Busting the Top 3 Myths about Weight Loss

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Memorial Medical Center, Physician Services, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 08-07-2014

Man-getting-on-scalesWhen it comes to weight management and obesity, the internet is a grab bag of conflicting information, all touting itself as accurate. Luckily, Memorial Bariatric Services, part of the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, has the facts in an area riddled with fiction.

Myth: If I’m not losing weight, it’s because I’m not working hard enough. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s School Physical Time!

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services, Summer | Posted on 11-06-2014

Dr. Examining GirlNow’s the time to schedule school physicals. Dr. Maoxiim Tellez with Memorial Physician Services – Petersburg notes the main purpose of a school physical is to make sure children are growing in a healthy manner, both physically and mentally.

It’s also the law. Illinois requires school physicals for children in daycares, preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade. Weight and height are measured to ensure appropriate growth and to screen for obesity. If risk factors are present, a fasting blood sugar may be done to rule out diabetes. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Skin Care in a Nutshell … or a Bottle of Sunblock

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services, Summer | Posted on 03-06-2014

girl putting on sunscreenThey are the big three irritants in an otherwise glorious time of year: sunburn, bug bites and the itchy rash associated with leaves of three, otherwise known as poison ivy. Dr. Avi Viswanathan with Memorial Physician Services – Koke Mill offers prevention tips as well as strategies on how best to deal with symptoms and discomfort in case your best preventative efforts fail. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Women Need to Pay Attention to Stroke Risks

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services, Stroke Center | Posted on 15-05-2014

Women-Stroke-Infographic-ThumbnailWomen face some unique circumstances that can increase their risk for stroke, according to new prevention guidelines from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

One of those is preeclampsia, which is defined as high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women who previously had normal blood pressure, according to the Mayo Clinic. Women with preeclampsia have double the risk for a stroke later in life.

“A diagnosis of preeclampsia during pregnancy has significant health implications across a woman’s lifespan,” said Amanda O’Brien, MD, an OB-GYN with Memorial Physician Services-Women’s Healthcare. “It cannot be ignored.” Read the rest of this entry »

Spring is Here! Time for Sunshine, Warmth – and Allergies!

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services | Posted on 29-04-2014

Woman with AllergiesThe frigid days of winter are finally behind us. Now, we can enjoy all the benefits of spring that we’ve been longing for during these last few bone-chilling months.

Sunshine! Warmth!


Oh, yeah, that’s right. Seasonal springtime allergies are here. If you don’t suffer from allergies or don’t know someone who does, you could care less. We’ll try not to despise you too much as we deal with our sniffling and sneezing. Read the rest of this entry »

Worth More than an Apple a Day: Why You Need Your Regular Physical

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services | Posted on 17-04-2014

BrentLike a lot of people, Brent Strukely only visited the doctor when he was sick.

“I looked at myself as a pretty healthy, physically active person,” said the 47-year-old Springfield resident. “When everything’s going well, you’re invincible. In that mindset, I just ignored going to the doctor.”

And he might have kept ignoring it, had he not decided to look into a new primary care physician.

In August 2013, Brent set up a typical new patient “meet and greet” with Dr. Gustavo Mosquera at Memorial Physician Services – Chatham. The actual appointment, however, was anything but typical. Read the rest of this entry »

Medical Checkups: Why They Matter

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services, Videos | Posted on 27-03-2014

PrintWellness checks. Yearly physicals. Preventative health exams. Whatever you call them, annual health-maintenance exams are “a very important tool in maintaining good health and exchanging important information with your doctor,” says Benjamin Montgomery, MD, a physician with Memorial Physician Services – Jacksonville.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two of the leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease and cancer. These life-threatening diseases, and the medical conditions that can lead up to them, often have no symptoms for some time. Even if you feel fine, a disease may be damaging your body. Read the rest of this entry »

Kids and Over-The-Counter Medicines: What’s Safe?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services | Posted on 20-02-2014

200248540-001When kids are sick, their parents and caregivers want to do whatever necessary to help them feel better as quickly as possible. It’s important to remember, however, that children are not tiny adults when it comes to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. OTC medicines, even those intended for children, can be dangerous if given improperly.

“We are really careful with OTC meds and kids,” said Ashish John, MD, a pediatrician at Memorial Physician Services—Koke Mill. “We usually strongly advise against using any adult meds with kids. The concentration of the medicines can vary greatly between adult and children forms, which increases the possibility of a child receiving too much medicine.” Read the rest of this entry »

Surprising Winter Health Benefits

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services, Winter | Posted on 12-02-2014

Tdv1430030he bitter temperatures and near-constant precipitation this winter have brought out the grouch in most of us, but believe it or not, there are a few health benefits credited to cold weather. Avinash Viswanathan, MD, an internal medicine physician with Memorial Physician Services— Koke Mill, explains below. Read the rest of this entry »

Chronic Pancreatitis: When Good Meals Turn Bad

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services | Posted on 29-01-2014

plate of pasta and vegetablesWe all enjoy a good meal. If you suffer from chronic pancreatitis, that simple pleasure can become a source of agony.

We don’t think that much about our pancreas, but it’s there nestled partially behind the stomach, quietly doing its job to digest and absorb nutrients in our food.

Chronic pancreatitis is a progressive inflammation of the pancreas that leads to structural damage and eventual loss of pancreatic function, explains Anthony Griffin, MD, an internal medicine physician with Memorial Physician Services-Jacksonville.

Chronic pancreatitis often develops in patients between the ages of 30 and 40 and is more common in men than women, according to the National Pancreas Foundation. The disease affects fewer than 10 out of every 100,000 people. Dr. Griffin has seen few cases in his Jacksonville practice but encountered more when he worked in Chicago. Read the rest of this entry »