Health Notes

Life-Saving Screening Now an Option for Medicare Patients

by Katina Gordon on February 22, 2015

A major announcement from Medicare means thousands will now be covered for a life-saving screening. Now, those who are at the highest risk for lung cancer will have access and coverage for a low dose CT scan, a test that saves more lives than any cancer test in history.

“The Medicare decision signals a new day where lung cancer transitions from the number one cancer killer to a treatable, curable disease,” said Deb Meyers, program manager of the Methodist Lung Thoracic Oncology Clinic. “It’s the highest risk group for developing lung cancer and this test will help us catch it early and save lives.”

Lung cancer is currently the number one cancer killer – claiming more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. It is especially deadly because there are often no signs or symptoms of the disease until it is too late.

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“Thinking Outside the Box” Earns Nurse Honors

by Katina Gordon on February 16, 2015

When a recent patient experienced extreme discomfort from a pressure ulcer, Caitlin Skow, RN, a nurse from the Progressive Care Unit at Methodist Hospital, had to do a little thinking.

She brought a lung pillow to the patient’s room and repurposed it to provide relief from his pain. This act, along with many other acts of “genuine kindness” meant so much to the family, the patient’s wife nominated Caitlin for the DAISY Award, a national award that honors nurses for a job well done.

“The gentle, compassionate care she has given; the genuine empathy and concern she has shown us; and her sincere interest in doing everything possible to alleviate his pain and discomfort – creatively thinking ‘outside the box’ to do so – are the hallmarks of a truly gifted nurse,” wrote the wife in her nomination. “Caitlin always found a way to lighten the burden of a long, frustrating hospital stay.”

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5 Hidden Dangers of Winter And Ways You Can Stay Safe

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According to the Groundhog, we have a few more weeks of frightful winter weather to go.  As we all try to endure the snow and frigid temperatures, don’t forget that although beautiful, this can be a dangerous time of year. The winter weather provides several ways you can get hurt. Here are my top five… […]

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Pink Out Nights Help Put Cancer on Ice

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The Omaha Lancers will host Pink in the Rink Night on February 14th. Click here to view a slideshow of last year’s exciting event. Tough men do wear pink… and two Omaha hockey teams will do it this weekend to support breast cancer education and awareness. On Friday, Feb. 13th, the fourth-ranked UNO Mavericks will […]

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Hollywood Got it Wrong: 8 Symptoms You Can’t Ignore

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On March 5, 2014, after a day and night of not feeling quite right, Frank DeLira woke up to an achy “flu-like” clamminess creeping through his body. Even a hot shower couldn’t shake the feeling. As he drove past Methodist Women’s Hospital, intuition told him he needed to stop for an emergency visit, but the […]

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What Every Parent Needs to Know about Cold and Flu

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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 […]

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Bluejays Loss Still a Win for Breast Cancer Awareness

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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 […]

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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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