Shingles

By Julie Wiekamp Over 1 million Americans experience a shingles outbreak each year! In fact, the CDC estimates that 1 out of every 3 individuals will experience shingles over their lifetime. Routine vaccination decreases the possibility of shingles, while timely diagnosis and treatment help reduce complications. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes…

Prediabetes

By J Wiekamp Prediabetes is often the precursor to type 2 diabetes mellitus(DM). It is diagnosed when fasting blood sugars run high, but not high enough to formally diagnose diabetes. Fortunately, prediabetics are often able to slow or stop the progression to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is due to poor insulin production and…

Gluten Free Diets

By Julie Wiekamp Gluten free diets are very popular. Gluten is a structural protein found in several grains. Most people can consume gluten without problem. However, some individuals become very sick eating gluten and must avoid all foods containing it. Despite the large number of people eating gluten free, a lot of confusion remains about…

Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer affects many homes in the United States. Chances are, most of us have a relative or a friend that has been diagnosed with breast cancer. In fact, it is the most common type of non-skin cancer for women in the US. Early cancer detection leads to better outcomes. Thus, it is very important to…

Concussions and Return to Play

If you live in Nebraska, it is nearly impossible to escape the hype and excitement that comes with Husker football. Every fall, Memorial Stadium is full of passionate fans, ready to cheer on their favorite player. On game day, the fans at Memorial Stadium are heard from miles around. Yet, nothing quiets the stadium like…

Poison Ivy

Everyone remembers a bad case of poison ivy. The itchy rash is not easily forgotten. Yet, the plant is hard to spot and there are many misconceptions on how it is spread. Allergic rashes caused by plants are usually a result of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. All of these plants contain the…

Outdoor Summer Tips

Summer. After a long winter, nothing beats playing outside in the sun with your family and friends. Here are a few tips for making your outdoor activities even more enjoyable. 1. Stay hydrated! Remember to pack a water bottle. This is particularly important if you plan on working or exercising outside. Too many forget to stay…

The Mediterranean Diet

Fad diets are everywhere. You can’t turn on the TV, flip through a magazine or even have a friendly conversation without hearing about the “latest and greatest” way to lose weight. From fasting to gluten free, the marketplace is full of messages on what we “should” or “shouldn’t” eat. So what exactly is a “good…

Seasonal Allergies

Spring is finally here! After a long, cold winter you can’t wait to get outside and experience all of its glory. But, about halfway through the yard work, your eyes start to itch. Really itch! In fact, just looking at your neighbor’s tree will cause you to sneeze. Before you know it, your nose is so stuffy…