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Busting the Top Five Myths about Urology

Posted by | Posted in Urology Services | Posted on 27-02-2014

GHSH Website Question Homepage Banner Kidney Cancer 961 x 300In the world of medicine and health, the line between fact and fiction can be blurry and hard to read. Thanks to the prevalence of online communities, with many trusting their health to “Dr. Google,” it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s not.

It’s especially tempting to turn to the internet when faced with more private conditions, such as urological problems. But it’s just as important to seek professional help for these conditions as it is for any other. Read the rest of this entry »

Local Teen Holds Creative Fundraiser for Burn Center

Posted by | Posted in Burn Center, Foundation | Posted on 26-02-2014

Burn Donation 1Alyson Holder contemplates a career in healthcare and hopes to travel to Haiti someday as a missionary. But for now, the 14-year-old from Raymond will settle with helping patients cared for at the Regional Burn Center at Memorial Medical Center.

Thanks to a 2014 calendar she created featuring members of the Raymond-Harvel Fire Department, Alyson donated $280 to the Memorial Medical Center Foundation to support the Regional Burn Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Common Triggers of Bad Moods and How to Avoid Them

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 25-02-2014

Woman with a headachA bad mood can sweep in like a winter storm cloud – often expected but sometimes a surprise. Sondra Wise, a licensed clinical social worker for Memorial Counseling Associates, shares three common triggers that can turn a good day into a bad one.

  • Negative thinking includes a jump to conclusions or snap judgments about people or situations, forecasts of the future with a catastrophic perspective, and all-or-nothing thoughts that encourage “black and white” thinking.
  • A negative environment can include complaining people, a lack of cleanliness and/or sunlight and excessive input from television, music, computers and games. 
  • Poor sleep habits include behaviors such as overstimulation, lack of routine and other habits that lead to insomnia, hypersomnia and sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry »

Kids and Over-The-Counter Medicines: What’s Safe?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services | Posted on 20-02-2014

200248540-001When kids are sick, their parents and caregivers want to do whatever necessary to help them feel better as quickly as possible. It’s important to remember, however, that children are not tiny adults when it comes to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. OTC medicines, even those intended for children, can be dangerous if given improperly.

“We are really careful with OTC meds and kids,” said Ashish John, MD, a pediatrician at Memorial Physician Services—Koke Mill. “We usually strongly advise against using any adult meds with kids. The concentration of the medicines can vary greatly between adult and children forms, which increases the possibility of a child receiving too much medicine.” Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping Pinkeye at Bay

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, ExpressCare | Posted on 19-02-2014

woman with pinkeyeLast week, amidst talk of glittering figure skater costumes, “#SochiProblems” and how exactly curling works, one topic took center stage: conjunctivitis, better known as pinkeye.

This dreaded affliction reared its ugly head–and eyes–at the Winter Olympics, when NBC anchor Bob Costas missed several days on the job because of a severe case of pinkeye.

According to Calvin Bell, MD, medical director for Memorial ExpressCare and physician with Mid-America Emergency Physicians, pinkeye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear tissue over the white part of the eyeball and lining of the eyelids. This inflammation makes blood vessels more visible, which reddens–or “pink”ens–the eye. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Let the Snow Push You Around! Tips for Safe Shoveling

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Winter | Posted on 18-02-2014

Shoveling SnowAt this rate, we may be shoveling into next winter. Don’t let snow knock your back out of whack. Dr. Ferdinand Salvacion, with Memorial’s SpineWorks, which utilizes advanced non-surgical treatment options like nerve blocking techniques, cautions against trying to move heavy deep piles of snow too quickly. Instead, consider these tips for safer shoveling. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Not Too Late to Protect Yourself Against the Flu

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, ExpressCare, Flu | Posted on 14-02-2014

flu vaccineWe’re in the middle of an especially active flu season—one we hope is almost over. However, it’s not time to call the “all clear” yet. Stay vigilant against the flu for a healthy late winter and early spring. Here are three things you can do to guard against the flu:

  • Get a flu shot.

Though we are in the midst of flu season, you can still get a flu shot to protect yourself against the flu virus.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that while flu season usually peaks in January or February, it is not too late to get a flu shot. According to HHS, if you get the flu vaccine you are 60-percent less likely to need treatment for the flu by a healthcare provider. Getting the vaccine has been shown to offer substantial other benefits, including reducing illness, antibiotic use, time lost from work, hospitalizations and deaths. Read the rest of this entry »

Surprising Winter Health Benefits

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services, Winter | Posted on 12-02-2014

Tdv1430030he bitter temperatures and near-constant precipitation this winter have brought out the grouch in most of us, but believe it or not, there are a few health benefits credited to cold weather. Avinash Viswanathan, MD, an internal medicine physician with Memorial Physician Services— Koke Mill, explains below. Read the rest of this entry »

Controlling Your Pain After Surgery: What to expect while you are in the hospital

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 11-02-2014

Physician Checking on Patient in HospitalPatients often fear the pain that goes along with surgery. And while a certain amount of pain is expected with any surgical procedure, many interventions are available to manage and control pain.

Everyone’s experience of pain is different. Physicians and nurses work with patients to determine the acceptable level of pain, which is the level at which the patient can function comfortably.

“We encourage patients to talk with their nurses and physicians about their pain management needs,” Veena Sharma, RN, nursing outcomes facilitator and developer of the Pain Resource Team at Memorial Medical Center said. Read the rest of this entry »

Oncology Rehab Helps Patient Recover After Double Cancer Treatment

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Memorial Medical Center, Rehab, Testimonial | Posted on 06-02-2014

018-14-33When Walter Melcher learned he had Stage 4 throat cancer, he knew the prognosis wasn’t good. Just four years earlier, he had lost his first wife to a 13-year battle with breast cancer.

Six months later, while he was undergoing treatment, he learned that he also had thyroid cancer.

The double whammy of two cancers left him exhausted and made it difficult for him to swallow food. But Memorial Medical Center’s oncology rehab program, known as the STAR Program, has helped him get back on his feet. Read the rest of this entry »