Health Notes

A Walk to End Alzheimer’s

by Katina Granger on September 26, 2016

2016 Omaha Walk to End Alzheimer'sSurrounded by a garden of flowers and purple balloons, Omaha took a Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The event, proudly sponsored by Methodist Health System, gave participants the opportunity to honor loved ones affected by the disease, as well as raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

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“Kissing Disease” Spreading Sickness at School

by Dr. Ryan Isherwood on September 23, 2016

It’s called the “kissing disease” by many, but mono is spread by so much more than just snuggling. And I’ve seen enough students lately with the highly contagious disease to issue a heads-up to all.

Mononucleosis is a viral illness also called Epstein-Barr. It’s very easily spread by contact with the saliva of an infected person. So yes, it’s easily passed by kissing, but you can also get it through sneezing, coughing, or any number of ways through salivary contact. Researchers believe it may also be sexually transmitted.

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Nurse’s Care Provides Comfort during ER Visit

September 22, 2016
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The emergency room is often a place where patients come in pain or fear… and many times both. One recent patient who came into the Methodist Hospital ER was anxious about feeling “lousy, uncomfortable and on edge.” He had a temperature, nausea, cough and a headache, and was afraid he was having complications from a […]

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Sending Love to Heaven

September 19, 2016
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A sea of white balloons sailed into a cloudless blue sky on Sunday. Tied to each one were words of love, and the names of the tiny babies to whom those messages were written. The release of the Heaven-bound balloons was part of the annual Remembrance of Life – an event dedicated to honoring the […]

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Sniffing, Sneezing, Aches… Yep, It’s a Cold.

September 19, 2016
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The signs are unmistakable: sniffing, sneezing, a general feeling of “yuck.” It’s that time of year again when the good old common cold makes a comeback. In fact, colds are the number one reason kids miss out on school days and adults stay home from work. “It is basically an upper respiratory tract infection which […]

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One Less Way to Boost Your Defenses against the Flu

September 15, 2016
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Needle-phobic kids and parents need to brace themselves for some disappointing news when it comes to fighting the flu. The flu-mist will not be an option when it comes to vaccines for the 2016-2017 season. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a statement saying it does not recommend the nasal spray vaccine this […]

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Teamwork Makes all the Difference

September 14, 2016
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It would be easy to say that needles are never a patient’s favorite part of a hospital stay, but they are a necessity when it comes to providing proper diagnosis and care for many. Making sure IVs work properly and that central lines are placed with care is the job of the IV Team at […]

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When the Pain was Too Great, Methodist Care Brought Relief

September 12, 2016
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The last two years have been difficult for Shane T.’s father, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. “My father has fought the devastating effects of Agent Orange in his system since he returned from Vietnam,” said Shane.  “His post-Vietnam life has been an agonizing journey for him.” Recently, with the pain becoming too much to bear […]

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Fighting Cancer with Faith and Courage

September 9, 2016
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“I’m not afraid to go to Heaven. It’s the family that has the crummy part, staying behind and picking up the pieces.” Teresa Benson of Underwood, Iowa, has built a happy life on the bedrocks of faith and family, despite a diagnosis and prognosis that would cause others to despair. The few warning signs were […]

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Methodist 125: Moving “West” to 84th and Dodge

September 6, 2016
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On April 28, 1968, the new Methodist Hospital opened for business at 84th and Dodge. It was a new generation of care, expanded “west” from Methodist’s 36th and Cuming location to provide even greater care to patients. There was no question that more space was needed. This new, single high-rise tower offered nine floors of […]

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