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September Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 09/05/2014 - He is just 17-years-old and has already suffered from three concussions. Unfortunately, Grant Ortmeier Jr. is not alone. It is estimated that more than 100,000 high school students in the United States suffer a concussion every year. In this month's Health Check, WOWT's Serese Cole shares Grant's story: How he was injured, how he handled his concussion during a game and how it has impacted his life on and off the field. Serese will also talk with Dr. Madeline MacDonald about the dangers of concussion, what signs parents should watch out for and the conversation every parent should have with their student athlete. It's a health alert all parents should see - Saturday, September 6 on WOWT News at 5:00 p.m.

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July Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 07/04/2014 - “The sun is not your friend.” Those are the words of Fremont roofing contractor Terry Rucker. He learned that the hard way. His job keeps him in the sun for hours at a time, but he didn’t always protect himself. The result: a skin cancer diagnosis – twice! Terry is one of the 3.5 million people who are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. In this month’s Health Check report, Serese Cole talks with Fremont Family Care Certified Physician Assistant Terry Kisby about the dangers of too much sun exposure, what we can all do to protect ourselves and signs we should watch out for. It’s a story you and your skin can’t afford to miss. It’s Sunday, July 6 at 5:00 p.m. on WOWT 6 News.

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June Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 06/06/2014 - If you’re planning a vacation, you don’t want to miss our next Health Check report. When mapping out the perfect trip, we often spend a lot of time on the itinerary and finding the best airline and hotel rates. We even spend a fair amount of time figuring out what clothes to pack. But doctors say if we’re planning to leave the United States, we need to add one more “thing to do” to our list. Make a doctor’s appointment. In this month’s Health Check report, Serese Cole sits down with Fremont Area Medical Center’s Dr. Angela Sukstorf. She is an Infectious Disease Specialist who says sitting down with your doctor to talk about your plans, your accommodations and activities - even what you plan to eat - can reduce your chances of getting sick and ruining your vacation. Find out why Dr. Sukstorf says a doctor’s consultation is crucial before your next trip, what she says are the most common illnesses people get when they travel and where we’re most at risk for coming down with an illness. It’s Friday, June 6th on WOWT.

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May Health Check Newsletter

Updated: 05/06/2014 - When our children are young, it seems like we’re taking them to the doctor every week or two to make sure they’re developing properly. But as they get bigger, doctors are seeing a negative trend. They only see some children when they’re sick. In this month’s Health Check report, WOWT's Serese Cole sits down with a Fremont Area Medical Center doctor who says 40% of his pediatric patients aren’t making it in for a routine check-up. Dr. Terry Wooldridge explains why every child should have an annual physical. Serese also sits down with Helga Garay. The Fremont mom says her daughter’s two-year-old check-up may have saved her life. Find out how and discover why parents can’t afford to put off their child’s next visit to the doctor. It’s a story every parent should see – Tuesday, May 6th at 5:00 p.m. on WOWT 6 News.

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Health Check: Hypothyroidism

Updated: 04/06/2014 - The symptoms are so common you may not even know you have it. That's the danger for people living with a common thyroid disease. In this month’s Health Check report, Serese Cole found out from a doctor at the Fremont Area Medical Center that millions of people get it, but women are most likely to be affected.

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March Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 03/06/2014 - When it comes to curing what ails you, home could be the best medicine. That’s why doctors at the Fremont Area Medical Center are prescribing home health care for some of their patients. They work together with a nurse and a variety of therapists to make sure patients heal in the comfort and privacy of their own home. In this month’s Health Check Report, WOWT’s Serese Cole takes a closer look at the health care option and breaks down the numerous patient benefits. She also introduces us to a Fremont woman who received home health care after breaking two bones. See Barbara Coke’s story and learn why she is now thankful for the chance to heal at home. Home Health Care: Thursday, March 6 on WOWT Six News at 5:00 p.m.

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February Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 02/06/2014 - Some of the temperatures we’ve experienced this week have been dangerously cold. But doctors at the Fremont Area Medical Center say “cold” isn’t all bad. They’re using a unique technique to actually change and save some heart patients’ lives. In February’s Health Check report, WOWT’s Serese Cole talks with Cardiologist George Sojka and Clinical Nurse Specialist Rich Pearson about Therapeutic Hypothermia – or what they call “Code Chill.” Find out how cooling the body works to help increase long term survival and improve the brain function of some of the most critical cardiac arrest patients. It’s Thursday, February 6 at 5:00 p.m on WOWT Six News.

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January Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 01/06/2014 - You’re stressed. You have no time to exercise. You ignore your own health and you’re glued to your smartphone. Sound familiar? These are all things that can take a toll on our health. The good news is, as we begin a new year, we are given an opportunity to focus on what we can do better. In January’s Health Check, Fremont Area Medical Center’s Dr. James Sullivan offers six steps we can all take to have a healthier 2014. His ideas go beyond the usual “watch what you eat.” In fact, his suggestions may surprise you. And he says if we apply at least one of the changes, it could have huge benefits to our health and make for a truly happy and healthy new year. Join WOWT’s Serese Cole Monday, January 6 at 5:00 p.m. for a story that could change you for the better.

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December Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 12/06/2013 - Imagine you've just had a baby. He gets a cold and is suddenly struggling to breathe. That’s exactly what happened to Shalamar Nquyn last December. When the Fremont mother rushed her two-month old son to see the doctor, she discovered he had a severe case of RSV. Respiratory Syncytial Virus can be common in the winter months. It starts with familiar cold symptoms and for most people that’s where it ends. But for some infants, the virus can be life-threatening. In this month’s Health Check report, Serese Cole talks with Fremont Area Medical Center’s Dr. Terry Wooldridge about the dangers, warning signs and how fast the illness spreads from child-to-child. He also explains why most children will be exposed to RSV by the time they are two-years-old. It’s a story every parent needs to see – this Friday, December 6 on WOWT-Six News at 5:00 p.m.

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November Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 11/06/2013 - Chances are you or someone you know has Diabetes. That’s because 25 million people are now living with the condition. Most of them have Type 2 Diabetes. The good news is many times the disease can be prevented and controlled. In the November Health Check report, WOWT Six News’s Serese Cole takes us to the Fremont Area Medical Center where Dr. J. Michael Adams says our growing obesity rate and high-calorie diet is what’s behind the growing number of Type 2 Diabetes cases. Dr. Adams tells us know who is most at risk, what signs to watch out for and what we can all do to reduce our chances of getting the disease. We’ll also hear from Gary Fouraker who has lived with the condition for more than 20 years. Find out what he believes was behind his diagnosis and what he’s now doing to keep his condition in check. It’s a story that may have you thinking twice about your diet and exercise routine. It’s Wednesday, November 6 on the WOWT-Six News at 5:00 p.m.

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October Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 10/04/2013 - Imagine having back pain so intense it’s difficult to even sit in a chair or rest in bed. For many people, that is their reality and surgery is their only option. Doctors at the Fremont Area Medical Center say giving patients relief can now be done with less pain and less risk thanks to advances in technology. In the October Health Check report, Serese Cole talks with Dr. John Hain about Minimally Invasive Spine Procedures and how they are changing the quality of life for his patients. Samantha Randall is one of those patients. She suffered from back pain most of her life and tried everything from physical therapy to medication. Hear why she says a Minimally Invasive Spine Procedure helped get her life back. It’s Sunday, October 6th on WOWT - 6 News at 5 p.m.

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September Health Check Newsletter

Updated: 09/06/2013 - Mining, construction and farming all have one thing in common. They are among the top three most dangerous jobs in the country. More of these workers die on the job than those in any other profession. This month's Health Check puts the focus on one of those industries - farming. As growers prepare for fall harvest, Serese Cole takes a closer look at farm safety. She talks with a third-generation farmer who knows about the dangers of the job and with Dr. Matt Beacom who is making it his mission to help protect farmers. Find out what concerns him most about farmers’ health and how he's working keep them safe. It's Friday, September 5 at 5:00 p.m. on the Channel Six News.

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August Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 08/06/2013 - School is almost back in session, which means young athletes are back on the field. But parents should beware: when temperatures go up, so do the chances for heat-related illness. Fremont Area Medical Center Emergency Room Doctor John Hogue says the hot weather and students practicing in it can be a dangerous, even deadly combination. In this month's Health Check report, Serese Cole explains how heat-related illnesses can be prevented, what signs to watch out for and when it's time to seek emergency care. It's information we all need to know - Tuesday, August 6, on the Channel Six News at 5:00 p.m.

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July Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 07/05/2013 - More than 10 million people are living with Osteoporosis in the United States. Eighty percent are women. It not only weakens bones, but can lead to devastating fractures. In this month's Health Check report, Dr. Erin Cooper breaks down who is most at risk for getting this bone disease, what we all can do now to avoid getting it later in life and why a bone density screening is so important for post-menopausal women. Keeping Your Bones Strong: a story every woman should see. Saturday, July 6th at 5:00 on the Channel Six News.

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June Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 06/06/2013 - A terminal diagnosis can be unbearable to hear. It was for Maxyne Brannon. After nearly 60 years of marriage, to love of her life, she learned he had a brain tumor that couldn't be treated. Her family turned to the Fremont Area Medical Center's Hospice Suites for his care – but discovered much more. Tonight at 5:00, Serese Cole tell us why the Brannon family says the Hospice Suites made it easier to cope with the final days as they were forced to say good-bye to their loved one. Dr. Milo Anderson will also show you how the suites are designed to bring families together and bring them comfort. It's a story every family should see - tonight on the Channel Six News.

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May Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 05/06/2013 - Imagine going for a simple walk and having to stop because your legs are tired or they hurt. Tired, heavy or painful legs are just some of the symptoms people with varicose veins experience. Now, there is good news for the millions of people who suffer from varicose veins - people like Tammy Barker, a mother of two, who says her varicose veins were not just a cosmetic concern but limited her day-to-day activity. In this month's Health Check report, Serese Cole talks with Fremont Area Medical Center's Dr. Richard Himmelberg about an outpatient procedure that's making treating varicose veins a quicker and less painful process. Find out why he says this procedure is changing lives and why it’s best to treat the problem sooner rather than later. It’s Monday, May 6th on the Channel Six News at 5:00.

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April Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 04/05/2013 - More than half of us could be walking around right now with something called a Thyroid Nodule and not even know it. Doctors say they are more common than we think, and if not found early, could be deadly. In this month's Health Check report, Serese Cole talks with Bonnie Arett, who went to the doctor because of a lingering cough, only to discover she had a Thyroid Nodule. Family Practice Physician, Dr. Monty Sellon treated Bonnie. He explains what a Thyroid Nodule is, how it can affect your body and what you can do to look out for the problem. He'll also reveal how Bonnie was treated and how she's doing now. It's health news that could affect you and your family this Saturday, April 6 on the Channel Six News at 5:00 p.m.

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March Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 03/06/2013 - Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women in the United States. But unlike most cancers, there is a way to stop this disease before it starts. In this month’s Health Check report, Fremont Family Care's Dr. Geoff Cooper explains how one screening can not only prevent colon cancer, but detect it early – improving chances for survival. We’ll also hear from Donna Cass, who is a believer in the screening. See why she says it may have saved her life. This Wednesday night on the Channel Six News, Serese Cole examines what a colonoscopy is, what it does and why you should consider having one when you turn 50.

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February Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 02/06/2013 - She's in her 40s and had none of the risk factors normally associated with heart disease. Tammy Ruskamp didn't smoke, didn't have high blood pressure or high cholesterol but after suffering from weeks of heartburn - she did have a heart attack. In this month's Health Check report, Serese Cole looks into the number-one cause of death for women: heart disease. Fremont Cardiovascular Specialist, Dr. Michael Dehning, explains the unique symptoms women often miss and reveals some of the ways women can begin to reduce their risk of heart disease and potentially save their life. A report every woman should see, this Wednesday at 5:00 on the Channel Six News.

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January Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 01/04/2013 - It’s a condition nearly one-third of men will be diagnosed with in their lifetime. For some, it’s painful. Others don’t even realize they have it. In this month’s Health Check report, Serese Cole talks to Fremont Area Medical Center’s Dr. Adam Pentel about Inguinal Hernia and how technology is now making treatment easier and recovery time faster for the condition. We’ll also be introduced to a 61-year-old Nebraska man who experienced pain because of Inguinal Hernia and is now pain-free thanks to Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery. It’s this Sunday at 5 p.m. on the Channel Six News.

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December Health Check Newsletter

Updated: 12/06/2012 - It's a problem many cancer patients face. They undergo radiation to get better, but years later, the treatment that healed them, causes them more problems. In this month's Health Check report, Serese Cole talks to an Osceola, Nebraska man who feared death because of his radiation complications. But thanks to treatment once used to help deep-sea divers get over decompression sickness in the 1940s, he's now healed. It's called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Fremont Area Medical Center's Dr. Stephen Dreyer and Dr. Ansar Khan say it is the only treatment that is clinically proven to help reverse the damaging effects of radiation to tissue, bone and internal organs. Thursday, December 6th at 5:00 p.m. learn how this technology works and how it's healing patients one treatment at a time.

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November Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 11/06/2012 - You may have never heard of it, but it affects one in 10 young women. It's called Endometriosis. It's an often painful condition that is tough to diagnose and equally challenging to treat. In November's Health Check, Serese Cole takes us to the Fremont Area Medical Center where Dr. Nancy Dix explains what Endometriosis is, the signs women in their 20s and 30s should look out for and how it is treated. It's Tuesday, November 6th at 5pm on the Channel Six News.

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October Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 10/05/2012 - One in eight. That's how many women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime. The statistic is alarming but doctors say early detection can make all the difference. Saturday, October 6th, Serese Cole takes us to the Fremont Area Medical Center where Dr. Mark Johannsen shares three ways every woman can monitor their breast health. He'll also explain why digital mammography is now the new standard for mammograms nationwide. Plus, Emily Ridder explains how a mammogram saved her mother's life and why she's now committed to getting the test every year. It's all Saturday on the Channel Six News at 5:00 p.m.

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September Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 09/06/2012 - It's estimated that 10-percent of student athletes playing contact sports in the United States will get a concussion. Unfortunately, high school athletes are more likely to get them and recover more slowly from them. In this month's Health Check report, Serese Cole tells us about an innovative program the Fremont Area Medical Center has adopted to reduce the potential of further injury for area high school student athletes. Manager of Sports Medicine at FAMC, Mark Voss, tells us how the program works and explains how it can help manage traumatic brain injuries and allow coaches and trainers to make better decisions about when an injured athlete is ready to return to play. It's this Thursday at 5 on the Channel Six News.

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August Health Check Newsletter

Posted: 08/06/2012 - Imagine experiencing pain day after day and not knowing why. It happened to one Fremont woman. Stacey Lichtenberg was 36-years-old when she had stubborn abdominal pain. Her doctor gave her test after test, but still couldn't find the problem. Stacey even began to doubt if her discomfort was real. Thanks to a unique test, using Nuclear Medicine, patients like Stacey don't have to wonder what's wrong anymore. In this month's Health Check, Serese Cole takes us to the Fremont Area Medical Center where radiologist Carter Cook explains what a Nuclear Medicine Scan is, how it works and how radioactive material is used in the process. See how the Nuclear Medicine Scan helped Stacey and what it means for the thousands of other patients like her . It's Monday night at 5 on the Channel Six News.

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