If you have spent time outdoors within the past day and suddenly developed red, itchy skin, you may have a poison ivy rash. This type of rash is caused by an oil called urushiol that is found in the leaves, stems and roots of poison ivy,... Read more
Chlorine is a chemical used to kill bacteria in pools. While it helps keep the water clean, it can be hard on skin – especially if you stay in the pool for hours. Excessive chlorine can cause you to develop a red, itchy rash and result... Read more
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
An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear in the knee is one of the most well-known sports injuries, primarily because it is very common and can bench an athlete for the rest of the season. The ACL is one of the two stabilizing ligaments in the center... Read more
When you do not properly protect yourself from the sun, you run the risk of many health problems, including skin cancer.
“The sun’s ultraviolet rays cause sunburns,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist on staff at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Most sunburns affect only the outer layer... Read more
Some men believe the answer to low energy and decreased sex drive is prescription testosterone. But you should talk to your doctor about your problem rather than seeking out a so-called "low-T clinic."
"If you have suddenly begun experiencing low energy and erectile dysfunction, you may be... Read more
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 Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff. “The best time to... Read more
There are many triggers that can cause misery to a person with allergies. It is important to identify your triggers so you can avoid them and be prepared with the right medication.
Common triggers include:
Pollen – It may come from flowers, trees or grass. Symptoms can include... Read more
When you have Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD), the lining of your digestive tract can become inflamed, leading to diarrhea and abdominal pain. While there is no scientifically proven diet for those who suffer from IBD, there are ways to reduce your symptoms.
“The... Read more
Patients who have bulging or damaged discs in their necks have a new option for treatment at Saint Francis Medical Center: the Mobi-C® Cervical Disc. Doctors can now use this artificial disc to treat an even larger range of neck problems.
The bones that form the spine... Read more
Shingles is a viral disease that causes a painful skin rash. While the symptoms are extremely unpleasant for anyone who contracts the disease, they are especially severe for older people. That is why people ages 60 and older should receive the shingles vaccine Zostavax.
"Studies have shown... Read more
The best way to consume the vitamins and minerals you need is to eat a healthy diet. However, if you do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, you should supplement your diet with vitamins.
Bobbi J. Palmer, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
"Hardly any Americans consume enough calcium in their... Read more
Women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop Alzheimer's disease, according to a new report published by the Alzheimer's Association. While a 65-year-old man has a one in 11 chance of developing the disease as he ages, a 65-year-old woman has a one in... Read more
When your children learn healthy eating habits at a young age, they are more likely to make healthy choices as adults. Here are some tips to help youngsters learn proper eating habits:
Do not eat in front of the TV. "Children are less likely to pay attention... Read more
The moment your doctor tells you that you have cancer, your thoughts begin racing. Is the cancer fatal? Will I need months of painful treatment? Will I ever be fully cured?
Because “cancer” is such a frightening word, patients often opt for the most extreme treatments. In... Read more
Over the last 10 years, total knee replacements have become more tailored to the individual patient. This means that regardless of your gender, body type or age, there is an artificial knee that is just right for you.
"The better you can re-establish the anatomy that was... Read more
Not all heart attacks begin with sudden chest pain. Saint Francis Medical Center is participating in the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care's Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) initiative, which encourages recognition of other early heart attack symptoms. Components of the initiative include:
Education: Everyone should know early... Read more
When your doctor says you have an abnormal Pap smear, that means the test found some cells on your cervix that do not look normal. These cells are probably not cancerous, but they could turn into cancer. That is why you will need to undergo further... Read more
In medicine, precision and accuracy are the keys to a successful outcome. Gastroenterologists at Saint Francis Medical Center are using a new tool called the ENDO CUT® I that increases safety and decreases recovery time by making a precise, individualized cut.
Doctors use the tool during endoscopic... Read more
A pressure sore – often called a bed sore – is an injury to the skin caused by constant pressure. People who are confined to a bed or chair are most likely to experience this type of injury.
When treating a pressure sore, you must take care... Read more