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Pancreatitis occurs when digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas are activated before they reach the small intestine. This causes the enzymes to attack the pancreas, resulting in severe inflammation.
“One of the major symptoms of pancreatitis is upper abdominal pain that radiates into your back,” says Wilson... Read more
Some people believe that breast cancer is only a five-year disease. However, several breast cancer recurrences happen more than five years after initial diagnosis. Breast Cancer Index (BCI) is a test to help doctors determine the likelihood that certain types of breast cancer will return after... Read more
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NFLD) occurs when a person drinks little or no alcohol and accumulates too much fat in his or her liver. It is a common disease and can lead to problems when the fat causes inflammation and scarring in the liver.
“There is no... Read more
When you are undergoing cancer treatment, it is important that you consume enough calories, nutrients and liquids to retain your strength, even when you do not feel like eating.
“Some cancers may change the way your body processes food and nutrients,” says Mark A. Meadors, DO, medical... Read more
One of the best ways to reduce lower back pain is to exercise. Studies have shown that exercise is more effective than any other method. Neutral spine core stability exercises are the best exercises to relieve lower back pain. These include:
Front plank – Lie on your... Read more
A new baby in the house is a big adjustment for everyone, including parents and older siblings. Saint Francis Medical Center offers a special class that helps prepare siblings for the new arrival.
“Older siblings are often eager to help with a new baby,” says Beverly L. Brown,... Read more
Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders. It occurs when your throat muscles periodically relax and block your airway, causing you to stop and start breathing while sleeping.
“If you snore frequently and find you are tired throughout the day, talk to your... Read more
Many factors can put you at risk for heart disease, including smoking, genetics, diabetes and high blood pressure. One risk factor that receives much attention is trans fat, which is a substance found in partially hydrogenated oil. Many sweets, snacks and fried foods contain trans fat.
“Trans... Read more
If you are a woman between the ages of 21 and 65, you should be talking to your doctor about having a Pap smear performed at least once every two or three years. A Pap smear is the main screening for cervical cancer, and it involves... Read more
Testosterone is the main sex hormone in men that regulates sex drive; produces sperm; and causes a deeper voice, bigger muscles and growth of body hair.
Forty percent of men older than age 45 have low testosterone levels. This can be due to normal aging, or it... Read more
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
Untreated thyroid problems can cause depression, weight gain and loss of energy, and can put you at risk for heart disease, infertility and many other medical problems. The following are some classic signs of a thyroid issue:
Fatigue – People with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) often feel like... Read more
After undergoing total knee replacement surgery, Jacob Eaker required additional assistance to help him recover. Saint Francis Home Health was just what he needed, providing a nurse and physical therapist to help him care for his wound and gain strength in his knee and leg.
Eaker, 71,... Read more
When an infant is born premature, his parents often feel helpless. But there is one important way a mother can help her baby: pump breast milk.
The lactation consultants at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) help mothers understand... Read more
In recent years, researchers have developed new treatments that have significantly expanded the options for patients battling cancer.
“When I trained as a physician, our main methods of treatment were surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy,” says Carlos Robles, MD, medical oncologist/hematologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Now,... Read more
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