Author: St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Winter is a beautiful but often challenging season, especially for new parents trying to keep their babies warm and safe. Our St. Elizabeth experts weigh in on the most important things to remember about babies and cold weather – helping to ease your mind and keep your little one healthy this winter. Cheri Prodoehl, RN, Maternal Child Health Education Specialist at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, offers valuable tips to help create a cozy and safe sleep environment, dressing for the outdoors or navigating car seat safety so you can safeguard your little one’s well-being. 1. Dress for Safe Sleep Making sure your…

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You can’t wait to share your new little bundle of joy with family and friends this holiday season – but navigating winter travel and the germs with a newborn can seem daunting. Our team of maternal child health experts at St. Elizabeth Healthcare has compiled a list of helpful tips for holiday travel with little ones. Cheri Prodoehl, Maternal Child Health Education Specialist at St. Elizabeth, says traveling with a newborn can be manageable – as long as you are prepared. “Have a plan and think about what your trip entails,” says Cheri. “Be prepared for things like delays, diaper disasters,…

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Take Control of Your Holiday Stress You aren’t alone if the first things you think of around the holidays are stress and depression. But you don’t have to suffer through the holidays—learn to love them again with some simple tips on getting into the holiday spirit. “You can learn to enjoy the holidays and not just endure them,” says Perry Bohanon, APRN who specialize in adult mental health at St. Elizabeth. “The two things that typically drive stress and depression over the holidays are over commitment and unrealistic expectations.” Tips on Coping with Stress When your calendar starts to fill…

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Busting Deadly Myths About the Flu Shot Flu season is upon us, which means it’s time to get your flu shot. The flu can have a devastating effect on people of all ages, especially those with a compromised immune system. In fact, in 2020, about 38 million people in the United States had the flu, and more than 22,000 people died of complications last year. Of those that died, it’s estimated 80 percent did not get the vaccine. So, what is stopping you? It could be one of the many myths that still exist about the vaccine. Here are the facts:…

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You Had a Heart Attack—Now What? Anxiety and fear are common feelings people have immediately after a heart attack or event. Will my life be changed forever? Will I be able to enjoy the same things I did before my heart attack? Dr. Jerome Schutzman, Cardiologist for the St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute, says, “After a heart event not only does the person affected have concerns about what this means going forward, the whole family does as well. So we educate the entire family about lifestyle and what they can and can’t do.” Recovery After a Heart Attack Recovery…

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If You’ve Met Your Deductible, Consider Joint Replacement Now As the holidays approach you may not be thinking about elective surgery, but Jan. 1 is also when many health care deductibles reset for the year. In fact, with so many people moving to high-deductible insurance plans, many surgeons and hospitals see an end-of-year rush for surgeries like a total joint replacement. Matthew T. Hummel, MD, an affiliated surgeon with OrthoCincy Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine who practices at St. Elizabeth Healthcare says, “It is very common to see people put off surgeries that are considered elective because of the out-of-pocket expense they…

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Coconut oil attracted everyone’s attention when experts promised it could boost immunity, increase fat burning, reduce hunger, and even kill harmful microorganisms. Many people on the keto diet began adding coconut oil to their daily routine as a supplemental energy source because of the reduction in carbohydrates, which is critical to the keto diet. A Harvard University professor delivered a lecture that called coconut oil “pure poison.” Rachel Wagner, MS, LD, a licensed dietitian at the St. Elizabeth Physicians Weight Management Center weighed in, “There is controversy surrounding coconut oil, and although I believe more studies are needed to know…

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Avoid Strains and Sprains During Indoor Soccer Sprains and strains are the most common injuries in all sports, including soccer. Unfortunately, playing indoor sports puts you at three times more risk of injury than outdoor sports, according to a research study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Matthew Hartke, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Sports Medicine says, “Indoor soccer puts you at risk for strains and sprains because of the sudden jolting movements that come with changing direction and starting and stopping. In addition, collision injuries are common and often more violent in indoor soccer.”…

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I Have Diabetes. Is the Keto Diet Safe? Many people with type 2 diabetes are focused on weight loss, so they often look at different diets as an option to shed some pounds. Studies have shown that through weight loss you can decrease your dependence on medication and possibly even reverse your diabetes. The problem is many trendy diets do not take into consideration the unique needs of a diabetic patient to manage their blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that can be managed with the help of a doctor, through diet, exercise and medication. Betsy…

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Heart Attack Symptoms: Men vs. Women It’s important to know the signs of heart attack symptoms in men and women. If you have any of these symptoms, call 911 right away! Click on the infographic below to see what to look for in men and women, then right click and save it to share with your social media followers. Are you experiencing symptoms? Talk to your primary care physician or a cardiologist at St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute. If you need help finding a primary care physician, please call (800) 737-7900.

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