Multiple Sclerosis: More Questions Than Answers

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Health | 0 comments

When I was growing up we often visited my mom’s cousin, Audrey, who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis or MS. She was always kind and always in a hospital bed on the first floor of her home. As a child I did not think much about it; it was just the way it was and it never changed. Now my college-age daughter has been dating a young man whose mother suffers from MS, so I thought it was time that I learned more about this disease with no clear etiology and no known cure. Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system, which...

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Three Cheers for Hospital Week – Celebrating What, and Who, Makes HCGH Great

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Health | 0 comments

Each year in May, hospitals across the nation celebrate National Hospital Week, a time to reflect on what makes a hospital truly great. There are so many examples we can point to when talking about what makes us great – our infrastructure, advanced technology, our many community programs and services as well as the dedication to and delivery of superior patient care day in and day out. HCGH is more than a place where people go when they are sick. It’s a center of healing and a place of hope for so many people in Howard County. It’s the...

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When It Comes to Strokes – ACT FAST!

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Safety | 0 comments

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and according to the NSA (National Stroke Association) strokes kill more than 137,000 Americans annually. A stroke (or brain attack) occurs when the blood flow to an area of the brain is disrupted. Some of the general symptoms of a stroke include a weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body, as well as sudden vision changes, trouble speaking, or walking. You can read more about the many varied symptoms of a stroke here and stroke risk here. Your primary care...

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Diagnosed with Diabetes: Where to Start

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Health | 0 comments

Diabetes is known as a “silent disease” because many of the signs and symptoms are not noticeable, yet approximately 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. If you’re like many who think nothing can be done to change your diagnosis, think again. According to Mark Corriere, M.D., an endocrinologist on staff at HCGH, you are in charge and, through lifestyle changes and education, you can be in control of your diabetes. Get educated. Diabetes is a disease where self-management and self-awareness are key. Dr. Corriere tell...

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Post-Partum Depression Requires Treatment

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Mental Health, Parenting, Safety | 1 comment

One morning, I completely fell apart. I told my husband I wanted to die and he rushed me to the emergency room. I was prescribed an antidepressant and things immediately started improving. I was suffering from major postpartum depression, which in my experience was like living in a completely different world from everyone I loved. I could see them laughing and smiling, but I couldn’t participate despite how hard I tried. I felt cut off, cut out, and on the verge of being discarded. I was completely convinced that I would keel over at any...

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Tackling the Emotions of Diabetes: A Support Guide for Friends and Family

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Health, Mental Health | Comments Off on Tackling the Emotions of Diabetes: A Support Guide for Friends and Family

April is Defeat Diabetes month and we thought we’d write about a subject that isn’t often written about, how friends and family can provide emotional support to loved ones who have diabetes. A diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming emotionally for loved ones as well as the person with the disease. Friends and family don’t always know the best way to help. Licensed psychologist Lisa Hoffmeyer, Ph.D., a diabetic herself, gives friends and family the following advice: Offer to Help Ask what kind of help the diabetic needs and wants, and take a...

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Sara Berlin: Local Athlete Recovers from Serious Concussion

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Fitness, Safety | Comments Off on Sara Berlin: Local Athlete Recovers from Serious Concussion

August 20, 2016 is a date that will forever be in my memory. I received a very serious concussion, due to a cycling accident, that changed my life. My fiancé and I were participating in a charity cycling event, on a closed course, in Howard County. We’re not sure what happened, but I crashed – hard. I could not have been luckier because I crashed in front of a police officer who was able to get me help quickly. I was unconscious for three minutes. First responders rushed me to a shock trauma facility. I haven’t been able to...

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You Can Still Be a Foodie with High Blood Pressure

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Health | Comments Off on You Can Still Be a Foodie with High Blood Pressure

Everyone loves a delicious dish, including yourself, right? Though when you suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension) you’re likely to think you’ve got two choices when it comes to eating: eating incredibly tasteless bland food for the rest of your life or continue eating the way you typically do and see where it takes you, after all, there’s medication. The problem with the latter is it can contribute to taking more medication or worse yet, lead to heart disease and stroke. But, there’s good news, you can take care of your blood...

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The Essence of Lace: My Concussion

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Reviews | Comments Off on The Essence of Lace: My Concussion

We’ve all heard of someone getting a concussion. Typically, it’s just an unfortunate event that doesn’t take terribly long to recover from. However, this isn’t always the case. I didn’t know how life changing a concussion could be until I experienced it myself at the end of August 2016. I randomly fainted one day. Knocked unconscious for about 10-15 seconds; it felt like several minutes when I came to. I had no idea what had happened. I went to urgent care where I was told that I had experienced a traumatic brain...

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Colonoscopy, It’s Better Than You Think

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Health, Screenings | Comments Off on Colonoscopy, It’s Better Than You Think

Colonoscopy, It’s Better Than You Think

Between hearing the dreaded prep stories and the thought of having a device inserted into your bottom, it’s no wonder you’re probably questioning … is colonoscopy screening really necessary? Yes, it is! According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and women. Yet, it’s one of the most curable types of gastrointestinal cancer, if detected early. It all starts with a small polyp that grows in the colon’s lining. If untreated, the...

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