August 23, 2013
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Winter is a common time for viruses to make their way through communities. Babies and young children are often hit the hardest. Since babies can’t blow their noses and toddlers are not all that good at it, they may need extra help to clear mucus and recover. The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic has seen an increase of children coming in and being treated with upper respiratory viral infections in the last few months. Common infections include croup, RSV, the common cold and bugs like the enterovirus that was seen last year around this time. Common symptoms include stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, cough, mild headache, fever early on and feeling tired and ill.
Are you living with pain in your joints due to injury or arthritis but are spooked by surgery? Consider arthroscopy. It’s one of the less invasive forms of surgery you can have. It can be completed on an outpatient basis, may take less than an hour, and incisions are usually just a quarter inch long or less. It’s the champ when it comes to minimally invasive surgeries.
So you’ve had pain in your hip for some time. You’ve tried everything from medicines to physical therapy to walkers, but it’s still interfering with your everyday movement and causing you to give up your favorite activities. It’s time to consider total hip replacement surgery. This surgery is designed to reduce pain by replacing injured cartilage and bone on the two parts of the hip joint, the socket (or acetabulum) and the femur.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you’re mostly focused on the next step in the treatment process. You want to get the tumor removed then receive needed treatments to keep it at bay. The aftereffects of treatment are not the first thing on anyone’s mind. Yet many people survive cancer and look forward to picking up where they left off before the disease, but there are often unexpected symptoms that arise such as lymphedema. Living with lymphedema — swelling, usually in your arms or legs — is not pleasant.
The effects of cancer are not over once the cancer is removed or radiation and chemotherapy treatments end. Often, people are left dealing with the aftereffects of treatments, including scar tissue, compromised muscles, swelling in their arms and legs, numbness, fatigue, weakness, balance issues and even cognitive changes. A recent study by the Mayo Clinic of cancer patients after treatment revealed that 66 percent were left with some kind of functional impairment. The solution? Cancer rehabilitation. If you know of someone who is going through cancer treatments, advise them to ask their doctor for a referral for cancer rehab. It might make the world of difference.
Periods are usually not terrible but add in the cramping and backaches you get from heavy bleeding, and they are truly a pain. For women, heavy periods, or menorrhagia, are fairly common, especially for adolescents who recently started getting their periods and for women who are pre-menopausal. In fact, 25 percent of women who are nearing menopause report heavy bleeding. It’s thought that an increase in estrogen during these times is often the culprit.
If you could sit down with your gynecologist and have a candid talk about women’s health issues, what would you ask? Maybe you’d want to learn how to avoid breast cancer or heart disease — or simply explore your options when it comes to birth control. Now’s your chance to do just that. The Memorial Hospital is hosting a Women’s Health Series this summer where local women can pose questions, and Drs. James Summers and Scott Ellis will answer them. Think of it as a series of conversations on women’s health.
If you rode in the “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” ride last Saturday, congratulations! You are likely back in biking shape. If not, don’t worry. Dust off your bike and make a plan to work in some rides, short or long, in honor of May as National Bike Month. Keep it up all summer and you’ll feel right at home watching the USA Pro Challenge events in Steamboat Springs come August!
Autism fairly common, especially among boys
Before passing quick judgment on a parent as their child throws a temper tantrum in a grocery store, consider that it might be autism. Autism is becoming a more common diagnosis, given to 1 in 68 children in the United States, according to Autism Speaks.
Many chronic illnesses have been discovered at health fairs. Ask any doctor if they know a patient who skirted a serious health issue because they attended a health fair and you’ll likely hear yes. It’s true for Dr. Elise Sullivan, Family Medicine Physician with The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic.
Having chronic pain can feel extremely life-limiting and affect your motivation to work out and your good mood. Maybe you’ve got chronic knee, shoulder or back pain due to an old sports injury. Or possibly you suffer from arthritis or MS. Whatever the source, physical therapy (PT) could be the answer.
Have you had your car in for an oil change lately? How about a tune-up? Well, now it’s your turn. Get in and get your motor and all its parts checked during the March MANness event.
Colonoscopies may not be the most pleasant of screening tests to complete, but they come with a bonus — if the surgeon finds polyps or precancerous growths, he or she removes them. That means it’s both a screening test and preventive treatment. Once it’s done, you likely don’t have to do it again for another 10 years.
With a lot of focus on cancer in the media, it’s easy to forget about the No. 1 threat to women: heart disease. Each year, more women die from cardiovascular disease than from all cancers combined.
At some point in all of our lives we become unfit to drive. It’s hard to always know when that day has arrived. If you have an aging parent or relative, you may be wondering if it’s time to take away the keys. Since Older Driver’s Safety Awareness Week falls in December, it’s a good time to consider it.
It may seem counterintuitive, but the holidays — filled with joy and warmth — are a prime time for feeling sad, lonely, stressed or even depressed. Here are 10 ways to beat the blues this season.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so it’s time to brush up on some food safety tips.
In Colorado, many of us live an active lifestyle and demand a lot from our bodies. Skiing, running, hiking and many other sports are hard on knees, hips and shoulders and over time these joints wear out.
Hospital hosting Glow Run Oct. 18
We all know exercise is good for us. It keeps our muscles and hearts strong, and helps us maintain a healthy weight. Yet there are several other benefits to regular exercise that you may not know about.
Getting diagnosed with breast cancer — or any cancer — is scary. It’s hard to avoid thoughts of "what if," especially when there is a lag between diagnostic appointments or procedures. But breast cancer is survivable for many, and getting regular checkups increases those odds tremendously.
When we think of our hearts, we often consider them the engines of our bodies. They are literally what keeps us ticking. That’s why making sure our hearts are healthy is so important.
Keeping good tabs on your heart health will help you avoid cardiovascular disease as you grow older. The best way to ensure you’re doing so is to get regular check-ups that include heart screening tests (see box) and by discussing your risk factors with your doctor.
Here are some helpful tips to keep toddlers safe during the holiday season.
Talking about our wishes for the end-of-life can be uncomfortable. Most people don’t want to think about their loved ones dying or face the idea of dying themselves. Yet knowing wishes about medical care and personal desires is critically important in helping the transition be a peaceful one rather than a stressful one.
So, you are eating for two. Congratulations! It’s exciting but also a huge responsibility: What you put in your mouth is helping form the baby that’s growing inside you. The food you eat literally is becoming part of his or her growing and dividing cells. Whoa. Before you get too wigged out, know this: If you eat a healthy diet, your baby will grow just fine. Here are some tips to consider on eating well during pregnancy.
Life can be challenging, but with a painful, stiff knee that makes it even harder to get out of bed in the morning, it’s doubly so. Osteoarthritis, sometimes called wear-and-tear arthritis, affects millions of people throughout the world. When the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down they rub together and cause pain. A common place to have osteoarthritis is in the knee joint.
A buzzword in health care these days is “patient-centered.” It signifies a positive trend to put patients first. Gone are the days when you sat on the examination table and kept your mouth shut as your doctor took a look and then quickly summarized the situation. Today, you are encouraged to ask questions.
If you have an aging parent or an elderly friend or relative, there’s a good chance you worry about their well-being constantly. Is their medication in check? Are they safe? Did they fall? These worries may have you checking in several times each day or calling on the hour.