Is palliative care right for you or a loved one?

Posted by Kari Olson, APRN, CNS, Palliative Care, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Dec 11, 2019 1:30:00 PM

To help you determine when to choose palliative care, we first need to understand what palliative care is and isn't. Palliative care is an extra layer of support focused on relieving the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life. This makes it different from Hospice care, which is end-of-life care.

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My mom or dad has arthritis. Does that mean I'll get arthritis too?

Posted by Michael Edwards, MD, Rheumatology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Dec 3, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Well, the short answer is that you may or may not inherit the same type of arthritis that your parents have. There are a number of different types of arthritis and nearly all of them have a genetic component, which means that they can be inherited. Fortunately, in most cases this hereditary factor is not necessarily that strong and many types of arthritis can certainly skip at least a generation or two.

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Topics: Primary Care, nutrition/diet, Fitness/activity, Specialty Care

What's the deal with gluten and should you avoid it?

Posted by Jennifer Pederson, RD, LD, CDE, Ridgeview Clinics on Nov 26, 2019 1:30:00 PM

There has been a lot of talk and media attention about gluten in recent years. To understand what the deal with gluten is, we first need to define it. Gluten is a protein that helps bread maintain its shape. It is found in foods that contain wheat, rye and barley like breads, cereals, pasta and processed junk foods.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, nutrition/diet

One simple recipe and a little cooking savvy create healthy sides for your holiday table

Posted by Deb Van Houtte, senior marketing specialist and blog contributor at Ridgeview on Nov 19, 2019 1:30:00 PM

With the holidays just around the corner, this seems like an appropriate time to share a few seasonal recipes from the Ridgeview kitchen. Of all the fantastic dishes patients, staff and visitors enjoy on the Waconia campus, I’m going to share how to turn plain vegetables into something special. Yes, it’s possible—and a great way to offer a few healthy choices with your holiday meal.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, nutrition/diet, Wellness

Living with allergies? Help is available.

Posted by Wade Swenson, MD, Otolaryngology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Nov 12, 2019 1:30:00 PM

More than 40 million Americans suffer from environmental allergies. Whether seasonal or year-round, environmental allergies can cause a number of symptoms including nasal congestion, sneezing, post-nasal drip, itchy and watery eyes, wheezing, skin rash and hives. In many individuals, allergy plays a central role in the development of eczema, asthma, nasal polyps and chronic sinus infections.

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Topics: Specialty Care

What do you need to know about lung cancer?

Posted by Jayanthi Vijayakumar, MD, oncologist and hematologist, Minnesota Oncology & Ridgeview Cancer & Infusion Center on Nov 5, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Lung cancer is the leading cause of all cancer deaths in the U.S. It is estimated that more than 234,030 new cases will be diagnosed and approximately 154,050 people will die from the disease this year. More people die from lung cancer than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Although lung cancer is the deadliest cancer type, it is rare in people under the age of 40.

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Why it’s important to find the right OB

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Oct 17, 2019 4:00:00 PM

Sarah Hoops knew her OB/GYN physician was a good fit after the first appointment. 

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Topics: Women's Health

Do shorter days impact your physical and mental health?

Posted by Carol Eggersgluess, FNP, Ridgeview Gaylord Clinic on Oct 8, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Feeling More than just “the winter blues?” You could be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons. SAD begins and ends at about the same time every year. It predominantly arrives at the start of fall and continues into the winter months, often making you feel moody and lethargic. As we enter the season of shorter, darker days, some people may develop seasonal depression.

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What do you need to know about breast cancer?

Posted by Purvi Gada, MD, Minnesota Oncology and Ridgeview Cancer & Infusion Center on Oct 1, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Just a few decades ago, little was known about breast cancer. It was a rarely talked about disease. Today, breast cancer is in the news almost daily, and much of what we read and hear involves breakthroughs in early detection, new drug therapies and the latest treatment techniques.

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Topics: Women's Health

Is there a healthy way to cope with major life changes?

Posted by Jane K. Sieve, LICSW, Ridgeview Clinics on Sep 24, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Humans are hard-wired for survival. The brain is rigged with a powerful alarm system that blares when perceiving a threat to our safety. It triggers a blast of hormones sending our heart racing and blood pressure rising emitting a heightened physical and emotional response.

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Topics: 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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