Being mindful of others while we take care of the sick

by Dr. von Gruenigen January 27, 2015
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It’s a privilege taking care of patients. There is an intimacy and transparency to the relationship. However, as we take care of one patient, we need to be attentive to those around them. This may include family, friends, additional healthcare providers and even surrounding patients. Below is a recent letter from a patient. It made […]

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Understanding vaginal fistulas

by Guest Blogger January 20, 2015
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During this posting I would like to talk about vaginal fistulas. But, first of all, what is a fistula? Generally speaking, a fistula is an abnormal connection (a passage or a hole) that has formed between two organs of the body. The most common vaginal fistula is the vesicovaginal fistula. It occurs between the vagina […]

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The Top 5 SummaFlourish Posts for 2014!

by Summa Flourish January 13, 2015
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Here’s to a happy, healthy and safe 2015! We covered number of women’s health topics in Flourish last year, ranging from the best exercise to lose weight to providing our readers with more information about PCOS, a common condition in women. While we were at it, we also raised awareness about such health issues as […]

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Girl Rising documentary viewing- seats still available

by Dr. von Gruenigen January 12, 2015
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Last week I let you know we will have three local viewings of the film Girl Rising, a documentary seeking educational equality for underprivileged girls across the globe. Don’t forget the dates of these three brown bag lunches. I want to share this moving and exceptional movie with local Flourish readers. DATES: Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. […]

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Local viewing of Girl Rising documentary

by Dr. von Gruenigen January 8, 2015
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You may recall I recently blogged about the film Girl Rising, which is a documentary seeking educational equality for underprivileged girls across the globe. In the blog post, I expressed the rush of emotions I felt as I viewed the film… I felt sad, disturbed and disappointed about our world. Conversely, I also felt empowered […]

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Fit in 2015

by Guest Blogger January 7, 2015
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Congratulations! You’ve decided that 2015 is your year for health and fitness. There are many benefits to exercise and physical activity. Cardiovascular exercise can improve the function of your heart, lungs and blood vessels. Resistance training or weight training can increase the function of your bones, joints, muscles and connective tissue. Beyond the physical benefits, […]

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What were your “goodreads” for 2014?

by Dr. von Gruenigen January 6, 2015
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It shouldn’t be a surprise to you that my first blog in 2015 is about books. For me, it is the ultimate statement of relaxation. Books help stop all of the words in my head to focus on others words. For the holidays, I always have a book or two next to my reading chair […]

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Keep moving to get healthy

by Guest Blogger December 30, 2014
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Exercise and physical activity have many health benefits. Building and maintaining your musculoskeletal system, decreasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes – these are just a few of the many positives of regular exercise. Even a few minutes a day can help! In fact, major physician organizations recommend at least 30 minutes a […]

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‘Morning Sickness’

by Guest Blogger December 23, 2014
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The first challenge for many expectant moms usually involves the management of nausea and vomiting in the first trimester. The popular news story of Princess Catherine suffering from morning sickness so severe that she is unable to tend to her royal duties may mirror the experience of many other expectant mothers (small differences include the […]

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