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Tubes Help Pediatric Ear Infections

Tubes Help Ear Infections Pediatric ear infections are one of the most common childhood illnesses. However, when your child experiences four or more infections in a year, it is time to see an otolaryngologist. “In most cases, ear infections are relatively benign,” says Marc A. Sachs, MD, otolaryngologist, Saint Francis Medical... Read more

Two Baby Girls, One Lifesaving Level III NICU

One blessed family has infinite reasons to be thankful for Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Thanks to the wonderful care they received at this leading-edge facility, the whole Smith family is healthy and happy, even after two difficult pregnancies. Jana and... Read more

Understanding Bladder Infections 

While both men and women contract bladder infections (also called urinary tract infections, or UTIs), women are much more likely than men to experience this painful occurrence. Symptoms include pain during urination, blood in the urine and a frequent urge to urinate. “Bladder infections are not serious... Read more

Using Ultrasound to Detect and Stage Lung Cancer

Doctors at Saint Francis Medical Center utilize a minimally invasive method known as an endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) for diagnosing and staging lung cancer. Endobronchial ultrasound uses sound waves to gain a clear picture of the area around the bronchial tubes and biopsy the abnormal area with... Read more

Vaccinate Children to Prevent Measles

While the United States declared measles eliminated in 2000, recent cases have brought it into the public limelight again. Most of the recent cases are linked to an outbreak at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. “Measles is a highly contagious disease,” says Jean... Read more

Vitamin D Builds Strong Bones and More

So much depends upon vitamin D. “As a child, vitamin D is important for bone development and strong, healthy bones,” says Erica E. Gibson, MD, family practice physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “As an adult, it helps prevent bone diseases such as osteoporosis. If you’re... Read more

VNG Test Pinpoints Cause of Vertigo

You’re standing still, but you feel like you’re spinning. You’re dizzy and nauseous, and your vision is blurry. If this sounds like you, you might have vertigo. “Vertigo is imbalance that occurs when the brain receives positioning information from different sensors – your eyes and inner ear,... Read more

Wake Up: Sleep Apnea Is Serious

Sleep apnea literally takes your breath away. While you sleep, the disorder repeatedly interrupts your breathing and reduces oxygen to your body and brain. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, diabetes and depression.  “Sleep apnea is a common... Read more

Walking Without Pain: Treatment for Foot Problems

Conditions such as bunions, corns and hammertoes may seem more annoying than dangerous, but if you continue to ignore such a problem, it could affect the way you walk which in turn could lead to knee, hip and lower back pain. “In many cases, fixing one... Read more

Watch for Symptoms of Heart Failure to Catch it Early

Heart failure occurs when your heart cannot pump enough oxygen-rich blood from your lungs to the rest of your body. While there is usually no cure, you can manage your symptoms and lead a fulfilling life with a doctor’s help. Heart failure does not mean your... Read more

Watch Infants for Signs of Autism

Autism has increased tenfold in the last 40 years. So, too, have questions like: “What is autism?” and “How do I know if my child has it?” “The definition of autism is complex, since autism spectrum disorder includes several disorders of neural development,” says Andrew Godbey, MD,... Read more

Watch Your Cholesterol Numbers

Knowing your cholesterol numbers is key to understanding your overall health. High cholesterol can cause atherosclerosis, a buildup of cholesterol on the walls of your arteries that can lead to major heart problems. "You want to aim for a total cholesterol level below 200 milligrams (mg) per... Read more

Weather Affects Joint Pain

It sounds like an old wives’ tale: Countless people who suffer from joint pain claim they can predict the weather. Even if they are not reliable weather forecasters, they still say their joints hurt much more during certain types of weather. “There is definitely a correlation between... Read more

Weight Loss Solutions – Rev Up Your Metabolism

Pity the poor metabolism, which often gets blamed for our weight issues. “It’s not me, it’s my slow metabolism,” is a common complaint. But what do we really know about this complex bodily function? Let’s separate fact from fiction – and then look at a few... Read more

Weight Loss Solutions – Ward Off Extra Holiday Weight

There is no bigger challenge to your diet than those fourth-quarter holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Between Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving leftovers, office Holiday parties, Christmas bake sales, New Year’s Eve revelry and New Year’s Day bowl games, you face a two-month shmorgishborg that could knock... Read more

Weight Loss Solutions – Weight-loss Super Foods

Foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein have many health benefits, including promoting bone health and fighting cancer. But did you know many of them can help you lose weight? Black beans provide plenty of protein without the saturated fat of red meats. Oats and... Read more

Weight Loss Team Prepares Patients for New Life

In addition to their remarkable physical changes, bariatric surgery patients also experience profound psychological changes. In fact, to maximize the success of this weight-loss procedure, patients must learn how to rethink their relationships with food, health and body image both before and after their surgeries. Ryan A.... Read more


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