadliest cancer for men. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings can help save lives by detecting the cancer early in its development. “I recommend PSA screening in men between 50 and 70 years old who are expected to live another 10 years and have no additional risk factors for prostate cancer,” says Christopher Tornehl, MD, urologist at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “AfricanAmerican men and men with a family history of prostate cance...More >>
  • Buying your brain time

    Buying your brain time

    Friday, June 1 2018 12:16 PM EDT2018-06-01 16:16:37 GMT
    AN ISCHEMIC STROKE occurs when a clot shuts off blood flow to one part of the brain. That lack of blood flow can kill brain tissue. “A major artery is like the trunk of a tree that branches off into smaller and smaller arteries in your brain,” says Jeannie Pittenger, SCRN, MSN, Stroke Program Facilitator at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “The size of your stroke depends on where the blood flow shutoff is located and which parts of the brain are deprived of their oxygen...More >>
    AN ISCHEMIC STROKE occurs when a clot shuts off blood flow to one part of the brain. That lack of blood flow can kill brain tissue. “A major artery is like the trunk of a tree that branches off into smaller and smaller arteries in your brain,” says Jeannie Pittenger, SCRN, MSN, Stroke Program Facilitator at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “The size of your stroke depends on where the blood flow shutoff is located and which parts of the brain are deprived of their oxygen...More >>
  • Your unique stroke risk

    Your unique stroke risk

    Friday, June 1 2018 12:14 PM EDT2018-06-01 16:14:03 GMT
    STROKE KILLS TWICE as many women each year as breast cancer, yet about 90 percent of women are unaware stroke is such a significant problem. Most are also unaware of many women-specific risk factors for stroke. “Oral contraceptive use, migraine headaches, and smoking are some of the biggest risk factors for younger women,” says Jeannie Pittenger, SCRN, MSN, Stroke Program Facilitator at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “If you combine those, your risk of having a stroke ...More >>
    STROKE KILLS TWICE as many women each year as breast cancer, yet about 90 percent of women are unaware stroke is such a significant problem. Most are also unaware of many women-specific risk factors for stroke. “Oral contraceptive use, migraine headaches, and smoking are some of the biggest risk factors for younger women,” says Jeannie Pittenger, SCRN, MSN, Stroke Program Facilitator at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “If you combine those, your risk of having a stroke ...More >>
  • Inpatient Insight

    Inpatient Insight

    Friday, June 1 2018 12:09 PM EDT2018-06-01 16:09:49 GMT
    FOR MOST PATIENTS, hospital rooms are unfamiliar environments full of strange equipment. The biggest source of confusion may be the different providers who come and go throughout the day and night. Here is a primer on who some of them are and what they do at our hospitals: • Hospitalists are physicians—typically internists— who see hospitalized patients daily and lead their plans of care. • Registered nurses (RNs) are patients’ primary points of everyday ...More >>
    FOR MOST PATIENTS, hospital rooms are unfamiliar environments full of strange equipment. The biggest source of confusion may be the different providers who come and go throughout the day and night. Here is a primer on who some of them are and what they do at our hospitals: • Hospitalists are physicians—typically internists— who see hospitalized patients daily and lead their plans of care. • Registered nurses (RNs) are patients’ primary points of everyday ...More >>
  • Sum-Sum-Summer Time Safety

    Sum-Sum-Summer Time Safety

    Friday, June 1 2018 11:55 AM EDT2018-06-01 15:55:33 GMT

    PROTECT YOUNG SKIN Children are very vulnerable to the rays of the summer sun. “Our skin grows in layers, and the younger a child is, the thinner and more delicate their skin is, making them more prone to sunburn,” says Georgia J. Smith, MSN, MHA, RN, OCN, Executive Director of Cancer Services, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and Prevea Health. “One blistering sunburn during youth can raise the risk for melanoma as an adult. Protect skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen an...

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    PROTECT YOUNG SKIN Children are very vulnerable to the rays of the summer sun. “Our skin grows in layers, and the younger a child is, the thinner and more delicate their skin is, making them more prone to sunburn,” says Georgia J. Smith, MSN, MHA, RN, OCN, Executive Director of Cancer Services, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and Prevea Health. “One blistering sunburn during youth can raise the risk for melanoma as an adult. Protect skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen an...

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  • Helping others heal - negate the negatives

    Helping others heal - negate the negatives

    Friday, June 1 2018 11:48 AM EDT2018-06-01 15:48:25 GMT

    IN THE WAKE of loss or tremendous change, such as a life-altering medical diagnosis, feelings of isolation and fear can be overwhelming. And understanding how to help someone move through those difficult times can be a challenge. However, when it comes to offering consolation and comfort, simplicity is key. 

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    IN THE WAKE of loss or tremendous change, such as a life-altering medical diagnosis, feelings of isolation and fear can be overwhelming. And understanding how to help someone move through those difficult times can be a challenge. However, when it comes to offering consolation and comfort, simplicity is key. 

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  • First aid for parents: Equip yourself with the knowledge necessary to keep your children as safe as possible

    First aid for parents: Equip yourself with the knowledge necessary to keep your children as safe as possible

    Friday, March 16 2018 11:40 AM EDT2018-03-16 15:40:40 GMT

    “Education is the key to making sure you can provide the best care for your child in an emergency situation,” says Regi Geissler, RN, WWD Trauma Coordinator at HSHS St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart hospitals. Unfortunately, a recent poll conducted by the University of Michigan found that “four in ten parents of young children have received no first aid training...

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    “Education is the key to making sure you can provide the best care for your child in an emergency situation,” says Regi Geissler, RN, WWD Trauma Coordinator at HSHS St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart hospitals. Unfortunately, a recent poll conducted by the University of Michigan found that “four in ten parents of young children have received no first aid training...

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  • Babysitting 101

    Babysitting 101

    Friday, March 16 2018 11:43 AM EDT2018-03-16 15:43:42 GMT

    FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals have offered babysitting classes to prepare preteens for the responsibility of watching young children. The class includes lectures, hands-on activities, interactive...

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    FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals have offered babysitting classes to prepare preteens for the responsibility of watching young children. The class includes lectures, hands-on activities, interactive...

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  • Community Superheros

    Community Superheros

    Friday, March 16 2018 11:32 AM EDT2018-03-16 15:32:16 GMT

    "The need for donors is incredible,” says Michelle Willcutt, RN, CCU, at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, where she is an active member of the Organ Donation Committee. “Around 3,000 people are on the Wisconsin organ donor waiting list. Through outreach efforts, we hope to fill this gap.” 

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    "The need for donors is incredible,” says Michelle Willcutt, RN, CCU, at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, where she is an active member of the Organ Donation Committee. “Around 3,000 people are on the Wisconsin organ donor waiting list. Through outreach efforts, we hope to fill this gap.” 

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  • 6 tips for a baby-safe nursery

    6 tips for a baby-safe nursery

    Friday, March 16 2018 11:52 AM EDT2018-03-16 15:52:03 GMT

    Throughout your pregnancy, you've done your best to keep baby healthy by eating nutritious foods, taking your prenatal vitamins and attending prenatal appointments. Before welcoming home your little one, you have one important task left: stocking your baby's nursery. 

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    Throughout your pregnancy, you've done your best to keep baby healthy by eating nutritious foods, taking your prenatal vitamins and attending prenatal appointments. Before welcoming home your little one, you have one important task left: stocking your baby's nursery. 

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  • When you're worried about worrying: With proper treatment, anxiety doesn't have to be something you're afraid of

    When you're worried about worrying: With proper treatment, anxiety doesn't have to be something you're afraid of

    Friday, March 16 2018 12:12 PM EDT2018-03-16 16:12:09 GMT

    It's normal to experience anxiety, especially at pivotal moments such as the purchase of a house, a job change, or a move to a new city. If you find yourself worrying all of the time, however—particularly about things you know aren’t that big of a deal—it could be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a potentially debilitating condit...

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    It's normal to experience anxiety, especially at pivotal moments such as the purchase of a house, a job change, or a move to a new city. If you find yourself worrying all of the time, however—particularly about things you know aren’t that big of a deal—it could be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a potentially debilitating condit...

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  • Bright ideas for winter wellness: leave seasonal illness out in the cold

    Bright ideas for winter wellness: leave seasonal illness out in the cold

    Monday, January 15 2018 10:30 AM EST2018-01-15 15:30:37 GMT

    More time spent in close quarters with family and co-workers can increase the spread of germs and your likelihood of getting sick, but the following healthy habits can help you steer clear of whatever is going around.

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    More time spent in close quarters with family and co-workers can increase the spread of germs and your likelihood of getting sick, but the following healthy habits can help you steer clear of whatever is going around.

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  • A new strain on treatment of infections

    A new strain on treatment of infections

    Monday, January 15 2018 10:13 AM EST2018-01-15 15:13:45 GMT

    We've relied on antibiotics to fight off harmful bacteria for 70 years. So what happens when they stop working? Since the release of penicillin in the 1940s, antibiotics have been very successful in treating illnesses caused by bacterial infections such as strep throat, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. After decades of use, however, the bacteria have evolved—and compromised the effectiveness of these medications. 

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    We've relied on antibiotics to fight off harmful bacteria for 70 years. So what happens when they stop working? Since the release of penicillin in the 1940s, antibiotics have been very successful in treating illnesses caused by bacterial infections such as strep throat, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. After decades of use, however, the bacteria have evolved—and compromised the effectiveness of these medications. 

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  • Tell us what you really think: when it comes to improving local health care, your voice matters

    Tell us what you really think: when it comes to improving local health care, your voice matters

    Monday, January 15 2018 10:36 AM EST2018-01-15 15:36:22 GMT

    “Gathering information about health care directly from community members is valuable,” says Michele Paquette, Communications and Marketing Specialist at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. 

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    “Gathering information about health care directly from community members is valuable,” says Michele Paquette, Communications and Marketing Specialist at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. 

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  • A dietary game plan for young athletes

    A dietary game plan for young athletes

    Monday, January 15 2018 9:53 AM EST2018-01-15 14:53:47 GMT

    Between school, sports and social activities, your kids are always on the move. And while it’s encouraging to see them so busy and engaged, it’s also normal to worry about whether they’re getting enough fuel to stay energized. 

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    Between school, sports and social activities, your kids are always on the move. And while it’s encouraging to see them so busy and engaged, it’s also normal to worry about whether they’re getting enough fuel to stay energized. 

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  • Meeting the mental health challenge

    Meeting the mental health challenge

    Monday, January 15 2018 10:07 AM EST2018-01-15 15:07:14 GMT

    Sometimes referred to as “CPR for emotional well being,” QPR suicide-prevention training is a way to deliver lifesaving assistance to individuals facing mental health emergencies.

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    Sometimes referred to as “CPR for emotional well being,” QPR suicide-prevention training is a way to deliver lifesaving assistance to individuals facing mental health emergencies.

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  • The frugal philanthropist

    The frugal philanthropist

    Monday, January 15 2018 10:43 AM EST2018-01-15 15:43:10 GMT

    It is possible to be both financially conservative and generous to those in need. Josh Rizzo, Director of Philanthropy at HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital, explains how to find a health balance between the two. 

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    It is possible to be both financially conservative and generous to those in need. Josh Rizzo, Director of Philanthropy at HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital, explains how to find a health balance between the two. 

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  • Ease your child's growing pains: a routine that can help the whole family rest easier

    Ease your child's growing pains: a routine that can help the whole family rest easier

    Monday, January 15 2018 9:58 AM EST2018-01-15 14:58:38 GMT

    The first time you wake in the middle of the night to the sound of your child complaining of leg soreness, it can be disconcerting. Most likely, though, your child is experiencing growing pains...

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    The first time you wake in the middle of the night to the sound of your child complaining of leg soreness, it can be disconcerting. Most likely, though, your child is experiencing growing pains...

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  • Addressing the needs of our youth

    Addressing the needs of our youth

    Monday, January 15 2018 10:22 AM EST2018-01-15 15:22:10 GMT

    The Community Health Needs Assessment focuses on adult community members, but what about children and teenagers? 

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    The Community Health Needs Assessment focuses on adult community members, but what about children and teenagers? 

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  • A coalition for a healthier community: local organizations have partnered to give Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties a wellness exam

    A coalition for a healthier community: local organizations have partnered to give Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties a wellness exam

    Monday, January 15 2018 9:46 AM EST2018-01-15 14:46:35 GMT

    Under the Affordable Care Act,  nonprofit hospitals must conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years, as well as indicate plans for addressing the needs these assessments identify. 

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    Under the Affordable Care Act,  nonprofit hospitals must conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years, as well as indicate plans for addressing the needs these assessments identify. 

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