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Advances Continue in Fight Against Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 20, 2016 2:14:04 PM

Though there will be an estimated 1.7 million new cancer cases in the U.S. this year, there is hope.

The American Cancer Society notes that nearly 14.5 million Americans with a history of cancer are alive today – either cured, in remission or undergoing treatment.

After peaking in 1991 because of high tobacco use, the rate of cancer deaths has dropped 23 percent since – primarily because of earlier detection, advances in treatment and improved health behaviors (fewer smokers).

Death rates are declining for the most common cancers – lung, colorectal, breast and prostate.

More than $100 billion per year is being spent on cancer research worldwide, according to U.S. World and News Report. While the definition of successful treatment is as complicated as the types of cancers, progress continues in many areas.

Here are the most recent advances:

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Topics: Cancer

What to Do When Your Friend Has Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 17, 2016 9:34:32 AM

The news devastates you, too.

When you learn that a friend has been diagnosed with cancer, you are not sure what to do. You may not know how to help, let alone what to say.

You may not realize it initially, but your role as a friend is very important. According to the American Cancer Society, studies have shown that cancer patients who have a strong support system tend to deal better with treatments and lead a more positive quality of life.

Your presence and your connection provide a sense of comfort during a period of emotional uncertainty and physical challenges. That is especially true long after the initial diagnosis, when well-meaning acquaintances offer to help but later go on with their lives. It’s those weeks after the start of treatment when your friend will need you the most.

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Topics: Cancer

5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 12, 2016 11:58:03 AM

We are winning the battles in the War on Cancer.

Advanced treatment options are helping cancer patients live longer, and – in many cases – achieve full remission.

While researchers continue to focus on new drug and radiation therapies and revolutionary surgical procedures to treat cancers, their focus also is being placed on prevention.

A Harvard Medical School study released in May concluded that 40 percent of cancer cases and 50 percent of cancer-related deaths can be prevented by better lifestyle habits.

The National Cancer Institute says the studies are ongoing – but the results so far are consistent. If you practice a healthier lifestyle, you greatly reduce your risk of many types of cancers.

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Topics: Cancer

Tips to Maintain Your Child's Healthy Weight

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 3, 2016 3:39:29 PM

The alarms are sounding – and not the ones heard on your child’s video game.

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years, according to the Center for Disease Control. More than one third of today’s children younger than 12 are considered overweight or obese.

Not only are these children at risk for heart disease and diabetes in their adult lives, chances are their health is at risk today, the CDC points out. The American Health Association says that childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents – topping drug abuse and smoking.

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Topics: Weight Loss, Pediatrics

5 Things to Know About Joint Replacement

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 26, 2016 11:30:15 AM

When your knee, shoulder or hip pain is unbearable and physical therapy and medicines no longer help, there is an option.

More than 1 million joint replacements are performed in the United States each year. Whether its full or partial replacement, the surgical procedure involves removing a damaged joint and inserting a prosthetic one.

While hip and knee replacements are the more commonly known surgeries, ankle, wrist, shoulder and elbow joints also can be supplanted.

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Topics: Orthopedic, Sports Medicine

Take A Walk On The Wild Side Of Good Health

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 20, 2016 11:06:09 AM

Want to fit into a lower jean size? Want to improve your heart? Want to get rid of those blues?

Take a walk, pal.

Seriously, a daily brisk walk can do much for your physical and mental well-being – maybe even more than running a marathon.

A lengthy study by Harvard University concluded that walking 25 minutes of walking per day reduces the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease and events by 31 percent.

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Topics: Exercise, Fitness

How to Shoulder On Through Your Pain

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 19, 2016 2:12:22 PM

Maybe it happened after chopping wood while preparing for a wiener roast. Maybe it happened after pulling up your grandchild for a hug. Maybe it happened while tossing a football around the backyard.

No matter, shoulder injuries are painful – and can be difficult to heal.

Two bones and a complex array of muscles and ligaments make up the shoulder areas. While generally robust parts of the body, your shoulders are susceptible to injury, inflammation or degeneration of tissue due to aging.

Athletes participating in contact sports are more prone to shoulder injuries. Tears and separations are especially painful. However, older adults who suffer from arthritis or falls can suffer from equally agonizing shoulder issues.

So what causes pain in the shoulder, and what can you do about it?

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Topics: Orthopedic, Sports Medicine

Sports Massage Really Does Hurt So Good

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 13, 2016 3:39:12 PM

Remember the phrase: “It’s a good kind of hurt”?

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Topics: Sports Medicine

Fall Allergies Are Nothing To Sneeze At

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 30, 2016 9:32:28 AM

Labor Day Weekend is the official celebration of the American worker. It also signifies the unofficial launch of fall allergy season.

If you live in the Midwest, you know about pollen counts - which spike in September and stay steadily high until the first frost, usually in late October. For fall allergy suffers, everyday life requires a combination of tactics for relief.

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Topics: Allergies

Some Sweet Advice About Desserts for Diabetics

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 23, 2016 9:00:25 AM

Cherry cheesecake. Apple pie ala mode. Chocolate cake with devil’s food icing.

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Topics: Diabetes