No matter how old you are, you should understand the importance of a durable power of attorney and a living will. These documents could be critical in letting your loved ones understand your healthcare wishes if you are someday not able to speak for yourself.
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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.
"Hardly any Americans consume enough calcium in their diets," says Janna R. Crosnoe,... 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
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