Dispelling Myths about Hospice

There are certain words in health care that no one wants to hear. Hospice shouldn’t be one of them. That’s the point of view of Avera@Home’s Mari Perrenoud, RN, CHPN, who serves as Hospice Liaison for the program. She’s helped hundreds of families who face the challenges that come with the special care that is hospice. Read More »
Family Medicine · Avera Health

Emergencies and Urgent Care: How to Make the Best Choice in a Hurry

In a crisis, it’s almost always impossible to think things out, including the question “Should I go to an emergency room or an urgent-care clinic?” That’s why Jared Friedman, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Avera Medical Group, tells everyone to learn the basic differences between emergency and urgent care. Read More »
Family Medicine · Avera Health

Natural Therapies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Bloating, abdominal discomfort and diarrhea/constipation are the classic conglomeration of symptoms you can associate with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A holistic evaluation and treatment approach is the optimal method to manage this chronic, multi-factor condition. About 30 million Americans have this disorder, one where the large bowel contracts too much and in a disorganized fashion. Read More »
Integrative Medicine · Avera Health

Get More Fruits and Vegetables with Your Grill (Recipe)

With the weather getting nicer, it’s time to fire up the grill. While we often think about grilling meat, consider adding fruits and vegetables to enhance the flavor of your meals and increase your nutrient intake. It’s a common misconception that cooking decreases nutrients in vegetables. Read More »
Nutrition · Avera Health

ACL Rehab: Weight Bearing v. Non-Weight Bearing exercise selection

An estimated 200,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are sustained annually in the United States. There is a need for sports medicine clinicians to understand the mechanical properties of the ACL, the ACL reconstructed knee and how different exercises and technique variations play a role in ACL loading. Read More »
Sports Medicine · Avera Health

Believe What You Hear, Music Makes Exercise Easier

Athletes from the pros to pee-wee football know full-well what many of us might overlook: Music makes a difference. For generations, pre-game rituals have included certain tunes. Athletic trainers attest: you’ll get more reps, run more miles and generally work harder – for longer periods – if you harness those harmonies. Read More »
Exercise · Avera Health