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TMH Living Well: The many faces of eczema

At its most severe eczema can feel like hundreds of poking needles or an unbearable urge that makes people itch until they bleed. Or, it can cause mild itching from a new soap product or dry weather. Knowing what triggers your eczema is the first step in controlling it. Eczema — inflamed skin that itches — looks, feels and affects people in different ways.

TMH Living Well Column: High cholesterol? Your next steps

At your last check up your doctor told you your cholesterol was high. What to do? Here are three ways to lower your cholesterol, starting today. If you don’t know your cholesterol levels, join TMH for its March into Health lab work drive and get checked.

TMH Living Well: Roughly 40 to 75% of people are vitamin D deficient

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

TMH Living Well: When to take your child to TMH’s walk-in clinic

It’s 5:30 p.m. on a Tuesday and you just picked up your toddler from day care. She’s fussing and tugging at her ear and she feels hot. What do you do? You have two options — either call her primary care physician’s after-hours line, or take her to the walk-in clinic at The Memorial Hospital’s Walk-in Clinic.

TMH Living Well: How to choose a primary care provider

Do you have a primary care provider? If not, make getting one a priority. A primary care provider, or PCP, acts as the quarterback of your healthcare team. She or he knows your history and how you play this game of life — and offers advice on your next move to maintain good health.

TMH Living Well: Nurse navigators help with 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’re 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.

TMH Living Well: Keeping toddlers safe through the holidays

Is that beautiful Christmas tree in your living room or Hanukah menorah on your dining room table a safety hazard? Decorating is a part of the fun of the holidays, but between the tree, ornaments, lights and candles it can create dangerous temptations for young children. Read on to learn tips to keep older babies and toddlers safe this holiday season, courtesy of The Memorial Hospital pediatricians, Dr. Kelly Follett and Dr. Kristie Yarmer.

TMH Living Well: Meningitis, serious but not common

When people hear the word meningitis they get concerned. Rightfully so. It can be serious, especially bacterial meningitis. Fortunately, it only affects 1,000 to 1,200 people in the United States each year.

TMH Living Well: Age well with physical therapy and exercise

As we age, we lose strength. According to Zack Johnson, MSPT, manager of the Physical Therapy Department at The Memorial Hospital, we start losing muscle strength starting at age 25. Yet he’s quick to add that we can combat this natural breakdown of muscle by staying active — and even get stronger as we age — with regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

TMH Living Well: Four tips on navigating breast cancer treatment

A breast cancer diagnosis often turns your life upside down, forcing you into the unknown world of doctor’s appointments, treatment and endless decisions that never come easy. Keep these five tips in mind to help you cope with medical appointments and treatments.

TMH Living Well: Protect Against GYN Cancers by Learning the Symptoms

September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

There are five different gynecologic cancers, and each is unique with different signs and symptoms. Did you know bloating is exclusive to ovarian cancer and itching and burning are unique to vulvar cancer? Since there is not a reliable screening test for most gynecologic cancers, knowing the signs and getting an annual exam are your best defenses.

TMH Living Well: Recognize and 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, learn ways to prevent it.

TMH Living Well: Doing your part to deep Medicare costs down

For the greater good, Medicare representatives are urging its recipients to be astute with their Medicare transactions. Medicare fraud is a big industry and the more everyday people help watch for it, the better the Medicare program will run. Less fraud equals lower overall costs and better access to care. It’s a win-win.

TMH Living Well: Solutions to shoulder injury or arthritis

From a dislocation playing football, dull pain after painting the house or aching pain with weather changes, shoulder problems can affect people of different age groups and walks of life. Shoulders are unique in that there can be multiple causes for discomfort.

TMH Living Well: Keep injuries off the field

With the start of school right around the corner, practices are starting soon. Is your student athlete ready? Don’t let a twisted ankle or muscle sprain ruin his or her plans. Promote warming up, learning correct exercises, and keeping a strong core to avoid injuries.

TMH Living Well: What to expect with knee surgery

Are “bad knees” keeping you from doing the things you love to do? Maybe in the past you were an avid hiker and today you are lucky to make it around the neighborhood. If so, it may be time to consider knee surgery.

TMH Living Well: Is it time for a hip or knee replacement?

Are you starting to get sore in a hip or knee joint after a hike or feeling more and more stiff in the mornings? Is pain in a joint affecting your sleep? Do you feel like old Uncle Charlie who knows the weather is changing because your knee joint aches when it rains? If so, you may eventually need a hip or knee replacement.

TMH Living Well: React FAST to limit damage of stroke

A stoke can cause people to act strangely, and sometimes their behaviors are misinterpreted as intoxication or mental illness. There’s the story of a woman who boarded a plane, and after take off she had a stroke. Those around her assumed she was drunk because she slurred her words and her face was lax. Had someone recognized these symptoms as stroke, her outcome would have been much improved.

TMH Living Well: TMH partners with Swedish Hospital to offer Telestroke services

Each year, stroke accounts for 1 in 20 deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Since it’s National Stroke Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to learn more about stroke and how it’s treated. TMH has recently improved stroke services in your area.

TMH Living Well: Teens, sexuality and STDs

If you haven’t had “the talk” and you’ve got a teen, it’s time to do so. In fact, don’t stop at just one talk — keep it an open discussion. While the rate of teens having sex or getting pregnant hasn’t increased in recent years, the rate of teens contracting STDs has. It’s as good of time as any, as April is STD Awareness Month.

TMH Living Well: Antibiotics aren't always the best treatment for sick children

When your child is sick you want to do whatever you can to get them better — fast. You bundle them up and take them to the doctor, expecting to get something to get rid of the illness, but you end up with a list of ways to treat the symptoms instead.

TMH Living Well: Tired? Cold? Low Energy? Could be hypothyroidism

In honor of National Thyroid Awareness Month, take a minute to consider how a low-functioning thyroid can affect you. Hypothyroidism creates several vague symptoms that may go unnoticed. While it can occur at any age, hypothyroidism is much more common in women, especially those over the age of 50.

TMH Living Well: Uro-what? Urodynamics and incontinence

Unless you or someone you know has urinary incontinence, you’ve probably never heard of the term urodynamics. It’s a common phrase used by urologists and gynecologists alike. Urodynamics simply refers to a series of tests that assess how well a person’s bladder and urethra are working.

TMH Living Well: Flu shots, flu treatment at TMH Walk-In Clinic

Early data from the Centers for Disease Control suggest that this year’s flu season could be severe. If you haven’t received your flu shot consider getting one now.

TMH Living Well: CPAP machines help with sleep apnea

A recent study shows that a single poor night’s sleep can cause symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. Many nights in a row have even worse effects. We all know how important good sleep is to our general wellbeing.

TMH Living Well: Bring Lifeline along with new GoSafe device

The Philips Lifeline device helps over a hundred Moffat County residents live independently in their homes. Lifeline provides the assurance that if your elderly or disabled loved one needs medical care or feels unsafe they can reach help — or you — with the touch of a button. Now, that button can be brought along wherever they go with a simple device called Go-Safe. It’s only a small fee — $5 more — to pay for a lot more independence.

TMH Living Well: TMH fulfills voters’ intent to bring quality care to county

We’ve just finished up an election and we will soon celebrate the results of an election from years past. It wasn’t too long ago that the people of Moffat County voted to bring improved healthcare services to the area. The result? A new hospital that is much more than a new building. That crucial vote on Nov. 6, 2007 got the wheels turning to bring physicians and specialists to our community and to expand healthcare services offered near home.

TMH Living Well: Treating enterovirus 68 and other upper respiratory infections in kids

Likely you’ve seen a recent newscast on enterovirus 68. It’s an especially aggressive strain of a common set of bugs that cause upper respiratory symptoms each fall in children and adults alike, and it’s been especially active in Colorado. This year, the virus morphed into something more severe and less recognizable by our immune systems.

TMH Living Well: How to prevent ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is one of those sneaky cancers — it doesn’t give a lot of signs that it’s around. That’s why annual check ups are so important for women.

TMH Living Well: When to see a gynecologist

You know that gynecologists are specialists in women’s health, but what warrants a visit? In other words, when should you see your gynecologist rather than your regular physician besides during pregnancy? Here are some tips to help you decide

TMH Living Well: Simple ways to keep your heart healthy

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.

TMH Living Well: Planning out your delivery day

If you are planning to have a baby or are already pregnant, it’s a good idea to think about options for your delivery day. Do you want to use a birthing ball? Is there a plug-in for your music player? What’s the room like, and is there a reclining chair for your partner? Once you start thinking about it, the list grows.

TMH Living Well: Sleep disorders are common, especially as we age

Are you noticing that you are not sleeping as well as when you were younger? Do you wake up during the night and have trouble falling back to sleep? Does your spouse’s snoring or snorting wake you up? If you answered yes to any of these questions you, or your spouse, might have a sleep disorder.

TMH Living Well: Knowing the signs of lung problems

During the day, we often notice our physical body’s aches and pains, or if we are clear-headed or tired, and more. Rarely do we stop and notice our lungs, yet along with our heart they are in constant motion — working whether we feel good or not.

TMH Living Well: Empower caregiver with medical consent

As a parent, it’s important for you to go out once in a while and leave your children with a babysitter or grandparent. When you go, don’t forget to leave behind a medical consent form. If something happened while you were gone, you’ll need it for your caregiver to initiate medical care quickly.

Living Well: Hepatitis C prevalent among baby boomers

Mayo Clinic tests available through TMH

It’s hard to accept that one decision you made when you were 17 or 18 could affect your health and quality of life today. But that’s what many baby boomers are finding out. Maybe back in college or high school they snorted or injected a drug once or twice and today they have Hepatitis C, a nasty virus that is hard to get rid of and can lead to liver cancer.

TMH Lab offers walk-in, direct-to-you lab services

Ever wanted to know your cholesterol numbers but didn’t want to have to make a doctor’s appointment first? At The Memorial Hospital’s Lab Direct you can. And it won’t cost you much either. Several walk-in, direct pay tests are available seven days a week.

TMH Living Well: Be diligent about sun protection with kids

It’s the peak of summer and we all want to get out and soak in the rays of the sun. Enjoy the outdoors, but remember the intensity of the sun is stronger than when we were kids. That’s because ultraviolet rays penetrate our thinning atmosphere more easily and make us more vulnerable to sun damage.

TMH Living Well: Things to consider before starting a high-protein diet

You likely know someone who has tried a high-protein diet to control his or her weight. There are many of them out there, including the popular paleo (paleolithic) or caveman diet as well as the old standby that’s getting a new makeover — the Atkins diet. Before jumping on the bandwagon, learn the possible drawbacks of a high-protein diet. Local Registered Dietitian Lindsey Hester shares her perspective.

TMH Living Well: Fathers play important role during pregnancy and delivery

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, including expectant ones!

When it comes to pregnancy, it’s not just the woman who is expecting. So is her partner. While moms-to-be carry the load, literally, during pregnancy and delivery, fathers also have important work to do.

TMH Living Well: Variety of infusion services offered at TMH

The Memorial Hospital offers infusion therapy and has visiting oncologists available.

TMH Living Well: Chemotherapy offered locally

Facing chemotherapy is daunting for cancer patients. Add on a long drive both ways and it can become downright overwhelming. Having infusion services close to home is vital in making it feel manageable.

TMH Living Well: Occupational therapy helps patients regain independence

TMH now offers comprehensive occupational therapy

Do you have an elderly parent who has arthritis and struggles to complete daily tasks? Has a loved one had a stroke or traumatic brain injury and needs to regain skills to remain independent? Does your child have a disability and need to improve her fine motor and self-care skills?

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TMH Living Well: TMH purchases first-class prenatal ultrasound

Expecting a baby? Now see your little one in 3-D

In most health care facilities, 3-D ultrasounds are reserved for high-risk pregnancies or used by perinatology experts only. Yet The Memorial Hospital wanted to improve the ultrasound experience for all expectant patients and their families, so it upgraded its current equipment to 3-D.

TMH Living Well Column: Could your child's reoccurring cough be asthma?

Identifying asthma symptons and triggers, with help from The Memorial Hospital staff.

TMH Living Well: Now’s the time for advance care planning

It’s easy to put off making decisions about end-of-life care. With nothing to make it urgent we can delay it for years, sometimes until it’s too late. That was the thought behind National Healthcare Decisions Day in April — a movement to inspire, educate and empower people about the importance of advance care planning.

TMH Living Well: TMH Health Fair scheduled for next Saturday

Have you been putting off getting important health screens? Do you want to adopt healthy lifestyle habits but are unsure of where to start? Come to the second annual community health fair from 7:30 a.m. to noon on April 26 at The Memorial Hospital and get both done at once!

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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