My Health Articles

  • Happy Father's Day

    From Shawn McCoy, incoming CEO, Deaconess Health System, Current Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

    My dad is a humble man, with a truly amazing life story of struggle and perseverance.  He does not show that struggle in any of his interactions as he is one of the nicest and kindest people you will ever meet.   Like many other fathers, I did not truly appreciate my dad until I became a dad myself.

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  • 10 Things Your Doctor Wishes Men Would Do To Protect Their Health: Part 1

    Michael W. Luy, MD, Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown
     
    June is Men’s Health Month, a time for men to reflect on ways they can better care for themselves to be at their best for themselves and their families.

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  • Enjoying Fireworks Safely

    Lu Weil, Injury Prevention Coordinator, Deaconess Regional Trauma Center

    Summer is synonymous with barbeques, parades and fireworks. But along with all of the celebrations come injuries from fireworks. While many of the injuries come from amateurs attempting to use professional grade, homemade, or illegal fireworks or explosives, about half of fireworks injuries come from legal, less powerful devices. Fireworks are also responsible for thousands of home and other structural fires each year. 

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  • Fun and Safety with ATVs

    Lu Weil, Injury Prevention Coordinator, Deaconess Regional Trauma Center

    The first week of June is ATV Safety Week. Sadly, 90% of all ATV-related fatalities could be prevented, as they are the result of behaviors that are warned about, such as children riding on adult-sized ATVs. 

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  • National Water Safety Month

    Lu Weil, Injury Prevention Coordinator, Deaconess Regional Trauma Center

    It’s summer, which means swimming and other water-related activities will fill the coming months, especially if you have children. Although playing in the water is fun, there are some inherent dangers. By following the tips below, you can have fun and remain safe at the same time. Simple steps save lives!

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  • Myths & Facts about Hospice

    Chanda Davis Liebo RN, BS, MS, Director of Hospice Operations, Deaconess VNA

    There are many questions and misunderstandings about hospice. Hospice can be an emotionally-charged topic, so knowing and understanding the facts about hospice care can help make conversations and decisions easier.

    Below, I address some of the most common myths, or incorrect beliefs, about hospice, and share additional information about why hospice is a wonderful service and resource for families when a loved one has a terminal condition. 

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  • Be Motorcycle Aware!

    Lu Weil, Injury Prevention Coordinator, Deaconess Regional Trauma Center

    Motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the road. This means they are entitled to their space on the road, no matter the size of their ride. This also means that they must follow the same road laws as other vehicles, including keeping a safe distance from other vehicles. Remember to “share the road” with motorcyclists, and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. 

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  • Stop The Bleed

    Lu Weil, Injury Prevention Coordinator, Deaconess Regional Trauma Center

    Violence is the third leading cause of traumatic injury and death in our region. Natural disasters occur fairly routinely throughout the world. Accidents happen at home, school, and work. And sadly, in today’s society, we must also consider the possibility of a mass shooting event. 

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  • The 'Sweetness" of Motherhood from a Professional Doctor and Amateur Baker

    Dr. Darla Grossman, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic West
     
    As Mother’s Day approaches, it is a good time to count blessings and lick a spoonful of icing from the bowl. Motherhood (and grandmotherhood, I am discovering), actually has many sweet moments, and is like mixing, baking and putting together a cake.

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  • Helping Children Who Are Hurting - Understanding ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences

    Janie Chappell, Manager of Community Services at Deaconess Cross Pointe, and Susan Phelps, Director of Neuroeducation, Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation
     
    Some of the most significant predictors of adolescent and adult substance abuse, mental illness, learning difficulties and other serious social problems are ACEs—Adverse Childhood Experiences.  

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  • Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy

    Brittney Fulcher, NP-C, Deaconess Comprehensive Pain 
     
    Peripheral neuropathy affects an estimated 20 million people. It is often very painful and difficult to treat, and the symptoms can range from mild to more severe. This is a diagnosis that we evaluate and treat on a daily basis at our pain centers, yet some patients have dealt with this condition for years without helpful treatment. For some, this condition is nothing more than an annoyance and is easily treated by their primary care provider; for patients we treat, it is usually much more severe. 

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  • FYI on UTIs

    Dr. Vivien Tucker, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Darmstadt

    In my career I’ve treated thousands of urinary tract infections. They’re very common, can be quite painful, and can cause serious complications if untreated. 

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  • Preventing & Treating Osteoporosis

    Dr. Darla Grossman, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic West

    Osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become weak and brittle, is a common condition that can have serious consequences—including premature death from complications of broken bones.

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  • Oh Baby!

    Julia Baumeyer, Marketing and Communications Liaison, The Women’s Hospital
     
    As a mom of young children, I look back to what was available during my pregnancies.  I was first pregnant in 2007 when smart phones were very new and pregnancy apps weren’t really around. I wanted information and updates with regard to my pregnancy,  so I signed up to receive weekly emails to find out what was going on with baby and me week-by-week. 

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  • Adult Vaccines

    Rebekah Basham, PA, Deaconess Clinic Mary Street

    Most people are aware pediatric vaccinations are very important and prevent serious diseases and related complications. However, people often forget there are adult vaccinations and boosters that are recommended to keep us healthy and prevent complications associated with certain infections. 

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