When you are pregnant, you need to pay special attention to your diet because the foods you choose can affect the health of your unborn baby. Fish can be very nutritious and high in omega-3 fatty acids, but avoid fish that have a very high mercury... Read more
While drinking a small amount of alcohol can help you sleep better in the first part of the night, it is not an effective sleep aid and can seriously disrupt your sleep cycle.
"Alcohol creates problems in the second half of the sleep cycle, causing fitful sleep,... Read more
When a woman chooses an obstetrician and gynecologist, she needs to find someone she trusts. Having a close relationship with her physician means she is much more likely to return for annual examinations.
"Some women stop seeing their OB-GYN after they have children because their lives are... Read more
The best way to tell the difference between hives and rashes is to take a close look at the affected area. Hives are raised bumps that can be itchy, and rashes are simply an inflamed area on the skin.
Hives are often the result of an allergic... Read more
About one in 100 people in the United States will have a seizure once in their lifetime. If you have had two or more seizures without any apparent cause, talk to your doctor about treatment for epilepsy.
"When you have a seizure, you may involuntarily jerk a... Read more
While the average age for menopause onset in the United States is 51, some women undergo the "change of life" much earlier – sometimes even before age 40.
This could occur as the result of chemotherapy or radiation therapy; an autoimmune disease such as lupus, hypothyroidism or... Read more
Years ago, patients who needed surgery for a herniated disk in their back faced a long recovery period. Now, there are several minimally invasive options for spinal surgery that result in less pain and a faster recovery.
The bones that form the spine are cushioned by round,... Read more
When you have a very sick newborn, it is important to spend time with him or her. In Saint Francis Medical Center's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), doctors and nurses encourage parents to get to know their little ones.
"Just touching your newborn makes a... Read more
When Malinda Milam entered Saint Francis Medical Center's Family BirthPlace in December 2013 for monitoring of her pregnancy, she was frightened and apprehensive. However, the smiling, reassuring faces she saw put her at ease immediately.
"I couldn't help but feel like I was with family," says Milam,... Read more
Separation anxiety often occurs in babies between the ages of 10 and 18 months. These problems most commonly arise when you leave your child with a babysitter or even a family member who does not frequently care for the child.
The best way to minimize crying and... Read more
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
While most insect bites are harmless, more than two million Americans are allergic to stinging insects, which include bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants. One symptom of an allergic reaction is anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can cause many problems, including difficulty breathing or swallowing and swelling... Read more
A kidney stone is formed from substances in the urine. It will not cause any symptoms if it stays in the kidney. However, if it leaves the kidney and becomes stuck in the urinary tract, it can cause severe pain in the back, side, abdomen, groin... Read more
When you are preparing for the birth of your child, you may feel like you have more questions than answers. Saint Francis Medical Center's Family BirthPlace offers a wide range of classes for parents-to-be that will help you feel more equipped for such a big change.
The... Read more
It is never too late to stop the effects of smoking. Even when you have been smoking for decades, you can significantly improve your health by quitting today.
"If you already have a condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), stopping smoking can slow the progression... Read more
Hypoglycemia is a condition in which a person's blood sugar has dropped to a dangerously low level. While it is defined as any level lower than 72 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), it can vary depending on a person's age and health. Diabetics are particularly at risk... Read more
Since the Pilates fitness system was first created at the beginning of the 20th century, it has helped hundreds of thousands of people develop strength and a higher level of physical fitness. Today, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus is putting a greater emphasis on the... Read more
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 2004.... Read more
Although depression does not cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and IBS does not cause depression, the two are closely related. Studies have shown that more than half of the people with IBS also suffer from depression.
Wilfred Lee, MD
“People with IBS may be so anxious about experiencing... Read more
For people who have foot problems, summer can be a challenging time to find the right types of shoes and sandals. As we head into the summer months, here are a few common foot issues and the types of shoes that work best:
Plantar fasciitis – Look... Read more