Your spouse just had surgery and no longer needs their pain meds. You don’t want extra pills in the cabinet, so you toss them in the trash. Later, your curious three-year-old spots them as he goes to throw away his squeezable applesauce. And because many pills are bright and look just like a sweet tart, he swallows one whole. As simple as the oversight may seem, it could carry deadly consequences.
Wrongly-ingested medications are the leading cause of accidental poisoning in children and adolescents. According to Safe Kids World Wide, two age groups are most at risk: one- and two-year-old toddlers as well as teens ages 15 to 19. Read the rest of this entry »
Colon cancer is the second largest cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Yet the most effective method to detect colon cancer in its early stages, when it’s most treatable, is one that makes many folks squirm.
A colonoscopy, typically recommended for all men and women when they turn 50 years old, is the gold standard screening for colon cancer. During a colonoscopy, a long flexible tube is inserted into the rectum and along the length of the large intestine, or colon, to look for and remove polyps, growths in the colon that have the potential to turn into colon cancer over time. Read the rest of this entry »
When kids are young, it can be less complicated to plan for and enjoy family meals. As they grow into teenagers, it can be easy to let family meals fall by the wayside. However, meals together generally mean better quality food to help them grow and develop and teaches them to prepare food and appropriately feed themselves when they move out of the family home. Read the rest of this entry »
“Mindfulness.” We hear the word often, but what does it mean? And more importantly, what can it do for your mind and body to help you manage stress and anxiety?
Mindfulness is a practice in which you focus on the physical feelings of what you are doing and “being in the moment.” For example, walking mindfully means focusing on what you are feeling and seeing. You focus on the feeling of your feet touching the ground, the air on your face and the sights in front of you. Unfortunately, most people are doing the opposite. They are walking around thinking about all of the stuff they need to get done that day. Read the rest of this entry »
March is National Nutrition Month, so why not experiment a little with herbs and spices in your kitchen? Not only are herbs and spices excellent for enhancing the flavor of food without additional salt or sugar, they also can provide other health benefits.
The use of herbs, which typically come from the leaves of plants, has been traced back to the B.C. era. Spices, which come from the bark, fruit, stems, roots, buds, berries or seeds of plants, started to have common use around the second century A.D.
Centuries ago, people thought that herbs and spices had certain properties that benefited health, and scientists have uncovered that they were probably right. Some have germ-killing properties, some act as antioxidants and some may even help prevent or decrease the spread of cancer. Read the rest of this entry »
Memorial’s Sharing Wishes Fund is celebrating five years and nearly 200 wishes granted. The Fund provides wishes for hospice patients across central Illinois. See some of the many wishes featured in this video provided by Mary Bretscher, MD, associate medical director for Memorial Home Services Hospice.
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