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Memorial Medical Center’s Capitol Lobby Tree Honors Designer

Posted by | Posted in Events, Winter | Posted on 06-12-2012

The beautifully decorated 9-foot Christmas tree in Memorial Medical Center’s Capitol Lobby — a new feature this year — was attracting plenty of second-glances and compliments the first morning it was on display Nov. 27.

As visitors and employees walked past the red, white and silver tree, many made comments to one another regarding its splendor.

If they knew the tree’s back story, they’d be even more inspired.

Last year, Elena Kezelis, executive director of the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, was asked by Ed Curtis, president and chief executive officer of Memorial Health System, to help decorate the lobby with what Kezelis called a “magnificent” tree to better connect MMC with Memorial’s Festival of Trees, which ended its successful nine-day run on Nov. 25. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Tell if That Sore Throat is a Virus or Strep

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, ExpressCare, Flu, Physician Services, Winter | Posted on 27-11-2012

As cold and flu seasons settles in for the long winter ahead, instances of sore throat begin to pop up more frequently — but how do you tell if that achy throat is caused by a virus or strep?

Many people automatically think that their painful sore throat is due to strep. But according to Calvin Bell, MD, FAAEM, director of Memorial’s ExpressCare clinics, most sore throats are caused by viruses and not the streptococcal (strep) bacteria.

“The symptoms of sore throat from viral causes are very similar to those of strep throat,” Dr. Bell said. “They consist of throat pain, difficulty swallowing and sometimes difficulty speaking.”

Viral infections may be distinguished from strep infections if Read the rest of this entry »

Flu Season Is Here – Are You Ready?

Posted by | Posted in Flu, Physician Services, Winter | Posted on 08-10-2012

The temperatures have dropped, and the leaves are changing colors. Two good signs the flu season has arrived.

Because influenza viruses are constantly changing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu vaccination for protection against the flu. The flu vaccine is commonly available as early as September, and throughout the flu season, which generally ends in early May. It usually takes about two weeks for the vaccine to work, and its protection will last throughout the flu season.

This vaccine is given as an injection into the arm or thigh muscle, which is known as an intramuscular (IM) injection. The vaccine contains an inactive, or killed, virus so it is not possible for someone to get the flu from the vaccine.

There is also a nasal spray version of the flu vaccine available.

In this video, watch Rajesh Govindaiah, MD, Memorial Health System’s Chief Medical Officer, provide more information about the flu and its symptoms and the benefits of getting a flu shot. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Fast Fixes to Beat the Winter Blues

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Winter | Posted on 17-02-2012

Are the gray skies of winter and days spent cooped up inside getting you down? If your answer is yes, you may have the blues, but it is possible you could have a type of depression that occurs around the same time every year — seasonal affective disorder, also referred to as SAD.

This condition, which usually affects people during the winter months, includes episodes of depression. Some symptoms of SAD are feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, decreased energy, oversleeping, difficulty concentrating and appetite changes.  Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Flake This Winter: Take Your Exercise Regimen Indoors

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Exercise, Expert Tips, SportsCare, Winter | Posted on 10-11-2011

treadmill dog buddySorry, Santa: Winter isn’t “the most wonderful time of the year” for most exercise enthusiasts.

“Exercising outdoors is tough when it gets cold,” says Dan Adair, MD, a Springfield Clinic orthopedic surgeon and co-medical director of Memorial’s SportsCare. “It’s not typically good for your respiratory system to be sucking in all that cold air.”

And yet continuing your exercise routine is a must, both to maintain your healthy lifestyle and to justify that extra piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.

During the switch from outdoor to indoor exercise, be aware of the impact on your body. Here are some tips from Adair:

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