Health

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Prevent colon cancer with colonoscopies; Now starting at age 45


Colonoscopies available at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... Preventing Colon Cancer with Colonoscopies-Now Starting at age 45. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer can be easily prevented, yet it remains the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Colonoscopies, a very thorough colon cancer test, are performed routinely in the Veterans Memorial Hospital surgical suite. Pictured above is the camera tower used during colonoscopy procedures along with some of the hospital surgery staff who help patients prepare and recover from this common, life-saving procedure. Submitted photo.

Colorectal cancer can be easily detected, yet it remains the third leading cause of cancer in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, one in 24 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime.  Unfortunately, only about one in three persons in the U.S. age 45 and over gets the recommended screening.

Colon cancer screening tests identify suspicious or pre-cancerous polyps, which can be removed before they develop into a serious health problem.  There are four main testing options for detecting colon cancer: Fecal Occult blood test, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Barium Enema and Colonoscopy.

Colonoscopies, a very thorough colon cancer test, are performed routinely in the Veterans Memorial Hospital surgical suite with the equipment pictured at left, and typically take just three hours from start to finish.

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Diabetes Alert Day is March 26: Be aware of the risk factors


Diabetes Alert Day is March 26 ... March 26 is Diabetes Alert Day, designated to make the public aware of the risk factors of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Unfortunately, there are millions of American with this disease that are undiagnosed. Preventing the disease, or slowing the progression of the disease, is the key to leading a long, high-quality life. Call Angie Mettille (pictured above), Certified Diabetes Educator at Veterans Memorial Hospital for more information at 563-568-3411. Submitted photo.

by Angie Mettille RN, BSN, Certified Diabetes Educator

The American Diabetes Association recognizes the fourth Tuesday in March as “Diabetes Alert Day”. The purpose of this designated day is to make the public aware of the risk factors of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Unfortunately, there are millions of Americans that are undiagnosed with this disease.

When one has elevated blood sugars for a long duration of time, the likelihood of irreversible complications is increased.

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Handmade baby blankets donated to Veterans Memorial Hospital ...

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) recently received another large donation of handmade baby blankets from Cindy Hertrampf of Waukon. Many of the blankets are pictured here with Cindy and will be given to young patients in ER, surgery and in-patient areas of the hospital. Many will also be offered for sale in the hospital gift case which is managed by the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital. The gift case offers many gift options for all ages as well as quality health supplements. The gift case is located at the main entrance to Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.
 

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March 17-23 is National Poison Prevention Week

Allamakee County Public Health shares the following Poison Prevention Tips compliments of the Iowa Poison Control Center, in observance of National Poison Prevention Week and Month.
1. If you think something has been poisoned, call 1-800-222-1222 right away.  Serious poisonings don’t always have early signs.
2. Save the number of your poison control center in your cell phone contacts.  Text the word POISON to 797979 to download the business card for poison control to your mobile phone.
3. Keep medicines and household products in their original containers in a different place than food.
4. Always read the product labels and follow any directions.
5. Keep household products and medicines locked up. Put them up high and out of sight and reach of young children.
6. Buy products with child-resistant packaging, but remember, nothing is child-proof.

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Babysitting Seminar scheduled for Friday, March 29 at VMH

QR code to register for VMH Babysitting Seminar March 29 ...
QR code to register for VMH Babysitting Seminar March 29 ...

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) will sponsor the next Babysitting Seminars Friday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to Noon. The class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Intended participants are individuals 10 years of age and older who are responsible for their own care after school until their parents come home from work, and individuals who care for other children in or outside of their own home. Girls and boys are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Topics to be covered include fire and personal safety, accident prevention and emergency actions, nutritious snacks and basic care of children.

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March is National Nutrition Month: Eating right for older adults

From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Healthy eating is recommended throughout life, but as we age certain factors can affect our nutrient needs. Choosing a variety of foods from all the food groups (vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy and protein foods) will help you build a healthy eating routine.

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Mar

Free sports physicals will be offered at VMH-Postville Clinic

Free sports physicals will be offered at the Veterans Memorial Hospital-Postville Clinic for all junior high and high school students attending the Postville Community School District who need the physical for participating in school sporting events. These free sports physicals will be held at the VMH-Postville Clinic on the following dates and times:
Wednesday, March 26 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 28 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Students are asked to sign up for these physicals at the Postville High School Secretary’s office and pick up a physical form. These forms must be signed by parents prior to the event and brought along to the physical.

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Grandparenting Classes will be offered at VMH Saturday, April 6

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering Grandparenting Classes again this spring. Corinne Cook, RN, Babysitting Class instructor, will teach the next Grandparenting Class Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. until Noon. The class will be held in the hospital’s Large Conference Room.

In these classes, new or soon-to-be grandparents will learn all the new protocols to use when caring for their new grandchild. Some topics covered will include basic baby care, car seat safety, Tylenol/Ibuprofen dosing charts, home safety, poison control information, infant/child CPR, choking and other emergency medical information, as well as tips to support parents such as handling the baby blues and postpartum depression.  Free-will donations will be accepted to cover the costs of the class.

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Mar

Protect against measles prior to traveling

Those planning to travel are reminded to make sure they are protected against measles prior to their trip. Measles cases continue to be identified around the United States, and large outbreaks are ongoing internationally. Before travel, check your destination for health recommendations and travel notices on the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) travel health page.

Domestic and international travelers should plan to be fully vaccinated for measles at least two weeks before departing. Two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine provide 97% protection against measles. If you are traveling domestically, continue to follow the routinely recommended vaccine schedule.

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week: Pulmonary rehab helps with better function day to day


Pulmonary rehabilitation at VMH ... Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week is March 10-16. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program offered locally at Veterans Memorial Hospital that teaches a person to live and breathe better with chronic lung disease. Pictured is pulmonary rehabilitation patient Zippy Zimmerman of Postville with Amy Rolfs, RN, during a pulmonary rehabilitation session at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon that teaches a person to live and breathe better with chronic lung disease. Conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, restrictive lung disease and cystic fibrosis can make doing everyday activities difficult due to shortness of breath and low activity tolerance. Participation in a pulmonary rehabilitation program can help increase strength, manage shortness of breath, decrease anxiety and depression, and implement a consistent at-home exercise program.

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