By Becky Richardville, MSW, LCSW, Care Coordinator at Deaconess Primary Care for Seniors
Growing older is a privilege, but let’s face it—aging definitely brings about changes in our bodies and minds.
Dr. Nancy Grauso-Eby, Deaconess Clinic Pediatrician
Anyone can get head lice. Head lice are most common in preschool- and elementary school-aged children. It doesn’t matter how clean your home or hair may be. It doesn’t matter where children and families live, play and work.
Dr. Emily Krajec, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Princeton
Summer months naturally lend themselves to clean eating. It’s important to know how to take advantage of this. Summer also brings cookouts, traveling, and family vacations. It is possible to continue clean eating by remembering a few tips and tricks.
Dr. James Gutman, Family Medicine Deaconess Clinic
Chickenpox are nearly a childhood rite of passage… Quarantine from others, being doused in calamine lotion and strong inclinations to take a hairbrush to those itchy miserable lesions. The varicella virus (or chickenpox) primes patients to develop herpes zoster later on in life.
Dr. Hisham Allababidi, Deaconess Clinic Endocrinologist
As an endocrinologist, I help manage issues related to hormones in the body. I see many patients with thyroid disorders, which can lead to a variety of health issues
Do you like to golf? Golf is a great low-risk injury sport for all ages. Here are a few healthy golf facts for you to know next time you're out on the course.
Dr. Nancy Grauso-Eby, Pediatrician, Deaconess Clinic West
Summer time means being outside. And sometimes, that means that insects think that we’re delicious, and begin to bite.
Fortunately, most bites by mosquitos, flies, fleas and even ticks do NOT cause disease. That being said, the best thing to do for your kids and yourself is to try to prevent the bite in the first place.
Dr. Clay Davis, Dermatologist, Deaconess Clinic
Psoriasis isn’t just an annoying skin condition – it can be a lifelong issue that requires constant management, supervision and treatment. Psoriasis sufferers experience an accelerated skin cell cycle resulting in scaly patches that are typically dry, itchy and painful. Psoriasis can affect the nails, scalp and areas with sensitive skin like the underarms.
Terry Gehlhausen, DO Deaconess Clinic, Oakland City
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States. More than 100,000 cases have been reported since the disease was first discovered in 1982. The disease is spread by the bite of a deer tick.
It's spring again, and that means it's time for local Farmers Markets to open. They have become very popular in past years, but did you know there's health benefits to frequenting a Farmers Market near you?
Dr. Emily Krajec, Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine
Do you feel like food controls you? Are you looking for a solution to weight issues or to your overall health? Are you exercising but not seeing or feeling the results you want? If so, I want to share with you about eating clean.
Brandt Dodson, DPM Deaconess Clinic Podiatrist
Advertisements begin every summer for the new swimsuit fashions. But what about sandal season? For many, warm weather creates an uncomfortable notion of displaying nails that are yellow and thickened from the ravages of nail fungus. Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, can affect up to 18% of the population. Some estimates suggest that nearly one quarter of adults will develop nail fungus by age 40 and the incidence increases with age. Nearly half of seniors will be diagnosed with toenail fungus.
Michelle Galen, MD Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine
Every year, parents, school nurses and physicians dread flu season. For most, influenza is an inconvenience characterized by missed work, a trip to the drug store and hours of daytime television. However, for others, influenza can be deadly. According to The World Health Organization, up to 500,000 people die every year from the flu.
Terry Gehlhausen, DO Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine
People who follow a few simple steps to improve their health have less cancer and heart disease compared to other Americans, and their overall death rate is significantly reduced compared to other people under age 65. Here are ten choices you can make that will lead to a longer and healthier life:
Rebekah Basham, PA Deaconess Clinic
We’ve all heard how important it is to drink water, but how much is the right amount? What about caffeine, sports drinks, and weight loss? With all the information floating around, it’s time to get the facts on your water intake.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may be scrambling to come up with a great date idea. While the old standbys of flowers and chocolate are always popular, it may be time to spice things up a bit and think outside-the-box with some healthy date alternatives. Here are some date ideas to get you and your special someone active and healthy.
Terry Gehlhausen, DO, Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine
Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in this country. Here are some suggestions to reduce your risk of heart disease so you can celebrate more Valentine’s Days together with your loved ones.
Terry Gehlausen, DO Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine
Most of us picked up a little extra fat around the middle over the holidays. Here are a few simple ways to eliminate those pounds:
Greg Rodocker, Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine
Deciding when to see a doctor, whether for your own, a family member or a child’s illness, can be a difficult decision. You know that sometimes a “virus is just a virus,” and that you just need to rest, drink lots of fluids, and give it a few days. But sometimes an illness needs treatment, whether through antibiotics or other medications and symptom care.
Dr. Jung Smith, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic
I think it’s wise to have a stash of basic medications for everyone in the family, so I want to share information about various over-the-counter medications, to help you decide what you should have in YOUR well-stocked medicine cabinet.
Ashley Chipps, BS, Deaconess Wellness Coach and AFFA Certified Group Fitness Instructor.
A new year can mean new resolutions, but what’s the best way to set realistic goals you can actually accomplish? Read on for some useful tips and direction to keep your resolutions, reach your goals, and have a new year that’s happy and healthy.
Ann B. Raibley, Certified Clinical Audiologist
Protecting your ears from hazardous noise and keeping ear infections at bay are fundamental ways to minimize hearing loss. However, a healthy lifestyle with exercise and a balanced diet can also help maintain hearing health.
Dr. Robert Martin, Deaconess Clinic Dermatologist
With the arrival of winter often comes the development of dry skin. Anyone can develop dry skin, but the cold climate of the winter months, accompanied by the dry heat indoors, can aggravate the condition. Also, those long, hot showers and baths that can feel so good usually end up causing even more problems.
By Dr. Errin Weisman
Ever get in a rut and seem stuck? Women often feel pounded down to the ground to the point that they can’t muscle the energy to get up. Their spirits are weary and souls tarnished. Drained women, worn-out moms, and fading ladies sometimes need a good restart. Learn quick tips to revitalize, rejuvenate, renew, and refresh you.
Family dinners and holiday parties are just around the corner. If you don’t have a plan for balancing food choices with enjoying the festivities, you may find yourself really frustrated. Try these 9 tips for making healthy holiday choices and you may find yourself having a Happy New Year
The winds of autumn are upon us, and they have already blown away the heat and humidity of summer. It's time to prepare for a new season, and the same applies to your health.
We are nearing Influenza “flu” season again. The ideal time to get immunized is before flu viruses start circulating. It takes approximately 2 weeks for your body to process the vaccine and make an effective number of antibodies, so getting vaccinated before the flu hits is key. While seasonal flu outbreaks may occur as early as October, most years we see a peak in January or later.
How many of you have jumped on the web, google searched your condition, symptoms, etc. Then spent the next few hours reading about how you probably have the worst diagnosis possible on WebMD and the like.
Like so many people, Polly struggled with my weight for years, trying many diets only to lose some weight and regain it, and more. At her heaviest, she actually weighed over 300 pounds.
Vaccinations. They’re considered to be one of the biggest, most important medical advancements ever made against the spread of infectious disease. They save lives and prevent so much suffering. But what do you really know about vaccines?
Dietary changes will reduce your risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancers, and also reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 80%! Read this blog for seven “guidelines” to give your body a “tune up.”
Quitting smoking can be incredibly challenging. Some past smokers say that quitting was one of the hardest things they’ve ever done, but also one of the things they’re most proud of doing. Deaconess now offers a new tool in the challenge to quit smoking.
If you have kids, you’re likely dealing with some safety worries associated with summer activities.
Here are some tips to help your family have a safe and fun summer.
Health screenings help doctors and other providers detect conditions at earlier, more treatable stages. Whether we’re screening for blood glucose (for diabetes), cholesterol (for heart disease) or PSA (for prostate cancer), the goal of all screenings is to bring attention to a problem or a developing problem.
I want to help anyone reading this know more about how eating habits and activity levels can impact weight loss. The first point to make, which is what the rest of this conversation will be about, is that weight loss is a matter of taking in fewer calories than you use during the day.
Stroke is the leading cause of long-term adult disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Because of these serious statistics, I want everyone to know more about stroke risk factors, stroke signs and symptoms, and the importance of immediate treatment if a stroke is suspected.
Are you sleepy right now? Feeling like you didn’t get a good night’s sleep last night? Read this Q & A to learn about sleep disorders and treatment options.
Take Shape for Life is a new program at Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions. This is an effective, relatively-easy way for people to lose weight—in a non-surgical program. Many people don’t qualify for or NEED weight loss surgery, but instead would benefit from a medically-directed weight loss program.
Vaccines. They’re considered one of the greatest medical advancements in history, and can currently prevent 25 illnesses and diseases. This is a topic that is so important to me and fellow pediatricians, as vaccinations are crucial part of caring for children. In this article, learn more about vaccines, including why they’re important and how they work.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. People of all races can develop skin cancer. However, certain people are more likely to develop skin cancer. Some skin cancer risk factors include:
Did you know that more people abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined? In the U.S., one in 20 people have used prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons.
So how does a prescription drug abuse problem start?
If you’ve ever had kidney stones, you know how painful the condition can be. My previous article talked about the causes and symptoms of kidney stones, as well as the process of sometimes letting a stone “pass.” This second article focuses on procedures used to treat kidney stones, and how to prevent stones from occurring or reoccurring.
If you’ve ever had a kidney stone, you know how extraordinary the pain can be. I’ve had female patients who have given birth tell me that having and passing a kidney stone is worse than childbirth—without the reward at the end!
Welcome runners! This article is all about keeping YOUR feet healthy and feeling good. Not only am I a podiatrist, but I’m also an avid runner. I’ve been a runner for about 6-7 years, since I started in podiatry school. I lost about 100 pounds before I started running, and so I took up running to keep it off. The first timed race I ever did was the Des Moines (Iowa) Half Marathon. I’ve ran numerous races since then—4 full marathons, 3 ultra marathons (50k, 50 mile), and numerous half marathons. I’m sharing some helpful tips—both personal and professional--about keeping your feet healthy.
Affecting nearly one-in-five adults at some level, anxiety disorders are common and can be debilitating. Anxiety disorders can range from mild to severe to full panic. Some people don’t realize they have an anxiety disorder until they end up in an emergency room thinking they’re having a heart attack, when they’re actually having a panic/anxiety attack.
Did you know that about 20 percent of adults in the United States report some degree of hearing loss? By the time people reach age 65, that number rises to 1 in 3. As an audiologist, there are many common questions I receive about hearing loss, so I want to share those—and their answers—with you.