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Are You Putting Your Best Face Forward on Social Media? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 13:26
Leading Physician Team Offers
Outside-In and Inside-Out Skin-Care Tips

Thanks to the myriad of photos now being posted online, more people than ever are undergoing cosmetic procedures, according to a new survey of plastic surgeons.  Requests for surgery as a result of social media photo sharing rose 31 percent in 2012, reports the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

“People especially want to look their best when hundreds, or even thousands, of viewers are looking at their photos – we hear it, too,” say Drs. Rick and Arlene Noodleman, the husband-and-wife physician team at Silicon Valley’s Age Defy Dermatology and Wellness, (

“The good news is that there are now effective, minimally-invasive, low downtime approaches that reduce or even eliminate the appearanceof sun-damaged,  aging skin,” dermatologist Dr. Rick Noodleman says.

Both physicians emphasize that the key to youthful skin is both correction and prevention – and no, it’s never too late to start addressing the latter.

“Achieving beautiful, healthy skin is a process, not an event. It’s accomplished by working from the outside-in and the inside-out,” says preventive medicine specialist Dr. Arlene Noodleman. “The link between nutrition and the quality of your skin is also ‘written all over your face’.”

To ensure Facebook, Instagram and Google+ users look their best online, the Noodlemans offer this advice, based on more than 25 years of research and clinical experience:

Work from the outside-in: “There are a number of corrective and preventive steps you can take to achieve a more youthful look,” says Dr. Rick Noodleman.

• For all skin types -- Protect your face from the sun. Use a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB light, and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

• For older skin -- Exfoliant creams remove dead skin cells that don’t slough off as readily as when we were young. Prescription creams such as Avita, Avage, Renova and Retin-A have been shown to reduce wrinkles and “liver spots” due to sun exposure.

• For forehead wrinkles – Injected Botox, a brand of botulinum toxin, partially immobilizesthe muscles that form expression lines so the skin smoothes out, although some deep expression lines may not go away.

• For sun damage and acne scars – Lasers can resurface facial skin by stripping away the outermost layers. Some “non-ablative”lasers also stimulate collagen formation, which helps smooth wrinkles.

And from the inside-out: “No matter what your skin type, healthy eating is an essential component of a good skin care regimen,” Dr. Arlene Noodleman says. “And, for some people, eating the wrong foods can actually cause problems.”

• A natural defense system: Foods rich in antioxidants seem to have a protective effect on the skin. For instance, a 2007 study by the American Society for Clinical Nutrition found that women ages 40 to 75 who consumed more vitamin C, an antioxidant, had fewer wrinkles. Antioxidant-rich foods include carrots and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables; spinach and other green leafy vegetables; tomatoes; blueberries; peas and beans; fatty fish, and nuts. The study also found that women who consumed more linoleic acid—found in nuts and seeds—had a lower incidence of dry skin.

• Curbing acne flare-ups: Acne-prone individuals should avoid dairy products, especially cow’s milk; processed foods high in white flour, such as white bread; and white rice and sugary foods and beverages such as candy bars and soda. Foods that cause ‘spikes’ in blood sugar levels can also trigger hormone production, which in turn can boost oil production.

• Psoriasis, rashes and other skin conditions: Certain foods can cause hives and other reactions. Individual sensitivities vary, but common culprits are gluten, dairy, eggs and additives. People with psoriasis may see improvement by eating a low-glycemic load, Mediterranean-style diet.

“Take a holistic approach to your skin’s health,” the Noodlemans say. “Your skin responds not only to what you put in and on your body, it also reflects your overall mental and physical health. Taking corrective and preventive measures that reduce sun-damage, increase exercise, promote healthy eating and decrease stress will help you look your best on social media.”

About Drs. Rick and Arlene Noodleman

Dr. Rick Noodleman, a board-certified, Stanford-trained dermatologist, is an expert in the medical and surgical management of skin disease, aging skin, and advanced cosmetic techniques. Dr. Arlene Noodleman, board-certified in preventive medicine and fellowship-trained in integrative medicine, is a healthy aging expert who focuses on the whole person and strategies that facilitate the body's innate healing. Together, Drs. Noodleman created the Revercel cosmeceutical and neutraceutical product line.

Loebsack Statement on White House Mental Health Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:55

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement on President Obama and Vice President Biden hosting a National Conference on Mental Health at the White House this morning.  The conference brought together mental health advocates, educators, health care providers and others to discuss how they can work together to reduce the stigma of mental illness and help those struggling.

“I, like so many others, have personally felt the effects of mental illness in my family, having grown up with a mother who struggled with mental illness.   I applaud the President for hosting this conference to bring together experts in the field and help lift the stigma that many people associate with mental illnesses. There are too many people struggling with mental illnesses in the shadows and we must continue to work to ensure they get the help they need.

“As a military parent, I strongly believe we must do more to address the mental health needs of our servicemembers and veterans.  As a former educator, I also believe it’s particularly important that we provide our young people with the resources and support they need.  That is why I have introduced the Reducing Barriers to Learning Act to increase access to the professionals in our schools that can help students who are struggling in any way.”

Congressman Loebsack has been a champion for expanding mental health care coverage.  He has worked on many pieces of legislation, including:

·         Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act, which worked to end discrimination against patients seeking treatment for mental illness;

·         Excellence in Mental Health Act, which would improve access to community mental and behavioral health services;

·         Mental Health in Schools Act, which would increase access to mental health services on-site in schools.

He has also led the way as a member of the House Armed Service Committee to ensure that the men and women serving our nation in the military have access to mental health care and suicide prevention resources.  In 2011, his legislation, the Embedded Mental Health Providers for Reserves Act (HR 948) was signed into law as part of the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.


Upcoming Red Cross blood drives: June 16-30 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Corey   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:52
PEORIA, Ill. (June 3, 2013) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this summer, helping to ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need and allowing them to create their summer of stories. Below are just a few examples of patients recently helped by Red Cross blood donors:
  • A liver transplant recipient needed 50 units of red blood cells and 50 units of plasma.

  • A mother who had complications during childbirth was given 32 units of red blood cells, 10 units of platelets, 10 units of plasma and 15 units of cryoprecipitate.

  • A trauma patient required 15 units of red blood cells.

Blood donations tend to decline during the summer, when many regular donors are on vacation and schools are out of session. However, the need for blood is constant. All blood types are currently needed, especially O negative, which is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to any patient.

Blood donors are encouraged to share their donation story with the Red Cross by visiting The Summer of Stories campaign is helping to raise awareness about the constant need for blood and encourage regular donations.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Carroll County

June 20 from 1-6 p.m. at Milledgeville First Brethren Church, 521 N. Main Ave. in Milledgeville, Ill.

June 21 from 12-6 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 405 E. Locust in Lanark, Ill.

June 28 from 12-5 p.m. at Mount Carroll Community Building, 101 N. Main in Mount Carroll, Ill.

Clinton County

June 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lyondell Chemical Co., 3400 Anamosa Road in Clinton, Iowa

June 21 from 12-6 p.m. at Prince of Peace Academy Grade School, 312 S. Fourth St. in Clinton, Iowa

June 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Assumption Catholic Church, 147 Broadway St. in Charlotte, Iowa

Henry County

June 19 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kewanee Hospital, 1051 W. South St. in Kewanee, Ill.

June 19 from 12-5 p.m. at Kewanee Hospital, 1051 W. South St. in Kewanee, Ill.

June 26 from 2-6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St. in Kewanee, Ill.

Mercer County

June 18 from 12-6 p.m. at VFW Hall, 106 SW Third Ave. in Aledo, Ill.

June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Boston United Methodist Church, 605 Main St. in New Boston, Ill.

Muscatine County

June 27 from 2-6 p.m. at Fruitland Community Center, 104 Sand Run Road in Fruitland, Iowa

Scott County

June 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at LeClaire Community Library, 323 Wisconsin St. in Le Claire, Iowa

Whiteside County

June 18 from 1-5:15 p.m. at River Bend Senior Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.

June 19 from 2-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

June 25 from 1-5:15 p.m. at River Bend Senior Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.

June 25 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Coventry Living Center, 612 S. St. Mary’s Road in Sterling, Ill.

June 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

June 27 from 4-7 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.



Healthy Aging with a Little Help from Your Intergenerational Friends PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 03 June 2013 09:59
Eye-Brain-Body Therapy with a Partner Improves Balance for Seniors;
Nonprofit Founder Reviews Benefits

Two major areas connected to overall health that are too frequently overlooked, particularly for those aged 65 and older, are visual capability and social connectedness, says therapist and charity innovator Karen Peterson.

“Physical and mental attributes are intimately connected, and what many do not realize is that balance is 20 percent based in vision. There are multiple ways of testing this, but perhaps the most simple is to stand on one leg, and then try to do so with your eyes closed – when your eyes are closed, you vestibular system, which controls your body’s balance, begins to work overtime,” says Karen Peterson, a therapist with multiple certifications, and creator of the new book and video series, “Move With Balance: Healthy Aging Activities for Brain and Body,” ( She’s also the founder and director of Giving Back, a nonprofit organization that grows and spreads programs that support senior health.

“Seniors of all ages – 55 to 105 – need to continually work on improving their balance, coordination, strength, vision and cognitive skills,” says Peterson, who has been teaching vision, brain and kinesiological modalities to children, businesspeople, athletes, classroom teachers and adults of all ages since 1987. “When they do, they’re less likely to fall and more able to enjoy life.”

In 2005, she expanded her program to focus on elders; specifically, to encourage active and younger seniors to buddy up with frail elder seniors for exercising eye-brain-body connections.

“Some folks reach a milestone age and recognize that they need to get active and, after only a short while, they actually feel younger. It’s these folks who we’ve encouraged to mentor other seniors who haven’t taken that step,” Peterson says.

“Members from different generations have partnered in training, and it’s an interesting learning experience for both parties.”

Peterson reviews the benefits of paring with a training buddy while practicing exercises that facilitate eye-brain-body cohesion:

• Independent study: Performed by a registered nurse and Dr. Lorrin Pang, Director of the Maui District Health Office, the Moving With Balance program, headquartered in Hawaii, has provided plenty of positive data. The objective is to reduce the number of falls in elderly who are institutionalized, many with cognitive deficits. The study was designed to compare the number of falls in the group doing the Move With Balance exercises to the number of falls in those serving as controls (no exercise). While the multiyear study is in the peer-review process, data shows a statistically significant reduction in falls in the target group – 38 percent.

• The importance of vision exercise: Vision gives the nervous system updated information about the position of body parts in relation to each other and the environment. With that information we judge distances, avoid obstacles and control our balance. Visual information goes directly to the midbrain, where it becomes part of the sensory motor pathway. This information lets us know and control where we are in space. When people get old, they tend to lose their control of this seeing-based system that provides spatial orientation. With one in three seniors experiencing a significant fall this year, visual-spatial exercises are an important measure for prevention.

• One example of a visual integration exercise – the arrow chart: With a partner holding the chart, look at the arrows and call out the direction indicated by each individual symbol. Then, thrust your arms in that direction; in other words, say and do what the arrow indicates. A partner can verify or correct movements. For an additional challenge, do the opposite of what the arrow indicates.

• Help from your friends: Working with a partner is tremendously beneficial for many of these exercises. Not only does it help with structure, consistency of schedule and morale, many of Peterson’s exercises call for coordinated movements and fast reaction times, including ball tosses. Partners can help cue and coach, and they provide security for seniors afraid to challenge themselves for fear of falling.

Successfully executing of these exercises indicates good brain processing ability, which is necessary for cognitive skills and balance, Peterson says.

About Karen Peterson

Karen Peterson is founder and director of Giving Back, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of elders through intergenerational mentoring. She has multiple certifications, including as a educational kinesiologist, natural vision improvement instructor, Touch for Health instructor and a massage therapist. For 27 years, Peterson has been teaching these modalities to children, businesspeople, athletes, classroom teachers and adults of all ages and occupations.

Iowa Masonic Health Facilities is named one of US News and World Report's Best Nursing Homes of 2013! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Masonic Health Facilities   
Monday, 03 June 2013 09:39

Congratulations to Iowa Masonic Health Facilities for being named one of the best nursing homes of 2013 in the US News and World Report. Iowa Masonic Health Facilities has received and maintained the highest rating attainable from both the federal Medicare and the state regulatory authorities.  We are known for our excellent care and highly qualified and compassionate staff, and we have a reputation for providing sensitive, individualized care.

As a Five Star Rated Facility, we are committed to providing compassionate, quality care in a home-like environment. Private rooms, free wireless internet, daily recreational activities, and comprehensive rehabilitation services (physical, occupational, & speech therapy) are just a few of the outstanding benefits you'll enjoy at Iowa Masonic. Call us at 563-359-9171 for your personalized tour today!

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