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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Chooses Memorial

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, News | Posted on 29-01-2014

President Sirleaf and El Amin Family 007Patient privacy and safety is important every day at Memorial Medical Center, with employees taking great care in the protection of every patient’s rights and our Security team on constant watch, looking out for all our patients, visitors and staff.

But, on Oct. 4, for one patient in particular, Memorial’s own Security team was supplemented by a police escort, several black SUVs, and Liberian and the United States Secret Services.

That patient? President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the 24th president of Liberia, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner and the first female president in Africa’s history.

“It was like something out of the show 24,” said Shari Hill, MSN, RN, director of Baylis Day Surgery. Read the rest of this entry »

Chronic Pancreatitis: When Good Meals Turn Bad

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services | Posted on 29-01-2014

plate of pasta and vegetablesWe all enjoy a good meal. If you suffer from chronic pancreatitis, that simple pleasure can become a source of agony.

We don’t think that much about our pancreas, but it’s there nestled partially behind the stomach, quietly doing its job to digest and absorb nutrients in our food.

Chronic pancreatitis is a progressive inflammation of the pancreas that leads to structural damage and eventual loss of pancreatic function, explains Anthony Griffin, MD, an internal medicine physician with Memorial Physician Services-Jacksonville.

Chronic pancreatitis often develops in patients between the ages of 30 and 40 and is more common in men than women, according to the National Pancreas Foundation. The disease affects fewer than 10 out of every 100,000 people. Dr. Griffin has seen few cases in his Jacksonville practice but encountered more when he worked in Chicago. Read the rest of this entry »

Sprain, Strain or Break: What’s the Difference?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, SportsCare, Winter | Posted on 27-01-2014

Older Man with Injured Leg in SnowWhether you are braving the icy, snowy weather or playing an indoor sport for exercise, winter can be a time when injuries to bones and muscles occur. If — or when — that happens, do you know the difference between a strain, a sprain and a break?

John Gee, a physical therapist for Memorial’s SportsCare, explains:

Strains occur in muscles and/tendons (the tissue that connects muscle to bone) and are most commonly caused by overuse (such as sports that require excessive jumping). However, any activity that causes a muscle to be twisted, pulled, overstretched or torn, such as a fall on the ice, can result in a strain. The most common symptoms of a strain include pain, muscle spasms/weakness, swelling, inflammation and cramping. Read the rest of this entry »

Busting the Top Three Myths about Strokes

Posted by | Posted in Emergency Department, Neuroscience, Stroke Center | Posted on 21-01-2014

042-08-16Strokes are the fourth-leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious disability in the United States. Even so, the majority of people know very little about these debilitating events—and fewer realize they might just be at risk.

“Half of all Americans have at least one main symptom that can lead to stroke; they have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, or they smoke,” said Amanda Conn, a registered nurse and coordinator for the Stroke Center at Memorial Medical Center. “When you consider complexities like diabetes, heart disease or obesity, we’re literally walking time bombs.”

To help diffuse more than a few ticking bombs, Conn and other medical experts have busted the most common stroke myths—and these facts could save your life. Read the rest of this entry »

Serving Size Misperceptions

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 17-01-2014

Portion Size Infographic ThumbnailIf you are making positive lifestyle changes in order to improve your nutrition and overall health, don’t allow portion sizes to derail your efforts to make smarter food choices. Sometimes a visual reminder makes all the difference! What does a half cup of frozen yogurt or a tablespoon of light salad dressing look like? Rein in your amounts with the infographic below.
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How to Relieve Top Winter Skin Ailments

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services, Winter | Posted on 15-01-2014

man putting lotion on handsHow’s your skin feeling after facing sub-zero temperatures and howling wind chills? If the answer is “not great,” you are not alone. Wintry conditions can make even the most hydrated person prone to irritated skin. Josh Ellison, MD, with Memorial Physician Services—North Dirksen, shares some common tips to combat the symptoms of dry skin, chapped lips and damaged hair.

Dry itchy skin is quite common, especially in severe cold. However, flare-ups of a common skin condition called eczema also occur in the very cold. To decrease the symptoms of eczema and dry, itchy skin, Dr. Ellison suggests the following: Read the rest of this entry »

10 Easy Ways to Begin a Healthy Eating Plan

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 07-01-2014

meal-plannerHealthy eating requires planning and persistence – but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Use these 10 tips to help you establish healthy routines and stick with them.

Don’t skip meals.
Our bodies and brains need calories on a routine basis throughout the day. Eating every 3-4 hours will spread your calories and energy evenly throughout the day, not allowing you to be overly hungry and succumb to that tempting plate of chocolate chip cookies.

Plan ahead.
When we fail to plan, we plan to fail! Fast food and vending machines aren’t nearly as temping when a packed lunch is waiting in the fridge and healthy snacks are an arm’s length away. Pack a bag with weekly daytime snacks to have on hand and use dinner leftovers as part of your lunch the next day.

Eat a Balanced Plate.
Balance is important in all aspects of life but especially helpful when trying to adapt a healthier eating style. Choose a plate that is 9 inches in diameter, dividing the plate into sections: half of the plate non-starchy vegetables; a quarter of the plate lean protein and a quarter of the plate starch or starchy vegetables. Add a side of fruit or serving of low-fat milk to round it out. This provides instant portion control, a variety of vitamins/minerals and a mix of complex carbohydrates, fiber and protein to keep us full for a longer time period. Read the rest of this entry »

Stop Waiting! 5 Tips to Overcome Procrastination

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 06-01-2014

to-do-listDoes your to-do list continue from one day to the next? Are you still thinking about that project you wanted to start a couple of months ago?

In the words of Mark Twain, “Never put off ’til tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.”

Start 2014 on a positive note by removing procrastination from your life.

“Eliminating procrastination is all about avoiding … well, avoiding,” said Tisha Bayless, a therapist at Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois. “I think most people can relate to some level of procrastination in their life. Ironically, a person can be very organized and efficient with some areas of their life while procrastination takes over other areas. Use those skills that keep you organized to take care of the tasks you are avoiding.” Read the rest of this entry »