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Early intervention is important for children with Autism

Posted by Lori Jaeger, MA, CCC-SLP, Ridgeview Pediatric Rehab on Apr 10, 2018 2:22:46 PM

April is Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness month. This recognition provides an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.

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Try 13 tips to beat stress

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Apr 6, 2018 8:07:18 AM

At some point in life, everyone experiences stress - the condition caused by a reaction to physical, chemical, emotional or environmental factors. However, they feel it in different levels and react in different ways.

Constant or chronic stress can cause the body to remain in high gear for extended periods of time, which causes a person's breathing and heart rate to speed up and blood pressure to rise.

While it's unknown if stress itself can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, also called heart disease, it may affect other risk factors.

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Kindness, compassion and intuition often influence others to join the health industry and return to Ridgeview

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Mar 27, 2018 1:39:05 PM

The kindness, compassion and intuition Erin Jones experienced as a young patient at Ridgeview Medical Center more than a decade ago inspired her to become a nurse.  In 2017, she had the opportunity to meet the nurse who inspired her, but this time as a peer, together at work.

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Why rest is best for concussion recovery

Posted by Marielle Gatenby, MA, ATC Certified Athletic Trainer, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Mar 21, 2018 4:30:30 PM

Recovery after a concussion requires an individual approach.  Not all concussions are the same, nor do they respond the same to management strategies.  Providing rest alone and “waiting out” a concussion is no longer recommended.  While rest is still an important component, it is also important to understand the connection between brain exercise and rest recovery intervals. 

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Treating teen acne: What works best?

Posted by Gina Peschel, PA-C, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic-Dermatology on Mar 13, 2018 1:00:04 PM

Early in my dermatology practice, I clearly remember an appointment with a teenage girl and her mother. The girl was sitting next to her mother and-at the end of the appointment-which was not an appointment for acne, I asked if she wanted to talk about the acne on her face. She said, “What? Mom, I have acne on my face?”  

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Do you have Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Posted by Megan San Giacomo, MD, Ridgeview Delano Clinic on Mar 6, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Many Minnesotans notice a change in their behavior or mood during the fall and winter months as daylight hours shorten and the cold drives us indoors. If changes are mild and do not impair your ability to function, this pattern, called “seasonality,” is common and normal. If the changes are more prominent or are impacting your life in a significant way, you could be experiencing a disorder aptly named “SAD” or Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Topics: Wellness

What is a colonoscopy and when should you have one?

Posted by Sabina Khan, MD, Gastroenterology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Feb 26, 2018 11:10:10 AM

According to the American Cancer Society - colon cancer is one of the five most common types of cancer, but thanks in large part to increased awareness about the importance of colonoscopy - the death rate from colorectal cancer has been steadily declining.

The key is early detection and removal of polyps that could turn into cancer.  In the second article of Ridgeview’s series about colon cancer, we get right to the bottom line: if you’re an adult of a certain age, colon screening could save your life. It’s that simple. When you should have a colonoscopy, and how often, depends on your risk level.

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Topics: Wellness, Colon Cancer

Follow these tips to prevent winter falls

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 21, 2018 3:35:27 PM

One of the most common ways to get hurt during winter is falling on the ice. From painful bruises to broken bones or even head injuries, winter falls are a significant concern for people of all ages. But for older-aged adults, slipping and falling can be a year-round health concern. 

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Urgent Care vs. Emergency: What's the difference?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 13, 2018 1:29:29 PM

What is the difference between the treatment you receive in Urgent Care vs. Emergency Care? Why is Urgent Care can sometimes as busy as an Emergency Department? Read the tips below to help you choose the right type of care and the best time to seek it .

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Men's health matters: Be proactive about your health and stay active

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 6, 2018 1:30:50 PM

This is the fifth in a series about Men's Health.

Dean Porter, director, Ridgeview Medical Center Laboratory, has struggled with his family-history-related high blood pressure along with sleep apnea and migraines. His advice to others is if you know you have a family history of medically related conditions, “Get ahead of it, get tested if needed and don’t wait until symptoms start.”  That’s what Porter did eight years ago when he began taking medications for high blood pressure and using a CPAP machine at night to help with his sleep apnea.  “You have to be your own advocate and, if you can’t, find someone who can be an advocate for you.”

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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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