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Why springtime allergies in Wichita are so bad — and what you can do to combat them

girl sneezing

Wichita is often regarded as one of the top 10 cities for having the worst spring allergies largely as a result of the local topography and weather conditions. Many spring allergy symptoms are related to exposure to tree pollen. As trees “wake up” after winter, they release billions of pollens that are very light weight and can travel for several miles.

Update on listeria and Blue Bell ice cream

Via Christi was not aware of any listeria contamination in Blue Bell Creameries ice cream products until March 9. Upon learning of a possible connection to five patients who became ill with listeriosis during their hospitalizations for unrelated causes between December 2013 and January 2015, Via Christi immediately removed from distribution all Blue Bell Creameries products from all its care sites.

Information regarding local listeriosis cases

Ascension Via Christi St. Francis identified five patients who became ill with listeriosis during their hospitalizations for unrelated causes between December 2013 and January 2015. Via Christi worked closely with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) to investigate the cause of the listeriosis cases in these five patients, which has now been linked to pre-packaged ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries believed to have been consumed by these patients.

Diet-free habits for healthy living

Zonya Foco

Want to ditch dieting forever?

Nutritionist Zonya Foco says it's possible. Foco, who will be speaking at this year's Women's Fair, suggests these year-round tips for keeping the pounds off.

1. Drink water and think before you drink anything else.

2. Include breakfast and stop eating two or three hours before bedtime.

3. Eat often and include a fruit or vegetable each time.

4. Tame your sweet tooth and naturally eat as little sugar as possible.

Chewable antibiotics an option for kids who won't take liquid medicines

Does your child refuse to take liquid antibiotics?

If you have ever had to give your child a course of liquid antibiotics, you know that after that initial dose it can be a challenge to get your child to take it again. Liquid antibiotics simply taste terrible, which is one of their biggest drawbacks, says Lyndsey Hogg, pharmacist with Ascension Medical Group.

One option for your child, if they absolutely refuse to swallow the liquid antibiotics, might be a chewable form of the medication. 

HMR program stands among the nation's best for weight loss

HMR, a program offered for the past 18 years by Ascension Via Christi Weight Management, recently was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best.

It ranked second on the magazine's annual list of best diets--marking the first time that the HMR program, which integrates diet, physical activity and healthy lifestyle skills through weekly coaching, has been included.

Via Christi, Kansas Imaging Consultants partner to integrate radiology

Ascension Via Christi, a part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit healthcare system, has announced plans to become the sole owner of Ascension Via Christi Imaging, a joint venture it has operated since 2000 with its physician partners at Kansas Imaging Consultants. 

As part of this transition, radiologists from Ascension Medical Group, which had provided outpatient radiology services to clinic patients, will join Kansas Imaging Consultants, which already provides the majority of radiology services for patients at Via Christi’s Wichita hospitals.

Via Christi Health’s community benefit tops $91 million in fiscal year 2014

Ascension Via Christi, a part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system, provided $91.4 million in community benefit in the 2014 fiscal year, providing free medical care to those in need, educating healthcare professionals and supporting community health efforts in Wichita, Pittsburg, Manhattan and Wamego. 

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