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Lighten Heavy Backpacks

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

“Kangaroo Care” Benefits Newborns

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

Is Overactive Bladder Disrupting Your Life?

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

Avoid Sports Injuries With Offseason Conditioning

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 Cause Foot Pain

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

Rev Up Your Metabolism

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

NICU Grads Play a Special Role in LEVEL III NICU Opening

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

Surgery for Chronic Sinusitis

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

Treat Strep Throat

While most sore throats are caused by viral infections, some are caused by bacterial infections and require treatment. A common type of bacteria is called group A streptococcal bacteria, and the contagious infection is called strep throat. We typically wait to treat a sore throat with antibiotics... Read more

Destress During Holidays

More than any other time of the year, the holidays can be a major source of stress. To minimize stress, remember to take time for yourself. “No matter how much you have to do or how many people you need to see, you must carve out... Read more

Pedometers Make Walking Count

Walking is one of the best activities you can do, not just for your overall health but also for weight loss. For some of us, though, walking doesn’t provide the same sense of accomplishment as, say, doing 20 sit-ups or riding 2.5 miles on a stationary... Read more

Stop Thumb-sucking

If your child is older than 2 or 3 and still sucks their thumb, it is time to help them break the habit. “You want children to stop sucking their thumb before they begin to develop their permanent teeth,” says Joy L. LeDoux-Johnson, MD, internal medicine physician... Read more

Grapefruit and Your Medication

If you like to drink grapefruit juice, be aware that while it can reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, it can also interfere with several different kinds of prescription medications. “Grapefruit in particular causes problems because it has chemicals that block a certain enzyme in... Read more

Celiac Disease Is a Pain in the Gut

Something’s wrong; you can feel it in your gut. If your symptoms include gas, bloating and abdominal pain, you might be one of the growing number of Americans with celiac disease. Celiac disease is an allergy to gluten an ingredient mainly found in wheat but also in... Read more

Give Yourself a Healthy Treat – Massage Therapy

Establishing healthy eating habits and getting regular exercise are essential to achieving your weight-loss goals. That is why Saint Francis Medical Center’s medically integrated fitness facility, Fitness Plus, offers a full spectrum of education and wellness programs to support you and keep you on track. This... Read more

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Cancer

People who have precancerous stomach, colon or esophageal lesions – or who may have limited early stage cancer – now have a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery. The procedure is called endoscopic muscosal resection, and it involves using an endoscope to remove cancerous or abnormal... Read more

Traveling While Pregnant

In most cases, traveling while pregnant is acceptable – as long as you follow a few simple guidelines. “Whether a woman is in a plane or a car, staying in one place for too long can be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous,” says Grant D. McWilliams, DO, obstetrician... Read more

Five Easy Tips for Controlling Portion Size

The term portion control conjures up the image of a dieter using every ounce of will power to push away a half-eaten plate of pasta while trying to convince themselves they are “full.” We tend to think of controlling portions as a battle we lose more... Read more

Flu: Worse Than Cold, So See Your Doctor

You’re congested, tired and achy. You know you’re sick, but is it a cold or the flu? Think of the flu as a super-powered cold, with symptoms much greater in scope. With a cold, you’re going to have congestion, maybe a little headache, maybe a little achiness. Influenza... Read more


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