Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that causes overwhelming daytime drowsiness. About 200,000 persons in the U.S. have the excessive and uncontrollable urge to sleep during the day.
In addition to excessive daytime sleepiness, persons with narcolepsy may experience hallucinations and cataplexy, the sudden loss of muscle... Read more
Back pain is not necessarily a normal part of aging. You can stop back pain before it starts by following these tips: • Maintain good core strength. “If you regularly exercise your abdominal muscles, that can give you enough strength to counteract any potential back issues,”... Read more
One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. It is important to consider making changes in your family’s lifestyle if your child falls in this category.
“There are two main ways we can curb the childhood obesity epidemic,” says Jean Diemer, MD, FAAP,... Read more
If you are experiencing unusually long-lasting or uncomfortable gas and bloating, tell your doctor right away. It could be a symptom of a bigger problem. “Bloating is one of the main symptoms of celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the small intestine,” says Rafid... Read more
Meningitis is more than a pain in the neck. If you or a loved one are experiencing the telltale symptoms – stiff neck, headache, fever, nausea and confusion – it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. Delaying treatment could be fatal.
Erica E. Gibson, MD
“Meningitis can be... Read more
Mold in the bathroom? Clean it out! Not only because it’s ugly, but also because it’s hazardous to your health.
Mold is an irritant that needs to be removed. Inhaling it harms your lungs and airways. It can even lead to chronic problems. If there’s mold in... Read more
When your doctor diagnoses you with prediabetes, that means you have a blood sugar level that is higher than normal and are at risk for diabetes. However, there are ways you can stop prediabetes and reverse its effects:
Lose weight – Losing just 5 to 10 percent... 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
It is never too late to stop the effects of smoking. Even when you have been smoking for decades, you can significantly improve your health by quitting today.
"If you already have a condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), stopping smoking can slow the progression... Read more
Cold season is coming, but that does not mean you need to fall victim to the virus.
There are simple steps you can take to stop a cold from spreading. Washing your hands is the most effective way to keep yourself healthy. “You cannot keep cold germs... 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
Whooping cough is on the rise. Although whooping cough, or pertussis, can be treated after an outbreak, it is healthier for individuals and the community to stop the disease before it spreads.
The symptoms of whooping cough – the characteristic "whoop," uncontrollable coughing, reddening face and vomiting... Read more
One of the most important aspects of participating in sports is often one of the most overlooked – stretching both before and after exercising.
Stretching helps improve your flexibility, which in turn can prevent injury. Before exercising, you want to engage in a dynamic warm up, such... Read more
Stress can cause a stomachache, and an even more serious condition called gastritis. If your bout of indigestion or inflammation lingers for a week or more – or if there is blood in your vomit or feces – you should see a physician to determine if... 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
Stretching before exercise can help you move better and keep you more flexible as you age. While static stretching (stretching a muscle and holding it) can loosen your muscles, dynamic stretching (incorporating movement) can often be even more effective.
"Some studies have shown that static stretches can... Read more
When you suffer from a stroke, parts of your brain become damaged due to lack of oxygen. In many cases, you can relearn skills you lost after your stroke.
"At Saint Francis Medical Center, stroke patients undergo intensive inpatient rehabilitation," says Andrew Godbey, MD, MSPH, neurologist at... Read more
For people who have foot problems, summer can be a challenging time to find the right types of shoes and sandals. As we head into the summer months, here are a few common foot issues and the types of shoes that work best:
Plantar fasciitis – Look... Read more
When you are buying sunscreen, you should stick with SPF 30 or higher. SPF stands for sun protection factor, which is a measure of how well the sunscreen protects you from burning. “SPF 30 is more than adequate,” says
Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist at Saint Francis... Read more
Patients who undergo weight-loss surgery at Saint Francis Medical Center have support every step of the way. On the third Thursday of every month, they meet as a group to discuss challenges and triumphs.
"The support group is a way for our patients to network and learn... Read more