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Ask the Pediatrician: Vision Problems in Children

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Parents, Pediatrics | Posted on 30-05-2014

boy wearing glassesDr. Ekta Basnet, a pediatrician with Memorial Physician Services, answers a few frequently asked questions parents have about vision problems in children.

Q:  What are some common vision problems and symptoms in kids?
DR. BASNET: Hyperopia (far-sightedness) and myopia (near-sightedness) are both common in kids. With hyperopia, people can see things at a distance clearly but cannot see things up close. Symptoms of hyperopia include blurred vision (especially at night), trouble seeing up close, eye strain and headaches. Myopia is the opposite; objects near are clear, but objects in the distance are blurry. Children with myopia often complain of not being able to see the boards at school, hold objects close to their eyes , rub the eyes and experience eye strain and headaches. Read the rest of this entry »

“Real Men Don’t Cry” – A Mental Health Myth

Posted by | Posted in Men, Mental Health | Posted on 29-05-2014

depressed manThe tough guy persona is a familiar one on television and the movie screen, but it’s unrealistic for men to think they can just “shake it off” when confronted with emotional situations.

More than 6 million men in the United States suffer from depression each year, says Ray Redick, a licensed clinical professional counselor with Memorial Counseling Associates. Read the rest of this entry »

Beating Stroke at Age 33

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Neuroscience, Stroke Center | Posted on 27-05-2014

Tori-SewardTori Seward, 33, knows from experience that a stroke can happen to anyone at any age at any time. Last June, the hairdresser with the infectious smile suffered a vertebral artery dissection in her neck, which led to a brain bleed, which led to a stroke.

At Memorial Medical Center, she spent two weeks in the neurology nursing care unit before embarking on five-hour daily therapy treatments. The rehabilitation significantly improved her ability to return to a normal life. There, she learned how to use a wheelchair, then a walker and a cane. Today she walks without any aids.

While Tori’s stroke presented itself in a unique manner, there are specific things to look for in a potential stroke situation. Read the rest of this entry »

Linda’s Weight-Loss Journey: Month 3

Posted by | Posted in Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 23-05-2014

Linda Month 3Meet Linda. She has struggled with gaining weight and then losing it, only to gain it back, since graduating from high school. Recognizing that her emotions influenced her food intake, she knew she not only needed to improve her diet, but also manage her emotionally fueled eating habits.

Linda is a patient of the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center and has agreed to share her journey to better health. This video describes her progress three months into her program. She talks about what’s changed, how life has improved, and new things she’s learned. Read the rest of this entry »

When Life with Your Teen Goes from Bad to Worse

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Parents | Posted on 21-05-2014

Mother and Daughter After QuarrelHave you gone from being a cherished parent to the dumbest person on the face of the planet – all in the space of an hour? Welcome to the world of teens. They ride a roller coaster of emotions and often take you with them. But how can you tell when something more serious is taking place?

“Psychiatric and learning disorders in children and adolescents are real, common and treatable,” says Dr. Cynthia Mester, director of The Children’s Center, which is part of the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois. “We encourage parents and guardians to bring their child in for an assessment at the first sign of a significant change in behavior. Research shows the sooner mental health professionals become involved when there is a behavioral issue, the greater the potential for resolution and/or for diminishing the overall impact.” Read the rest of this entry »

“Real Men Don’t Cry” – A Mental Health Myth

Posted by | Posted in Men, Mental Health | Posted on 16-05-2014

GHSH Website Question Homepage Banner Mental Health 961 x 300The tough guy persona is a familiar one on television and the movie screen, but it’s unrealistic for men to think they can just “shake it off” when confronted with emotional situations.

More than 6 million men in the United States suffer from depression each year, says Ray Redick, a licensed clinical professional counselor with Memorial Counseling Associates. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Women Need to Pay Attention to Stroke Risks

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services, Stroke Center | Posted on 15-05-2014

Women-Stroke-Infographic-ThumbnailWomen face some unique circumstances that can increase their risk for stroke, according to new prevention guidelines from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

One of those is preeclampsia, which is defined as high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women who previously had normal blood pressure, according to the Mayo Clinic. Women with preeclampsia have double the risk for a stroke later in life.

“A diagnosis of preeclampsia during pregnancy has significant health implications across a woman’s lifespan,” said Amanda O’Brien, MD, an OB-GYN with Memorial Physician Services-Women’s Healthcare. “It cannot be ignored.” Read the rest of this entry »

Three Reasons New Runners Must Cross-train

Posted by | Posted in Biathlon, Exercise, Expert Tips, SportsCare | Posted on 12-05-2014

Woman-on-BicycleFor people who are new to running, adding in “cross-training” to a schedule can seem overwhelming. Other runners who are getting into training habits often don’t want to cross-train for fear of losing progress. However, cross-training needs to be a part of your exercise routine.

Cross-training for runners involves activities, such as biking, swimming or yoga, that exercise different muscles and are not as high-impact on the joints.

“While cross-training sounds like a break and is less intense, it actually helps strengthen the entire body and supports healthy, effective training,” said Gabe Stinson, a sports enhancement specialist with Memorial’s SportsCare.

Still not convinced you need to cross-train? Stinson gives three reasons you should: Read the rest of this entry »

3 Surprising Things That Can Damage Your Hearing

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Hearing Center | Posted on 07-05-2014

woman with hand to earIt doesn’t have to be a rock concert or a jet engine to hurt your ears and potentially (and irreversibly) damage your hearing. Though you likely don’t realize it, the following  everyday activities can hinder your ability to hear well.

1. Cleaning your ears with cotton swabs.

The shape and design cotton swabs, such as a Q-tips, suggest their whole reason for being is to clean the human ear. But did you know  that cotton swabs can cause permanent damage to the ear that may result in hearing loss and balance problems? Read the rest of this entry »

The Hows and Whys of Stroke Prevention

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Stroke Center | Posted on 06-05-2014

DS-6139 ASA Stroke Statistics_ExternalRevMay is National Stroke Awareness Month, and when it comes to the prevention of stroke and heart disease, we all know what we need to do. But we don’t always know why. And not knowing why or how important our lifestyle decisions are in staying healthy can lead us to not following through with the potentially life-saving adjustments we need to make.

We spoke to an expert with Memorial Medical Center’s Stroke Center about the most common risk factors for strokes and just why we need to keep them under control. Read the rest of this entry »