In the Nov/Dec 2009 Issue

Endocrinologists at the Floyd Memorial Joslin Diabetes Center affiliate offer world-renowned diabetes care close to home.

A Message from Mark Shugarman, President & CEO

Welcome to the final issue of HealthScope for 2009. In this issue we feature a service that is unique to our hospital and our community – the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate. Kentuckiana is plagued with a growing rate of obesity, pre-diabetes and diabetes, in part due to negative lifestyle behaviors and lack of physical activity.

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Anticoagulation Management Outpatient Clinic Opens to Better Serve Patients on Blood Thinning Medications

For most of us, the process of blood clotting happens without much thought. We cut ourselves, and the bleeding stops by forming a clot that later is reabsorbed back into the body when the cut is healed.

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New Technology Makes Breast Biopsies Less Invasive

For women at high risk of breast cancer or with certain types of breast tissue, breast MR screenings, in addition to annual mammograms, allow doctors to identify small tumors that otherwise may not have shown up on mammograms alone.

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Radiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation Receive National Commendation

Floyd Memorial has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by the American College of Radiology (ARC). Accreditation is awarded to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards.

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Physician News

Deepak Azad, MD, MPH, an internal medicine physician in Scottsburg, was recently re-elected to serve as Treasurer of the Indiana State Medical Association and Stuart Eldridge, MD, a pediatrician with Physician Associates of Floyds Knobs and member of the Floyd Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer on September 26 and 27.

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Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate Offers Top-Notch Endocrinology Expertise and Patient Education

For individuals with diabetes, successfully controlling their condition depends as much on their level of knowledge as it does on their blood sugar levels.

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Patient Discovers Education is Missing Link to Controlling Diabetes

The five certified diabetes educators at the Floyd Memorial Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate – including two registered nurses, two registered dietitians and one registered dietitian/clinical exercise specialist–helped more than 1,000 patients last year.

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Quick Action Helps Young Man Survive a Massive Heart Attack

On January 15, 2009, 36-year-old Shawn Howe came very close to losing his life. “Our son was in bed and my wife and I were watching TV. It was about 10 o’clock when I started having back pain. Within minutes, the pain was radiating everywhere.

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Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate to Participate in International Diabetes and Heart Disease Clinical Trial

The number of people with diabetes is growing at an alarming rate. And soon, the Floyd Memorial Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate will begin working on an international clinical trial aimed at determining the safety of a new diabetes medication for patients with existing cardiac disease.

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There’s No Such Thing as a Merry Little Weight Gain

Want to arrive in the new year with seven to ten more pounds to lose? Many, many people will, but you won’t be among them if you make a plan for the holiday eating season, which seems to stretch from Halloween through New Year’s Day.

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Preparing Adults and Children for a Flu Season Starring H1N1

Floyd County undoubtedly will be among the communities worldwide impacted by the expected pandemic of the H1N1, or “swine” flu this winter. Government agencies, with help from Floyd Memorial physicians, are preparing to care for the sick.

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Some Breast Cancer Patients and Relatives Choose Genetic Testing

If a person knows she has a 90 percent risk of developing breast cancer, she has some important decisions to make. Should she start screenings at a younger age? Should she have preventive surgery?

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