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Postpartum Depression Drug

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

One in eight women experiences symptoms of postpartum depression following childbirth, including feelings of sadness, guilt and worthlessness, and in severe cases, thoughts of harming themselves or their newborns.

The FDA recently approved the first oral drug specifically developed to treat maternal mental health, called Zurzuvae. The pill is...Read more


On Nutrition: Promising news about cheese

Health Advice / Nutrition /

The Wisconsin license plate on a car that passed me on the highway said it all: “Say Chzzzz.” I smiled.

More than 180 years ago, Wisconsin farmers began making cheese to preserve excess milk from their cows ( Today, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Wisconsin is the top cheese-producing ...Read more

It Might Be a Long Weight

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Weight loss drugs such as Ozempic and Wegovy are proving extremely effective and popular, but they're also very, very expensive, with list prices of $900 a month. And they're meant to be taken indefinitely.

This year, an estimated 1.7% of people in the US have been prescribed a medication like Ozempic (originally designed to treat diabetes) ...Read more

On Nutrition: Treasures among the junk

Health Advice / Nutrition /

I’ve been before, but it didn’t take much arm twisting to get me out there again. After all, this was the 20th anniversary of the Junk Jaunt — a gigantic town-to-town garage sale within the interior loop of Nebraska.

It did take some digging to find the treasures we were looking for, however. I found a cute little crock-style toothpick ...Read more

Take a Biten of Chitin

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Chitin is a dietary fiber found abundantly in the exoskeletons of insects and crustaceans, i.e., the shells of crabs and lobsters. New research suggests that chomping down on chitin (crustaceans, if not insects) may be good for digestion, triggering an immune response that is linked to less weight gain, reduced body fat and resistance to ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Curried Chicken Pot Pie

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Pot pies are warm and inviting. Curry powder added to the sauce gives this pie an intriguing flavor. Using prepared ingredients from the supermarket, you can put this pie together in minutes. It’s a one-pot meal that only takes 30 minutes to make.

To shorten the cooking time, I use seasoned breadcrumbs over the ingredients instead of a pie ...Read more

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On Nutrition: Score your body condition

Health Advice / Nutrition /

We’ve had horses most of my life, and I always thought a fat horse was a happy horse. Maybe because the easy keepers didn’t need much extra attention.

Guess I hadn’t thought it through. At a recent conference for women involved in agriculture, I learned how to evaluate a horse’s general health with a body condition score, a method ...Read more

Sweet Notes

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Persons with diabetes (see Stories for the Waiting Room below) have trouble maintaining healthy levels of insulin in their blood, which requires some of them to externally supplement through injections or a pump. To make that process easier, researchers have been investigating implanting insulin-producing designer cells in capsules that can be...Read more


Breakfast of champions: Here's what doctors eat to fuel their day

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A balanced breakfast typically includes a protein, fiber and a range of nutrients.

Nearly everyone agrees: A healthy breakfast fuels the body and helps us get through the day.

“Many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of ...Read more


On Nutrition: Getting it right with corn and mushrooms

Health Advice / Nutrition /

Responding to a recent column about fresh corn, reader Al W. from Dallas writes: “Having grown up on a farm, I take exception with some of your cob/ear terminology. You wrote, ‘What a treat to walk up and down rows of green cornstalks, searching for just the right cob to pick.’ You should have used ear instead of cob. One picks an ear of ...Read more

Sleepless and Alone

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

A new study of 9,430 adults aged 50 and older found a significant link between loneliness and insomnia symptoms, such as difficulty falling and staying asleep or waking up too early in the morning.

Loneliness can spark insomnia symptoms through different pathways, such as increased stress, anxiety and heightened vigilance (an elevated state ...Read more

Homeopathy for Eczema: Natural Remedies for Healthy Skin

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition characterized by dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. While conventional treatment options exist, many people seek natural alternatives to manage eczema symptoms. Homeopathy offers a holistic approach to eczema treatment, addressing the underlying causes and supporting the body's ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Veal Ragout

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Veal slowly cooked with vegetables, herbs and red wine makes a tasty ragout or stew. The pasta cooks right in with the veal and vegetables.

Helpful Hints:

— You can use any type of short cut pasta such as macaroni or rigatoni instead of penne pasta.

— The recipe calls for a small amount of tomato paste. Freeze the rest for another time.

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Homeopathy for Ear Infections: Natural Remedies for Ear Health

Ear infections can be painful and uncomfortable, especially for children. While it's important to seek medical attention for a proper diagnosis and treatment of ear infections, homeopathy offers natural remedies that can support ear health and alleviate symptoms. Homeopathic treatments are tailored to each individual, taking into account ...Read more

Homeopathy for Digestive Disorders: Natural Remedies for Gut Health

Digestive disorders can significantly impact our quality of life, causing discomfort, pain, and disruption to daily activities. While it's important to seek medical advice for diagnosing and managing digestive disorders, homeopathy offers natural remedies that can support digestive health and alleviate symptoms. Homeopathic treatments are ...Read more

Homeopathy for Depression: Natural Remedies for Restoring Emotional Well-being

Depression is a common mental health condition characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in daily activities. While seeking professional help is crucial for managing depression, homeopathy can complement conventional treatments by addressing the emotional and physical symptoms associated with this ...Read more


On Nutrition: Sunflower season

Health Advice / Nutrition /

This time of year, the sight always takes my breath away: acres and acres of sunflowers in full bloom, smiling at the sun as we drive through rural areas of our state.

The cultivated beauties are related to the smaller and more prolific sunflowers (they’re too pretty to call weeds) that pop up along roadsides and hills throughout much of ...Read more

Homeopathy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Natural Remedies for Boosting Energy and Well-being

Health / Senior Living /

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a complex condition characterized by extreme fatigue, often accompanied by other symptoms like muscle pain, cognitive difficulties, and sleep disturbances. While there is no specific cure for CFS, homeopathy offers a holistic approach to address the symptoms and improve overall well-being. Homeopathic ...Read more

Homeopathy for Bladder Infections: Natural Remedies for Relief and Healing

Bladder infections, also known as urinary tract infections (UTIs), can cause significant discomfort and inconvenience. While conventional treatments are commonly used, some individuals seek alternative approaches like homeopathy to address their bladder infections. Homeopathic remedies aim to stimulate the body's self-healing mechanisms and ...Read more

Horse Sense

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

A new study reports that adolescents who are inpatients at opioid addiction treatment centers are more likely to be offered horseback riding therapy than given full access to a common, highly effective addiction medication called buprenorphine.

The study found just 10.6% of facilities offered buprenorphine initiation and continued treatment ...Read more