June 26, 2017

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Back-to-School Eye Exams: Good Vision is Important for a Successful School Year

Summer is almost over and across the state back-to-school season is in full swing. There’s a lot to think about when you’re preparing to send your children back to school: school supplies, sleeping routines, one more summer getaway. But have you scheduled a vision exam? The American Optometric Association recommends this important checkup for every [More]

Genetics, Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer: Should I Be Tested for a Gene Mutation?

Undoubtedly if you own a TV, computer or smart phone, you’ve seen the news about Angelina Jolie.  A BRCA1 carrier, she’s been recognized for her courageous decision to get a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of getting the same cancers that both her mom and aunt lost their cancer battles to.  It’s a story [More]

Did You Know that Texting Can Injure You?

As an occupational hand therapist, I’m aware of the “dangers” texting and mobile device use may cause. Maybe you’ve heard of it before or maybe you’ve even experienced it.  From Stylus Finger to iPod Finger to Blackberry Thumb, the names of injuries you can get from texting too much or repetitive use of a mobile [More]

Is My Child Too Sick for School?

Sometimes it’s an easy call to keep your child home from school, but other times it can be hard to figure out what to do. Ask yourself these three questions.  If you say yes to any of them, it’s best to keep your child home from school or daycare. 1)      Does my child have a [More]

ACMC Hearing & Balance Center: Celebrating Five Years of Success, Part 2

Creating Balance for Our Patients ACMC’s Hearing & Balance Center, in Willmar, Minn., filled a big gap in vestibular medicine when it began treating dizziness and balance disorders five years ago. Prior to 2007 the nearest balance center was more than 70 miles away and required a referral to make an appointment. ACMC’s Hearing & [More]

ACMC Hearing & Balance Center: Celebrating Five Years of Success, Part 1

One minute you’re fine. The next minute you feel dizzy, the room is spinning, you can’t see straight, you’re nauseated and you may even lose your balance. At some point in our lives most of us have had some sort of experience with dizziness. Dizziness can occur from simply standing up too quickly after sitting [More]

Does My Child Need Tubes in Her Ears?

Recurrent ear infections can take a toll on the entire family.  You might think your child has an ear infection so you go to the doctor, the doctor confirms that there is an infection, the medicine runs its course and yet soon it seems you are back for the same reason.  What can you do? The [More]

Water-Related Illnesses and Safe Swimming Practices

Summertime brings fun and sunshine. With this hot weather many of us are seeking to cool off in the local swimming pool or lake. We need to remember that recreational water illnesses also increase in summer and early fall. Cryptosporidi-what? Cryptosporidium is one of the most common waterborne diseases in our country, and is most [More]

What is Swimmers Ear?

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and a countless number of swimming pools. During the summer, most children spend a large part of their day soaking up the sun (safely with sunscreen of course) at a nearby pool or swimming beach. It’s all fun until the ear pain starts; that ear pain can be [More]

Mosquitoes, Bites and West Nile Virus

By Jo DeBruycker, RN, MPH, ACMC Health Learning Center Mosquitoes, and mosquito bites, are annoying. What is worse, mosquito bites sometimes transmit serious disease such as West Nile Virus. How to reduce mosquito bites? You’re most likely to get mosquito bites at dawn or dusk, when mosquitos are most active. But, it’s not always possible [More]