Posts By Author: Emily Schouten

MS, MLS(ASCP)

Laboratory Director

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Megan Cook

, BSN, RN, IBCLC

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September 28, 2023

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Often, new parents do not know when to reach out for lactation help. As a Lactation Consultant, I am here for education before birth, support after the baby is born, and whenever your breastfeeding journey is ending, no matter the age. There are various issues we are available to assist with. Some baby issues would be Jaundice, Refusing/difficulty latching, poor weight gain, gaining weight too rapidly, frequent crying or fussing, feeding “all of the time”, babies born early, and frequent...

Aryn Bowser

, BSN, RN

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September 28, 2023

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It is common knowledge that Diabetes is on the rise. The American Diabetes Association states that 36 million people across the country have diabetes and another 96 million have prediabetes. While being diagnosed with diabetes can be life changing, hearing that you are only “prediabetic” should not give you a sense of relief. It should be a call to action to preserve your health....

Marlayna Gagnon

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September 28, 2023

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A worried mom Mom comforting sick child
Ever been driving and need to turn the radio off to make sure you don’t miss your turn? How about standing still with your eyes closed, do you feel yourself swaying around, feeling your body correct itself from the direction it is going to prevent falling? These are just a few ideas of how our bodies process various sensory input. Everyone regulates sensory differently; in children, it is more difficult. As children grow, play is their greatest learning experience, teaching them...

Deb Van Zant

, RHIA

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September 28, 2023

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If something happened to you, would your family, friends and medical team know your wishes? We always want to think we would be able to make our own medical decisions but what if we could not? This is a hard conversation to have with yourself and family, but it is vital. Advance Directives help your family know what your wishes are, and many times relieve the stress of making medical decisions for you. The directives consist of a Living Will Declaration,...

Jennifer Lauro

, OTR

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September 28, 2023

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There is scientific evidence to suggest that weather changes can impact arthritis pain. In Spring, there can be extreme changes in the weather, like what we have recently seen 70 degrees one day and snow the next. A few key studies published in the Journal of Rheumatology and the Journal of Pain Research reported that patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and/or fibromyalgia have higher pain levels on days with more extreme weather changes. Patients with osteoarthritis tend to have higher...

Dawn Gabrich

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September 28, 2023

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May is Stroke Awareness Month. A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain is blocked or disrupted. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, resulting in stroke- related death every 3.5 minutes. It is the leading cause of disability in adults. These statistics are staggering, but we can do something about it. First, know and reduce your risk factors....

Kelsey Heckaman

, FNP-C

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September 28, 2023

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The search for new treatments and medications for weight loss is an important topic for many Americans. Two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight. The struggle to lose and maintain a healthy weight can be incredibly frustrating. These individuals often feel isolated and alone in their constant battle to lose weight, but most Americans share this same struggle. Obesity is a complex disease; trying to eat healthily and exercise should always be a priority, but many patients struggle to lose weight...

Amy Rupley

, PT, DPT, ATC/L

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September 28, 2023

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In recent years, the standard practice for injury management has been RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. However, current evidence-based practice suggests an innovative approach, PEACE. The PEACE approach involves a focus on Protection, Elevation, Avoiding anti-inflammatories, Compression, and Education. Gone are the days of ‘put ice on it, take a pill, and don’t use it!’ Instead, early return to movement, while protecting the injury from activities the increase pain, has been shown to accelerate recovery significantly. Compressing and elevating the...

Megan Cook

, BSN, RN, IBCLC

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September 28, 2023

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Pregnancy: Supporting your partner begins with pregnancy. Communicating with your partner about her needs allows you to better understand what you can do to be there for. Just some ideas are to be there to help with errands or tasks, attend doctors' appointments, attend prenatal and baby education classes. Talk together about what you both would like to experience during the labor and delivery experience....

Paula McKinney

, DNP, RN, NE-BC

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September 28, 2023

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Every Spring as the trees bloom and pollen is released into the air, people who suffer from allergies begin to have watery eyes, sneezing, and sniffling. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), allergies (also known as hay fever) are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness. Allergies occur when our immune system mistakes the pollen as a foreign invader and releases antibodies to attack it. When the antibodies attack, a chemical known as Histamine is released. Histamine is what...
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