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Do You Know the 4 Main Types of Skin Cancer?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 15, 2018 11:31:18 AM

As the sun shines in spring and the days lengthen toward summer, ‘tis the season for sunscreen. Using a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher is one of the best ways to protect yourself against skin cancer, which affects more than 3.3 million people in the U.S. each year.

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Topics: Cancer

How to Keep Your Child Safer This Summer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 15, 2018 8:49:00 AM

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

Be Careful, The Sun is Finally Shining

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Spring is in full swing, and summer is not far behind.

While we welcome the warmer weather here, it's a good idea to take some precautions before venturing out to plant those flowers or spend the day at a park.

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Topics: Cancer

Post-Stroke Care at Home

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 22, 2018 10:49:37 AM

Stroke recovery is a lifelong process. Although there’s a persistent myth that all recovery happens within the first few months after a stroke, that doesn’t match the facts. Most stroke patients make progress for years afterward, depending on their level of care.

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How Clot-Busting Drugs Combat Strokes

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 13, 2018 11:01:46 AM

Every moment is critical when you’re having a stroke. In fact, the severity of 8 out of 10 strokes can be limited by fast action. If a stroke patient reaches emergency help within 3 hours, a stroke drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can give them a much better chance of survival and recovery.

Unfortunately, public awareness of common stroke symptoms and the benefits of tPA remains low, despite years of efforts by the American Stroke Association and other groups. Surveys show most people still don’t realize that there is a lifesaving drug available - or that it must be administered so quickly.

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Topics: Emergency, Stroke

Why Speed Matters When Someone is Having a Stroke

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 3, 2018 2:48:52 PM

Act FAST. That’s the #1 thing to keep in mind if you suspect someone is having a stroke. Every moment counts, and quick action saves lives. Every 4 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies of stroke.

The good news is that 80 percent of strokes can be prevented or limited through fast action. In fact, FAST is an acronym for the stroke factors to keep in mind: face, arms, speech, time. Each represents a key set of noticeable symptoms:

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Topics: Stroke

What is Stroke Ready Certification?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 3, 2018 2:17:59 PM

Here’s great health news for central Indiana residents: Johnson Memorial Health was awarded Stroke Ready Certification from the Healthcare Facility Accreditation Program (HFAP). This accreditation shows JMH is committed to providing world-class stroke care.

Let’s take a closer look at what this stroke certification means, and how it supports Hoosier health.

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Topics: Stroke

Does Not Having Children Affect Reproductive Health for Women?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 27, 2018 9:53:12 AM

Over the past few decades, experts have debated the impact of not having children on women’s health. Between 1994 and 2014, the percentage of women who had no children by age 44 hovered between 15 and 20%, up from 10% in the 1970s.

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Topics: Women's Health

The Three Stages of Menopause

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 27, 2018 9:52:43 AM

Did you know menopause isn’t just one phase? It’s actually divided into three stages, based on where you are in your reproductive and hormonal life. Here’s a closer look at the four stages of menopause and what they mean for your reproductive health.

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Topics: Women's Health

How to Know If You Have a Hormone Imbalance

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 19, 2018 11:08:53 AM

Your hormones are like chemical messengers that deliver changes throughout your body. Over the course of your lifetime, hormones shape your body and mind. Anyone can have a hormone shift or imbalance. It’s not limited by age or gender.

For women, hormones shift significantly during adolescence, pregnancy, and menopause, helping the body adapt to these phases. Imbalances may be particularly noticeable for both women and men as they advance through middle age and experience hormonal shifts.

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Topics: Women's Health