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How Do I Know If I Have the Flu or Just a Cold?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 2, 2020

The common cold and flu can sometimes have similar symptoms, and it's not always easy to determine which one you have. When is it time to see a doctor?

Knowing the difference between cold and flu can shorten the amount of time you spend recovering. Generally:

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Topics: Flu

8 Facts About Flu and What To Do If You Get Sick

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 26, 2019

Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses.

There are many different influenza viruses that are constantly changing. They cause illness, hospital stays and deaths in the United States each year.

Older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. Each year about 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized from flu complications like pneumonia.

Here are some flu basics and steps you can take if you or someone in your family does get sick.

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Topics: Doctor, Flu

7 Healthy Habits to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 2, 2019

This time of year most people reflect on the past year and make resolutions or goals to make he new year even better. A lot of times, those new resolutions only last a few days or weeks, and they are thrown by the wayside by the beginning of February. This year, let's set our goals and stick to them! Follow these tips to help you be the best you can be.

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Topics: Weight Loss, Wellness, Health Care

How to Keep the Family Calm and Carrying On During the Holidays

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 2, 2019

Tis the season for celebrating our blessings, eating holiday delights and spending time with family.

Sometimes, that third part can be a bit of a challenge.

While we love our family members, we don’t always like what they do or say. At best, grudges, disputes and personality conflicts can make family holiday celebrations somewhat tense. At worst, they can crush your festive spirit and hurt you mentally.

Just the thought of getting together with certain relatives can trigger anxiety or heighten depression.

So, what can you do to deal with it? After all, you don’t want to insult other family members or your in-laws by not showing up. How can you cope and avoid the drama?

Here are a few tips:

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Topics: Mental Health

How to Combat Stress Around the Holidays

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 1, 2019

For some, the holidays can bring a lot of stress along with the festivities. The stress is no wonder since this time of year often brings extra demands like parties, shopping, baking, traveling, and entertaining.

Going into this season with a plan to minimize stress can help make the season a little brighter. It's hard to stop and regroup once you feel overwhelmed, so attacking the season with a plan to prevent stress can help. You may even end up enjoying activities you once dreaded. Follow these tips to help combat stress around the holidays.

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Topics: Stress

What is Hyperbaric Medicine?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 8, 2019

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a noninvasive, painless procedure that improves the body's natural healing process. The patient inhales 100% oxygen in a total body chamber where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. 

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Topics: Internal Medicine

What Conditions Are Treated By Musculoskeletal Medicine?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 8, 2019

In Musculoskeletal Medicine, problems arising from the musculoskeletal system are diagnosed and treated. Musculoskeletal disorders include injuries and diseases affecting the muscles, bones, spine, ligaments, tendons, etc. Musculoskeletal disorders affect the body’s movement and can cause long-term debilitating pain.

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Topics: Internal Medicine

5 Ways An Internal Medicine Physician Helps Manage Your Diabetes

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 8, 2019

Internal medicine physicians, also called internists, do a variety of things, one of them being aiding patients in managing their diabetes. More than 100 million Americans live with diabetes or prediabetes and not one person's situation is the same as the next. That’s why it takes experienced doctors who care about their patients to help each one manage their specific condition to live a more full and healthy lifestyle. 

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Topics: Diabetes

5 Tips for Managing Diabetes Around the Holidays

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 4, 2019

It can be hard to stick to your diabetes meal plan when everyone else is splurging on holiday treats. Rich, tempting foods are everywhere and holiday travels can disrupt your normal schedule.

Set yourself up for success by planning ahead. Here are 5 healthy tips for managing your diabetes this holiday season.

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Topics: Diabetes

‘Tis the Season for Stomach Bugs

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 4, 2019

Did you know “stomach flu” isn’t flu at all? Gastroenteritis, which affects the stomach and intestines, is not related to influenza, a virus of the respiratory system.

It goes by many names. Whether you call it the stomach flu, an upset stomach, a stomach bug, or the winter vomiting flu, it has symptoms we all recognize: abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, and a low-grade fever. When these symptoms arise, they can last between 12 hours and 10 days. It can feel like an eternity for a sick child - and their parents!

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Topics: Pediatrics