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Why Your Doctor May Not Prescribe Antibiotics

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services, Safety, Videos | Posted on 29-02-2012

We’ve all been there. Despite feeling miserable, you drag yourself out of bed to see the doctor in hopes of getting medication you’re certain will make life better. But instead you’re left empty handed and wondering what happened.

Chances are you had a viral infection, and no antibiotic in the world can help that. And by not prescribing antibiotics, your doctor is actually protecting you from getting even sicker. Confused?  John K. Lee, MD, from Memorial Physician Services” South Sixth Medical Associates breaks down what you need to know. Read the rest of this entry »

A Hospice Story: ‘We couldn’t have gone through this without them.’

Posted by | Posted in Events, Home Services | Posted on 28-02-2012

Standing on the porch of Dorothy Johnson’s longtime home in Sherman are her daughter, Judy Krell, son, Jim Johnson, and hospice nurse, Shelley Gray.

In June 2011, Dorothy Johnson and her family received startling and sad news. Dorothy, 91, had advanced lung cancer – it was so advanced that her oncologist immediately suggested home hospice care.

Dorothy, a mother of two, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of six, lived by herself in Sherman in the house her father had built when she was 6 years old.

“She always said she was never going to leave Sherman,” said her daughter, Judy Krell.

Thanks to Memorial’s Home Hospice program, she didn’t have to. Dorothy stayed at her home through the summer and fall with the help of several members of the Hospice team, including Shelley Gray, hospice staff nurse; Prairie Eigenmann, hospice volunteer; and Naomi Meister, home health aide. In addition to caring for Dorothy’s medical needs, Gray would sit outside with Dorothy on her front porch — which long had been a gathering place for Dorothy and her nearby family — to visit, and Eigenmann, who had grown up in the area, would as well. With Dorothy at home, it was easy for others in the area to stop by and reminisce in the comfort of home. Read the rest of this entry »

Flu Season Reaches Peak

Posted by | Posted in ExpressCare, Flu, News | Posted on 27-02-2012

You might think a winter virtually free of ice, snow and bitterly cold temperatures means fewer people coming down with the flu. But here in central Illinois, the above-average temperatures have just delayed the onset of what is typically considered the peak of flu season, mid-January through February. 

Now, just one month out from spring, the flu bug is biting. 

Local doctors report a recent increase in patients with flu-like symptoms. High fever, sore throat and body aches are all typical signs. And for the first time this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 10 percent of patients have tested positive for flu. A sure sign flu season is here.  Read the rest of this entry »

After Bariatric Surgery

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 24-02-2012

Jeff Harris and his wife, 4 months post-op

This is the third installment of our Bariatric Journey series. Here, we highlight the process after surgery from the patient’s perspective. Read previous posts chronicling Jeff’s transition to a healthier life, Deciding to Have Bariatric Surgery and  Before Surgery.

The first two weeks weren’t mentally hard for Jeff Harris. After a major surgery like gastric bypass, he was solely focused on recovery and didn’t feel like eating.

But that changed after a month or two. And Jeff found himself craving foods he could no longer eat.

“I can look at a pizza, take a bite and that’s it,” he said. “I’m physically satisfied, but not mentally satisfied. I’m use to eating half the pizza.” Read the rest of this entry »

3 Myths about Nurse Practitioners

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services | Posted on 23-02-2012

Regina White, RN, MHS, FNP

Nurse practitioners are increasingly more common in primary physician clinics nationwide as part of the care team, often serving as an additional point of access for the physician with whom they often work alongside.

Today, fewer than 10 percent of graduating medical students choose a career in primary care, which adds to an already existing shortage of primary care physicians. Having a nurse practitioner (NP), who often can provide same-day appointments, available to see patients is an added asset to both the physician and patients.

“There are only so many appointment slots to see patients every day, and sometimes more help is needed to meet the needs of the patient population. We can see those patients when an MD is full,” said Regina White, RN, MSH, FNP, a family nurse practitioner who works with Mark Hansen, MD, at Koke Mill Medical Associates. Read the rest of this entry »

Think Twice Before Taking That Daily Vitamin

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Physician Services | Posted on 23-02-2012

Before you take that daily vitamin, you should ask your doctor if it’s necessary.

Joe Bilyeu, MD, a family medicine physician with North Dirksen Medical Associates, part of Memorial Physician Services, says the practice of taking daily vitamins has been engrained into our psyche since we were children, “but it’s something we should take a second look at.”

“For my patients, I’ve told them for years that if you partake in a healthy diet, eat fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meat (and) get exercise, there’s absolutely no reason why you should be taking a multivitamin daily,” Dr. Bilyeu said during a recent radio interview with Bob Murray on WTAX. Read the rest of this entry »

Conference Helps Prepare Middle School Girls for Success

Posted by | Posted in News | Posted on 22-02-2012

As a parent of a sixth-, seventh- or eighth-grade girl, you cannot expect her life to go smoothly. There will be bumps in the road. Many successful people even point to their failures as important learning moments and the reason for their success.

“Unfortunately, our culture does not often teach us how to recover from downturns, disappointments, and failures, no less how to develop the grace to reflect and learn from unfortunate events. Yet, it can be learned,” said Virginia Dolan, MD, a pediatrician at Koke Mill Medical Associates. “Along with learning and performing better, these same skills improve relationships and can bring joy back into the lives of those who have high expectations for themselves.” Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Heart Month – Try These 4 Foods for a Healthier Heart

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Heart, Nutrition | Posted on 21-02-2012

While there’s no one magic food that will improve your health, several foods can help keep your heart in tip-top shape.

Two clinical dietitians with Memorial Medical Center suggested the following four foods that can help you maintain a heart-healthy diet. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Fast Fixes to Beat the Winter Blues

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Winter | Posted on 17-02-2012

Are the gray skies of winter and days spent cooped up inside getting you down? If your answer is yes, you may have the blues, but it is possible you could have a type of depression that occurs around the same time every year — seasonal affective disorder, also referred to as SAD.

This condition, which usually affects people during the winter months, includes episodes of depression. Some symptoms of SAD are feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, decreased energy, oversleeping, difficulty concentrating and appetite changes.  Read the rest of this entry »

CPAP Machines: Helping You Breathe – and Sleep – Better

Posted by | Posted in Home Services, Sleep Center | Posted on 16-02-2012

CPAP Mask for CPAP Machine

Do you dream of breathing more easily when you sleep? Or of getting a restful night’s sleep? A CPAP machine may be just what the doctor ordered!

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines are used to treat symptoms of sleep apnea, a condition that causes an obstruction in the airway when muscles relax during sleep, which interrupts breathing. Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, long pauses in breathing during sleep, increased drowsiness during the day and restless sleeping.

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