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Health Articles Category: Internal Medicine

HPV Vaccine Protects Against Certain Types of Cancers

The Human Papillomavirus Vaccine safely prevents cancer through protection against human papilloma virus (HPV) infection. Certain types of HPV can lead to oral and genital cancers. HPV vaccines are highly effective in preventing infection when given before initial exposure to the virus. Similar to the need to... Read more

March 17-23 is National Poison Prevention Week

A toddler reaches for pills on table National Poison Prevention Week is March 17-23. It's important to know how to prevent poisoning and what to do if it is ingested. First, look at the container so you know what you've ingested. Many containers give instructions of what to do after accidental ingestion. If it... Read more

Moving Blood Clots Bring Danger

Blood clots prevent you from losing too much blood when you hurt yourself. However, when a blood clot forms inside one of your veins and does not dissolve on its own, called deep vein thrombosis, it could be very dangerous. “Generally, blood clots are focal where they... Read more

Keep an Eye on Benign Tumors

A benign tumor is a tumor that is not cancerous. In many cases, these masses do not pose any danger. But, if the tumor is pressing on a blood vessel or a nerve, it needs to be removed or reduced. “Cancer cells can multiply and spread to surrounding tissues,... Read more

Alcohol Irritates Pancreas

The pancreas is a gland that releases digestive enzymes and insulin into the body. Pancreatitis is when the pancreas becomes inflamed, and can cause abdominal pain, fever and vomiting. Acute pancreatitis, when the problem is temporary, usually can be treated with intravenous medications in the hospital. Chronic... Read more

Talk to Doctor About Suspicious Skin Lesions

That strange-looking spot on your skin may be a sign of something dangerous. If you are concerned about an area, talk to your primary care physician about a skin cancer screening. “As with other cancers, you want to catch any kind of skin cancer early,” says Deborah... Read more

A Primary Care Doctor is Important for Your Wellness

Even if you do not have any chronic health problems, it is a good idea to find a primary care doctor. A family practice or internal medicine physician can ensure you stay current with recommended screenings, detect patterns in your health and act as your advocate... Read more

Dietary Fiber

While dietary fiber can minimize constipation and help with hemorrhoids, it also can reduce obesity and lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol level. Stephen Nagy, MD “Most Americans take in about 50 percent less than the dietary guideline requirements for fiber intake per day,” says Stephen... Read more

Asthma Triggers

About one in 12 people suffers from asthma, and out of that group, about 12 million people every year will experience an asthma attack. One of the most important steps to successful treatment is identifying your individual triggers. Possible triggers include:Respiratory infectionBacterial infection such as sinusitisGastroesophageal reflux... Read more

Quit Smoking Safely

Quitting smoking is not easy, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges. One of the most effective methods for quitting is nicotine replacement therapy. “Nicotine in cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco is highly addictive,” says F. Michael Caldwell, MD, internal medicine physician at Physicians Park Primary... Read more

Learn the Facts About Ebola

Ebola is a deadly virus that causes both internal and external bleeding. This year, West Africa has been experiencing the largest epidemic in history, causing worldwide concern over the virus. Researchers believe that Ebola begins in an animal – such as a bat – and spreads to... Read more

Hay Fever and Migraines

About 12 percent of people in the United States experience migraines. A recent study has shown that people who suffer from migraines have more frequent headaches if they also suffer from seasonal allergies, or hay fever. Matthew J. Riffle, MD “Researchers are not sure whether allergies cause migraines... Read more

Adult Vaccinations

Americans receive the majority of their vaccinations in childhood, but there are several vaccinations adults should receive as well: Influenza: “All adults need a flu shot every year,” says Matthew J. Riffle, MD, internal medicine physician at Physicians Park Primary Care. “The best time to receive... Read more

Respiratory Care Program Earns Recognition

Saint Francis Medical Center has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals. Saint Francis has been a consecutive recipient of this award since... Read more

CT Scans for Smokers

A panel of experts has recommended that heavy smokers receive an annual computed tomography (CT) scan to screen for lung cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says current and former smokers ages 55 to 80 who have smoked at least 30 "pack-years" should undergo the... Read more

Signs of Appendicitis

While no one knows exactly what the appendix does, we do know that when it becomes inflamed, it needs to be removed, immediately. This inflammation, called appendicitis, can lead to a ruptured appendix, which in turn can lead to an infection in the abdominal cavity. F. Michael... Read more

Teen Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are damaging for teenagers, which is why it is important that you spot these problems early, so your child can receive help. One of the biggest signs of an eating disorder is an obsession with dieting. "Teenage girls and boys who continue to count... Read more

Treating Children’s Migraines

An estimated 50 percent of adults who suffer from headaches or migraines say they began experiencing them before age 20. Treating a child with migraines is similar to treating an adult with migraines, except that doctors use much smaller doses of the same medications. Sarah A. Aydt,... Read more

Risk Factors for Shingles

Anyone who has had chicken pox is at risk for having shingles, an infection that causes a painful rash. That is because both chicken pox and shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster virus.  Sarah A. Aydt, MD, FAAP, FACP "After you have had chicken pox, the virus lies... Read more

Stop Thumb-sucking

If your child is older than 2 or 3 and still sucks their thumb, it is time to help them break the habit. “You want children to stop sucking their thumb before they begin to develop their permanent teeth,” says Joy L. LeDoux-Johnson, MD, internal medicine physician... Read more


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