Speaking from experience: Breastfeeding advice for new moms

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Aug 7, 2019 11:18:28 AM

Part of Megan Wiyninger’s job is to help launch new moms on their breastfeeding journey. She’s a lactation consultant and registered nurse in Ridgeview’s Birthing Center. Becoming a certified lactation consultant is rigorous and time intensive. New moms at Ridgeview benefit not only from Megan’s formal training, but from her personal experience.

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The 'ins and outs' of tonsil stones: What to know and do about them

Posted by Michael Hopfenspirger, MD, Otolaryngology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Jul 30, 2019 3:00:00 PM

Although you may be unfamiliar with tonsil stones, you’ve likely had them. They generally go unnoticed for most people, but for some, they can be very troubling.

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Topics: Specialty Care

How do I find out what immunizations my child needs?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jul 23, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Many diseases today are completely avoidable with vaccination. Minnesota law requires all students who are enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12 to show they have received immunizations or provide an exemption.

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When is it the right time for bariatric surgery?

Posted by Jeffrey D. Baker, MD, Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Center on Jul 16, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Having spent the past 20 years in the field of bariatric medicine, I have heard many stories from patients over the years of their own “ah-ha” moment that led them to pursue weight loss surgery. Clearly the decision for any type of bariatric surgery is not an easy one; it is a decision made, for almost all patients, after years of trying and failing numerous non-surgical weight loss attempts.

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Topics: nutrition/diet, Fitness/activity, Wellness

Coughing, laughing or sneezing shouldn't cause peeing.

Posted by Michael Valley, MD, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics on Jul 9, 2019 3:53:56 PM

If you experience leakage every time you cough, laugh, sneeze or jump, you aren't alone. Urinary incontinence is common and more frequently affects women than men. The chance of experiencing urinary incontinence increases as women age, but it is never “normal” and can be treated. 

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Topics: Women's Health

The cruel coincidence when perimenopause and puberty collide

Posted by Andraya J. Huldeen, MD, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics on Jul 2, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Andraya Huldeen, MD, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics, has done the math. She realizes that she and her young daughter Gwen—now age 7—will likely approach perimenopause and puberty at the same time. Perimenopause begins mid- to late-40s and puberty in girls starts between ages 10 and 14. Both involve cascading hormone fluctuations and being an expert on women’s health, Dr. Huldeen is acutely aware of relationship challenges ahead, with a sense of humor about the irony of it all.

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Take steps to prevent lyme disease this summer

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD, Ridgeview Clinics on Jun 19, 2019 1:30:00 PM

The return of summer has Minnesotans heading to outdoor adventures and spending time in the fields and woods. Exploring is exactly what everyone needs after a long winter. However, make sure you take precautions because this is tick season and they are plentiful this year.

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Topics: Primary Care

What's the best way to manage low back pain?

Posted by Ridgeview Rehab Specialties staff on Jun 14, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Managing low back pain can be frustrating. You just want the pain to go away, so you can go about your daily activities—without discomfort. Medication works as a quick fix but sometimes doesn’t get down to the root of the problem. When low back pain stems from muscle imbalances or degenerative changes the long-term fix is an exercise routine—one that matches your body’s needs and your lifestyle goals.

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Topics: Fitness/activity, Rehabilitation

How do you have a conversation with your teen about his or her sexual health?

Posted by Jessica Cain, NP-C, Ridgeview Chanhassen Clinic on Jun 4, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Talking to teenagers about sexual health can be a difficult conversation, but it is important to their development into a sexually healthy adult. It's impossible to avoid sex in the media, but it is somehow still rarely talked about. Here are some tips to make it easier for both parents and their teens:

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness

Stay safe on your outdoor adventures this summer with these simple tips from a Ridgeview provider

Posted by Annika Kariniemi, CNP, Ridgeview Winsted Clinic on May 29, 2019 1:30:00 PM

We are approaching the time of year when Minnesota is at its best to enjoy outdoor activities. Exploring nature - green forests, lakes and rivers - can be good for our health, both mentally and physically.

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Topics: Fitness/activity, Wellness

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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