My Health Articles

  • 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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  • HPV and Cervical Cancer

    Kelli Dempsey, AOCNP, Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner
    January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Cervical Cancer is primarily caused by HPV—this stands for Human Papilloma Virus.  Currently, in the United States alone, there are 80 million people infected with HPV. 14 million more become infected each year.

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  • COPD: Catching Your Breath

    By James Gutmann, MD  Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic
     
    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lesser-known respiratory disease but is every bit as dangerous and difficult to manage as asthma.  COPD is an umbrella term for a grouping of specific symptoms that are incurable but manageable with appropriate treatment and lifestyle adjustments.  

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  • Episodic Migraines: Treating Migraines Doesn’t Have to be a Headache

    By Michelle Galen, MD  Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic
     
    Although migraine symptoms are consistent across classifications, there are two clinical distinctions: Episodic Migraines and Chronic Migraines.  Patients with episodic migraines experience 14 or fewer “headache days” per month whereas chronic migraine sufferers have 15 or more “headache days” per month.  

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  • Ragweed Allergy Options for Children: Ease the Sneeze

    By Majed Koleilat, MD   Allergy and Immunology, Deaconess Clinic
     
    Ragweed is a pervasive flowering plant that is nearly inescapable and the cause of allergies worldwide.  Allergens and ragweed specifically can be especially dangerous for children.  Allergic symptoms can manifest differently in children, and since children spend more time outside, they are therefore subject to more ragweed exposure.  

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  • Small Changes for Gradual Weight Loss and a Healthier Life

    By Dr. Lori Sieboldt, Bariatrician; Carolyn Burns, Dietitian; Sarah Bishop and Jennifer Knight, Exercise Specialists, all from Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    Weight loss is a common topic this time of year, but the best-laid plans for New Year’s resolutions can go by the wayside if you try to take on too much at once!  There are several small changes to your nutrition and physical activity to implement over the coming days, weeks and even months to help you reach your weight loss goals

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  • Big Boo-Boos – How to Know When Your Child’s Injury Needs Medical Attention

    By Dr. Taniza Karim, Pediatrician, Deaconess Clinic Boonville

    Bumps and bruises, bangs and scrapes are all part of being a child.  But as children play, sometimes more serious injuries can happen, and parents have to decide if a trip to the doctor, urgent care or emergency room is needed.

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  • Staying Safe In Cold Weather

    By Dr. Jung Smith, Family Medicine  Deaconess Clinic Mary Street
     
    Frostbite, hypothermia, overexertion and falls are the most common cold-weather health hazards. Below are important tips and information for staying safe this winter.
     

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  • Feeling the Burn? It May Be GERD

    By Dr. Christi Pagett, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic West
    Sometimes heartburn is more than just a reaction to greasy or spicy foods.  It can be a symptom of a chronic condition called GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease.  GERD is a condition where there is a back-flow of stomach contents (including stomach acid) into the esophagus.  

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  • Advances in Wound Care

    Dr. Brandt Dodson, Podiatrist, Deaconess Wound Services
     
    Wound care is one of the most exciting and rapidly growing subspecialties of medicine.  The increase in knowledge and the addition of new technologies are a significant reason for this growth. 
    Some of the new treatment options are relatively simple while others are more complex.

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  • Five Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

    Staying healthy during the holidays is never easy. Here are 5 ways to make it through the holidays and stay healthy.

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  • Making the Most of Your Pharmacy

    Tom Fite, lead pharmacist of the Deaconess Family Pharmacy 
     
    Most people encounter a pharmacy on a regular basis.  And I find that many patients want to just pay for their medication and go, but they’re missing out on important information. Below, I will detail some “insider tips” that will help you make the most from your pharmacy.
     

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  • Cold or Flu - What To Do?

    Dr. Carla Essling, Family Medicine Physician, Deaconess Clinic Gateway Professional Building  
    Cold symptoms are usually milder in nature than those of the flu—but can make you pretty miserable. Cold symptoms also start more gradually than flu symptoms. 

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  • Health Benefits of Tai Chi

    John Hufstedler, Deaconess Cross Pointe social work therapist and tai chi instructor
     
    Tai chi—you’ve probably heard of it and even seen it before, but you may not know exactly what it is. 
     

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  • Feel Better

    By Terry Gehlhausen, MD  Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine, Oakland City
    Feel better in a year, month, day, even minute! These are simple tips that can lead to increased health and improve your quality of life. 

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