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Fast Facts About Heart Disease

Posted by | Posted in Heart | Posted on 30-04-2014

174-0347-Heart-Infographic_webNot every heart attack or stroke looks like the ones shown on television dramas. Some occur with less prominent symptoms, but all have the potential to be deadly. This infographic helps you learn the warning signs and ideal responses if you encounter a victim of cardiac arrest, heart attack or stroke.

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Spring is Here! Time for Sunshine, Warmth – and Allergies!

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services | Posted on 29-04-2014

Woman with AllergiesThe frigid days of winter are finally behind us. Now, we can enjoy all the benefits of spring that we’ve been longing for during these last few bone-chilling months.

Sunshine! Warmth!


Oh, yeah, that’s right. Seasonal springtime allergies are here. If you don’t suffer from allergies or don’t know someone who does, you could care less. We’ll try not to despise you too much as we deal with our sniffling and sneezing. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Ways Grown-Ups Can Help Kids Become Resilient

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Parents | Posted on 25-04-2014

African American FamilySome children struggle with stresses or challenges in their lives. They may have difficulty solving problems, display concerning behaviors or react to situations with strong emotions. Other children who face similar challenges may be able to handle difficult situations. They control their feelings and behaviors, persist in solving problems and overcome obstacles. These children display resilience or the capacity to recover from difficulties.

Anna Hickey, PhD, LCP, with The Children’s MOSAIC Project, a program of Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois, shares five ways adults can use resilience strategies with children.     Read the rest of this entry »

Color Blaze 5K Supports Memorial Regional Burn Center Patients

Posted by | Posted in Burn Center, Foundation, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 23-04-2014

198-13-043I was a patient in the burn unit from 10/10/13 discharged on 10/23/13. I received severe steam burns in an industrial accident. I am also retired from the Peoria Fire Dept. During my time at Memorial I received what I describe as the finest medical treatment I have ever seen. The care and compassion by the staff in the burn unit went above and beyond excellent. All of the people in that unit are awesome but I feel I have to mention some who treated my medical needs but also connected on a personal level with not only me but also my family and friends. Special thanks to Kelly, Jill, Christie, Lauren, Robert, and last but certainly not least Eddie. All the staff were great, but these individuals stood out and I will always be grateful to them. Memorial Medical Center has a reason to be extremely proud of this unit.”

As a retired Peoria firefighter who served his community for 30 years, Mike Morrow has had ample experience interacting with a variety of medical professionals. So last October when he was a patient in Memorial’s Regional Burn Center, he knew great care when he received it. Read the rest of this entry »

Grow (and Cook With!) Your Own Herbs

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition, Recipes | Posted on 22-04-2014

potted herbsFor people who want the health benefits of gardening but don’t have a big lawn or a lot of spare time to devote to it, raising herbs is an option. With a few pots and some sunshine, you can grow delicious, nutritious spices to add to your favorite dishes.

“Herbs can provide eye appeal, flavor, texture and may add some nutritional value,” said Gayle Jennings, a registered dietitian at Memorial Medical Center. “In addition to adding a variety of tastes to common dishes, herb blends can be an excellent substitute for salt.”

Central Illinois is in the Zone 5 plant hardiness growing region. Before you plant herbs – particularly perennials – make sure they will grow here. Most herbs grown in Illinois will need to be in pots with well-drained soil. Read the rest of this entry »

Worth More than an Apple a Day: Why You Need Your Regular Physical

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services | Posted on 17-04-2014

BrentLike a lot of people, Brent Strukely only visited the doctor when he was sick.

“I looked at myself as a pretty healthy, physically active person,” said the 47-year-old Springfield resident. “When everything’s going well, you’re invincible. In that mindset, I just ignored going to the doctor.”

And he might have kept ignoring it, had he not decided to look into a new primary care physician.

In August 2013, Brent set up a typical new patient “meet and greet” with Dr. Gustavo Mosquera at Memorial Physician Services – Chatham. The actual appointment, however, was anything but typical. Read the rest of this entry »

Busting the Top Three Myths about Kidney Transplants

Posted by | Posted in Transplant | Posted on 16-04-2014

GHSH Website Question Homepage Banner Transplant 961 x 300Nearly 103,000 people are awaiting a lifesaving kidney transplant nationwide. Every 10 minutes, another name is added to the national transplant waiting list. And, still, myths persist about kidney transplants. We asked the Memorial Transplant Services team to debunk some of the more common myths surrounding kidney transplants and donation. Read the rest of this entry »

I Want to Run a 5K … But I’m Not a Runner: 3 Tips to Get Started

Posted by | Posted in Exercise, Expert Tips, SportsCare | Posted on 15-04-2014

RunnersWhat motivates people – who otherwise never run – to train to run a 5K? Sometimes it’s to support and raise money for a special cause. There are charity 5Ks every weekend – including several fun ones coming up in Springfield. (Click on a list of Memorial-sponsored upcoming races and walks here.) Other people just want to try something that may seem unattainable.

Gabe Stinson, a sports enhancement specialist with Memorial SportsCare, shares his expertise with those wanting to cross the finish line of a 5K this spring or summer. Read the rest of this entry »

Stuck on the Worry-Go-Round? Five Ways to Exit the Anxiety Ride

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 11-04-2014

depressed womanYou know better than to obsess, but occasionally life’s challenges overwhelm your ability to control worry levels. Increased anxiety takes a definite toll on physical and emotional health.

According to outpatient therapist Betsy Van Brocklin with Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois in Jacksonville, some common consequences of anxiety include increased blood pressure, migraines, decreased sleep and appetite and impaired ability to handle stress and frustration.

Fortunately there are coping strategies that can help slow or even stop the revolving cycle of obsessive worry. Van Bocklin shares five tips: Read the rest of this entry »

Defining Diabetes

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 09-04-2014

DiabetesAbout 26 million Americans — 8.3 percent of the population — have diabetes. Of that group, 7 million are undiagnosed. Diabetes is a serious health concern. It is the seventh leading cause of death and is a major cause for blindness, amputation and renal (kidney) failure.

In addition, approximately 33 percent of Americans have prediabetes – but only 10 percent know they do.

“With diabetes touching such a large segment of the population, it’s no wonder many people have heard of diabetes but may not understand there are several types of the disease,” said Kathy Levin, registered dietitian and diabetes program coordinator with Memorial Diabetes Services. “However, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of diabetes in order to get the condition under control with appropriate treatment options.”

Diabetes occurs when blood glucose (sugar) levels rise because the body either is not producing enough insulin and/or is unable to use it correctly. Diabetes mellitus occurs as Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.  Read the rest of this entry »