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Mental Health First Aid Training Saves Lives Too

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 6, 2016 11:49:59 AM

You know something is wrong with your family member, friend or co-worker. He or she seems depressed or is sometimes acting irrationally.

Though a physical ailment could be causing the behavioral issue, it could be a mental illness.

What should you do? How can you help? Is there a way to provide first aid - similar to giving CPR to a heart attack victim? The answer is yes.

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Topics: Mental Health

How to Cope With Loss During the Holidays

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 30, 2016 9:06:21 AM

Holidays just aren’t the same when you have lost a loved one.

Though coping with the emptiness is challenging every day, the grief can be perplexing and overwhelming during this time of year.

One minute, you are fine and enjoying time with family. The next, a yuletide song on the radio leaves you heartbroken.

Grief during the holidays is especially profound the first year of your loss. However, it can also linger for years. That’s because holidays mark the passage of time in our lives, according to Grief.com. “They are part of the milestones we share with each other and they generally represent time spent with family. They bring meaning to certain days and we bring much meaning back to them.”

So how do you cope? Is there a way you can have a merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah or wonderful New Year following the death of a spouse, partner, family member or friend?

Here is some advice that might help:

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Topics: Mental Health

Dealing With the Most Stressful Time of the Year

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 21, 2016 12:34:42 PM

Happy Holidays? Yeah, right.

Unreasonable expectations for a perfect celebration, family squabbling and hordes of crazy shoppers can turn you into a real Grouchy Grinch during the holiday season.

If you feel like Peace on Earth just isn’t obtainable this time of year, you are not alone. Fortunately, there are ways to cope with your holiday anxieties.

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Topics: Mental Health

Questions to Ask Before Having Surgery

Posted by Dana Lindsay M.D., Johnson Memorial Surgical Specialists on Nov 17, 2016 8:53:55 AM

Having surgery, unless it involves an emergency or is life-threatening, is a significant decision.

Today’s surgical procedures are remarkably safer and allow for much quicker recovery. However, approximately 2 to 4 percent of elective surgeries have some type of complications – mostly depending on the age and overall health of the patient.

Before deciding whether or not to have surgery, you need to ask questions – lots of questions. Your surgeon and surgical team should be happy to answer them and to review your potential outcome.

Here are questions recommended by the Johnson Memorial Surgical Specialists:

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Topics: Surgery

How To Help Yourself Heal After Surgery

Posted by Dana Lindsay M.D., Johnson Memorial Surgical Specialists on Nov 10, 2016 11:08:39 AM

Surgery can fix lots of health issues – from removing a bad gallbladder to repairing a torn muscle. An operation, however, is only the first step in making you feel and function better.

The body is amazing and capable of a remarkable recovery following an invasive procedure. While your surgeon removes or repairs bone or tissue, it’s your body’s ability to heal that completes the mission.

That’s why taking care of yourself after an operation will have a significant impact on a successful outcome.

Immediately following your surgical procedure, your healthcare team will prescribe a plan aimed at helping you recover as quickly as possible. They will recommend what to eat, how to care for your incision and what types of therapeutic exercises can get you back to your normal activities. Following these orders will make a big difference in your recovery.


Besides your customized post-operative plan, here are a few general tips that also can help:

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Topics: Surgery

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