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Snack Attack? Try These Not-So-Average, Healthy Options

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Recipes | Posted on 31-01-2013

Are you stuck in a rut and tired of eating the same snacks day after day? Here are some ideas for healthy snacks for 200 calories or less. Read the rest of this entry »

9 Tips for Better Bone Health

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Women | Posted on 30-01-2013

Often, the majority of adults, especially women, do not think about frail bones until they become older. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, millions of women already have, or are at risk of developing, osteoporosis, a disease of the bones where a break or fracture can easily occur.

 “The best way to prevent osteoporosis is to work on building strong bones as soon as you can,” said Randy Wise, RN, orthopedic research and outcomes nurse at Memorial Medical Center. “Building strong bones during childhood and teen years is one of the best ways to keep from getting osteoporosis later. Unfortunately, most kids and women do not get the recommended daily allowance of calcium in their diet.”

 “However, no matter how old you are, it’s never too late to start building stronger bones,” he said.

 The following is a list of recommendations to improve bone health that Wise shares with his patients. Read the rest of this entry »

Osteoarthritis: How to Deal with this Common Joint Disorder

Posted by | Posted in Orthopedics | Posted on 25-01-2013

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that Courtney Mehochko sees on the orthopedic unit at Memorial Medical Center.

It occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time, according to MayoClinic.com. Joints in the knees, hips, hands, neck and lower back are the most affected.

“Osteoarthritis is caused by overuse of the joints – strain, stress, previous injuries,” Mehochko, RN, one of the charge nurses on Memorial Medical Center’s orthopedic unit, said during a radio interview with WTAX’s Bob Murray. Read the rest of this entry »

Lincoln Resident Feels ‘Great’ Following Knee-Replacement Surgery

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Orthopedics, Testimonial | Posted on 24-01-2013

Gretchen Plotner

Two years ago, Gretchen Plotner was visiting her son in Florida when her left knee started going out.

“It was becoming difficult to even walk,” said the 77-year-old Lincoln resident. “I knew I needed to get home and see my doctor.”

She and her husband, Les, came home early and made an appointment with Rodney Herrin, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the Orthopedic Center of Illinois. X-rays revealed there was only a small amount of cartilage remaining in her left knee. To improve her strength and mobility, Gretchen started physical therapy with the Rehab Services team at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

The next year, however, her right knee started acting up. “It was in the same shape as my other one so I knew I needed to have surgery,” she said. “The doctor said if the cartilage wears out on the inside of the leg, I would become bowlegged. I didn’t want that.”

Gretchen underwent a right-knee replacement. She spent three days in the hospital recovering before going home. Read the rest of this entry »

MMC Offers New Minimally Invasive Procedure to Treat Large Aneurysms

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Neuroscience, Stroke Center | Posted on 22-01-2013

 The first pipeline stent procedure, which offers an alternative to open brain surgery for patients with large aneurysms, in the region was performed in December at Memorial Medical Center.

Augusto Elias, DDS, MD, a neurointerventional radiologist with Clinical Radiologists, S.C., who leads the neurointerventional team in Memorial Medical Center’s Stroke Center, performed the minimally invasive procedure, known as a pipeline stent. Dr. Elias is one of only 10 physicians in Illinois who is trained to perform this procedure. Read the rest of this entry »

Questions and Answers about Influenza

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Flu, News, Physician Services | Posted on 15-01-2013

As more and more central Illinoisans fall victim to the flu, it’s important to understand the nature and symptoms of the flu while taking the proper precautions to prevent the spread of infection. Below are answers to commonly asked questions about the flu. Information is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Q: What, exactly, is “the flu”?

A: Influenza (or, “the flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. In the United States, on average 5 percent to 20 percent of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications. Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe.

Q: How can I prevent coming down with the flu?

There are three very important things you should do: Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Ron

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 14-01-2013

For many people who struggle with obesity, dieting and exercise alone are not enough to lose and maintain substantial weight loss to improve their health. For some, bariatric surgery, in addition to lifestyle changes, may be the holistic approach to achieving and maintaining great health.

About 800 central Illinoisans have undergone bariatric surgery through Memorial Medical Center’s Bariatric Services program, all with the intended goal of living a more fulfilling, active life after shedding the weight.

One such success story is Ron, who lost more than 200 pounds, reduced his blood-pressure medications from eight to two and has seen a drastic improvement in his quality of life. Read his story in his own words below.

Ron before surgery

Ron after surgery

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8 Nutrition and Fitness Apps to Put You on the Road to Better Health

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Diabetes, Exercise, Nutrition, Resources | Posted on 10-01-2013

We use our cellphones for a lot more than making phone calls. Many of us have smartphones with apps to help us manage our schedules, check the weather, find show times for the latest movie and wake us up in the morning.

So why not use apps to help you better manage your diet?

We surveyed our registered dietitians at Memorial Medical Center. Here are some of the nutrition and fitness apps they recommended: Read the rest of this entry »

Arm Your Children – and Yourself – Against the Flu

Posted by | Posted in Flu, News, Pediatrics, Physician Services, Winter | Posted on 08-01-2013

Flu season has struck early, including in Illinois, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported high influenza-like illness (ILI) activity in recent days, and this year’s peak is not yet in sight.

Flu activity likely will continue for some time. Your best defense against the flu is to receive your annual flu vaccination, which thus far appears to be well matched to the dominant stains of influenza being seen this year, the CDC reports.

It’s not too late to receive the flu vaccination to protect yourself and your loved ones, especially if you have young children who have not yet been protected. Read the rest of this entry »

Knee Replacement Surgery – Second-Best Decision of Stan Zielinski’s Life

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Orthopedics, Rehab, Testimonial | Posted on 07-01-2013

Stan Zielinski went through “many, many years of denial” before he realized he could no longer put off his knee surgery.

And now, after having both knees replaced in separate procedures six months apart about five or six years ago, the Springfield resident said he’s very happy he followed through with it.

“It was one of the best decisions that I have made,” Stan said, “other than marrying my wife.”

Stan praised Memorial Medical Center’s JointWorks program, through which more than 1,200 patients undergo hip- and knee-replacement surgery each year, during a recent interview with Bob Murray, the host of the morning show on WTAX 1240 AM. Read the rest of this entry »