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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

Answers to Your Questions About a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 10, 2016 11:13:36 AM

There was no doubt that the lead character on the television show “Marcus Welby MD” was a doctor.

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Topics: Primary Care

Safe Sleep Practices Protect Your Infant

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 2, 2016 4:19:44 PM

Your infant’s health and safety are your top priorities as a new parent.

You do everything in your power to keep them warm and comfortable. In those early months, however, you must be careful when placing them down for their naps or overnight sleep.

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Topics: Infants, Pediatrics

Your Baby's Business Begins With Insurance

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 25, 2016 4:05:10 PM

When a new baby arrives, events happen at warp speed. You function on adrenaline - from the birth to the onslaught of visitors to the final preparations for the trip home.

In all of the excitement, though, it is important that you take a moment and tend to some important business -- like adding your new child to your health insurance plan.

You shouldn't assume your insurer knows that your bundle of joy has arrived - and needs to be enrolled on your plan.

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Topics: Birth, Pediatrics

Fevers Actually Are Good for Sick Children

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 19, 2016 10:49:55 AM

When a child's fever spikes, so too does a parent's worrying.

New parents, especially, become alarmed and tend to panic a bit when their child's forehead feels hot and a quick check of the thermometer reads above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

"While a fever can be concerning, most fevers are good for sick children," says Dr. Craig Moorman, Pediatric Specialist at Johnson Memorial Health. "Fevers help the body fight infections."

Moorman says parents should monitor their children when they register a fever, and generally follow these guides for action:

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Topics: Pediatrics

How to Keep Your Child Safer This Summer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 11, 2016 4:15:28 PM

Summer time is fun time - and, unfortunately, injury time - for kids.

More than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger in the United States are injured in playground-related accidents during the summer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Emergency rooms and pediatricians most commonly see concussions, broken bones, cuts and burns from tumbles and other accidents while playing outside with friends or in youth sports programs.

Young people also get hurt from lawnmowers, barbecue grills and fall hazards.

Does that mean you need to keep them safe by enfolding them in bubble wrap confining them to their rooms? Of course not. Children need to run and play to keep their bodies and minds healthy.

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Topics: Safety, Pediatrics