What once used to take months or years to spread across the globe and show up on other shores can now be in our country after a quick flight across ocean waters. Global pandemics, outbreaks or epidemics are reported on more and more by our modern media, and it seems each year we learn of some new superbug which could affect our lives from half a world away.
The widespread availability of antibiotics in the 20th century was a medical advancement that undoubtedly saved millions of lives and was revolutionary to medicine. However, the effectiveness of antibiotics also created an unintended consequence of overuse and may be responsible for creating the public health crisis of antibiotic resistance. While antibiotics can rid your body of illness when used appropriately, they can also have detrimental effects when used inappropriately. A little knowledge can go a long way towards knowing when antibiotics can benefit your health.
As the New Year gets started, many of us will make (and most likely fail to follow through with) our annual New Year’s resolutions. While setting well-intentioned goals to make positive changes in our lives is admirable, it becomes meaningful only when those changes become reality. Employing some basic strategies into your resolutions this year can help increase the chances you achieve your goals and start the new year off right.
When talk turns to taking care of your body the conversation often focuses on exercise, healthy eating, and regular doctor visits. While those aspects of self-care certainly play a part in staying healthy, many of us neglect taking care of our largest and most protective organ, our skin.
Your skin is responsible for protecting your body from external threats, regulating your body temperature, and sensing environmental stimuli. Year-round skin care is an important part of ensuring you live comfortably and identify issues as they arise. Unlike internal aspects of your body, changes in your skin can be observed and addressed quickly with a proactive approach to health.
Effective skin care doesn’t end when temperatures start to drop. Taking precautions year round allows you to maintain healthy skin and reap the benefits every day.
Coming home from the hospital with your new baby is a momentous occasion. Sharing in those first nights at home, test driving the nursery, getting through nighttime feedings and the seemingly endless stream of family and friends who want to visit. But in the winter months, visits especially can take on a different level of caution if your child is under the age of six months as influenza season comes crashing down into Wyoming.
As a Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Care and Education Specialist with Memorial Hospital of Converse County, the holidays are typically a big topic of conversation. We love our food-centered gatherings, and with these events comes extra stress involved in planning for such a large meal. "Did I make enough food? Are people going to like what I prepared? How am I going to get all of this done before everyone gets here?" These may be some thoughts running through your mind. On top of that, we are worried that the decisions we make for this one day will be poor nutrition choices. Too often, consumers get mixed messages about food and nutrition. Fad diets have taken over our social media accounts and the conversations we have with those around us.
On October 24th Sara Emery and her parents, George and Becky, presented Memorial Hospital and the Stella Beard Infusion Center with a bronze bell to be hung in the Stella Beard Infusion Center. Inspired by her own chemo journey, Emery wanted to give something back to Memorial Hospital.
Halloween is here, and the annual excitement of trick-or-treating is just days away. Make sure you and your loved ones enjoy a safe Halloween this year by following some basic guidelines.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in American women. In recent years, there has been a 37% reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women 50 and older. Death rates have been declining since the early 1990s, due in part to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and improving treatment options.