Health Notes

What Every Parent Needs to Know about Cold and Flu

by Katina Gordon on January 22, 2015

Winter isn’t over yet, and there are still plenty of sniffles, sneezes and coughs ahead. Flu season is still in full swing – with widespread outbreaks all across Nebraska and Iowa.

So far this season, more than 2,800 people in Nebraska have been confirmed with the flu. In Iowa, as flu cases surge, at least three children have died from the virus.

Dr. Nicole Villarreal, a pediatrician at Methodist Physicians Clinic Council Bluffs, says it’s often difficult for parents to know just what kind of bug has struck their ailing child.

“One of the most frequent questions I am asked is how to distinguish between a common cold and the flu,” said Dr. Villarreal. “Sometimes the symptoms of the flu can be difficult to distinguish from a cold. However, there are a few key differences. Generally, children with a flu infection will have significantly worse symptoms than if they had a cold. For example, when suffering from the flu, the child will typically have high fevers, more body aches and occasional vomiting. It is also common for the child to be more fatigued.”

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Bluejays Loss Still a Win for Breast Cancer Awareness

by Katina Gordon on January 19, 2015

While it wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard, Saturday night’s Creighton men’s basketball game scored a big win in the hearts of more than 17,000 fans.

The Creighton Vs Cancer Pink Out raised awareness for breast cancer and prevention of the devastating disease. Sponsored for the last four years by Methodist Health System, 17,640 fans sported their bright pink t-shirts handed out by volunteers.

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Creighton Takes on Cancer

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In 2014, Omaha’s CenturyLink Center was a sold-out sea of pink as the Creighton Bluejays played in tribute to those whose lives have been touched by cancer. This year, you can be a part of the incredible night dedicated raising awareness for breast cancer. The 2014 Creighton Vs Cancer Pink Out sold out at Omaha’s […]

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Health Resolutions for Any Age

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As we start off yet another new year, many of us resolve to eat better, exercise more, lose weight, spend more time with family and friends… the list goes on. This year, consider making your health the focus of your upcoming year. Lindsay Northam, MD Preventative care is the foundation of good health. Preemptive screening […]

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Exercise Essential for Healthy Aging

January 5, 2015

Is exercise on your list of New Year’s resolutions? It should be! A little exercise goes a long way when it comes to staying healthy as we age. “The first thing I talk to people about is exercise,” said Rebecca Reilly, MD, medical director of the Methodist Hospital Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Clinic. “People […]

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The Misbehaving Butterfly in your Throat

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Could your thyroid be to blame for those extra pounds? “A lot of times as women get older, weight tends to creep on,” said Crystal Seluk, DO, a thyroid surgeon at Methodist Physicians Clinic Council Bluffs ENT Clinic. “The thyroid is one of those things that can lead you to gain weight. It’s important to […]

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2015: 7 Resolutions for a Healthier You

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It’s that time of year again, when you sit down and think about your goals for the New Year ahead. Some may scoff at the idea of creating resolutions you will fail to keep. So this year, let’s look realistically at small steps you can take in 2015 to create a healthier you. 1. Get […]

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HELP Volunteers Help Patients Feel Better

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“We start as strangers, and the more we talk, the more we connect,” Batoul Rabaa explained. HELP volunteer and future physician Andrew Pryor shares stories and laughter with Methodist Hospital patient Ester Christensen. “The time we spend with a patient is unlike any hour of the rest of their day,” Andrew Pryor said. “It’s relaxed, […]

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Sharing the Holiday Spirit, Giving the Gift of Time

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Michelle Simon, PT, will be spending this Christmas holiday helping patients at Methodist Hospital. It’s fair to assume the last place most people want to spend their Christmas holiday is in the hospital. But Michelle Simon chooses to be there. “I’ve worked every single one,” said Michelle, a physical therapist at Methodist Hospital’s Inpatient Acute […]

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Wrapping Up Therapy with a Holiday Twist

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On the fourth floor of the south tower at Methodist Hospital, Santa’s elves are hard at work. They are cutting paper, wrapping boxes and taping them shut… all part of their ongoing therapy. “I think it touches everybody’s heart,” said Rebecca Koehn, an occupational therapist at Methodist Hospital. “Our patients can still work on their […]

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