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How to Protect Your Child from Sports Concussions

Posted by | Posted in News | Posted on 28-02-2013

56381896Parents often ask Devin Spears, lead athletic trainer at Memorial’s SportsCare, how they can keep their children from getting injured during football season.

“The only thing I can guarantee you is if I put your child in a suit of armor and stand your child in the corner of the end zone, I could pretty much guarantee you they’re not going to get hurt,” Spears said.

“But we know that’s not a reality,” Spears explained during a recent interview with Bob Murray on radio station WTAX. One of the best ways, however, to minimize the damage that young athletes receive when they’re on the field is to make sure their equipment fits and that they are wearing it correctly. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Ginny

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 26-02-2013

Ginny before surgery (on the right)

Ginny before surgery (on the right)

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.

Ginny after surgery

Ginny after surgery

One such success story is Ginny, who has lost more than 113 pounds since her surgery and was able to remove numerous medicines from her daily regime.

“I’m more outgoing now, and people are more receptive to me,” she said. ”

“I’m happier and enjoy life.”

Read Ginny’s story in her own words below. Read the rest of this entry »

Patient’s Rare Brain Tumor Removed After Delicate 14-Hour Surgery

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Neuroscience, Testimonial | Posted on 21-02-2013

Paige Ballinger is glad to be feeling good.

Paige Ballinger had always been in good health. She had never been in the hospital for anything major in her nearly 50 years.  What the Springfield woman didn’t know was that ever since birth she had the equivalent of a time bomb in her head waiting to go off.A set of cells, which normally would be associated with the respiratory tract, had formed and gotten closed off in the space with the brain and the brain stem. And they stayed there quietly for decades before ever causing a problem.The trouble started on a Thursday morning when she woke up with a stiff neck. At first, Paige thought she had slept on it the wrong way. But when she moved her neck, “it just shot a pain up near my head,”she said.

“It was definitely a 10.”

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Six Tips to Help Conquer SAD

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 20-02-2013

Have you been hibernating the past few months? Oversleeping? Withdrawing from family, friends and social activities?

If your answers are yes, it’s possible that you are suffering from seasonal affective disorder, a common type of depression during the fall and winter months. Often referred to as SAD, seasonal affective disorder negatively affects a person’s energy levels, which can lead to depression, anxiety and feelings of hopelessness.

Though spring will be here in another month, there’s still time to make a few lifestyle changes that can help alleviate symptoms of SAD.

Here are a few recommendations from Lois McConomy, a licensed clinical social worker at Memorial Counseling Associates: Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Linda

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 20-02-2013

Linda after surgery

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 Linda, who has lost more than 65 pounds since her surgery in late August and no longer relies on a CPAP machine for sleep apnea or takes blood pressure medication.

“My self-esteem is back and I’m no longer ashamed of how I look,” she said.

Read Linda’s story in her own words below. (Click here to enlarge.)

Five Tips to Optimize Your Orthopedic Surgery Outcomes

Posted by | Posted in Classes, Expert Tips, Orthopedics | Posted on 19-02-2013

Is orthopedic surgery in your future? Studies show that the more work you put in BEFORE such a surgery — such as a hip or knee joint replacement or spine surgery — the better outcomes you’ll have.

 Our experts with Memorial Orthopedic Services offer these five tips for preparing your body so that your surgery and overall recovery is optimized. The sooner you begin prior to your surgery date, the better (but it’s never too late!). Read the rest of this entry »

Let Dark Chocolate Sweeten This Year’s Valentine’s Day

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Recipes | Posted on 12-02-2013

Do you have a sweet spot for the sweet stuff this time of year — or, really, anytime?

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go together like pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving or champagne on New Year’s. It’s a celebration treat doled out with love, affection – and sweetness.

The latest research suggests dark chocolate is the most beneficial. The magic ingredient in dark chocolate is flavanols — a naturally occurring substance found in plants that boost chocolate’s antioxidant action. These antioxidants help defend our body’s cells against damage caused by free radicals formed through normal body processes, like breathing, or they protect cells from environmental contaminants like cigarette smoke. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Margarita

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 11-02-2013

Margarita after surgery

Margarita before surgery

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 Margarita, who lost more than 140 pounds, saw her diabetes disappear practically overnight and has gone on to participate in multiple 5K runs and a biathlon. And now, she’s training for her first half-marathon! 

Read her story in her own words below. Read the rest of this entry »

Chickenpox in Adults Not Common but More Severe

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services | Posted on 06-02-2013

If it struck you as unusual that longtime television journalist Barbara Walters had fallen ill with chickenpox — at age 83 — that’s because it is. Contracting chickenpox as an adult is “not common at all,” says Chad Johnston, MD, who practices internal medicine at Memorial Physician Services’ Capital Healthcare Medical Associates.

“In Walters’ case, she had not been exposed to chickenpox before and had not had the vaccine,” Dr. Johnston said. “That constitutes a very small part of our society, because around 90 percent to 95 percent of adults have immunity to chickenpox.” Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Heart Month: Follow These 7 Habits to Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Heart, Physician Services, Stroke Center | Posted on 04-02-2013

“Heart disease takes the lives of far too many people in this country, depriving their families and communities of someone they love and care for—a father, a mother, a wife, a friend, a neighbor, a spouse. With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes a year, and 800,000 deaths, just about all of us have been touched by someone who has had heart disease, heart attack, or a stroke.”
– Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular or heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, which equals 2,200 deaths per day. Read the rest of this entry »