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  • Adult Vaccines

    Jung Smith, MD, 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. 

  • Keep Moving for Better Health

    Terry Gehlhausen, DO, Deaconess Clinic Oakland City

    Growing attention to the health benefits of physical fitness has millions of Americans thinking about how they can get more exercise. Walking, hiking and biking are a few easy options to get people started on a daily exercise routine. 
     

  • Health Screenings Men Need - When & Why

    Michael Luy, MD, Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown

    Health screenings help doctors and other providers detect conditions at earlier, more treatable stages.

  • How to Support Health Care Coworkers During a Disaster

    No one understands a hard shift like your coworkers who experienced it with you. Here are a few tips to support each other in tense times.

  • How Families Can Support Health Care Workers During COVID-19

    If you love a medical professional serving on the front lines of the global pandemic, here are some ways to support them when they are not at work. 

  • What’s Your Emergency Food Plan?

    It’s always good practice to plan ahead for emergencies, but that planning becomes even more important when you have specific dietary needs and restrictions.

  • Learn Your Heart Risk with Heart Scan

    R. Scott Starrett, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Deaconess Heart Group

    If you’re concerned about your risk for heart disease, a heart scan may be helpful for you. Deaconess is excited to now offer this new screening option to the community for only $49. As a physician, I know that this test has the potential to prevent heart attacks and save lives.

  • Understanding Your Thyroid

    Mary Tadros, MD, Deaconess Clinic Endocrinology

    As an endocrinologist, I help manage issues related to hormones in the body. I see many patients with thyroid disorders, which can lead to a variety of health issues
     

  • Cold or Flu, and What To Do?

    Victoria Edwards, MD, Deaconess Clinic Owensboro

    What's the difference between a cold or the flu?  How should you treat symptoms to feel better fast?  And when is it time to seek medical care?  

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder – More Than the “Winter Blahs”

    Janie Chappell, MSN, RN, Manager of Community Services, Deaconess Cross Pointe

    If you are one of the millions of Americans who finds themselves “in a funk” through the colder and darker months, you may be experiencing seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.

  • Helping Men Age Well—From a Urological Perspective

    David Moore, MD, Deaconess Clinic Urology

    June is Men’s Health Month--a great opportunity to help men know how they can age better, with better urologic health, including kidney health, prostate issues, and concerns related to erectile dysfunction.
     

  • New Heart Health Information

    Mary Ann Bieker, MD, Deaconess Clinic Internal Medicine

    Fish oil, baby aspirin, cholesterol and heart imaging…find out what a Deaconess Clinic internal medicine physician recently learned while attending an American Heart Association conference.

  • Age 45 to 49: Are you at risk for Colorectal Cancer?

    James Gutmann, MD, Deaconess Clinic Mt. Pleasant; Bradley Scheu, DO, Deaconess Clinic Gateway; and Mia Hindi, MD, Deaconess Clinic Gastroenterology

    The American Cancer Society recently revised its its colorectal screening guidelines.  Learn more.  

  • Dealing With Grief During the Holidays

    The holiday season can be very difficult for someone grieving the loss of a loved one.  An expert from Deaconess VNA Hospice shares tips on making the holidays easier for yourself, or for someone you love.
     

  • 10 Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

    Deborah Pfeiffer, MS, RD, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions
     
    The holiday season is filled with traditions — and amazing food! How are you supposed to choose nutrition over homemade desserts and family favorites? The simple answer is planning. (Recipes are also included.)
     

  • Are E-Cigarettes/Vaping “Better” Than Regular Cigarettes?

    David Ryon, MD, Deaconess Pulmonary and Critical Care
     
    As a doctor specializing in lung diseases, I have seen the negative outcomes resulting from tobacco use. Many patients ask me if “vaping” is better than cigarettes. I tell them the answer is complex.
     

  • Tasty Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

    Deborah Pfeiffer, MS, RD, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings and visit with family and friends. It’s also a time to enjoy holiday foods. With just a little bit of effort, you can eat your favorite dishes and still achieve your goals for better health. Don’t believe me? Keep reading. (I share some great recipes too!)

  • Men’s Cancer Screenings

    David Moore, MD, Deaconess Clinic Urology 

    The annual “No Shave November” campaign supports prostate and testicular cancer awareness and provides a great opportunity to share information related to cancer screenings for men.
     

  • Screening for Lung Cancer Saves Lives

    Jugesh Cheema, MD, Radiologist, Evansville Radiology
    Jessica Waggoner, BSN, RN, Deaconess Cancer Services Nurse Navigator


    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, killing more Americans than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. Fortunately, there is a screening tool available for those at risk for lung cancer, but many people don’t take advantage of this option.

  • More Fiber = More Gas?

    Carolyn Burns, Clinical Dietitian, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    Eating a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains is great for our health, but can sometimes lead to bloating, gas, and other abdominal discomfort. Learn tips on making healthy food choices while still being able to go out in public.
     

  • Do You Know the Early Warning Signs of Low-T?

    Adam Becker, MD, Deaconess Clinic Urology

    Low sex drive, depressive mood, decreased muscle mass, fatigue... these are all signs of low T, or low testosterone.  

  • 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! 

  • The Keto Diet—The Facts, How It Works, Is It Safe?

    Mary Ann Bieker, MD, Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown
     
    Americans seem to try one trendy diet after another. Recently, a low carbohydrate diet called Ketogenic (Keto) has gained popularity.
     

  • Schedule Online Now – Making Health Care More Convenient

    Amanda Bohleber, MD, Deaconess Clinic Medical Director
     
    It’s never been easier to schedule an appointment with a Deaconess doctor or service. Online scheduling is convenient, helps busy families and people on the go, and improves access to the care you need--when and where you need it.
     

  • 8 Healthy & Fit Summer Vacation Tips

    Helen Schnarr, Clinical Dietitian, Deaconess 

    Vacation is a great time to reduce stress and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. It’s not, however, the time to turn back on healthy lifestyle changes you worked on through the winter and spring months. Here are a few ways to maintain healthy habits when you’re out of town and out of your normal routine.
     

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: A Reality That Must Be Discussed

    Rebecca Hopper, MD, Pediatrics/Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Henderson

    About 20 million United States citizens get a sexually transmitted infection each year, with 15 to 24-year-olds accounting for half of all new STIs. Protecting yourself against sexually transmitted infections is important and should be achieved not through fear, but rather education.

  • Keeping Resolutions in the New Year

    Sara Bueltel, RD, CD, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    It’s that time of year again! New Year’s Day is around the corner and many of us are starting to think about making a resolution. But how do you stick to your resolution and not give up before Valentine’s Day? We’ve listed some tips below on how to make and keep momentum toward your New Year’s resolution throughout the year.

  • Healthy Holiday Tips from The Heart Hospital

    The Deaconess Heart Group

    Learn about these healthy tips and why they’re important to you. 

  • 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.
     

  • Which Cancer Screenings You Need, When, and WHY

    Mohammed Allaw, MD 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Being Smart About Online Health Information

    Gail Lee, Deaconess Health Science Librarian

    Researching health topics online can be frustrating, confusing and even scary, as it can be hard to know if information you find is correct and accurate. This article will empower you know how to find quality health information, and to recognize potentially bad sources of information.

  • Health Benefits of Giving

    We all know that it’s “good” to give. Giving to charitable causes helps these organizations to continue functioning, providing services, and helping the community. But did you know that giving is actually good for your physical and mental health? 

  • 10 Things Doctors Wish Men Would Do To Protect Their Health – Part 2

    Michael W. Luy, MD, Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown
     
    In Part One of this article, I discussed making the most of your doctor’s visit, the dangers of tobacco, the benefits of exercise and sleep, and how you can best monitor your salt intake.

  • 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. 

  • Single out Shingles: New Medical Advances for Combating Shingles

    Dr. James Gutman, Family Medicine Deaconess Clinic

    Chicken-pox are nearly a childhood rite of passage… Quarantine from others, being doused in calamine lotion and strong inclinations to take a hairbrush to those itchy miserable lesions.  The varicella virus (or chickenpox) primes patients to develop herpes zoster later on in life.

     

  • Healthy Golf Facts

    Deaconess Health Systems

    Do you like to golf? Golf is a great low-risk injury sport for all ages. Here are a few healthy golf facts for you to know next time you're out on the course.

  • Father's Day

    Dr. Ron Pyle, Neonatologist at The Women's Hospital

    A day to remember for some, a day to reflect for others and hopefully a day to celebrate all our fathers and what they mean to us. For me, it is a day to say thank you to my hero, my role model, my father. It is also a day to measure how I’m doing as a Dad.





     

  • 10 Choices to Add Years to Your Life

    Terry Gehlhausen, DO, Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine

    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:

  • 10 Good-for-You Date Ideas

    Deaconess Health Editorial Staff

    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may be scrambling to come up with a great date idea. While the old standbys of flowers and chocolate are always popular, it may be time to spice things up a bit and think outside-the-box with some healthy date alternatives. Here are some date ideas to get you and your special someone active and healthy. 

  • The Well-Stocked Medicine Cabinet

    Dr. Jung Smith, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic

    I think it’s wise to have a stash of basic medications for everyone in the family, so I want to share information about various over-the-counter medications, to help you decide what you should have in YOUR well-stocked medicine cabinet.

  • Health Screenings Men Need - When & Why

    Dr. Paul Siami, Deaconess Clinic Urology​

    Health screenings help doctors and other providers detect conditions at earlier, more treatable stages.  Whether we’re screening for blood glucose (for diabetes), cholesterol (for heart disease) or PSA (for prostate cancer), the goal of all screenings is to bring attention to a problem or a developing problem.

     

  • Men's Cancers & the Importance of Early Detection

    Dr. Joseph Klink, Deaconess Clinic Urology/Oncologist

    There are two cancers that are exclusive to men—prostate and testicular cancers.  Like all cancers, catching them early means the best chance of a good prognosis.
     

  • Get a Vasectomy, Be Her Hero

    Dr. Paul Siami, Deaconess Clinic Urology​

    Once a couple has decided that their family is complete, or a man simply knows that he doesn’t want future children, vasectomy is an option to consider. Vasectomy is highly effective and is covered by insurance.
     

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