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Occupational Therapy Helps Patients Regain Independence in Daily Living

Do you have an elderly parent who has arthritis and struggles to complete daily tasks? Has a loved one had a stroke or traumatic brain injury and needs to regain skills to remain independent? Does your child have a disability and need to improve their fine motor and self-care skills?

Preparing your Body for Bike Season

If it has been a while since you’ve been on your bike, resist the urge to be a Weekend Warrior and hammering out a three-hour ride without preparation. Start slow and work your way up.

Flu Shots, Flu Treatment at TMH Walk-In Clinic

Every year brings a new flu bug to challenge our immune systems. The flu virus adapts each year and can be hard to predict. The flu shot is designed with the latest strains in mind, and often offers good protection. TMH provides flu shots each year through our Walk-In Clinic.

How to Choose a Primary Care Provider

A primary care provider, or PCP, acts as the quarterback of your healthcare team. She or he knows your history and how you play this game of life—and offers advice on your next move to maintain good health.

Lung Diseases and Pulmonary Function Tests

During the day, we often notice our physical body—what aches and pains we are having, if we are clear-headed or tired, and more. Rarely do we stop and notice our lungs, yet along with our heart they are in constant motion— working whether we feel good or not. Millions of people live with lung diseases every day, and know with each breath what it feels like to have lungs that work well.

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Weight

While eating well is very important, most experts agree that in order to lose or even maintain weight, you must also exercise. Besides, it’s necessary for your overall good health. You may be surprised by how little exercise you need to simply maintain a healthy weight.

Things to Consider before Starting a High Protein Diet

Likely you know someone who has tried a high protein diet to control his or her weight. There are many of them out there, including the popular paleo as well as the old standby that’s getting a new makeover—the Atkins diet.

On first glance, eating only meat, fish, nuts, vegetables and eggs sounds like a healthy diet—and in the sense that it focuses on whole foods versus processed foods, it certainly is. Besides, people are losing weight on it. It sounds great, so what are the drawbacks?

Tired? Cold? Low Energy? Could be Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism creates several vague symptoms that may go unnoticed. While it can occur at any age, hypothyroidism is much more common in women, especially those over the age of 50.

The Benefits of Exercise

We all know exercise is good for us. It keeps our muscles and hearts strong, and helps us maintain a healthy weight. Yet there are several other benefits to regular exercise that you may not know about.

Is it the Fu or a Cold?

Think of the flu as a mountain lion and a cold as a house cat. At first, the flu mimics the common cold with a sore throat, runny nose and sneezing. The difference is the flu comes on fast, hits hard and lasts longer—one to two weeks—while a cold is generally slower to show and more mild.

Treating Depression in Older People

It may come as a surprise to learn that older people are especially prone to depression. There are several reasons for this, including loss of loved ones, loss of independence and loss of health. They are also affected neurologically by a natural decrease in neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine that help even their moods, and by the side effects of medicines.

Recognize and Prevent Prostate Cancer

As you probably know, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and is the second leading cause of death from all cancers in the U.S. In fact, half of men in their 80s have prostate cancer. While this may sound scary, the good news is that prostate cancer is usually slow growing and if caught early on, can be treated and stopped.

Testosterone Therapy: Good Idea or Not?

You’ve likely heard the term Low-T or seen an advertisement talking about how testosterone declines as men age and how the solution is taking a testosterone replacement. What it promises may seem appealing, including increased libido and muscle mass, but what’s the whole story? Does it come with health risks?

Doing Your Part to Keep Medicare Costs Down

For the greater good, Medicare representatives are urging its recipients to be astute with their Medicare transactions.

Control Triggers, Control Asthma

Did you know that the way you clean your house or treat your pets can affect your asthma? If you or a family member has been diagnosed with asthma, changing some of your everyday habits to limit triggers might be key to better breathing.

Bring Lifeline Along with Go-Safe Device

Lifeline provides the assurance that if your elderly or disabled loved one needs medical care or feels unsafe they can reach help—or you—with the touch of a button.

Safety Tips for Preparing Your Thanksgiving Feast

It’s not every day that we roast a turkey, so if you have some questions, that’s understandable. “How you prepare your holiday meal is important. Remember to wash your hands, clean your cook surfaces and separates raw meat from other foods,” adds a TMH Dietitian.

What an Internist Does, and When You Need One

You’ve likely heard the term “internist”, but perhaps you don’t understand exactly what this type of doctor does, or how he or she is different from a family medicine physician. If you are not sure, read on— especially if you suffer from a chronic disease, such as diabetes or hypertension, that you may need help managing.

React FAST to Limit Damage of Stroke

Stroke can cause people to act strangely, and sometimes their behaviors are misinterpreted as intoxication or mental illness. There’s the story of a woman who boarded a plane, and after take off she had a stroke. Those around her assumed she was drunk because she slurred her words and her face was lax. Had someone recognized these symptoms as stroke, her outcome would have been much improved.

Keeping the “Pre” in Pre-Diabetes

Before individuals develop Type 2 diabetes their blood sugar levels run above normal, sometimes for years. It’s called prediabetes, and it’s a wake up call to take action and do what you can to correct the issue before it becomes fullblown diabetes.

The Many Faces of Eczema

Eczema—inflamed skin that itches—looks, feels and affects people in different ways. At its most severe eczema can feel like hundreds of poking needles or an unbearable urge that makes people itch until they bleed. Or, it can cause mild itching from a new soap product or dry weather. Knowing what triggers your eczema is the first step in controlling it.

Age Well with Physical Therapy and Exercise

As we age, we lose strength. According a MSPT and manager of the Physical Therapy Department at The Memorial Hospital, we start losing muscle strength starting at age 25. Yet he’s quick to add that we can combat this natural breakdown of muscle by staying active—and even get stronger as we age—with regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

Hearing Loss in Adults and Kids

Does it seem like people around you are mumbling more than usual? When you are in a loud, busy restaurant, do you find it hard to understand what people are saying? Do others complain that you have the volume too high? If so, you might be one of the 20% of adults in the U.S. with hearing loss.

The Powers of Vitamin D

If you could take a supplement that would likely guard you against some cancers and the common cold and other viruses, would you? Many people are saying yes, and taking daily supplements of vitamin D.

CPAP Machines Help with Sleep Apnea

A recent study shows that a single poor night’s sleep can cause symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. Many nights in a row have even worse effects. We all know how important good sleep is to our general wellbeing.

3 Steps to Prevent Diabetes

The chance of developing type 2 diabetes as we age is not pleasant. National statistics say that 1 in 10 people over the age of 20 have diabetes and that the disease afflicts 1 in 4 for seniors. It’s good to know type 2 diabetes is not inevitable, even with a family history. For many of us, diabetes is preventable. The best way to beat the odds is to eat a healthy diet, be physically active and lose any extra weight you may be carrying around.