Updated: 01/08/2009 - Stormont-Vail has joined hospitals implementing a color-coded wristband system. The wristbands notify medical staff of certain risk conditions at a glance.
Updated: 01/01/2009 - Senior citizens often let their eating habits decline, which is especially risky since age increases the risk of certain diseases.
Updated: 12/19/2008 - Improved computer technology improves placement of new knees, helping them last longer. Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka is a test site for an upgrade on what's currently available.
Updated: 12/11/2008 - Planning before you go to a party and swapping a few ingredients when you're the cook can keep the holiday seasonn from becoming a diet disaster.
Updated: 12/04/2008 - HealthWise 55 and the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging are among those offering assistance for Medicare D prescription drug coverage enrollment. The deadline is Dec. 31st.
Updated: 11/18/2008 - Kansas was among 23 states getting a "D" in the first-ever March of Dimes report card on premature births. Doctors say proper prenatal care, quitting smoking and paying attention to your body are among actions that can improve the grade.
Posted: 11/06/2008 - Peripheral arterial disease is a narrowing of the artery that supplies blood to the leg. A classic symptom is leg pain. With more people diagnosed with PAD, Stormont-Vail established a specific clinic for it within the Cotton-O'Neil Heart Center.
Updated: 10/30/2008 - Medical Arts Pharmacy and Healthwise 55 are sponsoring a shingles vaccination clinic. Targeted toward people over age 60, Zostavax is the first vaccine that can prevent shingles and reduce the frequency and severity of painful outbreaks in those who have it.
Updated: 10/23/2008 - The Deitcher family's younger son, Mason, was born 11 weeks early. The family is sharing his story as ambassadors for the March of Dimes' upcoming Signature Chefs Gala.
Posted: 10/13/2008 - Child doctors urge that a "twice a day" routine may reduce a child's risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease later in life.
Posted: 10/09/2008 - Area health care providers are gearing up for flu vaccination season. Doctors say it can offer 70- to 90-percent protection from the flu. This year, the recommendation for children extends from six months all the way up to 18 years of age.
Updated: 09/26/2008 - The American Heart Association's new Heart2Heart program connects people going through a cardiovascular situation with someone who's also gone through it.
Posted: 09/18/2008 - The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will open a new Health Information Neighborhood, consolidation info on health topics, special computers and other features in one area. It's made possible thru a grant awarded to Stormont-Vail's Library Services.
Posted: 09/11/2008 - When eating on the run, look for smaller portion sizes, grilled instead of fried, and salads instead of fries. Cotton-O'Neil dietitian Sabrina Bublitz also suggests planning ahead and packing a cooler with healthy sandwiches and fruit when you know you'll be away from home.
Updated: 09/05/2008 - While the 3 major television networks prepare to hold a major fundraiser for cancer research, work is being done in Topeka.
Posted: 08/21/2008 - Mental health professionals say most kids will need some time to transition back into the school routine. Parents can do things to help out - and should look out for signs their child is having a little more trouble with the change.
Updated: 08/28/2008 - Stormont-Vail launched the Student Nurse Tech program in its Critical Care unit this summer. It gives student nurses full-time, one-on-one contact with a registered nurse in the ICU, so they can see if the environment is one in which they can foresee a career.
Posted: 08/07/2008 - Health officials say most women are getting the message that breastfeeding is best for babies, but many don't stick with it the recommended six months to a year. They say American society needs to support women in their efforts.
Posted: 07/31/2008 - A program offered by the March of Dimes and Stormont-Vail Foundation gives moms-to-be incentives to follow healthy habits during pregnancy and after giving birth. It's called Stork's Cradle.
Posted: 07/24/2008 - Northeast Kansas has seen several near-drownings this summer, including 2-year old Hunter Renyer. His family is sharing his story to remind other families how quickly accidents can happen.
Posted: 07/17/2008 - The new Xience drug-eluting stent earned FDA approval in early July. Topeka's Stormont-Vail HealthCare was among the first in the country to use it. It's coated with a new drug that reduces the risk the stent will abruptly close and renarrow the artery.
Posted: 07/10/2008 - Back to school time is a good time to take your child for an annual physical. It not only makes sure their health is ok and their development is normal, it can also spot problems that might interfere with learning.