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TMH Living Well: The powers of vitamin D

If you could take a supplement that likely would guard you against some cancers, the common cold and other viruses, would you? Many people are saying yes and taking daily supplements of vitamin D.

TMH Living Well: Hearing loss in adults and kids

Does it seem like people around you are mumbling more than usual? When you are in a loud, busy restaurant, do you find it hard to understand what people are saying? Are you noticing that friends and family are hearing little noises, like an alarm going off in the other room that you don’t hear? Do others complain that you have the volume too high on your television, stereo or ear buds?

TMH Living Well: The story behind eye donations

Death by accident or natural causes is rarely welcome, but when it happens, knowing some good came out of a loved one’s passing is comforting. Eye, organ and tissue donations are “gifts of life,” as the Donate Life Colorado website pronounces. Craig serves as an area eye donor site, thanks to Rebecca S. Warren, R.N., chief quality officer with The Memorial Hospital.

TMH Living Well: Preventing prostate cancer

Likely, you know a man who has had prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It’s the second leading cause of death from cancers in the United States. In fact, half of men in their 80s have prostate cancer. While this may sound daunting, the good news is that prostate cancer is usually slow growing and if caught early on, can be treated and stopped.

TMH Living Well: Regular screenings prevent colon cancer

March is National Colorectal Cancer month

It’s reassuring to know that as long as you get recommended colon cancer screening tests you will most likely avoid colon cancer. That’s because colon cancer starts out as a benign polyp in your colon. Once removed, your cancer risk at that site is gone. Screening tests don’t usually treat problems they only detect problems. An exception is a colonoscopy — colonoscopies allow physicians to both detect suspicious polyps and remove them all in the same visit.

TMH Living Well: Get screened during March MANness

Calling all men! 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.

TMH Living Well: Power in numbers — keeping cholesterol at optimum levels

Your total cholesterol is made up of three numbers, your LDL (low-density lipoprotein), HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides (a type of fat increased by sweets and alcohol). You’ve probably heard that there’s bad cholesterol and good cholesterol, and the bad guy here is LDL.

February is National Heart Health Awareness month

As women, we have been trained to watch for certain foreboding signs — like a lump in the breast or vaginal bleeding after menopause — but we often miss something that’s less talked about but more threatening: the signs of a heart attack.

TMH Living Well: Baby all stuffed up and can’t breathe? Try the new Suction Clinic at TMH

Babies with bronchiolitis — and their parents — are breathing easier these days, thanks to an innovative new clinic at The Memorial Hospital. Nothing is scarier than watching a baby struggle to breathe, which can happen when they are sick with a cold or flu.

TMH Living Well: You don’t have to suffer with urinary incontinence

Some health topics are hard to talk about — even to a doctor, it seems. Urinary incontinence is one of them, even though it is common among women in their later years. Despite feeling embarrassed, there are easy solutions for this uneasy ailment.

TMH Living Well: Women’s health through the years

Screening tests save lives. When caught early, most diseases and cancers can be treated. That’s why women’s health experts at the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend the screening tests featured in the box for women through the years.

TMH Living Well: HPV a major player in cervical and other cancers

When thinking about protecting themselves against cervical cancer most women, rightly so, think of the Pap test. Since its inception, the Pap test has caught cervical cancer early and saved many women’s lives. Yet there is another player that contributes to cervical cancer risk — HPV, or the human papillomavirus. It’s linked to about 70 percent of all cervical cancers.

TMH Living Well: Maintaining cervical health through regular pap tests

Lowering your risk for cervical cancer is pretty straightforward: Get regular Pap tests. Cervical cancer is preventable if detected and treated early. Regular Pap tests detect cervical cancer before it develops. In fact, most women who get cervical cancer had not had a Pap test in the past five years, or ever.

TMH Living Well: Putting an exercise plan in place

Are you setting resolutions to get in shape in 2014? Resolutions don’t always last past January, but here’s a little insurance that you’ll stick with it, offered by Luke Geer, P.T., D.P.T., physical therapist and manager of the Physical Therapy Department at The Memorial Hospital.

TMH Living Well: Stay healthy during holidays

Holidays are often filled with joy and fun, but also stress. For many people, holidays create a long list of obligations and interrupt comfortable routines. For other people, holidays bring up hard memories or accentuate feelings of loneliness.

TMH Living Well: Prevent osteoporosis with simple, daily habits

Here’s another reason to stay active as we age: it keeps our bones strong. Just a little bit of weight bearing exercise each day can make the difference between breaking bones and landing in a hospital or nursing home, or staying independent and healthy at home.

TMH Living Well: Preventing falls this winter with elderly adults

It’s hard to imagine that the cute throw rug Aunt Elizabeth bought for her back porch could bring her harm. Yet it’s just the thing that might cause her to slip and fall. Falls are a major health risk and a leading cause of disability in people older than 50. If you have an elderly relative, prevent falls by making simple changes in the home and in your loved ones' health habits.

TMH Living Well: Emergency departments called to improve under health reform law

A buzzword we keep hearing these days is “health care reform.” As you know, it refers to changes the government is requiring of health care facilities to improve the care they give. Despite the problems with the launch of the health care exchange, the overall intentions of health care reform are good — to make health care more comprehensive and accessible for everyone. Simply put, to make sure that when people need care, they get it fast and that it’s effective and affordable. One specific area of hospital services that’s mandated to improve is emergency departments (EDs).

Living Well: Eating well during holidays and beyond with diabetes

Holidays are about celebrating friends and family but let’s face it, they are also about eating. For diabetics, the focus on large portions and lots of sweet goodies can be challenging. Here are some tips to maintaining a healthy diet — and glucose control — during the holidays.

TMH Living Well: Learning about diabetes — prevent disease by eating well, exercising

What better time to talk about diabetes than Diabetes Awareness Month? If you have a family history of diabetes, or you struggle with maintaining a healthy weight, read on to learn the basics about diabetes — and most importantly, how you can prevent it.

TMH Living Well: Tips on navigating the Health Insurance Exchange

With the enactment of the Affordable Health Care Act on Oct. 1, many people have questions on what it all means. Will you be forced to buy health insurance? Will it cost more, or less? For whom is it designed? We spoke with Keith Velardo, patient financial counselor for The Memorial Hospital in Craig to get some answers to common questions.

TMH Living Well: The role of nurse navigators in cancer treatment

If you, or someone you love has gone through cancer treatments, you know what a complicated and confusing journey it can be. Answers around treatment are never obvious: you are always weighing benefits and drawbacks. Should you, say, get a mastectomy or a lumpectomy? Should you then get both radiation and chemotherapy? How about genetic testing? Add in the shock a cancer or other challenging diagnosis brings and no wonder you feel you can’t think straight. On top of all that, you don’t feel good.

Living Well: Annual mammogram or not?

Let’s face it. For women, getting a mammogram is right up there with getting dental work. It’s a procedure we endure rather than enjoy. But it feels great to walk out the door and know we can check it off the list for at least another year — or two.

Living Well: Calling all men — learn how to recognize, prevent prostate cancer

In honor of National Prostate Cancer Awareness month, how about gaining some insights into the signs, symptoms and causes of prostate cancer? Better yet, read on to learn ways to prevent it.

Reducing medication errors with safe practices means safer hospital stays

Starting Sept. 10, if you’re admitted to the hospital you most likely will be given a few different wristbands, one bar-coded for scanning. While it might seem like overkill, it’s good protection against medication errors. TMH is implementing barcode scanning at the bedside. It means a safer visit for you.

Getting back on track with a healthy diet

Have you or your kids put on a few extra pounds of late? Are you continually trying new diets but nothing seems to work? If you find yourself avoiding mirrors, it’s time to drop the idea of dieting and adopt a healthy attitude toward eating, instead. For real and lasting change, make eating well a part of your lifestyle. It’s less painful than you think.

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