Possible Causes of Frequent Forgetfulness

December 8, 2017 § Leave a comment


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Dr. Lamont Tyler, a physician based in Bloomington, Illinois, serves as the medical director at OSF Medical Group. With a specialty in family medicine, Dr. Lamont Tyler provides care for people of all ages, from infants to seniors.

One common complaint among an aging population is memory loss. Chronic memory loss that interferes with a patient’s daily life is a serious condition that needs advanced treatment.

Occasional forgetfulness, however, is normal and can be caused by several different factors. Our memories can be influenced by:

Medications. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications can affect memory. Common culprits include antidepressants, antihistamines, anti-anxiety medicines, muscle relaxants, and sleeping pills.

Alcohol, tobacco, and drug use. Tobacco use, in particular, has been shown to reduce blood flow to the brain, depleting necessary resources for optimum mental function.

Sleep deprivation. Fatigue and confusion can result in patients who do not get enough sleep.

Depression and stress. Both conditions cause overstimulation and distraction, hindering the brain’s ability to focus.

Nutritional deficiencies. A diet lacking healthy fats and vitamins, such as B1 and B12, has been linked to memory loss.

Head injury or stroke.

If you become concerned about frequent forgetfulness, consult a physician. Medication changes, nutritional supplements, or other treatment may help.


American Red Cross Volunteers Help Isolated Puerto Rican Community

December 2, 2017 § Leave a comment

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For over a decade, Dr. Lamont Tyler has served as the medical director of OSF Medical Group’s Eastern Region Specialty Physician Services, where he manages the practice while also working as a clinical physician. In his personal life, Dr. Lamont Tyler supports the efforts of the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross’ mission is to prevent and alleviate suffering caused by emergencies. American Red Cross volunteers recently helped an isolated Puerto Rican community left stranded after a bridge collapsed during Hurricane Maria.

The small Puerto Rican community of Barrio Paso Palmas in Utuado consists of 19 families, who were all left stranded after the hurricane. Before the Red Cross’ arrival, the only way residents could get supplies to their community was by crossing a treacherous river on foot.

Efforts led by Red Cross volunteer Mariano Soto saw the community receive much-needed supplies in the form of wood-burning stoves and solar lights. Additionally, the team created an elaborate pulley system to help the community get supplies across the river safely without the risk of losing them to strong currents. Volunteers also taught residents how to use the equipment properly.

To learn more about the American Red Cross and how to help in its efforts, visit www.redcross.org.

AAFP Mapping Tool Reveals Information about Immunizations by State

November 29, 2017 § Leave a comment

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The medical director of OSF Medical Group in Illinois, Dr. Lamont Tyler focuses much of his practice on acute care, urgent care, and family medicine. A graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Lamont Tyler possesses more than 25 years of experience in the field and belongs to such professional organizations as the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

As part of its efforts to improve patient and community health, the AAFP routinely creates new tools and resources, including its online mapping tool for immunization. Created in August 2017, this tool helps users determine their likelihood of encountering individuals who have not been immunized. In this way, the organization hopes to promote immunization and help parents and physicians increase safety in their communities.

The tool provides information based on the user’s state. For example, users can look at the tool to discover that young children in New Mexico are more likely to have at least four doses of tetanus toxoids, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccinations than young children in Texas. Users can also examine the percentage of women and teen girls who have been vaccinated for HPV in particular states.

Beyond showing vaccination rates, the tool also provides information about vaccination exemptions permitted in each state. Continuing with the previous example, parents in New Mexico can opt out of immunizations for their children based on religious beliefs, while those in Texas can opt out for religious or philosophical reasons.

Physician Outreach Leaders Program Rewards Physician Leaders

November 20, 2017 § Leave a comment


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Licensed to practice medicine in the state of Illinois, Dr. Lamont Tyler is a member of the Illinois Academy of Family Medicine, the American Academy of Family Medicine, and the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine. With nearly three decades of experience, Dr. Lamont Tyler is the medical director of special physician services at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

Established in 1880, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center has evolved from a small hospital to an advanced medical care facility. Over the years, the hospital has made its mark in the medical industry by pioneering nuclear medicine and laser surgery.

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is also recognized as a Magnet® hospital. The Magnet Recognition Program® is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to healthcare institutions displaying best nursing practices.

Magnet Recognition® is the highest honor given by the ANCC, awarded to less than five percent of all hospitals in the country. In 2008, OSF St. Joseph received this recognition, becoming the first Magnet® hospital in McLean County, Illinois.

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American Diabetes Association Responds to Hurricane Crises

October 28, 2017 § Leave a comment


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Based in Bloomington, Illinois, Dr. Lamont Tyler is the head of OSF Medical Group. Outside of his responsibilities as medical director of the group, Dr. Lamont Tyler gives back to the community through his support of several organizations, including the American Diabetes Association (ADA). While most people associate the ADA with awareness and research programs, the organization also maintains a critical disaster response function.

Recently, the ADA formed the Diabetes Emergency Relief Coalition, which consists of seven leading diabetes care and research organizations, to respond to Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. This coalition has mobilized thousands of pounds of diabetes supplies to these two regions to ensure that individuals with diabetes continue to have access to insulin and other items necessary for managing the condition.

Uninterrupted access to diabetes supplies is important for preventing hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, both of which can result in severe complications. Individuals in affected areas were able to find information about supply distribution directly through the ADA. Typical dispensing locations included shelters set up by other disaster response organizations and local health clinics.

The American Red Cross – CPR and First Aid in Schools

October 23, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Board certified in both family and urgent care medicine, Dr. Lamont Tyler serves as medical director of Eastern Region Specialty Physician Services within the OSF Medical Group. Outside of his professional endeavors, Dr. Lamont Tyler supports an array of health-centric charities, including the American Red Cross.

In addition to its work in emergency response across the nation, the American Red Cross offers a wide variety of training courses for the public. These classes are designed to teach anyone to administer first aid, CPR, and other life-saving procedures. Many of these programs are available at schools around the nation, helping students as young as 8 learn how and when to administer basic procedures.

The First Aid for Students course covers basic injuries to muscles, bones, joints, and soft tissues. Participants learn how to safely evaluate and administer care to an injured person. The CPR for Students class is a 30-minute introduction to CPR. It teaches the hands-only method, without rescue breathing. Completing one or both courses earns students a course completion card.