"The need for donors is incredible,” says Michelle Willcutt, RN, CCU, at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, where she is an active member of the Organ Donation Committee. “Around 3,000 people are on the Wisconsin organ donor waiting list. Through outreach efforts, we hope to fill this gap.”
Make good health your pet project: Safe hygiene can prevent catching a bug from your furriest family member
Pets are a great source of comfort in any season, but they may receive a little more attention during the winter months. This companionship is known to provide a variety of health benefits, such as the alleviation of symptoms related to loneliness and depression. Unfortunately, pets can also transfer various bacteria and parasites that cause diseases called zoonoses.
Focusing on the present for an addition-free future: a mindfulness practice can help break the cycle of substance abuse
Mindfulness is a well-established method for reducing stress, and now its potential to help individuals dealing with addiction is also coming to light. A 2014 University of Washington study, for instance, found that mindfulness meditation was more effective at preventing relapses of drug and alcohol abuse than conventional methods, such as 12-step programs and cognitive behavioral therapy.
It is possible to be both financially conservative and generous to those in need. Josh Rizzo, Director of Philanthropy at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, explains how to find a health balance between the two.
“Gathering information about health care directly from community members is valuable,” says Michele Paquette, Communications and Marketing Specialist at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals.
More time spent in close quarters with family and co-workers can increase the spread of germs and your likelihood of getting sick, but the following healthy habits can help you steer clear of whatever is going around.
The Community Health Needs Assessment focuses on adult community members, but what about children and teenagers?
We’ve relied on antibiotics to fight off harmful bacteria for 70 years. So what happens when they stop working? Since the release of penicillin in the 1940s, antibiotics have been very successful in treating illnesses caused by bacterial infections such as strep throat, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. After decades of use, however, the bacteria have evolved—and compromised the effectiveness of these medications.
Sometimes referred to as “CPR for emotional well being,” QPR suicide-prevention training is a way to deliver lifesaving assistance to individuals facing mental health emergencies.
The first time you wake in the middle of the night to the sound of your child complaining of leg soreness, it can be disconcerting. Most likely, though, your child is experiencing growing pains…