If you have a family history of colon cancer, get screened

Posted by Sabina Khan, MD, Gastroenterology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Dec 4, 2018 1:30:00 PM

At age 48, my grandfather died from colon cancer. He had never been screened for the disease. My sister Nighat, also was never screened. Then, at age 59, she was admitted to the hospital for a bowel obstruction and nearly died during surgery. That’s what led to the discovery of her cancer. It was localized, removed and she is doing fine eight years later.

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It's all in the family: Why your family's genetic history matters to you and your physician

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on Nov 27, 2018 1:30:00 PM

My dad is my favorite person in the entire world. Even if it’s his fault I have this unruly frizzy hair. Growing up, I railed against the injustice over being the one to get his hair, while my sister got his incredible work ethic and unshakeable will power. Unfortunately, when it comes to family, you can’t pick and choose what you get.

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Here’s what it looks like to practice gratitude

Posted by Deb Van Houtte, senior marketing specialist and blog contributor at Ridgeview on Nov 20, 2018 1:30:00 PM


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Where can you turn when you need help with grief?

Posted by Sue Degolier, Director, Social Services and Spiritual Care, Ridgeview Medical Center on Nov 13, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Grief is an instinctive human response to loss. Although painful, grief is a natural and necessary process that will help you begin to heal. There are ways to help yourself deal with it and ways to protect yourself from long-lasting emotional pain. While each person's experience is unique, they can draw strength from others who have traveled a similar journey.

A new Regional Grief Support Network is available in the Twin Cities Southwest metro region, filling an identified gap in resources for grief support in the area for all types of loss. 

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The anxiety effect: Why do I feel this way?

Posted by Heidi Otto, FNP, Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center on Nov 6, 2018 1:30:00 PM

My heart was pounding, hands were sweating and felt a little lightheaded. I was worried that something bad might happen (like tripping while walking down the aisle in a long dress), but I could not wait for my daughter’s wedding to begin. I was excited, yet anxious for everything to go well.

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Eight reasons to volunteer

Posted by Sue Degolier, Director, Social Services and Spiritual Care, Ridgeview Medical Center on Oct 30, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Volunteering not only provides services for the community you're volunteering in, but has direct benefits for the individual volunteer. The best-kept secret about volunteering is that it's good for you.

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Your child has lice. What should you do?

Posted by Carol Eggersgluess, FNP, Ridgeview Gaylord Clinic on Oct 24, 2018 2:23:10 PM

Fall is here. We all know what that means to parents of elementary-age children: early mornings, packing lunches and homework. It is also the season of sharing, and we, as parents, are never sure exactly what our kids are going to bring home. For some kids, it’s a sore throat or cold and for others, it’s... head lice. Just writing those words makes my scalp itch, and it seems there are plenty of lice infestations this year based on the increased clinic visits and phone calls. 

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Why do I feel unsteady on my feet?

Posted by Lindsay Chrest, PT, and Tina Gapen, PT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Oct 16, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Do you feel that the world is spinning around you? Do you feel wobbly and unsteady? Or, do you just feel “off,” like the world doesn’t quite match up with your movements?  You may have vertigo or balance issues.

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When you should begin screening for breast cancer

Posted by Sarah Bot, PA-C, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics on Oct 9, 2018 1:30:00 PM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as a women's health physician assistant at Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics, part of my job is to help my patients determine what approach to breast cancer screening is right for them.

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Topics: Women's Health, oncology

Physical Therapy: How can it help you?

Posted by Tracy Shupe, PT, LAT, ATC, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Oct 2, 2018 1:30:00 PM

October is National Physical Therapy Month.  Ridgeview has provided physical therapy within our Rehab Specialties department since 1977.  Currently, Ridgeview employs more than 60 licensed physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, working with all populations from pediatrics to geriatrics.  However, many people aren’t completely aware of the field of physical therapy and what it can do for them.

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Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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