My Health Articles

  • What's in YOUR grocery cart?

    Learn some healthy shopping tips from registered dietitian Debbie P. from Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions. 

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  • Major Depressive Disorder: Taking Back Control of Your Life

    Michelle Galen, MD; Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic

    A feeling of sadness that doesn’t seem to go away. Unexplained weight gain or weight loss.  Inability to focus. Fatigued but just can’t sleep.  If this sounds familiar, you may be experiencing major depression episodes caused by a disease called Major Depressive Disorder or MDD.  If you have MDD you’re not alone. Depression affects 15.7 milion American adults.  

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  • The ABCs of Hepatitis

    Rubin Bahuva, MD, Gastroenterologist, Deaconess Clinic
     
    You’ve likely heard of hepatitis, and you may’ve even heard that some types of hepatitis are identified by letters A, B, & C. I’m glad to be writing about this, as so many people don’t know enough about hepatitis. It’s a serious issue, as hepatitis can cause serious illness and severe liver damage. Hepatitis C in particular is of concern, as more than 3 million Americans are infected—mostly “Baby Boomers.” Hepatitis C is actually the most common reason people need a liver transplant.

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  • Keeping Kids Busy and Active During the Summer

    By Deaconess MyHealth editorial staff
     
    School is out, the weather is warm, and you need to keep the kids busy. Hours on the couch watching TV or playing video games isn’t something that will keep their bodies healthy.

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  • 8 Reasons to Shop at Your Local Farmers Market

    Rebekah Basham, PA Deaconess Clinic 

    In recent years, local farmers markets have “sprouted up” and given us new opportunities for buying fresh produce, socializing and more.

    Farmers markets are retail markets set up for local farmers, artisans and food vendors to sell goods. You can count on fresh, quality produce and products to incorporate into your healthy lifestyle. Here are 7 reasons to consider shopping at your local Farmers Market. 

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  • Early Symptoms of Heart Disease – Noticing The Signs Before A Heart Attack

    Dominic Cefali, MD, PhD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, The Heart Group

    In my nearly 20 years of practice, I've had thousands of patients tell me that they can look back and recognize symptoms they were having prior to their heart attack--certain "warning signs" in the days/weeks/months leading up to the heart attack.

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  • Lightning Safety

    Lu Weil, Injury Prevention Coordinator, Deaconess Regional Trauma Center

    Summertime across the Ohio Valley means cookouts, sporting events, boating, camping, and many other recreational activities. In other words, summer means a lot more people are spending more time outside. That’s great! But summer is also the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena – lightning. Lightning typically receives less attention than other storm-related killers because it does not result in mass destruction or mass casualties like tornadoes, floods, or hurricanes often do. 

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  • 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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