Community Medical Center, Inc. is dedicated to the health and well-being of the individuals and community we serve. The tips and articles shown are not written by employees or affiliates of CMC, nor are they endorsed or sponsored by the Medical Staff at CMC. These health tips are shared in effort to promote general health and wellness to the community surrounding CMC. For health related questions, please contact your primary care physician.
Health Tip February 22,2018- Lung Cancer Prevention
The National Cancer Institute has found “Avoiding risk factors and increasing protective factors may help prevent lung cancer.” Risk factors include smoking tobacco, exposure to second-hand smoke, or family history of lung cancer. Non-smokers may also be at risk due to radiation, radon gas in the soil, heavy air pollution, or workplace chemicals such as asbestos, tar, and nickel.
Reduce the risk of lung cancer by reducing or eliminating exposure to tobacco smoke, radon, or protecting against workplace exposure. Healthy diet and increased physical activity may also reduce the risk of lung cancer. View Full Article
Health Tip February 15,2018 – American Heart Month
The American Heart Association reports Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease…Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.
- Watch your weight.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Get active and eat healthy.
Health Tip February 7,2018 – CMC Visitor Limitations
With the recent increase in community influenza, CMC has implemented visitor limitations effective February 7, 2018.
- Limiting patients to 1-2 primary family or caregivers as visitors (spouse, adult child, or another person designated by a patient)
- No visitors under the age of 18
- No visits by those that are ill or with symptoms of influenza (fever,cough,sore throat, runny nose, headache, or body ache)
- Nurses are permitted to make exceptions in appropriate situations.
- Members of the clergy are an important part of our care teams and are not restricted from visits.
Health Tip November 16,2017-Diabetes by the Numbers
“Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious complications. It can cause damage to small and large blood vessels and organs. This can often lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, and eye disease…Healthy eating habits and regular exercise can also help manage diabetes…In many cases, changes in diet and exercise can delay or prevent onset of the disease…A healthy diet, weight control, and regular exercise may help prevent it.” View Full Article
Health Tip November 9,2017- Mind-Body Practices for Anxiety
Deepak Chopra, MD, FACS emphasized stress management, good sleep, happy emotions, and eating right. He said,“Stress is the number one epidemic of our civilization directly or indirectly. It’s responsible for 90% of all illness…” “… At the present moment, millions of people are finding life more stressful than ever, and a natural reaction to stress is anxiety…you are the ultimate controller of your responses. In the connection between mind, body, and awareness, much of the anxiety response is open to change…” View Full Article
Health Tip October 26,2017- How to Treat Your Children’s Teeth this Halloween
“If your child is eating a healthy, balanced, tooth-friendly diet year round, some extra sweets on Halloween are typically not going to do much harm.” Blue Cross Blue Shield offers tips by a collection of Dentists for “children to enjoy candy over Halloween while protecting their teeth:” limit hard candy, limit sticky candy, eat candy with meals, include water with candy, and use sugar free gum. View Full Article
Health Tip October 12,2017- The Case for having a Primary Care Physician
“…Put simply, having a primary care physician will keep you healthier as you age. Studies in numerous medical journals have confirmed…states with more primary care physicians per capita have better health outcomes, including fewer deaths from cancer, heart disease, or stroke… an ample supply of primary care physicians is associated with a longer life span… the result is fewer premature deaths…if you come in for regular physicals instead of only coming in when you’re sick, your primary provider can help educate you about your health and prevent chronic illnesses down the line.” View Full Article
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Health Tip October 5,2017- Mammogram-Why it’s done?
“the best way to prevent influenza is to get a flu vaccine…other everyday actions like hand-washing could go a long way…For those working in an office where flu may spread, the CDC recommends frequent cleaning of touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, keyboards and phones.” View Full Article
Health Tip September 21,2017-Take Time to get a flu vaccine
“Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses… Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community. CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, if possible.” View Full Article
Health Tip September 14,2017 – Learn to Manage Stress
“There are many healthy ways to manage stress. Try a few and see which ones work best for you…remove yourself from the source of stress…physical activity every day…replacing negative thoughts…doing something you enjoy…connect with loved ones…7 to 9 hours of sleep…set limits, ask others for help…”
Health Tip September 5,2017 – 5 Tips to help Manage Stress
“Stress occurs when you perceive that demands placed on you exceed your ability to cope. Some stress can be beneficial at times, however, an extreme amount of stress can have health consequences, affecting the immune, cardiovascular and neuroendocrine and central nervous systems, and take a severe emotional toll… Here are five healthy techniques that psychological research has shown to help reduce stress in the short- and long-term…” View Full Article
Health Tip August 24,2017 – Back to School Tips
Beginning a new school year can be nerve racking for children and parents both. www.healthychildren.org offers helpful reminders on how to start out the school year in a safe and sensible way. Topics addressed include First Day, Backpack Safety, bus/car/ bike/walking safety, Nutrition, Bullying, After-school routines, Sleep habits, and Homework habits. Understanding how to improve the school experience can reduce stress and anxiety which leads to better overall health. For questions regarding your health or your child’s health, contact your primary care provider.
Health Tip August 10,2017 – Solar Eclipse Eye Safety
“Watching a solar eclipse is a memorable experience, but looking directly at the sun can seriously damage your eyes…Keep in mind that ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, (cell phones and cameras), or homemade filters are not safe for looking at the sun…Staring at the sun for even a short time without wearing the right eye protection can damage your retina permanently…” For information on eye safety during the solar eclipse on Monday August 21, 2017, View Full Article
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Health Tip August 3,2017 – Know your Cholesterol risk
“Your body needs some cholesterol. But if you have too much, it starts to build up in your arteries…the buildup of cholesterol narrows your arteries and makes is harder for blood to flow through them. This can lead to serious problems, including heart attack and stroke…The two main treatments are lifestyle changes and medicines.” Consult your primary care provider to get your cholesterol checked. View Tip Sheet provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.
Health Tip July 27,2017 – Lose Weight Playing Golf
Golf is a form of Physical Activity for all ages and is associated with reduced risk of hip fractures, diabetes, stroke, cancer, and depression. Research has found that playing golf improves mental health such as self esteem, self confidence, and social skills. Golfing has also been found to improve heart health, increase muscle strength, and improve lung function. Golfing 9 holes in 2 hours can burn up to 492 calories. View Full Article.
If you prefer another form of physical activity, HealthStatus.com offers a calorie calculator for various forms of calorie burning. Common activities such as gardening, washing dishes, playing piano, and shopping are contributing to daily calorie burning. Activities at work, normal walking steps, and food choices affect your daily calorie burn and contribute to health risk factors. Losing weight is a function of burning more calories than you consume over time. Consult with your primary care provider about which physical activities would be best for you.
Health Tip July 20,2017 – Get Moving
“…Youth need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day and adults need at least 30 minutes of activity every day…School-age children spend an average of 7.5 hours a day watching TV and using electronics. And because screen time is usually a sedentary activity it cuts into, or totally eliminates, the time we spend being physically active…” Find out ways to increase physical activity and decrease screen time. View Full Article
Learn 50 ways to increase your daily physical activity. See this list of ideas.
Health Tip July 13, 2017 – Health Benefits of Water
“…Neglecting regular water consumption can create symptoms of false illness as water plays a vital role in staying healthy. Indigestion and gastrointestinal issues including aches, cramping, constipation, diarrhea and lack of nutrient absorption can all be directly correlated to a simple lack of water…” View Full Article
Health Tip July 7, 2017 – Keep Kids Active by doing Chores
“… With one in three kids overweight or obese, staying active is more important than ever. When you think about activities to get them moving, don’t forget to spread the love with chores…” View Full Article
Health Tip June 29, 2017 – Preventative Health Care
“…Eating healthy, exercising regularly, avoiding tobacco, and receiving preventive services such as cancer screenings, preventive visits and vaccinations are just a few examples of ways people can stay healthy. The right preventive care at every stage of life helps all Americans stay healthy, avoid or delay the onset of disease, keep diseases they already have from becoming worse or debilitating, lead productive lives, and reduce costs…” View Full Article
Health Tip June 22, 2017 – How does what I eat affect my heart?
The foods you eat can affect your weight, your hormones, and the health of your organs, including your heart. Eating a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. View Full Article
Health Tip June 15, 2017 – 6 signs that its time to see a podiatrist
Many people will delay seeing a podiatrist or foot specialist for nagging foot problems until it’s too late. Many people wait to see a foot specialist simply because they don’t recognize the signs and symptoms of common foot problems… View Full Article
Health Tip June 8, 2017 – Vein Treatment
Varicose veins are swollen, ropey, gnarled veins that can cause throbbing pain, severe swelling, and heavy tired legs. This medical disorder affects 25 million Americans… Most of these people have suffered with varicose veins for decades…Endovascular Laser technique is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small laser on a tube inserted into the vein. When the laser is fired, it heats the blood and vein wall, destroying and sealing the vein. This technique is effective in 9 out of 10 patients in treating the venous reflux disease. View Full Article Laser vein treatment is available at Community Medical Center in Falls City, NE. Click here to visit the Laser Vein page
Health Tip June 1, 2017 – Food Safety Tips for Outdoor Dining
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers tips on preventing harmful food risks during outdoor summer get-togethers. Some recommendations, include: scrubbing the grill, thaw frozen meat in the fridge instead of on the counter, use different plates for raw and grilled food, and other helpful food safety tips. View Full Article
Health Tip May 25, 2017 – Facts about Cataract
If you, or a loved one, is having difficulty seeing clearly, an eye specialist, such as an Ophthalmologist, may find a cataract problem. Jill Grennan, MD provides Cataract care in Falls City monthly. According to The National Eye Institute, the most common symptoms of a cataract are: Cloudy or blurry vision, Colors seem faded, Glare from Headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright, or a halo may appear around lights, Poor night vision, Double vision or multiple images in one eye, Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses. View full Article View Specialty Clinic Calendar
Health Tip May 18, 2017 – Why would I Need to See an Orthopaedic Doctor?
“If you are experiencing any type of pain in your ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, or back, you should consider seeing an orthopaedic surgeon…The earlier you are able to get advice about a musculoskeletal issue, the sooner you may be able to start treating the problem. Early treatment prevents an issue from becoming even more severe. During an initial consultation with an orthopaedic doctor, he or she will isolate the problem, narrow down the cause of the issue, and explain your treatment options…Orthopaedic doctors use surgery as a last resort for musculoskeletal issues. They do everything that they can to delay it as long as possible in favor of less invasive treatment such as medication and physical therapy…” View full article
Health Tip May 11, 2017 – The Value of Having a Primary Care Doctor
“…integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs…and practicing in the context of family and community. Studies show that in states and areas of our country where there is more primary care, health outcomes are superior at a lower cost. People are less likely to be hospitalized, and there are lower death rates for cancer, heart disease and stroke. There are lower infant mortality rates, higher birth weights and higher immunization rates…” View full article