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The very aspect of coffee that makes it so attractive for so many people can also cause stomach problems. While the caffeine in coffee can help keep you alert, it can also increase your heart rate and act as a diuretic. “It also irritates the stomach... Read more
If you have a picky eater in your household, you should offer him or her a few healthy choices at mealtime. “My general philosophy is that you should not make mealtime a battle, because you cannot win,” says James E. Hoffman, DO, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint... Read more
Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses that often occurs as a result of a cold or allergy. While symptoms of cold-related – or acute – sinusitis usually go away within a week, chronic sinusitis lasts for more than 12 weeks. Chronic sinusitis is often the result... Read more
Many teenagers suffer from a poor self-image. For some overweight adolescents, this is compounded by a negative body image. According to a new study, poor body image can lead to unhealthy weight-loss behaviors such as induced vomiting and skipping meals.
“A focus on enhancing self-image while providing... Read more
Chronic stress can negatively affect your health, increasing your blood pressure, causing you to gain weight and damaging your organs. The easiest way to manage stress is to identify your triggers and avoid them. When avoidance is impossible, here are some other ways to keep your... Read more
If your child complains of a headache, trust your instinct when deciding whether you should take him to the doctor. “Parents know their kids best,” says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Some children are melodramatic, while others never complain about... Read more
The Saint Francis Medical Center Emergency and Trauma Center treats every patient quickly. There may be times, however, when you are asked to wait. That is why we have created a waiting room video that explains what you can expect and how an emergency room works.
“When... Read more
While every child develops at a different rate, there are certain milestones children should be reaching by certain ages. “The best way to know if your child is delayed is to
talk to your pediatrician,” says Joy L. LeDoux-Johnson, MD, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center.
There are... Read more
If you notice flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, joint pain and rash during the spring or summer, you should see your doctor right away: You could have a tick-related illness. “Many people who have one of these illnesses are not even aware they had a... Read more
It’s simple: if you want to lose weight, don’t eat late. People who eat a late dinner and/or snacks before bedtime not only have trouble dropping pounds, but can also end up gaining weight. This is because the energy from that food is released while we... Read more
While bad breath can be embarrassing, there are simple solutions that can relieve the problem. “Because it is difficult to assess how your own breath smells, ask a close friend or relative to confirm your bad-breath questions,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP, gastroenterologist... Read more
If you have experienced sudden, unexplained weight loss, you may
have an overactive thyroid, also known as hyperthyroidism.
Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck that regulates your metabolism. When there is a problem with the thyroid, it can affect many functions of... Read more
Summer used to be Stacy Tucker’s least favorite season. The Saint Francis Medical Center Emergency Department nurse felt self-conscious in shorts because of her weight, so she sweated in misery all season long.
The summer of 2013 was different. For the first time in years, Stacy was... Read more
Take control of your health with Fitness Plus’ Eat, Move, Lose! program. This eight-week exercise circuit program helps you take the appropriate steps to make lifestyle changes in diet and exercise so that you have the tools you need to continue living
healthy — even after the... Read more
Ever since Ashley Howard gave birth to her daughter seven years ago, she has struggled with her weight. “I tried different weight loss pills and exercises, but I would lose a little and gain it back, and then gain a little extra,” says Howard, now 27.... Read more
If you have a child who frequently wets the bed, it can be difficult to decide when to take action. For children who are younger than 7, it is often best to wait – bed-wetting usually will subside on its own. Whether or not you seek... Read more
As your child reaches adolescence, it is important for them to have visits at least every other year with their pediatrician for screenings. “We need to check our teenagers’ development during these years because things are changing so rapidly as their bodies and minds begin the... Read more
When Kylie Bahr’s water broke during her 24th week of pregnancy, she feared the worst. “I was so scared I was going to lose my son,” she says.
Thanks to the expert care of neonatologists and specialized nurses at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive... Read more
For some women, menopause can cause a variety of bothersome symptoms, including hot flashes and vaginal dryness. The most common treatment for hot flashes is hormone therapy, which supplements the body with either estrogen and progesterone or estrogen alone to level out the hormonal effects of... Read more
If you have been experiencing constant wrist pain for more than a month, it is time to see a doctor. There are many different causes of wrist pain, including arthritis, fractures, torn ligaments and long-term chronic pain resulting from childhood injuries.
“When you have a wrist problem,... Read more