4 Not-So-Common Indicators That You’re At Risk of Stroke

Posted by | Posted in Neuroscience, Stroke Center | Posted on 10-29-2014

DS-6139 ASA Stroke Statistics_ExternalRevWhether or not you’re likely to have a stroke depends on many risk factors—some you can control and others you can’t.

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death for women and the fourth for men, says Amanda Conn, coordinator of Memorial’s Stroke Center and a registered nurse. Four out of five strokes could be prevented if patients had known about and appropriately managed the more common risk factors—cholesterol and blood pressure, for example.

However, other not-so-obvious factors may indicate you’re at risk of a stroke. In most cases, you can take action to reduce or eliminate these risks.

One Child’s Formula for Recovery = Happy and Healthy!

Posted by | Posted in Mental Health | Posted on 10-28-2014

?????James*, a young boy in Springfield, was having issues at school. He wasn’t listening in class, got into fights and had been suspended. He needed help dealing with his feelings, his anger and his struggles at home. With help and early intervention by Erika Garlisch, a Children’s MOSAIC Project clinician, James was able to make a change for the better at school and begin to feel happier and healthier.

The health and well-being of children is at the heart of the Children’s MOSAIC Project – a community-wide partnership intended to make mental health services easier to access in Springfield.

“By taking services and resources to children in their own natural environment – schools, neighborhoods and at physician offices – we are better able to support kids and families,” Garlisch said.

The Children’s MOSAIC Project serves as a connecting link between schools, teachers, families and students. At several schools in Springfield, a clinician is on-site every day to screen children for any mental health issues.

4 Tips to Help You Overcome Trauma

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips | Posted on 10-23-2014

Upset-ManLife is full of ups and downs. Everyone faces hardship at some point in their lives. Those hardships could range from losing a loved one, losing your job or experiencing a traumatic event. Trauma is one of the most common issues linked to mental health problems.

Trauma is experienced in many forms — including physical, emotional and sexual abuse — and can happen at any age. After a traumatic event occurs, people react in different ways. Some may feel guilt, while others try to block the entire situation out of their memory.

Tisha Bayless, an adult outpatient therapist at the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois, shares the below tips to help overcome trauma.

Decorate a Holiday Wreath in Four Easy Steps

Posted by | Posted in Events, Foundation, Videos | Posted on 10-21-2014


Still-FOT-howtoThere’s no need to feel intimidated by creating your own wreath when you can enjoy this 7-minute “How To” video with Megan Henley Brown of Trendsetters in Chatham. After all, if 98.7 WNNS radio host Chris Murphy can do it, anyone can!

Henley Brown takes viewers through the process in four easy steps:

  • Fluff the branches—a very important first step designed to refresh the branches of artificial wreaths.
  • Work deco mesh into the wreath for color and added texture.
  • Add glittery decorative elements including large bulb ornaments, bamboo sticks or flowers.
  • Finish the look with ribbon highlights.

3 Things You Need to Know about Carbon Monoxide

Posted by | Posted in Emergency Department, Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Safety | Posted on 10-16-2014

carbon-monoxide-detectorIt’s the time of year when we all want to kick on the furnace and cozy up on the sofa. But, before you do, keep yourself and your loved ones safe by checking your furnace and testing the carbon monoxide alarms in your home.

“In the fall, we tend to see an increase of people with carbon monoxide exposures because faulty furnaces and heaters are being used for the first time since the spring,” said Matthew Johnston, MD, a physician with the Memorial Medical Center Emergency Department and Midwest Emergency Department Specialists.

It’s estimated that about 170 people in the United States die from carbon monoxide poisoning each year. However, for each person who dies, several more are treated in emergency rooms. According to Timothy Harvey, MD, a physician with the Memorial Medical Center Emergency Department and Midwest Emergency Department Specialists, anyone can experience carbon monoxide poisoning.

One Woman’s Formula for Weight Loss: Diet, Exercise, Encouragement

Posted by | Posted in JointWorks, Memorial Medical Center, Physician Services, Weight Loss & Wellness Center Patient Stories, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 10-13-2014

Shirley-Black-Patient-OptimizationAfter coloring on the floor with her 2-year-old niece last September, Shirley Black knew it was finally time to get serious about knee-replacement surgery.

She couldn’t get up without help.

Shirley, who lives just outside of Springfield and has been married to her husband, Robert, for nearly 30 years, knew surgery wasn’t an option until she lost weight. She had tried everything, but nothing seemed to work.

A few weeks later, she scheduled an appointment with her new primary care physician, Nicole Florence, MD, with Memorial Physician Services – Koke Mill.

“I told her I needed to come up with a plan,” Shirley recalls.

4 Tips to Help a Child with ADHD Succeed in School

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Parents, Pediatrics | Posted on 10-09-2014

Teacher-Helping-StudentRaising a child with ADHD is tough. If you feel overwhelmed with helping your child succeed in school you are not alone. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is one of the most common mental health disorders of childhood. The symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsive behavior and hyperactivity – can be challenging for parents and teachers.

Erika Garlisch, a behavioral health clinician with the Children’s MOSAIC Project at Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois, offers four tips for parents and caregivers to help a child struggling with the symptoms of ADHD succeed in school.

Super Survivor Didn’t Let Cancer “Define Me or Defeat Me”

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Womens Fair Super Survivors | Posted on 10-06-2014

Shauna and sons, Eric (left) and Jason (right)

Shauna and sons, Eric (left) and Jason (right)

It wasn’t the Christmas she was expecting.

After her annual mammogram revealed a suspicious area on her right breast, Shauna Becker had some follow-up tests and a biopsy in December 2007. She instructed her doctor to let her know as soon as the results were in – don’t wait until after the holiday to call her.

“I preferred to know,” the 52-year-old Taylorville woman said. “I didn’t want to have to worry about the results.”

So the call came on Christmas Eve. It was breast cancer. Stage 3.

Shauna told her family – about 15 to 20 relatives gathered for the holiday – and told them not to worry. They were going to celebrate Christmas. And when the new year came, she was going to fight it and get better.

Get a Leg Up on Swollen and Achy Legs, Feet and Ankles

Posted by | Posted in Home Services | Posted on 10-03-2014

?????????You get home from work. You drop your bag and finally sit down on the couch after having been on your feet all day. To rest feels good, but your legs do not. They are aching and your feet look swollen.

Does this sound familiar?

Many jobs in the workplace require a fair amount of standing throughout the day. Standing on a regular basis can leave the legs and feet fatigued. But a special pair of socks may offer some relief.

Ebola: Just the Facts

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 10-02-2014

Ebola-FactsThis week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States. The patient, who resides in and is undergoing treatment in Texas, had recently visited Liberia, where the disease has been most prevalent in this year’s outbreak.

The risks of contracting Ebola for most people in the United States is very low. Here are the Ebola facts you need to know.