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What is Infusion Therapy?

There are times when it can become too difficult to take medications orally. There are also some medications that cannot be given orally because your stomach acids may destroy them, and they will no longer be effective to treat your disease. These are just a few of the reasons to learn about Infusion Therapy. In this segment, Terri Saari, RN, Registered Nurse in the Outpatient Infusion Department at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital, discusses infusion therapy and the important questions you...


What is Inpatient Rehabilitation?

The Rehabilitation unit of Aspirus Wausau Hospital works with patients disabled as a result of disease, disorder, or injury. Patients with spine and neurological disorders often receive rehabilitation as part of their course of treatment. Joining the show to discuss the inpatient rehab program at Aspirus Health System is Margaret Anderson, MD. She is the Medical Director for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.


Bariatric Surgery: Proven Success, Life Changing Results

Obesity is a serious condition that affects over 78 million adults in the United States. Being obese substantially raises your risk of morbidity from serious health conditions and can stop you from doing the things you want to do in life. You don’t have to live with being overweight. Weight loss surgery provides a proven and effective way to achieve long-term weight loss to help you make a change for health and for life. Here to discuss bariatric surgery options available at Aspirus...


Aspirus Bariatrics: Support to Help You Achieve Success

Losing weight with bariatric surgery is not just about a smaller number on the scale, it's about changing your life for the better. When you commit to taking the first step to a new life, you will have a multidisciplinary support team to back you along the way. Kristi Fregia-Rucks PT, Aspirus Bariatric Program Coordinator, joins the show to discuss Aspirus Bariatrics. Where you can find support for your success all the way to your goals.


Coronary Calcium Scan for Early Detection of Heart Disease Risk

In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD). For some people the first sign of CAD is a heart attack. However, a Coronary Calcium Scan can help you know your risk and allow you to take steps to improve your heart health. In this informative segment, David K. Murdock MD, Cardiologist at Aspirus Cardiology, joins the show to give expert advice that can help you decide if a coronary calcium scan may be right for you.


The Importance of Having an Advanced Directive

Who would speak for you if you became unable to communicate your own healthcare wishes? An advance directives document enables you to designate someone who will make sure your healthcare wishes are followed if you are unable to speak for yourself. Advance directives are not just for the elderly. Anyone 18 or older should complete one. In addition to ensuring your wishes are followed, advance directives can help avoid disagreements between family members and loved ones. It can also help...


Ostomy Care – We can Help!

If you have been diagnosed with a cancer of pelvic region, inflammatory bowel disease or other condition that requires you undergo a procedure that results in an ostomy, you might feel that this is the end of life as you knew it. However, with some extra care and help from your health care providers, you can manage your ostomy and come to terms with your "new" normal. In this segment, Patty Cimino, RN, discusses ostomy care and how Aspirus Health System can help you can live a very full...


Car Seat Safety: Keeping Kids Safe on the Road

One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Each year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. Proper use of car seats helps keep children safe. But with so many different seats on the market, many parents may find this overwhelming. Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Clinics has a new car seat safety expert dedicated to teaching local parents and caregivers proper car seat installation and use to keep kids...


Important Information About Bone Density Scans

In the United States, low bone mass and brittle bone disease, otherwise known as Osteoporosis, are currently considered major public health threats. Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, that’s one fracture every 3 seconds! Osteoporosis accounts for more days spent in the hospital than many other diseases, including diabetes and breast cancer for women over 45 years of age. One in five, over the age of 50, will experience an osteoporotic fracture of...


Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Is a wound that won't heal keeping you from doing the things you love? Aspirus Riverview Wound & Hyperbarics in Wisconsin Rapids can help. Using their expertise and technology, including two hyperbaric oxygen chambers, they can heal most wounds – even those that haven't responded to conventional treatment. In this segment, Sarah Falkner, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager with Aspirus Riverview Wound & Hyperbarics, located in Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids, discusses wound healing...


GERD and Antireflux Surgery

Anti-reflux surgery is a treatment for acid reflux or GERD, a problem in which food or stomach acid come back up from your stomach into the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube from your mouth to the stomach. Reflux often occurs if the muscles where the esophagus meets the stomach do not close tightly enough. A hiatal hernia can make GERD symptoms worse. It occurs when the stomach bulges through this opening into your chest Symptoms of reflux or heartburn are burning in the stomach that...


Healthy Living: First a Habit, Next a Lifestyle

It takes 21 days to create a habit and 90 days to create a lifestyle. People often say they want to take steps toward becoming healthy, so they often jump in full force, saying they are going to work out 5 days/week and go on a diet of fruits & vegetables and nothing else. That does not usually work. Instead, picking one healthy change at a time and focusing on that, is what helps people stick to a program. It can be as simple as drinking the recommended amount of water each day. Work...


Do You Need a Mommy Makeover?

After pregnancy, child bearing, and breast feeding; many women are dissatisfied with the appearance of their body and seek surgical options to change troubled areas. The most popular surgical options include tummy tucks, breast enhancement, and liposuction. How do you know if this type of makeover is right for you? Jennifer Cameron, MD, MPH shares what you should know about mommy makeovers and what to expect after surgery.


3 Vitamins That Are Difficult to Obtain

There are a multitude of vitamins and minerals that help your body grow and stay healthy. However, humans must regularly consume 13 essential vitamins, anywhere from 20-29+ essential minerals, two essential fatty acids and nine essential amino acids to survive. It's best to try to get these through your diet first, and supplement when needed. Aspirus Pharmacist, Trigg Thielke shares three vitamins that are difficult to obtain in optimal amounts even with a well-balanced diet. In this...


Healthy Eating for a Healthy Pregnancy

Being pregnant can be such an amazing time in a womens life. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout your pregnancy is key for both baby and mother. Important steps to a healthy pregnancy include eating a balanced diet; gaining the right amount of weight; and keeping physically active. You’re eating for two now; does that mean double the portions? There are foods that should to be avoided and others that are important for mom and baby. And then there are the cravings! Listen as Stacie...


Sensory Disorders and Learning Disabilities

You might know a child who is oversensitive, clumsy, and out of sync. That child may have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a common but misunderstood problem that affects children’s behavior and can affect the way they learn, move, relate to others, and feel about themselves. Aspirus Outpatient Therapy Services provides comprehensive pediatric occupational, physical and speech therapy services. Our therapists provide evaluation and treatment services for infants, children and...


Population Health Management for Todays HealthCare Needs

Population Health Management is about looking at key groups of people and devising ways to maximize their wellness. In health care, it might focus on top users of health care services, or people with specific conditions, or people at high or rising risk for developing certain conditions. This is a very distinct departure from how health care traditionally addressed issues as they appeared, rather than preventing issues from developing at all or better managing existing conditions to...


Dry Needling at Aspirus Riverview Therapies

Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial triggerpoint. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. Listen as Matt Ironside, PT explains dry needling at Aspirus Riverview Therapies.


Emotional Wellness in Times of Stress

Our mental and emotional health can influence how we think, feel, and behave toward ourselves and others. It can also affect our ability to cope with stressors and to overcome challenges. Listen as Linda Murphy, LCSW discusses the importance of maintaining a healthy mind and healthy body to help you stay emotionally well.


Your Electronic Health Record (EHR): How Does It Impact Patient Care?

The electronic health record is a powerful tool for today’s clinicians. It can provide access to current information in multiple locations at once, it can help avoid errors and duplication in service, and it can make care more convenient and timely for patients. But it has required, and continues to demand, changes in how doctors and other clinical workers provide care. Listen as Ryan Gossett, MD explains how Aspirus is leveraging this important and powerful new technology to benefit our...


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