JJC Health Quarterly April 2022

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Health Quarterly April 2022

A Special Supplement to the


Seniors, Hearing Loss and Smartphones increasingly important to persons with hearing Central Illinois loss, enabling them to Hearing connect with others and access vital information Older adults suffered when away from their in multiple ways during home. Further, with tothe COVID-19 pandemday’s decline in landline ic. They were cut off phones, smartphones from families, fearful of are becoming the only leaving their homes while in-home communication becoming ever more iso- device. lated from others. They Smartphones and had to limit shopping, apps matter for permedical appointments sons with hearing and travel. The learnings loss that emerged from the Smartphones coupled pandemic were a wakewith Bluetooth enabled up call about the role hearing aids can assist of technology, especially internet access and the hearing aid user smartphones, could have in ways never thought played in mitigating even possible, like receiving a small portion of that phone calls through the isolation. This is espehearing aid, streaming cially true with persons music, books and podwith hearing loss. Smart- casts. They can modify phones have become the acoustic response of the hearing aid to enhance hearing in specific listening situation like church or a favorite dining establishment, adjust volume, noise reduction, tone balance, remote microphone, why they even offer GPS tracking to let you know where your “stray” hearing aid is.

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Captioning Displaying spoken words as written text (captioning) can provide important benefits for people with hearing loss. At one time, captioning was performed by human translators, and used primarily for TV and movies. In recent years, with the development of automatic speech recognition using artificial intelligence (AI), speech-totext (STT)services have mushroomed. Computer based captioning services are now common, low cost and available in real time. For example,

Hamilton CaptTel and Caption Call telephones use voice recognition technology to provide a written text on a large, very easy to read screen. InnoCaption and Olelo recent entrants into the field of captioning services, is a free app for a mobile smartphone or device that provides real-time captioning of any call. This service can be a great aid to people with hearing loss who may have difficulty hearing on their mobile phone. Google, which owns YouTube uses LiveTranscribe to translate to transcribe uploaded videos to display text in more than 100 languages. Microsoft provides SST services in 85 languages and zoom, the video conferencing service that has become popular during the pandemic, is partnering with OTTER is providing captioning during zoom calls. As computer-based automatic speech recognition algorithms improve, SST services will provide even greater benefits to people with hearing loss. Numerous guides for buying a smartphone exist, including from AARP as well as Senior Planet Digital offered by OATS (Older Adult Technology Services). Hearing healthcare professionals like Central Illinois Hearing can also play a role in providing hearing aids that can couple to these amazing devices and create personalized hearing programs for effective communication. Not only are these exciting apps available today-we can be certain there are new, innovative apps on the horizon we’ve yet to imagine.


Important Facts: Alcohol Awareness Month Article Submitted By:

Culbertson Memorial Hospital How do you know when you have a drinking problem? Having one drink every once in a while isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the unfortunate truth is alcohol can be more addictive and destructive for some people. Alcohol abuse is a widespread problem in the United States, but it is manageable. This Alcohol Awareness Month, learn the causes and symptoms of alcohol abuse and how you can treat it. HOW SEVERE IS AUD? Alcohol use disorder (AUD) affects nearly 15 million Americans over the age of 12 every year, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Furthermore, the rate of alcohol-related emergency department visits across the country increased by 47% between 2006-2014, and an estimated 95,000 people die annually from alcohol-related causes. Between 2011-2015, the NIAAA reported the most common causes of death from alcohol use were liver disease, heart disease and stroke, cirrhosis of the liver, upper aerodigestive tract cancers, liver cancer, supraventricular cardiac dysrhythmia, AUD, breast cancer, and hypertension — not to mention 10,142 alcohol-related driving fatalities, about 28% of all traffic fatalities. When does drinking become a problem? Drinking in moderation in social settings isn’t necessarily bad. However, the fact is some people react differently to alcohol than others. For some, drinking can very easily become more habitual, even outside social gatherings.

When alcohol consumption begins to negatively affect a person’s everyday life — their job, their family, their friendships, their health, etc. — then it becomes a more urgent issue. According to the NIAAA, answering yes to two or more of the following questions can result in an AUD diagnosis. In the past year, have you: Experienced times where you drank more or longer than intended? More than once wanted or tried to cut back or stop drinking but couldn’t? Spent a lot of time drinking, being sick, or being hung over?

Experienced a craving to drink?

Had to drink more to experience the effect you wanted?

Experienced withdrawal Found that drinking interfered with your ability to care symptoms such as insomnia, for your home? Family? Job? shakiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, School? nausea, or sweating? Continued to drink when it How do I treat AUD? caused problems for those around you? Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for Given up or cut back on alcohol abuse. However, unactivities that were once derstanding what treatment important to you to drink options are available and instead? recognizing what solutions Gotten yourself into mulmay work best for you is tiple situations that could an excellent starting point. harm you? Types of treatment may Continued drinking despite include: it causing depression, anxiety, or adding to another health problem?

Behavioral treatments — These are aimed to adjust drinking habits through

counseling services led by healthcare professionals. This type of treatment cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, marital and family counseling, and brief interventions. Medication — According to the NIAAA, newer types of medication offset changes in the brain caused by AUD. These medications are non-addictive and can be used alone or overlapping with other treatment options. Medications may include naltrexone, acamprosate, or disulfiram. Mutual-support groups — Programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous provide safe,

judgment-free zones for people struggling with alcohol abuse to come together and support one another. Of course, anyone struggling with alcohol abuse should first speak to their primary care physician. Talking openly and honestly with your healthcare provider can help evaluate drinking patterns, craft a treatment plan, evaluate overall health, and determine if medication is an appropriate treatment option. HELP IS ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU. TO CONTACT YOUR CULBERTSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL PROVIDER, VISIT CMHOSPITAL.COM/PROVIDERS.


Understanding High Blood Pressure - And Lowering It Article Submitted By:

Culbertson Memorial Hospital A blood pressure reading is one of the medical procedures we come to expect from our healthcare providers. But how seriously do you take these readings? Sometimes people may hear the numbers with little understanding of what they mean or even what to do about them. Though sometimes taken for granted, maintaining a healthy blood pressure is a crucial part of living a healthy lifestyle — neglecting it can lead to a wide range of serious health consequences affecting far more than just your heart. Risks from high blood pressure

high blood pressure can lead to any number of serious or even fatal conditions. According to the American Heart Association, these may include any of the following: Heart attack — High blood pressure can damage your arteries, which can lead to a blockage and hinder blood flow to the heart. Stroke — The blood vessels in your brain can also be damaged by high blood pressure, which could in turn lead to clogging and bursting. Heart failure — The higher your blood pressure is, the harder your heart must work. If your heart works too hard, it can enlarge and eventually fail.

Kidney disease or failure — The arteries around your kidneys are also affected by high As with any health condition, high blood pressure is not some- blood pressure. Just like the arthing to be ignored. Untreated, teries around your heart, these

Understanding your blood pressure readings When your healthcare provider reads your blood pressure to you, how do you know what constitutes a good reading? The American Heart Association compiled this helpful data to help explain the different levels of blood pressure readings, ranging from healthy to emergency situations.

arteries can become damaged, which consequently prevents your kidneys from effectively filtering blood. Vision loss — As the blood vessels in your brain can become strained and damaged, so too can the blood vessels in your eyes, leading to reduced vision or total loss of vision. Sexual dysfunction — Your sex life can also fall victim to high blood pressure. Lack of blood flow to certain parts of the body

can lead to erectile dysfunction in men and a reduced libido in women.

body, particularly the legs, arms, stomach, and head, resulting in pain and fatigue.

Angina — A form of chest pain, angina is caused by heart disease or microvascular disease, both of which are a result of high blood pressure.

Lowering your blood pressure

Peripheral artery disease — Caused by atherosclerosis, peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries that carry blood from the heart to other parts of the

If you receive a high blood pressure reading, don’t panic. Lowering your blood pressure can be as easy as making a few lifestyle changes, including: Eating a well-balanced, lowsalt diet. Limiting alcohol consumption.

Exercising regularly. Managing your stress. Maintaining a healthy weight. Quitting smoking. Taking prescribed medication. Scheduling regular checkups with your healthcare provider. If you or a loved one wants to learn more about the cardiac providers and services available, contact Culbertson Memorial Hospital.


Schedule Your Colorectal Cancer Screening

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Culbertson Memorial Hospital Isn’t knowing for sure better than assuming? As we age, certain screenings become an important part of our routine and give us a better understanding of our physical health. Among those is colorectal screenings. Tests like colonoscopies can not only provide a clear image of a patient’s health but can also detect and treat cancer in its earliest stages before it can become a more serious problem. Colorectal cancer by the numbers

Culbertson Memorial Hospital gastroenterology specialist Dr. John Bozdech, MD

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States. In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates 106,180 new cases of colon cancer and 44,850 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2022. According to Culbertson Memorial Hospital gastroenterology specialist Dr. John Bozdech, MD, risk factors for colorectal cancer include obesity, diabetes, excessive alcohol consumption, excessive

consumption of processed meat, and lack of physical activity. “A better diet and more activity can reduce the risk of colon cancer, as well as the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” Dr. Bozdech said. Men and women are roughly at an equal risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer — men carry a 4.3% lifetime risk while women carry a 4.0% lifetime risk. From 2013 to 2017, incidence rates dropped by about 1% each year. However, incidence rate increased from 20122016 by 2% in people under 50 and 1% in people ages 50-64. Death rates have followed a similar trend throughout the last several decades. This is partly due to colorectal polyps are being found more often and removed during screenings and cancers are being found early on. Treatments have also improved, resulting in more than 1.5 million survivors today. Early detection is critical — 90% of colon cancer deaths can be prevented by a colonoscopy. Prevention

Culbertson Memorial Hospital surgeon Dr. Harsha Polavarapu, MD

“Research shows that habits related to diet, weight, and exercise are strongly linked to colorectal cancer risk,”

said Culbertson Memorial Hospital surgeon Dr. Harsha Polavarapu, MD. “Changing some of these lifestyle habits may be hard, but making the changes can also lower the risk for many other types of cancer as well as other serious diseases like heart disease and diabetes. According to Dr. Polavarapu, some actions patients can take to minimize their risk of colorectal cancer include: Getting screened for colorectal cancer. Screenings are tests that look for cancer before signs and symptoms develop. These tests can find colon or rectal cancer earlier when treatments are more likely to be successful. The American Cancer Society recommends testing starting at age 45 for people at average risk. Some colorectal screening tests can also find and remove precancerous growths (polyps) in the colon or rectum. Polyps are not cancer, but over time cancer can start in the polyps. Removing them lowers the risk of cancer. Talk to your health care provider about when you should start screening and which tests might be right for you. Eating lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Diets that include lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains have been linked with a decreased risk of colon or rectal cancer. Also, eat less red meat — beef, pork, or lamb — and processed meats such as hot dogs and some lunch meats, which have been linked with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Getting regular exercise. If you are not physically

active, you may have a greater chance of developing colorectal cancer. Being more active may help reduce your risk. Learn more about how to meet diet and exercise goals. Taking control of your weight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of getting and dying from colon or rectal cancer. Eating healthier and increasing your physical activity can help you control your weight. Quitting smoking. People who have been smoking for a long time are more likely than people who don’t smoke to develop and die from colon or rectal cancer. If you smoke and you want to quit, or know someone else who does, see the American Cancer Society guide to quitting tobacco, or call us at 1-800-227-2345. Getting help increases your chances of quitting successfully.

early curable stage as well as to remove the things that could grow into cancer,” Dr. Bozdech said. “A Colonoscopy therefore is not just for the detection of cancer, but it is also for the prevention of colon cancer.” According to Dr. Bozdech, people at an average risk for colorectal cancer should schedule screenings beginning at age 45, though some factors — such as family history of colon cancer or advanced colon polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, or history of abdominal radiation — may require scheduling earlier. According to Dr. Polavarapu, if screenings come back with no polyps, you shouldn’t need another for 10 years. If the screening shows polyps, another screening should be scheduled in five years.

“Remember that 90% of people who have colon cancer have no family Avoiding alcohol. Alcohol history, so the lack of a use has been linked with family history does not a higher risk of colorectal mean that screening is cancer. The American unnecessary,” Dr. Bozdech Cancer Society recomsaid. mends no more than two Before your colonoscodrinks a day for men and py, your provider will ask one drink a day for womyou to fast for 24 hours. en. A single drink equals 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounc- During this time, solid es of wine, or 1.5 ounces of food will not be allowed, though a clear liquid diet 80-proof distilled spirits of water, coffee, sports (i.e., hard liquor). drinks, and broth will be Get screened allowed. Your provider No matter how you man- will also provide bowel prep instructions by age your risk, you should means of a liquid prep still schedule a colorectal cancer screening to ensure — such as polyethylene peace of mind. Culbertson glycol — or SUTAB prep. providers recommend a “The preparation for colonoscopy as the gold colonoscopy and the standard of colorectal can- procedure itself have imcer detection. proved greatly. Most people are on clear liquids a “A colonoscopy is a day before the test and are test for both cancer and given a preparation based precancerous polyps. A on a tasteless powder colonoscopy allows us to detect colon cancer and laxative, polyethylene gly-

col, and a flavored sports drink,” Dr. Bozdech said. “Although this will cause a lot of bowel movements, most people tolerate this very well especially compared to some older ways of preparing the colon.” Generally, a colonoscopy takes about a half-hour. During the colonoscopy, you will be put under with intravenous sedation — you will not be awake during the procedure. If any polyps are found, they can be removed during the colonoscopy — larger polyps may require follow-up procedures. Recovery lasts about a half-hour. Immediately after the procedure, doctors and nurses will consult with you on their findings. You will also need to ensure you have a friend or relative present to drive you home. “If a patient is diagnosed with colorectal cancer, we use a team-based approach to treat it. Based on the location and type of the tumor, the main stay of the treatment is surgical removal of the tumor,” Dr. Polavarapu said. “Some patients may benefit from chemotherapy or radiation, so we always take input from all the specialists before we decide the best approach for each individual patient.” Don’t wait Colorectal screenings — including colonoscopies — can be scheduled at the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Outpatient Clinic. PEACE OF MIND IS AS EASY AS MAKING ONE PHONE CALL. TO SCHEDULE YOUR COLONOSCOPY, CALL THE OUTPATIENT SPECIALTY CLINIC AT (217) 322-5271.


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Ankle Instability

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O.B. Idusuyi, M.D. Orthopedic Center of Illinois

Ankle sprains are very common injuries among athletes and non-athletes alike. Most of these injuries will heal properly and allow for an eventual return to full activities and normal function. Occasionally, however, some patients may continue to have symptoms of instability at the ankles that persist long after the original injury. An ankle sprain occurs when the ankle joint is forced into a position that causes stretching or tearing of the ligaments that connect the bones together. The most common type of sprain is to the lateral ankle ligaments, which are located at the

outside half of the ankle joint. When the ankle twists into inversion – the foot turns inward, and the ankle turns outward – the lateral ligaments are placed under tension and may stretch or rupture. This will cause pain, bruising, swelling, and difficulty with motion and weight bearing. Initial treatment for ankle sprains is rest (with crutches if necessary), ice, compression with an ACE wrap, and elevation (R.I.C.E.). Motion exercises and eventually strengthening exercises are started and activities may be gradually progressed. Following this regimen will allow most people to recover to normal or near-normal function. In some people, however, the ligaments do not properly heal, or heal in a stretched-out position.

These patients may develop symptoms of instability at the ankle. They may experience the ankle “giving out” while walking on uneven surfaces, a feeling of looseness or weakness in the ankle, or repeated ankle sprains with seemingly minor twists. Many people who have chronic ankle instability will simply give up the activities that give them trouble. They may choose to forego participating in sports or vigorous exercise rather than risk further injury to their ankles, perhaps unaware of possible treatment options for this condition. Chronic ankle instability is initially treated with physical therapy and bracing. Exercises to strengthen the stabilizing muscles and tendons around ankle are often effective for reducing or relieving

symptoms of instability. Using a lace-up brace during more risky activities (sports, walking/running on uneven ground) can help to prevent recurrent ankle sprains and further injury. If symptoms persist despite these treatments, surgery can be considered. There are several different options. Most commonly, the stretched-out lateral ankle ligaments (anterior talofibular ligament and calcaneofibular ligament) are cut and then repaired in an overlapping fashion to shorten and thus tighten the ligaments. This is called a Brostrom, or Modified Brostrom procedure. Sometimes it is necessary to use one of the adjacent peroneal tendons to create new ligaments. Either of these procedures can be done on an outpatient

basis, but casting or bracing of the ankle is required for 4-6 weeks following surgery. Sometimes physical therapy is helpful after surgery as well. The surgery is generally

very effective for relieving the pain and “giving out” symptoms, and will allow patients to resume the activities they enjoy, and if desired, participate in sports as well.

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Stroke Awareness. React Fast. Call 911

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White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation LLC May is National Stroke Awareness Month. There is no better time to educate yourself for the signs and symptoms of a stroke and know how to react fast. A stroke is dangerous and deadly! It is the No. 5 killer and a leading cause of disability. But you can control and treat several risk factors for stroke. A stroke is when blood flow to a part of the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. A stroke is a medical emergency! It is important to get care as soon as possible. Some treatments for stroke work only if given the first three hours after symptoms. A delay in care can raise the risk of permanent brain damage or death.

BE FAST warning signs.

move more and sit less.

Balance (loss of balance, dizziness)

6) Obesity – excess body weight and obesity are linked with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol. In other words, being obese means you already have many of the risk factors for a stroke.

Eyes (vision changes) Face (facial drooping, severe headache) Arms (weakness, numbness) Speech (trouble speaking, confusion) Time – to call 911 Risk factors that you have control over are: 1) High Blood Pressure – or hypertension, is a leading cause of strokes and the most significant controllable risk factor. Know your numbers and keep them low.

There is life and hope after a stroke. With time, new routines will become second nature. Rehabilitation can build your strength, capability and confidence. It can help you continue your daily activities despite the effects of your stroke.

The Rapid Recovery at White Hall Nursing & Rehabilitation provides 2) Smoking – nicotine a committed healthcare and carbon monoxide is team and a rehabilitathe cigarette smoke damtion plan specific to the ages the cardiovascular impairments left by the system and can pave the stroke. For the first three way for a stroke. The risk months after a stroke, of stroke more than doubles for African Americans the brain is much like a new brain. It’s ready to who smoke compared to learn, ready to make new their nonsmoking peers. connections. Stroke rehab Types of strokes are: 3) Diabetes – if you includes a sustained and have Type 1 or 2 Diabe1. Ischemic: caused by a coordinated effort from a tes, control your blood clot healthcare team, including sugar. While diabetes is the patient and their fam2. Hemorrhagic: caused treatable, those that are ily. Communication and by a rupture diabetic generally have coordination among all other risk factors such as 3. Transient Ischemic the team members while hypertension, high blood Attack (TIA) or “Miniworking toward achieving cholesterol and are overstroke”: caused by a temthe patient’s goals are key weight – increasing their porary blockage to success in post-stroke risk factor even more. rehabilitation and recovTime lost is brain lost. Be 4) Diet – avoid consisery. “For further informaprepared to recognize a tion on our programs for stroke and take immediate tent diets high in saturated fats, trans fat and stroke rehab, give us a call action. If you suspect a loved one may be having a cholesterol can raise your at 217-374-2144.” States cholesterol levels. But a Kari Burton, Director of stroke or you realize that diet containing five or Rehabilitation at White something about them Hall Nursing and Rehabilsuddenly seems off, this is more servings of fruits itation, LLC located at 620 the time to react! Remem- and vegetables per day W. Bridgeport St., White ber, calling 911 is the right may reduce the risk of a stroke. Hall, IL 62092. Informathing to do, even if you tion for this article was are wrong. Calling 911 and 5) Physical Inactivity – referenced from American getting EMS care could aim for being active at Stroke Awareness (stroke. have a lasting impact on a least 150 minutes a week org) , www.hap.org and loved one. That’s why it is but if you don’t want to sweat the numbers, just so important to learn the www.strokeinfo.org.


Unplug That Screen. You Can Do It! Article & Photos Submitted By:

Memorial Health Ever had to wrestle a digital screen from your screaming child? Controlling screen time can be a monumental challenge—screens are everywhere, and young (and old) brains are easily addicted. “Screen time poses a larger challenge than the negative impact of blue light from a cell phone or tablet on quantity and quality of sleep,” said Dhuha Raab, DO, family medicine physician with Memorial Care – Koke Mill. “Screen time impacts the pleasure center in our brains and can lead to addiction.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following guidelines for screen use: For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age should choose high-quality programs if they want to introduce digital media. Watch with your children to help them understand what they are seeing. For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to one hour per day of high-quality programs including age-appropriate programs from Public Broadcasting Station (PBS), Discovery Channel, Learning Channel or History Channel. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them. For children age six and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media and the types of media. Make sure media does not

take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health. Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms. Talk together often about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline. Here are other tips to help your family reduce screen time: Be a role model. Be aware

of your own phone use habits. Resist picking up your phone at every moment. Choose to be present and enjoy life. Avoid bringing your phone to bed. Set goals to reduce use. The American Academy of Pediatrics provides a media plan template to help you plan device-free time and meals that applies to the whole family. Engage in family activities that replace screen time. Trips to the zoo, a walk around the neighborhood, puzzle/game/craft time

are all examples of family activities that can replace screen time. “Reducing screen time is beneficial for mental, social and physical health and helps families better connect with one another instead of with their screens,” continued Dr. Raab. “Consider making changes to benefit your family.” Have more questions? Speak with your pediatrician or primary care provider.

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Try Mindful Movement to Sweet Dreams: Refresh Mind and Body Maintenance Tips to Keep Your CPAP/Bi-Level Unit Clean and Germ Free

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lease stagnant energy and strengthen your mindbody connection. Mindful movement can be as simple as going for a walk outdoors or practicing yoga. Instead of working out furiously to burn calories, beat the guy on the treadmill next to you or improve personal records, focus on your breathing while completing a rep, mile or movement. Mindful movement encourages you to focus on the present moment rather than specific exercise goals. If your mind wanders back to the stress of the day, change your focus back to your breathing and your body’s movements. Stay in the present. Types of mindful movements include: •

Breathing exercises

A walking meditation

Stretching and yoga

Reference: Mindful Movement: Getting Started with Mindful Movement.

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That breathing machine that promotes peaceful rest in the bedroom? Don’t forget to clean it! A clean, germ-free machine is important to your overall health and the longevity of the CPAP/Bi-Level unit. See the following tips to efficiently clean your unit. •

Blower Unit: wipe unit with a damp cloth and mild dish detergent as needed. Allow unit to dry before plugging it in.

Mask/Nasal Pillows: wash with mild, soapy water (like Ivory) once

Headgear/Chin Strap: hand wash in a standard dish detergent and air dry once weekly. Do not use bleach, and do not dry in a dryer or iron the headgear or chin strap.

Filters: check the air filter and replace it at least every six months. Replace it more often if there are holes or blockages caused by dirt or dust. Remember the air filter is not washable.

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Endometriosis: 5 facts to know about this women’s health condition Article & Photos Submitted By:

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Endometriosis is a chronic health condition that develops when a woman’s inner uterine lining (endometrium) grows where it shouldn’t, such as outside the uterus or on other organs. SIU Medicine joins the greater medical community in raising awareness of endometriosis. We strongly encourage women and their loved ones to learn more about this condition. Here are a few reasons why. Endometriosis is surprisingly common The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 10% of females of childbearing age have endometriosis. That means roughly 190 million women and girls from around the world live with signs and symptoms of this condition. It’s quite possible that someone you know is living with endometriosis or will be diagnosed with it at some point in their lifetime. It’s difficult to diagnose Surgery is the only way to diagnose endometriosis definitively, though other tools and questions can point to the disease. Your gynecologist may do a pelvic exam to feel for signs of cysts of scar tissue, do an ultrasound to look for ovarian cysts that are common among women with endometriosis, or take an MRI to get a clearer picture of what’s happening inside your body.

You should also let your doctor know if you have pain during or after sex or when going to the bathroom, you have unusual or heavy periods, bloating and constipation or difficulty getting pregnant. Other conditions can look like endometriosis We know that endometriosis tends to be difficult to diagnose and treat. This is partly because many signs and symptoms of endometriosis, including chronic

pelvic pain and painful periods, are often caused by other health conditions, too. When we help people learn about endometriosis and become familiar with endometriosis risk factors, signs and symptoms, we help women become better advocates for themselves and their loved ones. We also help health care providers deliver comprehensive care as they seek to make accurate and timely diagnoses.

Endometriosis can im- Greater pact a woman’s ability endometriosis to have awareness = greater children opportunities for new research Women with endometriosis can and do have children, though it might be more difficult for them to conceive. Experts estimate about half of women with infertility also have endometriosis. Bringing more awareness to this fact can help patients and their loved ones maintain realistic expectations about their family planning journeys.

Doing your part to raise awareness helps garner more support and funding for future endometriosis research. At SIU Medicine, our scientists and clinicians are actively pioneering new innovations in endometriosis treatment and screening, and are even helping women gain access to clinical trials related to

their condition. The more people know about these resources, the more likely it is such resources will be supported and used. Do you have more questions about endometriosis? Would you or someone you care about like to speak to a health care provider about endometriosis? Contact SIU Medicine at 217-545-8000 to learn more about endometriosis and our women’s health services.

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