Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a form of dementia that affects an estimated 1.4 million Americans and their families. It is sometimes mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease because it causes similar symptoms.
While every person is different, the main symptoms of LBD are:
Progressive dementia (problems... Read more
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
When you are pregnant, your “to-do” checklist can seem endless. But there is one item that should jump to the top of that list: choosing a pediatrician. Your child’s doctor can help ease your concerns both before and after you give birth, and will be a... Read more
If you have wrinkles and sunspots on your skin due to sun damage, you may be able to minimize their appearance. Prescription creams such as Retin-A can smooth the appearance of wrinkles, while bleaching agents can lighten dark spots. Doctors can also use specialized laser treatments... Read more
There are many different treatments for severe back pain, including medication and physical therapy. In some situations, however, surgery is the best option to relieve the pain. One common type of back surgery is fusion, a procedure that permanently connects two or more vertebrae in the... Read more
Saint Francis Medical Center is among the best hospitals in the nation for treating patients who have had a heart attack. It received the ACTION Registry – Get With the Guidelines (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015 from the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular... Read more
If you and your family regularly consume processed foods that contain sodium or salt, you may be putting yourself at risk for heart disease. Sodium can increase blood pressure because it causes you to retain fluid, which forces your heart to work harder.
“While adults know they... Read more
Parents of sick babies now are able to view their little ones even when they are away. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has five cameras that can be set up in infants’ rooms and connected to a secure Web address.
“Many of... Read more
When a baby is breech (lying upside down or on its side rather than head down), it is unsafe for the mother to deliver vaginally. She has two options: schedule a C-section or ask her doctor to try to turn the baby.
External cephalic version (ECV) is... Read more
When a patient needs a knee replacement, Saint Francis Medical Center team members work with them throughout the process – from diagnosis, through surgery, until they have completed outpatient rehabilitation. When the orthopedic surgeon makes the diagnosis and determines that surgery is indicated for the patient,... Read more
If you are a golfer, you know how physically draining it can be to play 18 holes and have to go back to work the next day. The Fit Fore Golf Program at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus helps avid golfers build up their core... Read more
Regular exercise is a vital component of a healthy life. The earlier children incorporate activity into their daily lives, the more likely they are to become active adults.
“Children need to develop a habit of exercising,” says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical... Read more
There is no need to make an extra trip to the pharmacy when seeing a doctor at Saint Francis. The campus has a retail pharmacy that can fill prescriptions in minutes.
The Healing Arts Pharmacy is located at Entrance 2 in the Healing Arts Building. “In addition... Read more
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of your joints. The most common early symptoms include:
Fatigue – Before you experience the typical pain and stiffness, you may feel tired and generally ill.
Morning stiffness – “When people with RA wake up in the... Read more
You might think watching a TV show or spending some time on the Internet will relax you before you sleep. But researchers have found the opposite to be true: The light from a tablet device, phone or TV stimulates brain activity, delaying the release of the... Read more
The Safe Sitter® program prepares preteens for the responsibilities required to care for younger children. This medically accurate program teaches students CPR, first aid, injury prevention, safety, childcare essentials, behavior management and online and social media safety.
Students receive training on how to run their own babysitting... Read more
Swimming is one of the most fun activities summer has to offer, but drowning is a very real danger at both beaches and pools. Tell your kids to keep these safety tips in mind as they head to the water:
Do not swim by yourself. “We tell... Read more
While blood clot formation is a natural and essential process for open wounds, persistent clots in the bloodstream can be harmful or even deadly. Individuals who are at risk for unwanted blood clots may need to take blood thinners to decrease that risk.
Blood thinners such as... Read more
When you suffer from a stroke, parts of your brain become damaged due to lack of oxygen. In many cases, you can relearn skills you lost after your stroke.
"At Saint Francis Medical Center, stroke patients undergo intensive inpatient rehabilitation," says Andrew Godbey, MD, MSPH, neurologist at... Read more
A concussion is a brain injury that occurs as the result of trauma such as a sports injury, car accident or fall. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible so you can lessen the long-term effects.
"Concussions can affect people in different ways," says... Read more