It's winter and germ season is upon us. Washing with soap and water is the best way to avoid illness. However, when soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer is a good option. Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol is best,... Read more
If you are an athlete and are experiencing an aching pain in your lower abdominal area or groin, you may have a sports hernia. A sports hernia occurs when tissue tears in your lower abdominal muscles. It most commonly affects athletes who participate in sports that... Read more
Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby in 2014. At 1:22 pm on Wednesday, January 1, a baby boy was welcomed into the world by proud parents Caitlin Cook and Matthew Lincoln of Marble Hill, Mo. The caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff... Read more
Problems with your feet can be more bothersome than problems with the rest of your body, because you use your feet all day long.
Here are common foot problems and their treatments:
Bunions: These occur when the lowest joint on your biggest toe becomes misaligned, causing the bone... Read more
While you never know exactly what will happen during your baby's birth, it is a good idea to be as prepared as possible. Take a childbirth education class and work with your doctor to develop a birth plan.
One important issue to think about is whether you... Read more
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that can cause damage to any of your joints. It is an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system is not working like it should and begins attacking healthy tissue.
"The goal of treatment is to delay progression of the... Read more
Anyone who has had chicken pox is at risk for having shingles, an infection that causes a painful rash. That is because both chicken pox and shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster virus.
Sarah A. Aydt, MD, FAAP, FACP
"After you have had chicken pox, the virus lies... Read more
One common source of concern for pregnant women is round ligament pain. This type of pain in the lower belly or groin area typically occurs during the second trimester. The best way to distinguish round ligament pain from other, more troublesome issues is that round ligament... Read more
The holidays can be a difficult time for parents of critically ill newborns. Instead of introducing their little one to family and friends, they are in a hospital room – sometimes far away from their loved ones.
At Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care... Read more
If you have already suffered a stroke, you are at a high risk of having another one. The best way to avoid this is to make lifestyle changes that decrease your risk of stroke – stop smoking, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, lose weight and... Read more
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes aching muscles, sleep problems and fatigue. The best way to distinguish it from other disorders that cause chronic pain is that with fibromyalgia, the pain is all over your body. "You are not just going to have ankle and wrist... Read more
If you are a smoker, you have a much higher risk of heart attack and stroke than nonsmokers. "Smoking can cause your blood vessels to thicken and narrow," says Joseph C. Dwyer, MD, FACC, cardiologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. "Narrowing of the blood vessels leads... Read more
Although heavy backpacks do not cause serious back issues in children, they can be the source of chronic problems. Your child's backpack should be no more than 10 to 20 percent of his body weight. That means if your child weighs 60 pounds, the backpack should... Read more
Skin-to-skin contact by parents with their newborn baby, or “kangaroo care,” has been shown to be very beneficial for infants. Typically, the mother or father places the baby – who is naked except for a diaper – in an upright position under his or her shirt.
Beverly... Read more
Overactive bladder is a condition in which you frequently and suddenly feel the need to urinate. This problem could disrupt your professional and social life, as well as your sleep. “Overactive bladder could lead to urge incontinence – when you sometimes leak urine – or it... Read more
One of the most important aspects of playing a sport is making smart choices about what activities you do during the offseason. Offseason conditioning is key to remaining injury free.
Any athlete who participates in a competitive sports activity during a season is basically involved in a "controlled crash."... Read more
High heels are a staple in many women’s wardrobes – but wearing them all day, every day can cause serious orthopedic problems. “The altered position of walking in high heels places a great amount of force on the inside of the knee, which can lead to... Read more
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
Critically ill newborns will receive the care they need and family members will have access to a home-like environment in Saint Francis Medical Center’s new Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
The Level III NICU moved to its new location in the Medical Center on December 10.... Read more
For a person with chronic sinusitis, surgery may be the best option if all other treatments – including antibiotics, medicated nasal sprays and saltwater nasal washes – have failed. The most commonly used treatment is endoscopic surgery, during which the surgeon inserts a lighted tool called an... Read more