Thursday, October 20, 2016

How do you know when you need a flu shot?

The flu used to be a generic term for just about any virus. Now, however, more people realize that the flu - short for influenza - is actually a serious upper respiratory infection. The flu is highly contagious and can cause serious complications, even hospitalization for some people. The best defense against influenza? An annual flu shot.

Young boy getting a flu shot

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Breast Cancer by the Numbers

Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer among American women. (The first is skin cancer.) Just about 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. There's a high chance that you or someone you know will be affected by this disease. The good news? -- And there's a lot of it -- Death rates from breast cancer have declined since 1989 because of earlier screening, increased awareness, and better treatments. (Source for statistics: American Cancer Society)

A group of women friends talking together

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Four things you need to know about mammograms

A mammogram is a simple x-ray of the breast that is used to find abnormalities in breast tissue. Doctors also compare one year's mammogram to previous years' mammograms to identify changes in the breast. It's a simple tool that has a huge impact. Mammograms are the most effective tool at finding breast cancer. Finding breast cancer early reduces your risk of dying from the disease by 25% or more. What else should you know about mammograms?

Women getting a mammogram

Thursday, September 29, 2016

How do you know when you need gallbladder surgery?

Surgery to remove the gallbladder is a very common procedure at Logansport Memorial Hospital and across the country. In fact, cholecystectomy - the formal name for gallbladder removal surgery - currently accounts for 75% of all surgical procedures in the United States. Surgery is the most common treatment for gallstones that are causing pain and other problems. How do you know if you're having issues with your gallstones? And when do those issues warrant surgery? Let's learn more about gallstones and surgical treatment options.

Mother holding her child outdoors

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Five tips for lowering cholesterol

If you have high cholesterol, you are at a higher risk of developing heart disease. Take steps to reduce that risk - lower your cholesterol and make healthy changes to your lifestyle. Your heart and your family will thank you for it.

Man with his grandbaby

You might still need cholesterol medicine - there are genetic factors that also impact your cholesterol levels - but following these tips might make it so you need a lower dose of that medicine and can reduce some of its side effects.