Spread Fun, Not Flu
Kathryn Ekstrom, MD, Pediatrics & Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Morganfield
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to be sick with the flu. A week or more of serious body aches, coughing, fever, etc. is not how I want to spend my time. Be prepared by getting your flu vaccine before flu season starts!
Importance of a Health Care Representative
Dr. Anna Dauer, Medical Director, Deaconess Palliative Care
Here at Deaconess, people make decisions on others’ behalf every single day. Sometimes the situation is sudden, such as after a car crash. In other situations, a family member has been in a gradual decline. But in all circumstances it can be a difficult time, so having the right information, with the desired decision-makers, is crucial.
What Is Palliative Care?
Perhaps you’ve heard the term “palliative care” but weren’t sure what it meant. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with chronic illnesses, focusing on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a chronic illness regardless of the diagnosis. The overall goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Understanding CHF (Congestive Heart Failure)
Deaconess Clinic Henderson- Starlite
Congestive heart failure, or CHF, is a very common, serious chronic condition and it’s a factor in 1 in 9 deaths. It's important to understand how your heart should work properly, and what happens when it doesn’t.
Know Where to Go For Care
Amanda Bohleber, MD, Medical Director, Deaconess Clinic
A doctor—and mom—shares her tips for choosing the right care at the right time at the right place.
Making the Most of Your Doctor’s Appointment
Ankita Bahuva, MD, Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown
Your doctors’ appointments are an important and valuable time to connect with your doctor, share your perspective and information, and learn from your doctor’s expertise. The best appointments happen when patients are very prepared.
Fighting Chronic Fatigue
Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown
Chronic fatigue is a condition that causes someone to be extremely tired—to the point that they can’t function in their daily life. It is also often misunderstood.
Emergency Preparedness for Patients with Health Problems
Jim Hays, Deaconess Home Medical Equipment, and Tom Fite, R.Ph, Manager, Deaconess Family Pharmacy
Recent national disasters have caused many people to give more thought to emergency preparedness. As September is Emergency Preparedness Month, it’s a great time to be thinking about being disaster ready.
Which Cancer Screenings You Need, When, and WHY
Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Gateway Professional Building
Cancer screening recommendations can be confusing for many people--in my 20 years of practicing primary care medicine for adults, thousands of patients have had questions about various cancer screenings.
In this article, I’ll focus on breast, prostate, lung, colon and skin cancer screenings.
COPD: Catching Your Breath
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.
Are You at Risk for Lung Cancer?
Mary Gaffney, RN and Nurse Navigator at the Chancellor Center for Oncology
According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. An annual test for lung cancer intended for long-term smokers (Low dose CT) is now offered by Deaconess Hospital and can help detect lung cancer at its earliest, most-treatable stages.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma
Julie Morgan, RRT, AE-C, Deaconess Respiratory Services Education Coordinator
Get the basic explanations of COPD and asthma; understand how they can be prevented, diagnosed and treated; and get tips on managing both conditions—particularly in the winter.