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How to Have a Safe Time at the Fair

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 14, 2017 11:44:36 AM

Who doesn’t love one of our summer rituals – the local fair? The rides, the food, the games.

For children, a trip to the county or state fair is an experience they will remember forever. They get to pet farm animals, enjoy the amusements along the Midway and eat tasty treats.

While consuming corn dogs or getting a lift on the Ferris Wheel is a lot of fun, it’s also wise to be careful. You don’t want your day cut short by taking a trip to the local emergency room or immediate care center.

Here are a few fair and carnival safety tips from the Johnson Memorial Health Immediate Care Centers:

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Topics: Safety

Celebrate the Fourth of July...Safely

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 1, 2017 7:04:28 PM

The Fourth of July holiday is a special time in every community. We not only honor our country's independence, but enjoy time with family and friends.

Celebrations traditionally include cookouts and fireworks. A good time is had by all  until an accident happens. Nationwide, there are an average of 400 deaths and 41,000 injuries including car crashes, swimming incidents and fireworks accidents  during the July 4th holiday period.

The American Red Cross and the National Safety Council remind us to take some safety precautions with celebrating The Fourth. Here are a few:

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Topics: Emergency

Stress Urinary Incontinence Isn’t a Laughing Matter

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jun 29, 2017 10:18:14 AM

It can be very embarrassing.

You are with friends during your girls night out, and someone tells a funny joke. You laugh, and you accidentally urinate. And it’s not the first time this has happened.

The condition is called Stress Urinary Incontinence and it’s common. Laughing, sneezing, coughing, crying or lifting can cause the unintended release of urine. Even if you experience SUI just a little, you are not alone -- 1 in 3 women will experience it in their lifetime.

The emotional fallout from Stress Urinary Incontinence can be worse than the medical condition. You can become afraid to venture out with your family and friends, feel the need to wear adult diapers or not be too far away from a toilet.

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Topics: Women's Health

Stay Cool During Your Summer Pregnancy

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jun 20, 2017 10:01:41 PM

Summer means fun in the sun, frolicking in a pool and eating hot dogs and potato salad at family picnics – unless you are pregnant.

When expecting, you need to take precautions with your health - no matter the time of year. During the summer months, though, you need to be extra careful. Heat and humidity can cause additional stress on you and your baby.

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Topics: Birth, Maternity Care

How to Deal With High Risk Pregnancies

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jun 14, 2017 2:07:38 PM

Before picking out names or decorating a nursery, you need to consider the health of you and your baby before you become pregnant.

According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, up to 10 percent of pregnancies in the United States can be considered high risk.

A preconception evaluation can help your doctor determine if you could have a High Risk Pregnancy – a condition with the potential to cause health issues or even death for the mother and/or child.

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Topics: Birth, Maternity Care

Hysterectomy Reasons, Options and Information

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jun 6, 2017 1:56:23 PM

The female reproductive system is the remarkable and robust producer of life. Yet, it is fragile and requires constant monitoring and care.

When health problems arise or persist with a uterus and/or ovaries, a hysterectomy may be necessary for a woman’s long-term health.

The second most-common surgery among women in the United States, this procedure basically removes a woman's uterus. The surgeon also may remove fallopian rubes and ovaries – especially if tests indicate possible issues. The procedure ends the woman’s ability to become pregnant.

More than a third of American women older than 60 have undergone the procedure.

Here is some helpful information about hysterectomies:

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Topics: Women's Health

Answers to Common Questions About Cesarean Delivery

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 31, 2017 12:31:26 PM

As your baby is ready for arrival, your doctor may have to deliver him or her by cesarean section.

Also known as a C-section, this surgical procedure might be necessary if the baby is large or descending breech; the cervix is not opening enough; or there are health complications with either the baby or mother.

The decision to deliver by C-section also might be precipitated by an emergency.

Here are some answers to questions you might have about the procedure, provided by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:

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Topics: Birth

Nutrition Tips for Women Over 40

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 23, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Women over 40 have different nutritional needs than younger women. A woman who has never had trouble keeping weight off may suddenly be gaining weight. A woman who has always found it easy to exercise may have trouble finding the energy to do so.

Hormonal changes may be to blame for weight gain, loss of bone and muscle density, and even digestive issues. Choosing a nutrient-rich diet including healthy fats, lean proteins, dairy, and lots of fruits and vegetables as well as a regular exercise program can help women fight against the changes caused by aging.

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Topics: Aging, Women's Health

Even Brisk Walks Help Reduce Cancer Risk

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 10, 2017 8:47:15 AM

Whether you are rockin’ a Zumba class or taking a brisk walk, exercise can help you fight cancer.

A study announced last year by the American Institute for Cancer Research showed a stronger link between exercise and the reduction of risk of 13 cancers.

“It's the latest evidence in a growing area of research suggesting that exercise may play a role in both cancer prevention and healthy survivorship,” the story stated.

Researchers combined data from 1.4 million people who were part of a dozen U.S. and European studies. It is the first ever pooled analysis of physical activity and cancer incidence that has been done in the world.

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Topics: Cancer

5 Foods in the Fight Against Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 4, 2017 9:42:17 AM

Remember when Mom insisted you eat your fruits and vegetables?

She wanted you grow up big and strong. Today, she’s helping you fight cancer.

While research continues to focus on treatments for better outcomes, more evidence is indicating that eating healthy foods is important in the fight against (and prevention of) cancer.

The American Institute for Cancer Research says that no single food or food component protects people against having cancer. However, strong evidence “does show that a diet filled with a variety of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans helps lower risk for many cancers.”

Here are some foods that show evidence of effectiveness in the fight against cancer:

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Topics: Cancer