Several studies clearly show that physical activity contributes to enhanced mental health as well as maintaining a “younger” brain. However, by strictly focusing on physical forms of exercise, we tend to forget the merits of cognitive, or brain, exercises.
Patients at Franciscan Health Crown Point soon will have another reason not to travel to big city hospitals for the latest surgical advancements that offer smaller incisions, less pain, faster recoveries and shorter hospital stays, even for complicated procedures.
If you are one of the 400 million people who needs to lose weight and have tried to lose excess pounds repeatedly in the past without success, there is new hope in the form of a minimally-invasive procedure being offered at Community Hospital in Munster.
Shelly Recktenwall is a caregiver. A special education teacher from Crown Point, she raised five of her own children before serving as a constant companion to a senior citizen in Munster. When she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in January of 2014, she was more determined than ever to continue to help others along her journey. She turned to the Community Cancer Research Foundation in Munster.
This year’s recipient of the Lifestyle Change Award is Bennie Muhammad, a Methodist Hospitals cardiac rehab patient. In Oct. 2008, Bennie began experiencing shortness of breath so he went to his doctor's office. He was told that his heart was in atrial fibrillation (beating at 300/minute). The doctor told Bennie that he was on the verge of having a stroke so he was taken to the hospital by ambulance. As a result Bennie had a procedure called Cardiac Ablation. This procedure successfully took care of Bennie's irregular heart problems. At this point, Bennie realized he had to change his lifestyle and follow a strict diet.
For a sixth year, families gathered with Community Healthcare System staff members, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network representatives and Indiana Lions Eye Bank officials to honor the area’s organ, eye and tissue donors.
Rick Steinhilber of Hebron is a patient at Northwest Indiana Nephrology who up until around four months ago was travelling to dialysis centers around Northwest Indiana for his treatments. Steinhilber would drive to Centers in Valparaiso, Merrillville, Portage and Chesterton for treatment just to break up the monotony of travelling to the same place multiple times every week.
Lung cancer used to be thought of as a man’s disease, but that’s no longer the case. Over the years, the rate of new lung cancer cases for men has dropped 32 percent, while it has risen 94 percent for women. In fact, lung cancer now surpasses breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Unlike most people, being in and out of her doctor’s office made Jessica Clark more attracted to the medical field. Her job at Porterfield Family Chiropractic is a rung on a career ladder that she has wanted to climb for a long time.