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Mercy Diabetes Education Helps Volunteer Take Control of Her Diabetes

Janice Sweitzer’s life changed instantly when routine bloodwork revealed that she was diabetic. An active Mercy Service League volunteer, she was initially treated for Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 is a chronic disease commonly diagnosed in older adults whose bodies are not able to make or use insulin well. She was familiar with the treatment…

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What Causes Pelvic Pain?

Pain in the Pelvic Area May Involve Up to Four Systems in a Woman’s Body Women are complicated. This saying, sometimes used in jest, is accurate on many levels, including when you are thinking of a woman’s pelvic region, the lower part of the torso located between abdomen and legs that houses portions of four…

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Smoke Signals

The dangers of cigarettes and other tobacco products have had health professionals sending up smoke signals for years. Although smoking rates have declined, nearly 18 percent of people 18 and older in the U.S. still currently smoke, and nearly half a million Americans die every year from smoking-related disease. In fact, smoking is the leading…

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Can You Have Endometriosis After a Hysterectomy Or Other Treatment?

Women’s Pelvic Pain Can Go Beyond Reproductive System Some women of reproductive age may develop endometriosis, a condition in which tissue similar to the uterus lining grows outside of the uterus on the ovaries or other parts of the reproductive system. This can cause severe pain and bleeding between periods. According to the US HHS…

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Take a Deep Breath

Did you know that disorders of the respiratory system can leave you tired, weak, breathless and even prevent you from enjoying life? Knowing your risk and what you can do to keep your respiratory system functioning at its best is crucial to healthy living and creating the life you want. Allergies occur when our immune…

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Guidelines for the “Girls”

It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. Today is the day we stare down breast cancer and decide that we are stronger, we are smarter, and we will never live in denial about our health. Of course, it won’t be easy. Breast cancer poses a threat…

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HOSPITAL[ITY]: Warm Service, Safe Environment, Exceptional Care

WARM SERVICE | SAFE ENVIRONMENT | EXCEPTIONAL CARE At some point in your life, chances are that you have visited a hospital. Whether it was to treat a broken bone, welcome a new baby, visit a healing relative, or undergo life-saving surgery, our hospital is at the heart of the community. We are here for…

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Self Defense: How Can You Prevent Disease?

Taking care of yourself has never been more important. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, and make you more vulnerable to other health concerns. Partnering with your primary care physician on staying well is about feeling healthier now–to defend yourself…

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Rest: More than Zzzz’s

You know the feeling. You wake up feeling sluggish and the rest of the day you feel like you’re walking around in a fog. Our busy lives leave us little time to truly get the rest we need, and if you’re not careful, it can have a negative effect on your health. Getting enough rest…

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Embracing an Uncomfortable Peace, the Heart of Chris Fogarty’s Wellness Journey

Take it from an expert—and a very busy father of soon-to-be eight young children—all of us have mental health needs. Chris Fogarty, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a Mercy psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner who provides mental health outpatient care for patients of all ages. He also provides consultation for Mercy’s Emergency Department and admitted patients, and…

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