2015

In This Issue:

A healthy liver for a healthy life

How often do you think about your liver? If you are like most, you probably don't. Your liver is amazing. It processes toxins. It can regenerate itself. Sadly, there's an epidemic of liver disease in our country. How healthy is yours?

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Are you concerned about your child's weight?

Recognizing a potential weight problem is the first step. Your child is not alone: one in three children in the United States struggles with obesity. Brett Masayesva, MD, a family physician, shares strategies to help your child win the weight battle.

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Are you drinking enough water?

If you're like most people, probably not. Water makes up 55 to 75 percent of your body weight. It's necessary for your every cell in your body to function properly. This "forgotten nutrient" is critical for health. So how much enough? A registered dietitian provides the answers.

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Busy mom motivated to run after breaking her ankle

Seven years ago, Liz Junion, a busy mom, wife and teacher, wasn't a runner. Then she broke her ankle. "It was a bad break. I missed a stair, coming down," Junion said. "After my surgery and rehab, I was very motivated to get in shape. The more I move, the better I feel."

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Can I Ever Lose Weight?

Have you ever felt this way? “There is no way I can lose 50 pounds. I’ve tried everything. I went on a diet; I started exercising – now, I’m six pounds heavier!” You're not alone. Consistently take small steps toward health and you may find that you never have to diet again.

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Carbon monoxide poisoning is deadly. Would you recognize the signs?

During winter, we work to keep the cold air out and the warm air in, which can cause lethal, indoor-air quality hazards.Would you know the signs if you or your loved ones were being poisoned by this deadly, odorless gas? Learn the symptoms to keep your family safe.

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CAUTION: Flu Season Ahead

The flu can sack you faster than any linebacker. You can avoid being taken out of the game by colds and flu this year. We've put together 10 offensive moves you can make to stay healthy this season.

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Clinic addition offers greater convenience

Clinic addition offers greater convenience

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Concussion management keeps young athletes in the game

Concussions are brain injuries which should be treated with care until the brain has recovered. Multiple concussions before recovery can create long-term health conditions like epilepsy, headaches and dizziness. Does your school have a concussion awareness and prevention program?

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Dear Doctor: Should I vaccinate my child

With numerous controversies surrounding vaccinations, many parents wonder if the benefits of vaccinations outweigh the risks. Amy Fogarty MD, from Ministry Medical Group in Door County, shares her insights about children and vaccinations.

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Did you know a child is poisoned every 30 seconds in the United States?

Most of the children younger than five years of age who were treated for poisoning were poisoned by household products that looked like food, candy or soft drinks. Do you have any of these look-alike poisons hiding in your home?

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Do I need a tetanus booster?

You're working outside. You scrape your leg on a piece of wood or rusty metal. Do you need a Tetanus shot?

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Do you have six minutes to make a positive impact on your health?

We’re not talking about exercise or eating right; we’re talking about keeping harmful bacteria from entering your bloodstream and causing serious health problems. Who knew that brushing and flossing your teeth would keep the rest of your body healthy?

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Don't let these pests drive you buggy

Head lice, bedbugs and ticks, oh my! No family wants them, yet these small insects invade millions of homes each year. Do you know how to recognize them?

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Eat-Your-Greens Soup

This simple soup recipe is a delicious way to serve up a nutritious meal on a cold day. We've provided the basic recipe as a beginning. You can add your favorite vegetables to make it your own.

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Enjoy summer's fruit and vegetable smorgasbord

From beet greens to watercress, summer offers you fresh versions of the 41 powerhouse fruits and vegetables identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Many of these foods have been associated with a lowered risk of chronic disease.

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Expanded orthopedic care comes to Woodruff

If you live in the Woodruff or Minocqua area and need orthopedic care, it's close to home. William (Bill) Padgett, MD, a board certified orthopedic surgeon, now sees people at Howard Young Medical Center.

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Fall is a good time to give your house a checkup

Soon the falling leaves will give way to snow and frigid weather. It's a good time to give your home a bit of a checkup before you settle in for winter. Have you checked these seven areas recently?

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Family physician enjoys helping people lose weight

Is it hard for you to lose weight? When you need help, Olga Barchugova, MD, a board certified family medicine specialist and obesity medicine physician at Ministry Medical Group in Weston can provide you with a personalized, non-surgical weight-loss program.

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Farewell and Thank You

In your hands is the last edition of Health Connection. We're exploring new ways to best stay connected with you - our loyal readers. If you have ideas or feedback, please let us know. We're grateful for your unwavering readership throughout the years and look forward to connecting with you again soon!

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Fifty Ways to Love your Liver

Okay. So, there's not really 50; but there are a dozen things you can do to make your liver healthier and happier. Check them out.

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Four reasons to rethink your drink

More than 60 years ago diet soda made a splash on grocery-store shelves. We could have the sweet, soda taste with zero calories. No one knew then about expanding waistlines, depression and other health issues related to diet beverages.

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Fourteen more ways to love your liver

Since it's impossible to live without a working liver, we wanted to share a few more things you can do to keep your liver in tip-top shape. If you don't have liver damage, treating your liver well may help you avoid or reverse non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

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Grilling can be good for your health

The burgers, brats, beans, pasta salads and desserts of the typical American cookout can tip the scale with more than 1,000 fat-filled calories. You can still enjoy a great-tasting cookout by making just a few substitutions that will save you almost 500 calories.

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HealtheVisits

If you are sick while you are in Wisconsin and have Internet access through Microsoft Explorer 9, Chrome or Firefox, you can logon instead of driving to the doctor’s office. When you have a minor illness, you might be able to save time and money with HealtheVisits.

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Helping People Relieve Pain Provides Satisfaction

If you suffer with the painful symptoms of arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and other undiagnosed pain, a rheumatologist can help you find relief. If you live in the Door County you can see Sarah Keller, MD. She will investigate the cause of your pain and help you gain control of your symptoms.

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How do I know if it's appendicitis?

Many people worry about their stomach ache being appendicitis, and for nearly ten percent of people this life-threatening infection is a reason to have emergency surgery. Would you know how to recognize the signs of appendicitis?

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Is diet soda making us fat?

Six decades ago, diet sodas were introduced to the American public. It became a staple in many diets when aspartame became a key ingredient in the early 80s. Since that time obesity rates have soared. Is there a relationship?

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Is the lack of a babysitter keeping you from making your doctor's appointment?

Is the lack of a babysitter keeping you from making your doctor’s appointment?

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Is your young soccer player suffering with ingrown toenails?</

A strange phenomenon happens on the soccer field. Many soccer players prefer to wear tighter cleats believing it gives them a better feel for the ball and the field. But tight shoes can create an irritating problem.

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Lifelong wellness is key

Marta Humblet, FNP-C, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner at Ministry Medical Group in Owen.

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Lose weight by replacing serendipity with purpose

Whether you're planning a party, running errands or managing a project at work, having a plan can prevent obstacles from getting in the way. The same is true for weight loss. Here are a weight-loss tips and strategies you can use for success.

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Losing weight is simple – but it’s not easy

Small changes are tackled best one choice at a time. Adopting healthy habits takes time, commitment and perseverance. We've given you six ways to motivate yourself when you take a small step towards health.

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Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center is committed to help people fight breast cancer

In addition to advanced breast imaging technology used to detect cancer, Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center has created a highly specialized team to support, guide and treat patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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New family medicine physician in Stanley has expertise in diabetes care

Achal Gupta, MD, a family medicine physician, provides care for people of all ages at Ministry Medical Group in Stanley. "No matter where you are in the world, communication between the clinician and the patient is key" said Dr. Gupta.

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New state-of-the-art treatment is available to local patients

Cancer treatments can be hard on the body. But, with ultra-precise radiotherapy treatments using a Trilogy Linear Accelerator, treatment is faster, more comfortable and can have better results.

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Nurse practitioner customizes care

Barbara Faber, APNP, a certified nurse practitioner at Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander, has a special interest in women's health. "I listen to the person's concerns and goals. Then, together we create an achievable plan for wellness."

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On the Cover

Off is a talented artist who lives in Door County. Since her home is near the canal, she has witnessed the scene that she captured on canvas many times. Off uses several types of media and materials to add unique dimension to her work.

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Paula Havisto, PA-C, helps people manage diabetes

Paula Havisto, PA-C, a certified physician assistant, sees people at Ministry Medical Group's family medicine department in Rhinelander. "They say that medicine is part science and part art," said Havisto. "I am passionate about both. Seeing the big picture is the key to helping people achieve wellness."

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Pulmonary rehab makes a difference

“I’m glad to be alive,” said Marietta Flanaghan. “I’m happy to wake up feeling better than I’ve felt in a long time.”

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Saint Elizabeth's Annual Holiday Bazaar & Dad's Belgian Waffle Breakfast

Join us for all-you-can-eat waffles and toppings, plus sausage, juice, coffee and milk. Enter silent auctions and raffles to win great prizes. Sunday, November 8, between 8 - 11:30 a.m., at the Felix Auditorium Wabasha, Minnesota

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Saint Elizabeth's Retail Pharmacy delivers

Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center can count on its volunteers to help with just about any task, and making home deliveries is no exception.

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Saint Elizabeth's wellness spotlights

Be inspired by the stories of three people who have found healing, help, encouragement and an overall sense of well-being at Saint Elizabeth's Wellness Center in Wabasha, Minnesota.

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Schedule your student sports physicals in July and August

Ministry Medical Group's Sports Physical program provides WIAA sport physical appointments. Many Ministry Medical Group locations offer sports physicals at a reduced rate. Often these funds are donated back to your child's school. Click the link below to see if this program is available in your area.

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Spiritual Care Companions offer healing presence

Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center has launched a new volunteer program that is designed to enhance the spiritual well-being of long-term care residents.

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The best kind of illness is one that never happens

So says Johnathon Justice, MD, Ministry Medical Group's family medicine physician in Thorp. "I especially like to focus on prevention and positive lifestyle habits that lead to a long, healthy life."

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The Wabasha Farmers Market is back

You can find us on Main Street West and Allegheny Avenue next to Hill’s Hardware on Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to Noon from now through October.

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Wabasha's 30th Annual River Run 5K and 5K Free Fitness Walk

Riverboat Days Festival activities for the whole family all day long!

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What do you do when you can't sleep?

Do you get up and work? Do you could turn toss and turn all night? Sleep deprivation doesn't have to be a way of life. There's help for sleeplessness at Ministry Health Care.

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When your child has lice

The dreaded notification arrives from school. Your child has lice. Now, what? First, don't freak out. Lice infestations have nothing to do with cleanliness, economic status or family values. You can get rid of this nuisance effectively at home.

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Will your child be ready for fall sports?

Summer is here. With its arrival, many families enjoy lighter schedules without sports games and practices. Taking a break is healthy, but will too much time off weaken your child's hard-earned muscles?

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Yogurt-and-Spice Grilled Chicken Skewers

Quick, easy and nutritious, these grilled-chicken skewers are perfect for a backyard barbeque or for a summer evening with guests. Why not try them tonight?

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You have access to advanced 3-D mammography screening in Merrill

Three-dimensional imaging at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill, makes it easier to catch cancer early. When combined with traditional cancer screening, it has 40 percent higher invasive-cancer detection rate.

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Your mouth is a window into your health

Some studies suggest people who have gum disease are at a greater risk for heart disease and stroke.

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