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Get Your Rear in Gear for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Screenings | Posted on 02-03-2017

Rajan Kochar, MD, MPH, a gastroenterologist at Springfield Clinic, promoted colon cancer awareness month, recognized in March, with Joey McLaughlin recently on WTAX radio.

“Colon cancer is preventable,” Dr. Kochar said. “The bottom line – colonoscopies save lives. You may have no symptoms, but you are harboring polyps. Someone who does have a family history should start having the procedure sooner.” Read the rest of this entry »

Men’s Health Tune-Up

Posted by | Posted in Events, Friends of Memorial, Men, Screenings | Posted on 09-02-2017

Preventative approaches to healthcare are becoming more and more important for avoiding long-term, chronic issues. Guys, that means you, too! Robert Bussing, MD, with Memorial Physician Services, and Tobias Kohler, MD, with SIU School of Medicine, will discuss six of the top men’s health issues followed by a Q & A, and get free health screenings, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Lung Cancer Screenings Can Be a Game-Changer

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Memorial Medical Center, Screenings | Posted on 15-12-2016

doctor-lung-xrayDon’t let the stigma about smoking keep you from pursuing a lung cancer screening. It might save your life, said Traves Crabtree, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in partnership with Memorial Medical Center.

Dr. Crabtree recently spoke with “Morning Newswatch” host Joey McLaughlin during a segment on WTAX radio. He shared some shocking annual statistics: Read the rest of this entry »

New Aneurysm & Stroke Screening Program

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Neuroscience, News, Screenings, Stroke Center | Posted on 28-07-2016

stroke-screeningAn estimated 1 in 50 Americans have an un-ruptured brain aneurysm, or a weak area in the wall of an artery that feeds blood to the brain. One rupture occurs every 18 minutes with 40 percent resulting in a fatality; 66 percent of survivors have a permanent neurological deficit and 15 percent die before they reach the hospital.

In answer to this growing issue, Memorial Medical Center, in partnership with SIU School of Medicine Neurology and Clinical Radiologists, developed the Aneurysm & Stroke Screening Program to help identify and prevent ruptures. Read the rest of this entry »

Why You Shouldn’t Put Off Your Colonoscopy

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Screenings | Posted on 23-03-2016

Colonoscopy-Appt-on-CalendarColon 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 »

Are You Among the Millions Who Unknowingly Have Prediabetes?

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Events, Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Screenings | Posted on 04-11-2013

World Diabetes DayNearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and another 79 million have prediabetes — and many of them don’t know it.

People with prediabetes have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetics. They’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, but they can take steps to reverse it

While there are no clear symptoms for prediabetes, you can look for some warning signs, says Kathy Levin, registered dietitian and diabetes program coordinator with Memorial Diabetes Services. These may include symptoms of diabetes like fatigue or symptoms of low blood glucose like shakiness caused by elevated insulin levels as glucose levels start to rise in prediabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, people with prediabetes can take the following actions to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes: Read the rest of this entry »

When Should You Consider a Hearing Screening?

Posted by | Posted in Screenings | Posted on 15-05-2012

If you suffer from hearing loss, you’re usually the last to know.

Hearing loss goes unnoticed because it often occurs so gradually and is painless. But it can hamper your quality of life.

“A lot of times family members will notice it first,” said Vicki Blount, certified clinical audiologist at Memorial Medical Center’s Hearing Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding Gluten-Free and Celiac Disease

Posted by | Posted in Events, Nutrition, Screenings | Posted on 10-05-2012

Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye.

Gluten-Free. You’ve heard the term. You’re likely seeing it more and more in grocery store aisles on pasta boxes and other packaged items. But what does it mean? And could you benefit from a gluten-free diet?

Gluten-free eating is associated with celiac disease, a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food. This damage is caused by a reaction from eating foods with gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye.

“Your intestinal lining helps absorb nutrients like iron, folate and vitamin B12,” said Gayle Jennings, MS, RD, LDN, a dietitian with Memorial Medical Center. “People with celiac disease can’t absorb these nutrients. And it leads to fatigue, weakness and anemia.”

The condition may be more common than you think. According to The Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago, 1 in every 133 people could have celiac disease. Even more startling is that it could take up to 11 years before you’re diagnosed.  Read the rest of this entry »

How Bone Density Screenings Can Help Identify Early Osteoporosis

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Orthopedics, Screenings, SportsCare | Posted on 10-11-2011

Osteoporosis – the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time – is a silent disease.

“Most people are unaware of their deteriorating bone health until they fracture a bone,” explains Jennifer Perkins, RN, coordinator of Memorial’s JointWorks, which oversees the care of more than 1,500 patients receiving hip or knee replacements each year.

Perkins says one out of two women are at risk for developing osteoporosis as well as one out of four men.

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