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Living with a Gluten Intolerance? 4 Tips for a Successful Gluten-Free Lifestyle

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition | Posted on 30-09-2013

gluten freeIn today’s world of quick convenience and packaged food, eating gluten-free can be a challenge. It’s everywhere. Most breads, pastas, cereals, pizza, cakes and crackers all contain gluten. It’s also used as filler for many processed foods. 

Gluten itself is a protein found in wheat and other grain products. It’s what allows the product to be flexible but still hold together. Picture rolling out a pizza crust.

If you are gluten intolerant, which includes celiac disease, wheat allergies or gluten sensitivity, the protein becomes toxic in your system and damages your intestines. And that’s when you’re hit with abdominal symptoms like bloating, cramping and diarrhea.

But with careful planning and some homework, you can learn to eat gluten-free. Follow these tips from Gayle Jennings, MS, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian with Memorial Medical Center, to make the transition less overwhelming. Read the rest of this entry »

Embarrassed to Discuss Incontinence with Your Doctor?

Posted by | Posted in Urology Services, Women | Posted on 26-09-2013

Woman Talking to Dr.Many women who suffer from incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine, find it embarrassing to discuss with their physicians. Yet being open with their doctors can put them on the path to finding a solution.

“Incontinence can vary between very mild to incapacitating,” says James Gildner, MD, with Memorial Physician Services – Women’s Healthcare. “Not only is it frustrating, it can be socially embarrassing or even debilitating.”

Up to 30 million women in the United States have experienced bladder leakage issues, according to the National Association for Continence. About one in four new moms experience leaking after normal delivery, and about one in six after a Cesarean section. Read the rest of this entry »

With Husband's and Co-Workers' Support, Super Survivor Refuses to Slow Down

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Womens Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Women | Posted on 23-09-2013

333-13-01When Vicki Simmons learned that she had Stage 2 breast cancer last October, it confirmed what she had suspected when she first discovered the lump in her breast a week before.

“That was a long day,” she recalled when she heard the news. “I sat and cried.”

But those tears didn’t last long. “I’m going to beat it,” the 57-year-old woman said. “I’m from the old school. I can tough it out.”

And with the help of her husband, Dale, as well as the support of co-workers, she has made it through her treatments and chemotherapy. “So far, so good,” she said.

Vicki, of Mount Auburn, is one of three women who were randomly chosen as Super Survivors to be honored at this year”s Memorial”s Be Aware Women”s Fair. The fourth annual event will be held from 9 casino australia m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Read the rest of this entry »

A Rare Double Birthday Gift – a Kidney and a Pancreas

Posted by | Posted in Transplant | Posted on 19-09-2013

TammyWhen Tammy Smith, a 48-year-old Dalton City resident, was diagnosed with diabetes at age 14, doctors weren’t certain what might have caused her illness.

“I remember the doctors were a little vague,” Tammy said. “I was told my diabetes could have been caused by a virus, or even a type of immune deficiency disease. It was just something I had to deal with.”

Fast forward about 30 years. Tammy grew up, married and had four children, one of whom passed away in childhood. She went through a divorce, then married a man with four boys of his own. Together, they raised their combined family in a little house in Dalton City. Everything seemed normal.  

But then, Tammy’s normal life was turned upside down. Read the rest of this entry »

Festival of Trees: Holiday Joy with a Lasting Legacy

Posted by | Posted in Events, Foundation, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 18-09-2013

243-0336 FOT Logo_ver3Thanks to the sponsors, donors and attendees of last year’s festival, the Memorial Medical Center Foundation was able to grant funds to several area programs. We introduced you to two of those programs and studies last week. Now, learn about two more programs benefitting from the festivities enjoyed every year at Memorial’s Festival of Trees.

Funds to Enhance Patient Comfort

Memorial’s inpatient psychiatric patients benefitted from a Foundation grant in the form of a Comfort Room. The room is a park-like setting, with plants, photos of outdoor images, aromatherapy and more to create a calming, healing space for patients, says Tamsyn Weaver, RN, 5A/G. While geared toward patients with dementia, the room is also being used to help de-stimulate anyone on the unit who is feeling anxious or depressed, Weaver said.

“Our unit can be busy and pretty stimulating at times,” she said, “so patients enjoy having this sanctuary.” Read the rest of this entry »

Raising a Child with Behavior Issues

Posted by | Posted in Events, Expert Tips, Mental Health, Pediatrics | Posted on 17-09-2013

child having tantrumRaising a child with behavior issues can be challenging. There can be tantrums, disrespect toward parents and teachers, disregard for rules and refusal to do what is asked.

Parents can become frustrated and unsure of what to do to help their child behave more appropriately.

Education is the key.

“It is important for parents to learn a structured approach for handling behavior challenges so that home-life is less chaotic and their children are more successful on a daily basis,” said Autumn Dunham Neubert, a licensed clinical social worker at The Children’s Center, a program of Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois. “It is important for parents to feel empowered that they are handling difficult situations in an appropriate manner. Having the knowledge to work with problematic behaviors is important for any parent.” Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Yvette

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 16-09-2013

Yvette before surger

Yvette 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.

Yvette after surgery

Yvette after surgery

One such success story is Yvette, who has lost nearly 120 pounds since her surgery in 2012.

Tired of watching life pass her by, Yvette turned to Memorial Bariatric Services to lose weight and become healthy again. Since surgery, Yvette is no longer a diabetic and is not on any medicines. Her cholesterol has returned to normal levels and she has more energy.

Yvette says, “[This was] the BEST decision I have ever made – I love me again! I am truly happy and healthy.” Read the rest of this entry »

Festival of Trees: Providing More than Holiday Fun

Posted by | Posted in Foundation, News | Posted on 12-09-2013

History-PageYou know that Memorial’s Festival of Trees is a Springfield holiday favorite. But, did you know it is also the largest fundraiser for the Memorial Medical Center Foundation?

Yes, the dollars received for those tasty Jubelt’s gingerbread cookies go to an even greater cause than our collective sweet tooth.

Memorial’s Festival of Trees started in 1989 as an event to benefit the health programs offered by Memorial Medical Center. Since then, the Festival has raised nearly $3 million for healthcare and has become the single largest family-oriented holiday tradition in central Illinois.

Each year, hundreds of talented local designers and volunteers transform the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds into a winter wonderland of exquisitely decorated showcases, trees, wreaths and swags. But, what the funds earned from the event create is even more lasting and beautiful. Read the rest of this entry »

Remember: Suicide is Preventable

Posted by | Posted in Mental Health | Posted on 10-09-2013

431c4c7f64f14a98aefc33b15e9b410eThe statistics cannot be ignored.

  • Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Approximately 922,725 Americans attempt suicide each year.
  • An estimated 4.73 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member or loved one.

During National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 8-14) it is important to remember that suicide is preventable.

“If you know someone who is in an emotional crisis and thinking about suicide, it is imperative to talk to that person about how they are feeling at that moment. It is prevention and intervention occurring in the present,” said Ben Yamnitz, who manages the Crisis Center at Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois. “You want to keep the person safe and then work together to come up with ways, other than suicide, to alleviate that pain. There are always other options.” Read the rest of this entry »

Nutritionist or Dietitian?

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition | Posted on 09-09-2013

nutritionistOver the years, there has been a lot of confusion surrounding the profession of dietetics. We get a lot questions, such as, “don’t dietitians just write menus at hospitals?” or, “is there any difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?”

For years, dietitians have been trying to separate themselves from nutritionists, mostly in terms of the level of education required. In years past, just about anyone who wanted to call himself or herself a nutritionist could do so, as there was never any governance concerning this term. Registered dietitians complete a four-year undergraduate degree and an extensive internship, and must pass a national exam, not to mention completing 75 hours of continuing education every five years to maintain their title.

So, what has changed? Read the rest of this entry »