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
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
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
When you think “heart procedure,” you might think “long hospital stay.” But at Saint Francis Medical Center, some patients are able to go home the same day they undergo an angioplasty procedure.
Doctors diagnose some heart problems by inserting a catheter into a patient’s groin or wrist... Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
For those who have lost a friend or family member, the holidays can be a special time of remembrance. Saint Francis Medical Center offers families an opportunity to help those in need while honoring loved ones.
You can make a contribution to Saint Francis Foundation’s Luminaries for... Read more
Hundreds of young women regularly color their hair. When they become pregnant, one often-asked question is whether dyeing their hair will harm the baby. The answer is not as simple as you might think.
Coloring your hair is probably safe. However, this particular issue has never been... Read more
Losing weight takes discipline, commitment and education. That said, a few shortcuts never hurt. Here are a few secret weapons for winning the weight-loss battle:
Exercise in bursts. Research suggests doing two 30-minute workouts with a 20-minute break in between burns more calories than a continuous 60-minute... Read more
Rosacea is a skin condition often called “adult acne” because of the pimples it causes on your face. It is often accompanied by flushing or redness on the nose and cheeks. Doctors do not know what causes rosacea, but they have identified several different triggers that... Read more
If you are having trouble falling asleep, take a close look at how much caffeine you are consuming in the afternoon and evening; it may be the culprit.
The reason you feel sleepy is because of a neurotransmitter in the brain called adenosine. The longer you stay... Read more
It sounds like an old wives’ tale: Countless people who suffer from joint pain claim they can predict the weather. Even if they are not reliable weather forecasters, they still say their joints hurt much more during certain types of weather.
“There is definitely a correlation between... Read more
Foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein have many health benefits, including promoting bone health and fighting cancer. But did you know many of them can help you lose weight?
Black beans provide plenty of protein without the saturated fat of red meats.Oats and... Read more
November is Premature Birth Awareness Month. In an effort to educate soon-to-be-mothers, Saint Francis Medical Center and the March of Dimes are teaming up to stress the importance of avoiding early delivery. The last few weeks of a pregnancy are critical for a baby’s physical and... Read more