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Before Bariatric Surgery

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 30-12-2011

This is the second installment of our Bariatric Journey series. Here, we highlight the process before surgery from the patient’s perspective. Click here to read the first installment, the decision making process for surgery. Watch for our final installment, life after surgery, in January.

Jeff Harris had made the decision to have bariatric surgery. But before the operation could begin, he would have to undergo a long process of evaluations, education and a mental battle like he’s never experienced before.

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Need to Conquer Unhealthy Eating Habits? ‘Choosing to Lose’ Can Help

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Nutrition, Videos | Posted on 29-12-2011

With the tempting platters of calorie-laden holiday food behind you, it’s time to look forward to managing your weight for the new year.

While many of us don’t have a lot of success with New Year’s resolutions, an 11-week program offered by Memorial Medical Center’s dietitians can teach you the skills to conquer unhealthy eating habits. And the first class is free!

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New Year, New Mood: Assess Your Mental Health

Posted by | Posted in Mental Health, Resources | Posted on 27-12-2011

As a new year approaches, many of us turn our thoughts toward ways to improve — be it our finances, our weight, or our well-being.

For those seeking to achieve a healthier, happier life, consider assessing your emotional well-being. You can do so anonymously, for free, with an online assessment tool available at Memorial Counseling Associates ( and Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois (

Online self assessments are available for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and adolescent depression. Community resources, services and informative articles can also be found at the above websites.

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Johnny Knox spinal injury analysis

Posted by | Posted in News, Orthopedics, SportsCare | Posted on 22-12-2011

After Jay Cutler’s thumb injury, Johnny Knox emerged as the go-to wide receiver for Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie. Blessed with incredible speed, Knox was the primary deep threat in an otherwise anemic Bears passing offense.

This past Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, Knox sustained a gruesome spinal injury. The hit he took was so horrific that viewers simply hoped he’d be able to walk again.

John O. Watson, MD, is a spine specialist at Memorial Medical Center. After witnessing the Knox injury himself, he knew the receiver’s road to recovery would be a long one. He was kind enough to offer his thoughts on the injury, surgery, and subsequent rehab process.

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Eat Well — and Safely — This Season

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Physician Services | Posted on 20-12-2011

The December holidays are a great time for sharing traditions and making new memories, often while hovering over plates of appetizers, holiday meats, sides and desserts. That last thing you want to do is wake up with an upset digestive track from eating poorly handled food.

Becky Morrow, a manager at Memorial Medical Center’s Food and Nutrition department who also teaches food sanitization courses, says taking a few important measures in preparing and storing the foods you share at holiday gatherings this year can prevent you and your guests from suffering food poisoning.

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From Our SportsCare Trainers: Staying In The Game With Diabetes

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, SportsCare | Posted on 19-12-2011

Learning that you have diabetes can be a tough blow, especially when you are a child or adolescent participating in sports. But being diagnosed with diabetes does not mean you have to give up the sport or activity that you love. Exercise is an important tool in controlling your diabetes.

Many things can affect your blood sugar response to aerobic or anaerobic activities. Although every person’s response to exercise is different as it relates to blood sugars, typically aerobic exercise tends to decrease blood sugar. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Learning Toys for Kids

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Parents, Rehab | Posted on 15-12-2011

As you hit the stores this holiday season for the latest toys, why not look for gifts to help your child build speech and language skills? Jennifer Pollock, CCC-SLP, CLC, speech therapist at Memorial Outpatient Rehab Services shares ideas on what toys and games help facilitate your child’s development.

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Seven Things You May Not Realize Are Full of Germs

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, ExpressCare | Posted on 14-12-2011

Do you pride yourself on being clean and relatively germ-free? We hate to burst your bubble, but you may not be as immaculate as you think. We’re not saying you’re Pig Pen, just that you should probably sanitize after you pat yourself on the back.

Carly Hinkle, a registered nurse with Memorial Medical Center’s Infection Prevention department, said it’s “very easy” to pick up an unwanted bacteria or virus by touching any number of everyday objects — handrails, door handles, elevator buttons and more.

And consider these culprits:

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How a Yellow Sticker Could Save Your Life

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Safety, Videos | Posted on 09-12-2011

You’ll soon see more cars in Illinois displaying large yellow dot decals in their rear windows. And those dots will help save lives.

Illinois launched recently its voluntary Yellow Dot program. Participants receive a bright yellow decal for their cars and a corresponding yellow folder. They place the decal in the lower left-hand corner of the car’s rear window. They put their basic medical information and a close-up photo in the folder, which is kept in the glove compartment.

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Hospice Team Helps Fulfill Patient’s Final Dream

Posted by | Posted in Home Services, Testimonial | Posted on 08-12-2011

When Dianna “Lyn” Belville learned she’d be needing hospice care for the final stages of her battle with cancer, there was no question which hospice program she would use.

“Memorial is my favorite hospital,” Lyn said. “Anytime I need a hospital, I choose Memorial.”

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