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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.

“Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to a number of health concerns, including obesity, heart disease and even cancer…Any extended sitting — such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel — can be harmful…the muscle activity needed for standing and other movement seems to trigger important reactions related to the breakdown of fats and sugars within the body. View Full Article

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Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence offers help to improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Here are some strategies to help cut back or stop drinking:

  • Limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men.
  • Keep track of how much you drink.
  • Choose a day each week when you will not drink.
  • Don’t drink when you are upset.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you keep at home.
  • Avoid places where people drink a lot.
  • Make a list of reasons not to drink.

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“Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That’s dangerous and often tragic. That’s why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in – safely and anonymously – a record amount of prescription drugs…The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.”  View Full information

Residents of Richardson County can drop off unused prescription medications at Community Medical Center during a special event Saturday April 28 10:00AM – 1:00PM inside the front doors of the hospital.

“Prescription opioids (like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine) can be prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain, but have serious risks and side effects. From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids…”

“You have a role in preventing opioid-related overdoses. It starts with learning more about prescription opioids and reducing risk in your home and in your community. Talk with your doctor to fully understand benefits and risks of prescription opioids before taking them. Never take opioids in greater amounts or more often than prescribed. Do not share or sell your prescription opioids. Safely store your medications and safely dispose of them when you no longer need your medication.” View Full Article

Talk with your Doctor if you have questions about the medications you are taking.

 

“…be sure to schedule a yearly wellness visit with your doctor. A yearly wellness visit is a great way to help you stay healthy…you can get a wellness visit once a year at no cost to you…” Check with your insurance company to see what the wellness visit includes. Medicare Annual Wellness Exam includes a health risk assessment, height, weight, blood pressure, and medication review. This visit will allow your doctor to update your medical history, preventive screening schedule, and specialty physicians providing care. This allows your doctor to”develop a personalized prevention plan to help you stay healthy.” Many Doctors offices are collecting some of this information at every visit, but it is still important to have an annual visit to get a complete and accurate plan from your doctor to stay as healthy as possible. View Full Article

For specific questions regarding your health, ask your Primary Care Physician about Annual Wellness Visits.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. “Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer…If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. There are 3 main types of colorectal cancer screening tests: colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and stool tests.” To find out which test you might prefer, click here to complete a short questionnaire. Local Health care professionals will be discussing screening options during your office visits.

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?

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Mammography is X-ray imaging of your breasts designed to detect tumors and other abnormalities…Talk with your doctor about your risk factors, your preferences, and the benefits and risks of screening. Together, you can decide what screening mammography schedule is best for you.” View Article by Mayo Clinic

Health Tip September 28,2017-Proper Hand Washing during Flu Season

“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

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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…”

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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 

For information about eye and health and cataract treatment at CMC, click here.

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, 2017Why 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

 

Community Medical Center, Inc. is dedicated to the health and well-being of the individuals and community we serve. The tips and articles below 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.