Chicken gumbo, crawfish etouffee, beignets, king cake … unmask those Mardi Gras-inspired foods destined to increase your waistline and make inspired choices instead. Click here for a delicious shrimp jambalaya recipe from the American Heart Association’s Slow Cooker Cookbook.
Becky Charlton Smith, a clinical dietitian with Memorial, offers these tips to help make “Fat Tuesday” – and every day – less of a plunge to the nutritional dark side. Read the rest of this entry »
A bad mood can sweep in like a winter storm cloud – often expected but sometimes a surprise. Sondra Wise, a licensed clinical social worker for Memorial Counseling Associates, shares three common triggers that can turn a good day into a bad one.
- Negative thinking includes a jump to conclusions or snap judgments about people or situations, forecasts of the future with a catastrophic perspective, and all-or-nothing thoughts that encourage “black and white” thinking.
- A negative environment can include complaining people, a lack of cleanliness and/or sunlight and excessive input from television, music, computers and games.
- Poor sleep habits include behaviors such as overstimulation, lack of routine and other habits that lead to insomnia, hypersomnia and sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry »
When kids are sick, their parents and caregivers want to do whatever necessary to help them feel better as quickly as possible. It’s important to remember, however, that children are not tiny adults when it comes to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. OTC medicines, even those intended for children, can be dangerous if given improperly.
“We are really careful with OTC meds and kids,” said Ashish John, MD, a pediatrician at Memorial Physician Services—Koke Mill. “We usually strongly advise against using any adult meds with kids. The concentration of the medicines can vary greatly between adult and children forms, which increases the possibility of a child receiving too much medicine.” Read the rest of this entry »
Last week, amidst talk of glittering figure skater costumes, “#SochiProblems” and how exactly curling works, one topic took center stage: conjunctivitis, better known as pinkeye.
This dreaded affliction reared its ugly head–and eyes–at the Winter Olympics, when NBC anchor Bob Costas missed several days on the job because of a severe case of pinkeye.
According to Calvin Bell, MD, medical director for Memorial ExpressCare and physician with Mid-America Emergency Physicians, pinkeye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear tissue over the white part of the eyeball and lining of the eyelids. This inflammation makes blood vessels more visible, which reddens–or “pink”ens–the eye. Read the rest of this entry »
At this rate, we may be shoveling into next winter. Don’t let snow knock your back out of whack. Dr. Ferdinand Salvacion, with Memorial’s SpineWorks, which utilizes advanced non-surgical treatment options like nerve blocking techniques, cautions against trying to move heavy deep piles of snow too quickly. Instead, consider these tips for safer shoveling. Read the rest of this entry »
We’re in the middle of an especially active flu season—one we hope is almost over. However, it’s not time to call the “all clear” yet. Stay vigilant against the flu for a healthy late winter and early spring. Here are three things you can do to guard against the flu:
Though we are in the midst of flu season, you can still get a flu shot to protect yourself against the flu virus.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that while flu season usually peaks in January or February, it is not too late to get a flu shot. According to HHS, if you get the flu vaccine you are 60-percent less likely to need treatment for the flu by a healthcare provider. Getting the vaccine has been shown to offer substantial other benefits, including reducing illness, antibiotic use, time lost from work, hospitalizations and deaths. Read the rest of this entry »
We all enjoy a good meal. If you suffer from chronic pancreatitis, that simple pleasure can become a source of agony.
We don’t think that much about our pancreas, but it’s there nestled partially behind the stomach, quietly doing its job to digest and absorb nutrients in our food.
Chronic pancreatitis is a progressive inflammation of the pancreas that leads to structural damage and eventual loss of pancreatic function, explains Anthony Griffin, MD, an internal medicine physician with Memorial Physician Services-Jacksonville.
Chronic pancreatitis often develops in patients between the ages of 30 and 40 and is more common in men than women, according to the National Pancreas Foundation. The disease affects fewer than 10 out of every 100,000 people. Dr. Griffin has seen few cases in his Jacksonville practice but encountered more when he worked in Chicago. Read the rest of this entry »
Whether you are braving the icy, snowy weather or playing an indoor sport for exercise, winter can be a time when injuries to bones and muscles occur. If — or when — that happens, do you know the difference between a strain, a sprain and a break?
John Gee, a physical therapist for Memorial’s SportsCare, explains:
Strains occur in muscles and/tendons (the tissue that connects muscle to bone) and are most commonly caused by overuse (such as sports that require excessive jumping). However, any activity that causes a muscle to be twisted, pulled, overstretched or torn, such as a fall on the ice, can result in a strain. The most common symptoms of a strain include pain, muscle spasms/weakness, swelling, inflammation and cramping. Read the rest of this entry »
How’s your skin feeling after facing sub-zero temperatures and howling wind chills? If the answer is “not great,” you are not alone. Wintry conditions can make even the most hydrated person prone to irritated skin. Josh Ellison, MD, with Memorial Physician Services—North Dirksen, shares some common tips to combat the symptoms of dry skin, chapped lips and damaged hair.
Dry itchy skin is quite common, especially in severe cold. However, flare-ups of a common skin condition called eczema also occur in the very cold. To decrease the symptoms of eczema and dry, itchy skin, Dr. Ellison suggests the following: Read the rest of this entry »
Healthy eating requires planning and persistence – but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Use these 10 tips to help you establish healthy routines and stick with them.
Don’t skip meals.
Our bodies and brains need calories on a routine basis throughout the day. Eating every 3-4 hours will spread your calories and energy evenly throughout the day, not allowing you to be overly hungry and succumb to that tempting plate of chocolate chip cookies.
When we fail to plan, we plan to fail! Fast food and vending machines aren’t nearly as temping when a packed lunch is waiting in the fridge and healthy snacks are an arm’s length away. Pack a bag with weekly daytime snacks to have on hand and use dinner leftovers as part of your lunch the next day.
Eat a Balanced Plate.
Balance is important in all aspects of life but especially helpful when trying to adapt a healthier eating style. Choose a plate that is 9 inches in diameter, dividing the plate into sections: half of the plate non-starchy vegetables; a quarter of the plate lean protein and a quarter of the plate starch or starchy vegetables. Add a side of fruit or serving of low-fat milk to round it out. This provides instant portion control, a variety of vitamins/minerals and a mix of complex carbohydrates, fiber and protein to keep us full for a longer time period. Read the rest of this entry »