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6 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 28, 2020

Did you know 8 out of 10 women who get breast cancer have no family history? Despite recent publicity about genetic testing and the breast cancer gene, your genetics aren’t a reliable predictor of whether you’ll develop the disease.

Cancer is a frustrating game of odds, but when it comes to breast cancer, lifestyle habits seem to some impact. With this in mind, here are 6 things you can do to minimize your risk.

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Topics: Cancer

Six Ways to Reduce Your Risk of a Stroke

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 27, 2020

The evening news shares lots of great information about preventing cancer and heart disease.

Yet, the third leading cause of death does not get as much attention - until it strikes and devastates the patient and families.

Besides taking 130,000 lives each year, stroke also is the leading cause of disabilities (short and long-term) in the United States. More than 795,000 Americans suffer from strokes each year - with more than 75 percent occurring in people older than age 65.

Stroke survivors often require extensive care, rehabilitation and adaptation to physical and mental challenges.

Understanding the risks is the first step helping prevent strokes. High blood pressure, for example, is a precursor to strokes and is often hereditary. About two-thirds of people over age 65 suffer from hypertension (blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or higher).

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Topics: Stroke

How Clot-Busting Drugs Combat Strokes

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 25, 2020

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

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

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 25, 2020

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

Post-Stroke Care at Home

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 20, 2020

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.

The level of aftercare for stroke patients is so important. Some must seek stroke rehabilitation at an in-patient facility for the best outcomes possible.

Still, people don’t stay at a rehabilitation facility forever. At some point, a doctor will determine that it’s time to develop a longer-term aftercare plan that includes home recovery.

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Mammogram Myths: 5 Common Misunderstandings

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 20, 2020

Despite decades of public health awareness about the importance of mammograms, many women are still resistant to getting them. Fear and opposition may be due to persistent myths about mammograms.

Let’s separate myth from reality. Here are five common misunderstandings and the true facts behind them.

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Topics: Mammogram, Imaging, Cancer

What You Need to Know About Sepsis

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 31, 2020

Sepsis is the leading cause of death following an infection, but with early detection and proper treatment, deadly consequences can be diminished.

The following FAQ is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Sepsis Alliance and aim to demystify the often misunderstood and unrecognized deadly complication to infection.

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There is Hope for Those Considering Suicide

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 28, 2020

Life's challenges are amplified these days. If you watch the news, there are real threats from a virus and lots of concerns about current events.

Sadly, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause in people aged 10-34.

But there is hope - and many people stand ready to help if you are considering harm to yourself.

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Important Items to Take to the Emergency Room

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 24, 2020

The decisions are quick, peppered with lots of stress and adrenaline.

When someone needs immediate care, it is difficult to think about anything other than getting them to the hospital. At best, you are dealing with someone's need for emergency care. At worst, you are trying to save their life.

Unless you are doing life-saving measures such as CPR, there are ways you can help prepare someone for a trip to the Emergency Room.

If paramedics have arrived and are rendering first aid, you should take a few moments to gather some important items that will be needed upon arrival to the Emergency Room.

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Topics: Emergency

5 Ways to Help Those Serving on the Front Lines of Pandemic

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 3, 2020

They are on the front lines of a war.

Healthcare providers, first responders and essential workers leave their homes each day to serve others impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They are treating patients suffering from the disease, answering 911s call or gathering and delivering groceries.

They put themselves in danger of exposure because that’s what they do – and because they also have to provide for their families.

Their dedication has been one of the remarkable stories during this pandemic. Some have become sick from the virus. Others have stayed away from their families to avoid spreading it. Others have given their lives.

Without question, we owe them our sincerest gratitude. Because most of us are self-isolated in our homes, we wonder how to show our appreciation.

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Topics: COVID-19