Back-To-School FAQs: Part 2

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Parents | Posted on 31-07-2011

The school bell is about to ring in a new year, which brings with it parents’ desires to make it the best year yet for their kids. What’s the best way to help achieve this? Our medical experts answer some of the common questions parents may have when it comes to their child’s physical and emotional health and school:

Q: How can I ease my child’s first-day jitters? Read the rest of this entry »

Back-To-School FAQs: Part 1

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Nutrition, Parents | Posted on 30-07-2011

The school bell is about to ring in a new year, which brings with it parents’ desires to make it the best year yet for their kids. What’s the best way to help achieve this? Our medical experts answer some of the common questions parents may have when it comes to their child’s physical and emotional health and school:

Q: How can I ensure my child gets a healthy lunch? Read the rest of this entry »

SportsCare Expert: How Parents Can Spot Concussions in Student Athletes

Posted by | Posted in Events, Expert Tips, Neuroscience, SportsCare | Posted on 28-07-2011

It was just another all-Saturday wrestling tournament. Jeff Wilson was there to watch his oldest child, Phillip, a junior at Springfield High School, compete. Looking back at that day, Jeff doesn’t recall anything out of the ordinary.

He took Phillip home, and his son slept all night. And the next day. And the next. They had to rouse him to get him to eat.

His parents thought it was exhaustion or maybe a touch of the flu. Phillip felt better on Tuesday but started having headaches at school. He talked to Karen Gregory, a SportsCare athletic trainer based at Springfield High, about it. She called Jeff and suggested his son be evaluated for a concussion. Read the rest of this entry »

Be a Quitter: 4 Habits to Quit for a Healthier Life

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Physician Services | Posted on 27-07-2011

Nobody likes a quitter —in most instances. When it comes to your health, however, quitting can be a good thing.

Here are four habits you should consider quitting, according to primary care physicians Scott McLain, MD, and Anthony Griffin, MD, both of whom practice internal medicine with Memorial Physician Services: Read the rest of this entry »

How Does MyPlate Affect Your Plate? Answers From A Memorial Dietitian

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Expert Tips, News, Nutrition | Posted on 22-07-2011

You may have heard a lot of talk recently about MyPlate, a new concept to help consumers make healthier food choices. But what exactly is it and how does it help?

MyPlate, a U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative, is essentially a simplified version of the Food Guide Pyramid that encourages balanced eating, explains Christina Rollins, MS, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian with Memorial Medical Center.

The Food Guide Pyramid recommended consuming a certain number of servings per food group each day. MyPlate focuses on choosing protein, grains, fruit, vegetables and dairy at each meal.

The MyPlate lifestyle is an easy way to ensure you eat the right kinds of food at each meal, Rollins says.

The graphic you see on the left depicts a standard meal plate divided into four parts, with the size of each section depicting the proportion of each food group. Read the rest of this entry »

Shedding Light on the FDA’s New Sunscreen Guidelines

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, News, Summer | Posted on 21-07-2011

With summer in full swing and the heat index in the triple digits, we should remember the importance of using sunscreen to protect against skin cancer.

“Protection against the harmful effects of the sun is something that we all should take seriously given the fact that skin cancer accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the US,” says Scott McLain, MD with Memorial Physician Services. “More than 2 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancers are diagnosed each year.”

Significant changes in the marketing and labeling of sunscreen lotions were passed by the Food and Drug Administration June 2012. These revisions, titled the “Final Rule,” have been made to help reduce confusion about the actual effectiveness of over-the-counter sun lotions. Read the rest of this entry »

The Bottom Line on Bottled Water

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition | Posted on 19-07-2011

That plastic bottle of water may be convenient in helping you consume your eight cups a day, but is it the safest way to do so?

While plastic bottles have made water more portable, they may have made it less potable. Research shows the chemicals from the plastic bottles may leak into the water and disrupt the body’s hormones, says Jennifer DiPasquale, RD, CDE, lead dietitian at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Bottled water can become contaminated with Bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA is used to make hard, clear, nearly unbreakable plastic – perfect for water bottles, baby bottles, food storage and a variety of other uses. The downside of the material is that it may leach dangerous chemicals into the food and beverages it packages. In October 2010, Canada declared BPA toxic to both humans and the environment.

In humans, BPA is an Estrogen Disruptive Chemical. EDCs affect our hormonal balance and can change important processes in our bodies, DiPasquale says.

She recommends drinking tap water (or filtered tap water) in a reusable, BPA-free bottle. It’s better for you – and the environment, as plastic water bottles produce up to 1.5 million tons of waste each year. Though they could be recycled, more than 80 percent are simply thrown away.

Hot Temps – Cool Tips: Summer Safety Advice from Memorial Physicians

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Summer | Posted on 18-07-2011

We’re constantly told to get outside and enjoy the summer weather, but once we try to do it we’re faced with intense sunlight, annoying bugs, and energized kids who have a tendency to substitute fun for safety. The good news: taking the proper precautions can ensure a fun, memorable day in the sun for both you and your family.

To ensure your family gets the most out of summer fun, here are some warm weather safety tips from two of our physicians with Memorial Physician Services, Joshua Ellison, MD, and Gustavo Mosquera, MD. Read the rest of this entry »

No-Cook Summer Recipes: The Dessert

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition | Posted on 17-07-2011

No-Cook Part 1: The Salad
No-Cook Part 2: The Appetizer
No-Cook Part 3: The Main Course

If you’ve followed the directions in our first three No-Cook entries, you’ve fed yourself well today. But we hope you’ve saved room for dessert! This is one you won’t want to miss. Fruit is an underrated summer dessert that’s a cool and refreshing way to satisfy your sweet tooth. On top of that, it’s a nutritious alternative to chocolate-heavy options. Read the rest of this entry »

The Internet is not the New Doctor

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips | Posted on 16-07-2011

Be Wise When Seeking Medical Information Online

When it comes to researching medical advice online, it’s best to keep one, simple rule in mind: Always consider your source.

In an age where quick, convenient information is valued, more and more people are seeking medical information online. However, healthcare consulting firm Health Dialog reports that only 25 percent of Americans who search the internet for medical information verify the reliability of their online source. Read the rest of this entry »