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December 11th, 2010 - By Get Healthy Staff

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Mental health issues can transform happy holidays into blue Christmas

December 11th, 2010 - By Amie Steffen, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Grumpy

Extravagant holiday displays, malls filled with shoppers and the lilt of Christmas carols put most people in a good mood, ready to embrace the holidays, time with family and the upcoming winter.But others languish while those around them seem blissful. They may be haunted by memories of loved ones they’ve lost who won’t be around for Christmas, or stressed by the thought of being thrown together with relatives.

Hospitalizations and suicidal feelings among those who are depressed peak at this time of year, according to Amanda Schara, a counselor at Allen Counseling Center in Waterloo. “The winter months get hard for a lot of people, not only because of all the holiday stress, but also because the days are getting shorter,” she said. Something as simple as not being able to afford a gift for a loved one—or larger issues such as having a relative called to military duty—can make Christmas tough.

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Meditation isn’t just about relaxing

December 10th, 2010 - By Julie Deardorff, Chicago Tribune (MCT)

Meditation

Meditation is a brain-boosting, stress-busting activity that is now embraced by everyone from the U.S. military to corporate executives. And if you’re living a busy, hectic life—and can’t fathom finding time to sit cross-legged in a quiet room—you’re an ideal candidate too.

“If you don’t have 30 minutes to meditate, you probably need an hour,” said Tamara Gerlach, a San Francisco-based meditation student and teacher. “The people who race through their life are usually the ones who could use some focus and serenity.”

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Hospital to host 15th annual Wings of Healing program

December 10th, 2010 - By The Times, nwi.com

Judy Gresko, president of St. Catherine Auxiliary, places an angel on the Wings of Healing tree during last year’s program. St. Catherine Hospital’s annual Wings of Healing program allows participants to honor or memorialize a loved one during the holiday season. Donations support the hospital’s health care scholarship program. Over the past 15 years, nearly $50,000 has been raised from this event. (Photograph courtesy of St. Catherine Hospital.)

Judy Gresko, president of St. Catherine Auxiliary, places an angel on the Wings of Healing tree during last year’s program. St. Catherine Hospital’s annual Wings of Healing program allows participants to honor or memorialize a loved one during the holiday season. Donations support the hospital’s health care scholarship program. Over the past 15 years, nearly $50,000 has been raised from this event. (Photograph courtesy of St. Catherine Hospital.)

St. Catherine Hospital’s 15th annual Wings of Healing program allows participants to honor or memorialize a loved one during the holiday season.

For a $10 donation, individuals, businesses and organizations can have a personalized angel hung on the Wings of Healing celebration tree. Personalized angel cards are sent to honorees or families to commemorate the event. For a $25 donation, the donor also receives an angel ornament. All Wings of Healing honorees and memorials are recorded in the official Wings of Healing book located near the St. Catherine Hospital donor wall.

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Mental care provider pleased by turnout for Valpo Turkey Trot

December 9th, 2010 - By Times Staff, nwi.com

Runners and walkers participate in the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day in Valparaiso. The annual 5K run/walk and competitive 10K run comprised the first Turkey Trot hosted by the Porter-Starke Services Foundation. (Photograph provided.)

Runners and walkers participate in the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day in Valparaiso. The annual 5K run/walk and competitive 10K run comprised the first Turkey Trot hosted by the Porter-Starke Services Foundation. (Photograph provided.)

More than 1,500 runners and walkers participated in the 2010 Turkey Trot, an annual 5K run/walk and a competitive 10K run that took place on Thanksgiving morning in Valparaiso. Brandon Campbell won the 5K event with a time of 16:15. Jeff Kent finished first in the 10K event with a time of 32:48. It was the first Turkey Trot hosted by the Porter-Starke Services Foundation.

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Probiotics critical to digestive health

December 9th, 2010 - By Marilyn Bartels, owner of TnK Health Food Store in Waterloo

Winter is just around the corner, which brings the sniffles and sneezes. Recent trends show more people are turning to natural products to fight these nasty germs.

An important part of a strong immune system is having a well-functioning digestive system.

Digestive health is connected to every function of our body and is critical to a healthy body. Probiotics can play a crucial part in a healthy digestive tract. They are the “good” or “friendly” bacteria, also known as microflora, that keep our digestive systems running smoothly.

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ASIST at Porter Education Rehab Campus

December 8th, 2010 - By Get Healthy Staff

From the Get Healthy Inbox—We’re committed to keeping you informed on health care news and ideas throughout the region and nation. Here’s today’s recommendation, submitted by A Positive Approach to Teen Health (PATH):

ASIST is a two-day suicide first-aid workshop offering practical training for professional and non-professional community caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

ASIST is designed to help all caregivers become more comfortable, competent and confident when dealing with persons at risk. Suicide can be prevented through the actions of prepared caregivers. Just as CPR skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills used in suicide first aid.

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Germ cops help hospitals prevent infection, death

December 8th, 2010 - By Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press
University of Maryland Medical Center ICU nurse Nicole Storck puts on gloves before entering a patients room, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, in Baltimore. Every doctor, nurse and visitor who enters an intensive care patient's room at the University of Maryland Medical Center dons a bright yellow surgical gown and gloves so germs don't spread. Patroling the ICU like a cop on the beat is an infection preventionist, part of the change under way in U.S. hospitals to slash hospital-spread infections that claim an estimated 99,000 lives a year. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

University of Maryland Medical Center ICU nurse Nicole Storck puts on gloves before entering a patients room, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, in Baltimore. Every doctor, nurse and visitor who enters an intensive care patient's room at the University of Maryland Medical Center dons a bright yellow surgical gown and gloves so germs don't spread. Patroling the ICU like a cop on the beat is an infection preventionist, part of the change under way in U.S. hospitals to slash hospital-spread infections that claim an estimated 99,000 lives a year. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

This is no ordinary intensive care unit: Every doctor, nurse, friend or loved one must cover their clothes with a bright yellow gown and don purple gloves before entering a patient’s room so some scary germs don’t hitch a ride in or out.

It’s part of the University of Maryland Medical Center’s crackdown on hospital-spread infections, and Michael Anne Preas patrols the ICU like a cop on the beat to help keep bacteria in check.

You forgot your gloves, Preas leans in to tell a doctor-in-training who’s about to examine a man with a breathing tube. Startled, the resident immediately washes his hands and grabs a pair.

Peering at the IV tube inserted into another patient’s neck, Preas spots a different opening for bacteria: His long beard is messing up what should be an airtight seal. Let’s shave that spot and put in a new catheter, she tells the nurse.

Nor does a janitor escape Preas’ inspection. Yes, she put on clean gloves between collecting trash and moving carts that nurses will touch.

Infections caught at health care facilities are one of the nation’s leading causes of preventable death, claiming an estimated 99,000 lives a year. Yet chances are you’ve never heard of Preas’ job: She’s an infection preventionist, part of an evolution under way as hospitals are pushed to slash those rates or lose lucrative Medicare dollars.

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Keep bedbugs at bay

December 7th, 2010 - By Katy Moeller, McClatchy Newspapers

If you itch just thinking about bedbugs, here’s something to help you sleep at night: These blood-suckers—which don’t carry disease as mosquitoes and ticks do—can’t fly or jump onto your head or clothes.

They crawl. So, if you’re paying attention, you will see them coming. And if you’re vigilant when you return home from out-of-town trips, you won’t accidentally import them into your house.

“They don’t move real fast, but they are relentless,” said Jeffrey Weier, an entomologist who has been in pest control for nearly 40 years.

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Lowfat—Quick Coq au Vin

December 7th, 2010 - By Marge Kullerstrand

CoqauVin

Cooking uncovered over high heat, the liquid reduces and concentrates its flavors in a fraction of the time required for the traditional long-simmered dish.

Ingredients

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken thighs
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 cups quartered cremini mushrooms
2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices carrot
1/3 cup (1/4-inch-thick) slices Canadian bacon
1 cup dry red wine
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste

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