Health Notes

Remembering Children Loved and Lost

by Katina Gordon on September 22, 2014

White balloons polka-dotted the skies over Midtown Crossing on Sunday, each carrying messages of love for tiny lives lost.

The 2014 Remembrance of Life was a tribute to precious children who had passed. With prayers and music, more than 200 people – families, friends, as well as Methodist volunteers and staff – were given a moment to grieve and remember babies who live on only in their hearts.

“Being with others who have been through similar circumstances is a very healing act because we draw strength from one another,” said Chaplain Barbara Todd, who provides pastoral care to families at Methodist Women’s Hospital. “When we engage in this annual event, we call to mind a little person who meant so much to us and who will be remembered as long as we are alive. That is very healing.”

Names of the children echoed through the sunny plaza as they were read one by one.

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When “Absentminded” Means More

by Dr. Lindsay Northam on September 18, 2014

9-18-14 DementiaWe’ve all had that moment when we walked into the room and can’t remember why we are there. How many times have you lost your car in a parking lot?

Most often these small memory lapses are simply related to stress or inattention, but as we age it is important to be aware of the symptoms which could suggest a more significant underlying cause of frequent memory loss, such as dementia or delirium. In some cases, memory loss may actually be a symptom of depression.

As the world’s population ages, it is important to keep in mind the unique physical and mental health challenges faced by older adults. It is estimated more than 20 percent of adults over the age of 60 suffer from a mental health or non-headache related neurologic disorder. The most common of these disorders include dementia and depression. Understanding the symptoms of dementia, delirium and depression in the elderly will increase awareness of these common mental health conditions and help facilitate early diagnosis.

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Volunteens Deliver The Meaning of Care with a Smile

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It’s a task force more than 130 strong with one sole mission: to make the patient experience at Methodist hospitals even better. Volunteen Karthik Narayanan delivers newspapers and smiles to patients at Methodist Women’s Hospital. Today, Karthik Narayanan is delivering newspapers and warm, freshly-baked cookies room by room at Methodist Women’s Hospital. He says the […]

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5 Reasons Posture Matters (and What You Should Do About It)

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We’re nearly a month into the school year, and even for those students eager to return to get back to class, the newness has likely worn off. Those upright, attentive postures have probably slowly slinked down into youthful sluggishness… we’ve all been there. But there is good reason why you should stay on your student […]

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12 Healthy Living Screenings No One Over 50 Should Skip

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Enjoying life after 50 begins with good health. Ensuring your good health continues begins with a conversation with your doctor. “We try to encourage our patients over the age of 50 to come in for a simple wellness exam once a year,” said Ginny Ripley, MD, a family medicine physician at Methodist Physicians Clinic HealthWest. […]

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When Compassionate Care Means Everything

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Peggy Nielsen, BSN, RN, a care coordinator in the Care Management department at Methodist Hospital, recently received honors as the August DAISY award winner. It’s a recognition that rewards and celebrates extraordinary skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Peggy was nominated for the honor by a patient’s daughter who wrote to thank […]

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Finding the Right Doctor for YOU

August 29, 2014

Let’s face it. Finding a physician can sometimes feel like a challenge. You want a health care provider that not only fits your medical needs, but one that feels right and one you can trust. No matter where you are on the health spectrum, Methodist Physicians Clinic has more than 220 providers that can fit […]

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NICU Reunion Brings Families Home to Methodist

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They came by 1s and 2s, even in 3s, 4s and 5s. From the very tiny to the growing tall, the Methodist Women’s Hospital NICU Reunion was filled with smiles of every size. “It’s really fun to see them as they get older,” said Carrie Furley, RN, a nurse at the Methodist Women’s Hospital NICU. […]

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Does Your Immunization Awareness Need a Booster?

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Despite what many people may claim on the television or internet, vaccines are often considered the greatest medical advancement of modern medicine. How many people have you known to have had tetanus or diphtheria? Probably none! What a testament to the success of vaccinations! Although many of us have heard our grandparents talk about measles, […]

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Weight Management Program Goes Beyond the Scale

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Anne Maher Moore has lost more than 20 pounds over the last six months. But the weight loss is really just a wonderful side effect of an even bigger focus on better health… one that started with a visit with her Methodist Physicians Clinic doctor. “I wanted to find balance in mind, body and spirit,” […]

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