My Health Articles

  • Drug / Alcohol Addictions and Mental Illness: Co-occurring Disorders

    Donna Lilly, MS, LCSW, LCAC, Chemical Dependency Coordinator, Deaconess Cross Pointe

    Co-occurring disorders are very common and are characterized by a co-existing mental disorder and a chemical dependency/addiction. 

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  • In the Know About Knee Pain

    Dr. Daniel Emerson, Orthopaedic Associates, Deaconess Joint Replacement Program

    If you suffer from knee pain, you’re not alone.  Out of approximately 320 million people living in the United States, more than 40 million suffer some form of arthritis.

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  • Addressing Acne: New Strategies for an Age-Old Problem

    Michelle Galen, MD Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic 

    Pimples and blemishes can be a stubborn problem, even past the teenage years. Learn more about treatment options.

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  • How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

    Getting a good night’s sleep is a critical part of living a healthy life.  Sleep is when our bodies repair themselves, and inadequate sleep has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, weight gain and depression.

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  • Autism: Knowing the Signs and the Importance of Early Intervention

    Sara Dillon, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Certified Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist, Deaconess Riley Children’s Services

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability.  Many people don’t understand autism and the importance of recognizing signs and symptoms in young children so they can get the early help they need.   

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  • Alcohol – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Donna Lilly, LCSW, LCAC, SAP, Chemical Dependency Treatment Coordinator, Deaconess Cross Pointe and Lynn Schnautz, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, NP-C, Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist, The Heart Hospital

    There can be a lot of confusion about alcohol and its effects on your health.  How much alcohol—and what kind—is good for you?

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  • Managing Spring Allergies

    Dr. Anne McLaughlin, Deaconess Clinic Allergist 

    Does this spring find you sneezing, sniffling and itching?  You’re in good company right now, in large part due to the high tree pollen counts.  

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  • Getting Started with Physical Activity - Get Motivated!

    Dr. Jung Smith, Family  Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Mary Street

    If you've not been physically active, you may be wondering how to get started.  For many people, walking offers a great way to become more active. And Deaconess is getting ready to begin our annual Healthier U Walk series—see the schedule and more at www.deaconess.com/walk

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  • Helping Kids Develop Healthy Eating Habits

    Dr. Taniza Karim, Pediatrician, Deaconess Clinic Boonville
     
    Every day we learn more about the importance of nutrition in the health of children, both now and as they become adults.
     

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  • Get Screened – It’s Simple and Could Save Your Life

    Dr. Devi Kodali, Deaconess Cancer Services
     
    March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, so we are working to increase awareness about the importance of colon cancer screening. Did you know that only 4 in 10 cases of colon cancer are diagnosed at early stages?  

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  • Sneezing, runny nose, feeling miserable…is it a cold or allergies?

    Dr. Jason White, Deaconess Clinic Allergist

    “Doc, I’m miserable.  Do I have a cold or allergies?”
    I hear this question a lot.  The last thing anyone wants is a runny nose and constant sneezing to make the winter more drawn out and miserable.

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  • 10 Choices to add years to your life

    Terry Gehlhausen, DO Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine, Oakland City
    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:

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  • Women & Heart Q&A

    Dr. Prasanna Yelamanchili, cardiologist, The Heart Group.
    Dr. Yelamanchili has been practicing in Evansville for more than 5 years, and in that time she has cared for hundreds of women with heart disease. She recently sat down for a Q&A about some important women’s heart health questions.

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  • Have a Healthy Heart

    Terry Gehlhausen, DO  Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine, Oakland City
    Heart Disease remains the leading cause of  death in this country, but here are some ideas to help reduce your risk of heart disease and celebrate more Valentine’s Days together with your loved ones.  

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  • Knee Osteoarthritis: Living Pain-Free

    Michelle Galen, MD, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic
     
    Our knees do a lot of “heavy lifting” so it’s not surprising that nearly 50% of adults will develop osteoarthritis in the knee by the age of 85.  The human knee consists of three bones (kneecap, tibia and femur) that must move in concert to allow normal range of motion.  The ends of all three bones are covered in cartilage to cushion the joint during movement.  With aging and “wear-and-tear,” the cartilage starts to wear away and the result is painful bone-on-bone friction and/or bone spurs. 

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