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Health Articles

Prescription Testosterone

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

Adult Vaccinations

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 Physicians Park Primary Care. “The best time to receive... Read more

Common Allergy Triggers

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

Healthy Diets for Crohn’s Disease

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

Mobi-C Device Helps Patients With Neck Pain

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

Plan for Medical Crisis

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. A living... Read more

Shingles Vaccine

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

Vitamin Supplements

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

Alzheimer’s is More Prevalent in Women

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

Healthy Eating Habits

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

Avoiding Overtreatment With Cancer

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

Knee Replacements

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

Reverse Diabetes With Surgery

If you are obese (BMI greater than 35) and suffer from type 2 diabetes, weight loss surgery may be your best option. A recent Cleveland Clinic study found that many patients no longer had a need for insulin and medication after undergoing bariatric surgery. "While diet, exercise... Read more

Early Heart Attack Care

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

Abnormal Pap Smears

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

New Tool Increases Safety During GI Procedures

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

Treat Pressure Sores

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

Foods to Avoid While Pregnant

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

How Alcohol Disrupts Sleep

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

Choosing an OB-GYN

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


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