August 30, 2013
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.