More Patients Request Robotic Procedures

Posted by | Posted in da Vinci Robotic Surgery, Events, Memorial Medical Center, Women | Posted on 28-10-2011

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Good news travels fast. And as the benefits of robotic surgery continue to spread, more women facing hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures now request robotic surgeries. Read the rest of this entry »

Stay Safe This Halloween

Posted by | Posted in ExpressCare, Parents, Safety | Posted on 27-10-2011

halloween safetyIt’s the spookiest night of the year. But make sure your scares come only from kids in costume by following these safety tips from Matt Johnston, MD, Taylorville Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Medical Director.

1. Careful With the Costume

Whether it’s homemade or store bought, costumes should not be too tight or too loose. Avoid flowing costumes that kids can trip on or props that can get in the way. Be sure your child can see well out of his mask and is wearing proper shoes. It’s also a good idea to have the child wear a glowing necklace or reflective tape.

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Monsters Under the Bed? Helping Your Child Cope with Fears

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Parents | Posted on 26-10-2011

monster under bed“There’s a monster under my bed!”

While your child’s fear may not require you to shine a flashlight under your little one’s bed to prove it’s a monster-free zone, all parents have to help their children learn how to cope with their fears.

Whatever you do, it’s important not to tease or make fun of your child’s fear, says Denise Loveland, a licensed clinical social worker and a child/adolescent therapist with Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois’ office in Jacksonville.

Parents need to find the right balance.

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Halloween Tricks and Treats

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Nutrition, Parents | Posted on 25-10-2011

spongebob costumeFrom ghosts and witches to SpongeBob Squarepants, it’s hard to tell who will be knocking on your door this Halloween. While all foods can fit into a healthy diet, over-consuming sugary candies and desserts can lead to unwanted weight gain.

Instead of overloading visitors with sugar-laden snacks, try offering more wholesome treats this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Warm Up with These Slimmed Down Soups and Stews

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Expert Tips, Nutrition, Recipes, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 19-10-2011

Looking for a little heat at the end of a chilly day? Head into the kitchen! Soups are a great way to warm up during the colder months. Many can be prepared in the crock pot, require little supervision, and offer a tasty way to sneak extra vegetables into the diet. Here are a few tips for selecting and preparing the healthiest soups and stews this fall and winter. Read the rest of this entry »

You’re Never Too Young, Old or Healthy to Get the Flu Shot

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, ExpressCare, Flu, Videos | Posted on 18-10-2011

Part 1: Can I get the flu from the flu shot?
Part 2: What’s in it and how long will it protect me?

Getting the flu shot is a great way to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting the flu this fall and winter. Nationally, more than 30 million outpatient visits each year are attributed to the flu. In addition to protecting your health, getting vaccinated also can save you money.

Cost to get the flu shot: $15-30. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet Our Breast Cancer Super Survivors

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Events, Women | Posted on 11-10-2011

breast cancer survivors

A teacher who sends positive quotes each day to a friend battling cancer. A grandmother of seven who vowed to beat her diagnosis. A mother of five who took in her sister’s child after she passed away.

These central Illinois women — Missy Miller, Deborah Williamson and Rochelle Green — are super survivors who have inspired those around them in their breast cancer journey. Nominated by their peers, each will receive a makeover that includes a visit to BJ Grand Salon and Spa on the morning of the Be Aware Women’s Fair, Oct. 15. They’ll also receive free admission to the fair, various gifts and a new outfit to unveil that day. Read the rest of this entry »

The Flu Shot: What’s in It and How Long Will It Protect Me?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Flu, Videos | Posted on 10-10-2011

flu shot sneezeIt’s important to get the flu shot every year. The influenza strains from which the shot protects you can change year to year, and the effectiveness of the vaccine can wane over the course of a year.

This year’s flu vaccination will help protect you from three viruses: two influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2) viruses and an influenza B virus. Researchers believe these are the most common viruses infecting people during flu season.

Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting vaccinated. Read the rest of this entry »

Lincoln Resident Uses 5K Training to Get Back on Track

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Events, Nutrition | Posted on 07-10-2011

Gayle Hoock, an Infection Control employee at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, is no stranger to running. A former member of her high school’s track team, her passion for the sport has never waned.

In fact, not only has she run through all seasons of her life – including pushing little ones in a jogging stroller – she’s also helped organize races, including creating an inaugural 5K in a community where she lived prior to moving to Lincoln. And in 2003, Gayle finished the Walt Disney Marathon.

Soon after, however, leg pain sidelined Gayle from enjoying her hobby. That was about the time she moved to Lincoln. She’s since been treated for the cause of the pain – an overstretched muscle – and she’s enthusiastic about getting back into running shoes. Read the rest of this entry »

Female and 40? Make Time for Your Annual Mammogram

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Videos, Women | Posted on 06-10-2011

breast cancer awareness ribbon month pinkThe chance that a woman will develop invasive breast cancer at some time in her life is about one in eight, according to the American Cancer Society.

Death rates for breast cancer have been declining since 1990, especially among women younger than 50, and the American Cancer Society says that’s the result of early detection, increased awareness and improved treatment. Read the rest of this entry »