10 Questions to Ask if You’re Thinking About Joint Replacement

knee with ice packYour knees ache. It’s hard to climb the stairs or exercise. The pain in your hip seems to be getting worse. If your doctor says you’re a candidate for joint surgery, you probably have many questions that will determine your decision. Joint replacement surgery is a big decision, one that impacts both you and your caregivers. Your doctor can answer some, but others are more personal. Ask yourself these 10 questions to see if you are ready.

Are You at Risk for Postpartum Depression?

Abby postpartumIt’s natural to feel strong emotions when you’re pregnant and just after you’ve had a baby. You may feel elated, or you may feel sad. Many women have the “baby blues” just after birth. They feel sad, impatient or irritable. These feelings usually go away in a week or two. They don’t always need to be treated by a health care provider.

For some women, feelings of sadness are much more intense. 

Calling All Heroes

Become an organ donorDid you know that every day, 21 people die waiting for an organ transplant? There are over 120,000 people currently on the waiting list for a transplant. Every person has the ability to change these statistics by registering to be an organ donor.

Caregivers: Is the Home of Your Elderly Loved One Safe?

home safety checklistA shift in health care toward reduced hospital stays and an aging population are both factors that make caring for a friend or family member at home a growing part of today’s health care scene. Caring for someone medically outside the traditional hospital setting is not a new idea. Well before modern medicine, people were cared for at home out of necessity.