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Do Foods High In Water Content Help Slim Your Waist Line?

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Expert Tips, Nutrition | Posted on 31-08-2011

Drink more water to lose weight. You hear the phrase all the time. But did you know eating foods with a high concentration of water can also help slim your waist line? Memorial Medical Center dietitian Emily Bailey, RD, LDN weighs in.

“Foods that are high in water aren’t going to have a lot of calories. And we’re talking about fruits and vegetables which are higher in fiber, so that fills you up too.” Read the rest of this entry »

Linear Accelerators — A Key Part in the Battle Against Cancer

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 29-08-2011

Fighting cancer involves a multidisciplinary attack. Typically, the big three weapons a cancer patient has available to them are surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Of those three, radiation therapy is often the least understood — perhaps because of how technologically advanced the process is.

About half of all cancer patients receive some type of radiation therapy during their treatment process. The most commonly used device to delivery this therapy is called a linear accelerator.

Never heard that term before? Most haven’t. Read the rest of this entry »

Fitness Across the Decades: 40s and 50s

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, SportsCare | Posted on 26-08-2011

In the second half of our “Fitness Across the Decades” series, Gabriel Stinson, a sports enhancement specialist at Memorial SportsCare, gives exercise tips for those of us in our 40s and 50s.


The best thing for a 40-something to remember: you’re not 20 anymore. For most, age also brings along the challenges and frustrations of being able to maintain a constant workout regimen, but that’s OK. Read the rest of this entry »

Fitness Across the Decades: 20s and 30s

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, SportsCare | Posted on 25-08-2011

It’s never too early (or too late) to develop a workout routine. But our needs change as we age. Gabriel Stinson, a sports enhancement specialist at Memorial SportsCare, gives exercise tips for those of us in our 20s and 30s.


Time for the unvarnished truth, twentysomethings. Stinson says this is the peak time for you to increase muscle mass, strength, and overall performance. This means: Read the rest of this entry »

Sleep Apnea Can’t Stop Local Sports Announcer

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Home Services, Sleep Center, Videos | Posted on 15-08-2011

Sam Madonia needs sleep. The local radio personality gets up at 4:30 five mornings a week to broadcast “AM Springfield” on WFMB before heading to work at the Secretary of State. He’s also the voice of high school football, calling games on the weekend. So when he was feeling tired and his wife of 41 years, Alice, complained that his snoring was keeping her awake, Sam sought help. Read the rest of this entry »

Funds from Transplant Walk a ‘Lifesaver’ to Patients

Posted by | Posted in Events, Transplant | Posted on 12-08-2011

Gerald Bacon of Chatham received a lifesaving kidney transplant in November 2010. Wegener’s disease had led to kidney failure, and after more than a year of dialysis, Bacon learned he qualified for a kidney transplant. His partner of nearly 15 years, Connie Schneider, was his donor.

He immediately felt better following his operation.

“When I was on dialysis, I was eating right and felt pretty good,” he said. “Then I had the transplant. The day after the operation, you’d think a person would feel pretty bad, but I felt better. I didn’t realize that even though I was on dialysis, how bad I really did feel.” Read the rest of this entry »

The ‘Other’ Form of Drowning

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Expert Tips, Physician Services | Posted on 10-08-2011

The term “dry drowning” is little known and often misunderstood by those who have heard of it.

Like wet drowning — which occurs when a person inhales water into the lungs and is unable to pull oxygen into his or her body — dry drowning involves an inability to pull air into the lungs. The causes of dry drowning vary, from sudden trauma to the diaphragm, to apnea, to a condition called laryngospasm. Read the rest of this entry »

Memorial Puts Patients at Heart of New Valvular Heart Disease Center

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Events, Heart, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 09-08-2011

valvular heart diseaseEach year, about 5 million Americans are diagnosed with valvular heart disease, which occurs when the heart valves do not open or close correctly as they allow blood to flow forward through the heart’s chambers. The two main types of valvular heart disease are called valvular stenosis (a too-narrow opening in the valve) and valvular regurgitation (a leaky valve), both of which can cause your heart to work harder.

Typically, this type of heart disease is caused by birth defects, calcium or plaque in the valve, degeneration, infection or IV drug use. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, tiredness, dizziness and/or fainting. Left untreated, valvular heart disease can lead to heart failure. Knowing the signs can help save your life and get you on the right path to the treatment you need sooner. Read the rest of this entry »

Senator Durbin and Memorial’s Top ED Doctor: Energy Drinks, Dietary Supplements Carry Risks

Posted by | Posted in News | Posted on 05-08-2011

Sen. Dick Durbin

With the use of heavily marketed energy drinks and other dietary supplements on the rise, more regulation is needed to ensure that consumers have the information they need to distinguish between products that are safe and others that contain potentially dangerous ingredients that haven’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

That’s the message that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) delivered during a news conference at Memorial Medical Center on Friday.

Durbin recently introduced the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act to improve the information available to consumers and to curb the prevalence of drinks and foods that are masquerading as dietary supplements as a means of avoiding reviews and regulation by the FDA. Read the rest of this entry »

Nominate Breast Cancer Survivor to be Honored at Be Aware Women’s Fair

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Events, Women | Posted on 05-08-2011

Do you know someone whose breast cancer journey has been an inspiration to others around her?

If you do, consider nominating her as a Super Survivor.

Memorial Medical Center’s Be Aware Women’s Fair is accepting nominations through the end of this month for Super Survivors.

All you have to do is go to the Super Survivor Makeover page in the Be Aware Women’s Fair section of our website. Click on the email link and send us the brief information we need.

You can also mail your nomination to Super Survivor, c/o Memorial Medical Center Foundation, One Memorial Plaza, Springfield, IL 62781.

All we need is your name and phone number; your Super Survivor’s name, age and phone number; and a brief explanation about how their breast cancer journey has inspired others. Read the rest of this entry »