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Heart Stents 101

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Emergency, Heart | Posted on 26-11-2014

Ruth-Bader-GinsburgStents aren’t just for 81-year-old Supreme Court justices like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently underwent a heart procedure to fix a blockage in her right coronary artery.

The senior member of the country’s highest court was exercising when she experienced discomfort – a timely reminder for people of all ages to pay attention to your body’s signals during exertion. Read the rest of this entry »

Diabetes Awareness Month: How To Tell If You’re at Risk for Gestational Diabetes

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Physician Services, Women | Posted on 25-11-2014

Pregnant-WomanOf all the hallmarks of prenatal appointments – the weigh-ins, urine tests and blood draws – the glucose screening is among the least popular with expectant moms.

Draining a cup of the super-sweet drink is a requirement at the 4- to 5-month mark to help obstetricians determine if the patient is at risk for gestational diabetes. A positive glucose screening can lead to a three-hour glucose tolerance test, which involves returning at a later date, fasting ahead of the appointment and drinking even more of the sugary sweet liquids.

While the screening and test may be a hassle, the condition they are designed to detect is a potentially harmful one. Gestational diabetes affects between 2 percent and 10 percent of expectant mothers and indicates an elevated (and abnormal) level of sugar in the blood. Read the rest of this entry »

That’s What Friends are For: Friends of Memorial Volunteers Provide Education, Outreach

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 19-11-2014

Coakley-Lisa-FriendsFriends of Memorial is a volunteer group that has supported Memorial Medical Center in its mission to improve the health of the people and the communities it serves for more than 35 years. To support the work of the hospital, Friends helps Memorial take its services into the community through outreach programs, continuing education, health promotions and disease prevention.

Lisa Coakley has been on the Friends of Memorial board for 19 years. In her years with Friends, she has helped with the group’s popular Babysitting Clinic, composed its quarterly newsletter, been treasurer (a few times), been a director-at-large, served as vice president of education and membership, and volunteered in a variety of roles for the annual Festival of Trees event as co-chair of design, president and chair of the Holiday Market.

“My husband works in the Radiology department and so I initially had that connection to the hospital. I stayed with it because Memorial is a great organization and does a lot for the community,” Lisa said. Read the rest of this entry »

Worried About Type 2 Diabetes? Take this Quick Test to Assess Your Risk

Posted by | Posted in Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 17-11-2014

risk-test-paper-versionWe all know it’s important to eat a balanced diet and stay active. Those are simple proactive strategies that improve your health both in the present and future. However, if you’ve been procrastinating on either of these fronts, consider this new motivation to spark action.

This November, as part of National Diabetes Month, the American Diabetes Association is encouraging people to take a quick and simple risk assessment–seven straightforward questions–aimed to determine your risk level for developing Type 2 diabetes. If the test results indicate you are at high risk, the first step is to see your doctor. It’s that easy. Don’t wait. Take the test nowRead the rest of this entry »

A Heart for Health: Inspiring Wellness and Independence

Posted by | Posted in Mental Health, Testimonial | Posted on 11-11-2014

Ann-Walking-MHCCI-Holiday-AppealMeet Ann, a client of the Logan-Mason Rehabilitation Center, a program of the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois. She is inspiring others to take important steps to improve their health.

Every week, Ann leads Health Matters™, which is a peer-to-peer program focused on improving the health of people with developmental disabilities. While 33 percent of all American adults are obese, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a higher chance of being overweight. In her class, Ann shares information about healthier food options, exercise and goal setting. Read the rest of this entry »

Working Toward Healing and Self-Sufficiency – Ricky’s Story of Recovery

Posted by | Posted in Mental Health, Testimonial | Posted on 06-11-2014

278-14-83 Rikky colorFor Ricky Rogers, things never came easily. He had a hard time holding a job, he wasn’t able to focus on everyday tasks, and then there were the voices he heard. But he didn’t know what was wrong. He just knew it was seriously affecting his life.

“I grew up in an environment where no one understood what I was going through,” he said. “I always felt like something was going on. I worried a lot and couldn’t focus or do things at the same level as the other kids. I felt embarrassed that I wasn’t like everyone else. I didn’t have answers.”

Eventually, Ricky got that answer: In 2008, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He knew he had to get help. But he wasn’t sure where to start.

“A big part of mental illness is having to ask for help,” he said. “And how do you tell someone you’re not normal?” Read the rest of this entry »