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Top Blog Stories of 2019

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Our For the Health of It blog features a variety of health and wellness tips — ranging to ideas for healthy eating, keeping active and parenting advice. In 2019, more than 100 blog posts were submitted from CentraCare's team of experts. Here were some of the most read articles:

Concussion Changes Life for CentraCare Physician
“As a physician, I knew about concussions associated with sports. I didn’t realize a simple fall, hitting my head, and knocking myself out could do the same thing.”

Risk Factors of Brain Aneurysms
In the United States, there are an estimated six million people — one in 50 — who have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Brain aneurysms are associated with some recognized risk factors.

The Gift of Life
Cortney Steen, RN, BSN, a diabetes nurse specialist at CentraCare Health – Monticello, donated part of her liver to her friend. We recently caught up with Cortney to discuss her memories of her donation experience and how it continues to impact her yet today.

All About Roundabouts
Approximately 200 roundabouts or traffic circles have been built in Minnesota over the past 25 years. Remember these tips when driving through a roundabout.

Birthing Center Nurses Share Breastfeeding Advice
This year, the baby boom for the CentraCare – St. Cloud Hospital Birthing Center garnered national attention. For World Breastfeeding Week, we turned to these women for their advice on breastfeeding.

New Study Links Eating ‘Ultra-Processed’ Foods to Increased Chances of Early Death
A recent medical study supports that the more “ultra-processed” foods you eat, the higher your chances of early death.

10 Things to Know About Changing Blood Pressure Recommendations
Millions of Americans who previously were considered as having “prehypertension” are now identified as having high blood pressure. Here are a couple of immediate takeaways for those who may be confused.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Surgical Environment
“My goal is to get people excited and educated about the technology that we have here in St. Cloud. We provide fantastic surgical care and there is no need to go anywhere else — we have the resources right here at home!”

I Tried Acupuncture and Massage for My Migraines – Here’s My Story
“I have taken Excedrin Migraine only once or twice since that first acupuncture visit over six months ago and have had maybe three migraines and a few small headaches since. A HUGE change from multiple migraines per week with just a few appointments and no weird side effects.”

New Minnesota Law Will Ban Handheld Cellphone Use While Driving
Minnesota joined 16 other states along with Washington, D.C., in banning handheld cellphone use while driving. To help us understand and implement these changes, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety provides us with common questions about this law change.