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Do You Have the Summertime Blues?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Summer | Posted on 30-07-2014

Young-Man-on-DockSummer is in full swing, and your schedule is packed with pool parties, barbeques, ballgames and more.

Everyone around you seems more positive and energetic — except you.

Regardless of the season, depression can make the whole world dark and gray. Clinical depression can impair your ability to sleep, eat, work and get along with others. It also can damage self-esteem, self-confidence and your ability to accomplish everyday tasks.

Depression is more than a low mood; it can be a serious illness. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Gary

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Testimonial | Posted on 24-07-2014

Gary after surgery

Gary after surgery

Gary before surgery

Gary 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 weight.

One such story is Gary, who has lost 100 pounds since his surgery in 2013.

The death of his younger brother in 2012 helped motivate Gary to pursue surgery. “I vowed that if there was anything I could do to improve my health and not put my family throught that agony again I would do it,” he said.

Read his story in his own words below.

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Calorie Postings on Restaurant Menus: Friend or Foe?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition | Posted on 22-07-2014

African American Couple Reading MenuMany restaurants are now posting calorie information right on the menu. This is thanks in part to the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. Passed in 2010, the Affordable Care Act requires all restaurants with 20 or more locations to post calorie information on menus, menu boards and display tags, and to provide additional nutrition information upon request.

Unfortunately, posting calorie information does not ensure healthy food choices. A recent study published by the Journal of Consumer Research reported that, when restaurants organized menus by calorie content, consumers chose higher-calorie options. Why? Researchers proposed that consumers tend to associate lower-calorie or healthier options with poor taste quality and choose higher calorie options instead. Interestingly, the study also showed no difference in food choices if higher and lower calorie items were intermixed. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Ways to Become Faithful to Fitness

Posted by | Posted in Exercise, Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 17-07-2014

Mature-Woman-Doing-YogaStarting a fitness routine may be easy. However, sticking with the routine seems to be the hard part. The first few weeks, we’re pumped to start working out, then life gets in the way, or we don’t see the results we want and give up.

Here are some tips from the experts at Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center to help you become a long-term exerciser, if you are will to give exercise just one more try! Read the rest of this entry »

Pushing Past the “What Ifs?” – New Hips Make Huge Difference for Area Farmer

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Orthopedics, Testimonial | Posted on 16-07-2014

JointWorks ConradyFor years, procrastination and fear of surgery kept area farmer Mike Conrady, 48, from considering surgery for his hips.

Finally, at age 45, when nothing eased the pain and he couldn’t sleep at night, he met with Dr. Tomasz Borowiecki, a Springfield Clinic surgeon with Memorial JointWorks at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. After reviewing X-rays, Borowiecki pronounced the left hip “completely worn out” with bone against bone and the right hip in “not very good shape.”

Together they decided to replace the left hip. Three years after that successful surgery, on a Disney trip with his wife, Pam, and daughters, Morgan and Claire, Mike decided to have the second replacement done. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer and Thirst: Tips to Recognize and Prevent Dehydration

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, ExpressCare, Memorial Medical Center, Summer | Posted on 11-07-2014

200401674-001Even camels can die from dehydration—those humps are filled with fat, not water. But you don’t have to exist in a desert to be vulnerable to the symptoms and effects of dehydration, especially during the summer when increased activity and high temperatures team up.

Calvin Bell, MD, medical director for Memorial ExpressCare, explains that dehydration occurs when the body’s loss of water is in excess of what one takes in. This can be caused by extreme hot or cold environments, increased activities, alcoholic beverages, fever, diarrhea and even some medications, including those for blood pressure or diabetes.

You can prevent dehydration by being proactive, especially during the summer. Read the rest of this entry »

Busting the Top 3 Myths about Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

Posted by | Posted in LVRS | Posted on 10-07-2014

LVRS-Quiz-QuestionLung Volume Reduction Surgery is often the last treatment option available for people suffering from severe emphysema or COPD. LVRS offers a greatly improved quality of life for qualifying patients for these patients.

During this procedure, 20 to30 percent of the lung area damaged by emphysema can be removed to allow the remaining tissue and surrounding muscles to work more efficiently, making breathing easier. By removing the damaged tissue, the diaphragm can relax and be able to move up and down while breathing. In turn, this enables the compressed lung tissue to re-expand so less air is trapped and high negative pressures, which cause the airways to collapse, can be reduced.

“While there’s no cure for severe emphysema or COPD, we can improve the lives of those patients who meet the criteria for this procedure,” according to Dr. Stephen Hazelrigg, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, who has performed lung-volume reduction surgery at Memorial Medical Center for more than 450 patients.

The rarity of this procedure can lead to a lot of questions for patients, as well as some myths. That’s why we looked to Dr. Hazelrigg to bust the three most prevalent myths about this life-changing procedure. Read the rest of this entry »

Busting the Top 3 Myths about Weight Loss

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Memorial Medical Center, Physician Services, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 08-07-2014

Man-getting-on-scalesWhen it comes to weight management and obesity, the internet is a grab bag of conflicting information, all touting itself as accurate. Luckily, Memorial Bariatric Services, part of the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, has the facts in an area riddled with fiction.

Myth: If I’m not losing weight, it’s because I’m not working hard enough. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Healthy Tips for Cooking for Two

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 02-07-2014

Couple Cooking for TwoCooking for two can oftentimes be a daunting task when trying to make healthier menu changes. Recipes yielding larger portions, fear of not using produce quickly enough, or making the most of the ingredients we have can be common issues when cooking and grocery shopping each week.

Luckily, there is a way to make and maintain healthy eating habits to fit any household number. Micca Donohoo, a registered dietitian with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, recommends these seven easy tips to scale your menus and recipes down to fit your table for two. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Snoring: Serious or Merely Annoying?

Posted by | Posted in Home Services, Memorial Medical Center, Sleep Center | Posted on 01-07-2014

Man Snoring“Laugh and the world laughs with you; snore and you sleep alone,” said British novelist Anthony Burgess, who may or may not have been speaking from experience.

Lori Valentine, RN, respiratory therapist and director of Memorial’s Home Services Durable Medical Equipment, explains that snoring is caused by a collapse of the upper airway, which can happen because of excess tissue in the upper neck area or a loosening of muscle in the neck area that causes an obstruction. Read the rest of this entry »