Pregnant women should not smoke. They also should not expose their developing baby to the smoke of others.
The chemicals in secondhand smoke have been linked to an increased risk in low birth weight, stillbirth and other birth defects. The harmful consequences of secondhand smoke continue even... Read more
Can probiotics relieve your intestinal distress? According to some studies, they can – but check with your physician first.
What are probiotics exactly? “In simple words, probiotics are beneficial bacteria or yeast,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP, gastroenterologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “They... Read more
Got your bell rung? Seeing stars? If you’re an athlete, use your head. If you have a concussion – or even if you think you might – leave the game, see a doctor and don’t return until you recover. The health of your brain depends on... Read more
Pinkeye can be very contagious. It can be bacterial, viral or allergic. Stop the spread by not touching or rubbing your eyes and by washing your hands often.
What else can you do to stop it from spreading? Do not share towels and use a clean towel... Read more
Alzheimer’s disease is a disorienting experience for patients and their families – and it can also be dangerous. The patient’s forgetfulness, confusion and memory loss can lead to becoming lost or being taken advantage of. Also, the patient may become unable to perform everyday tasks and... Read more
The trend is clear: childhood obesity is on the rise. So what can children – and their concerned parents – do to buck the trend? “Just as there are multiple causes for the alarming rise in childhood obesity, there are multiple things parents can do to... Read more
There’s a new approach to revising old joints. For patients whose surgically replaced knees or hips are worn out and in need of repair, the anterior (front) approach to hip revision surgery is a fast, safe and minimally invasive option to get them back on their... Read more
Pregnancy brings many changes and for women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes more attention to diet and activity are needed. Some patients will even require pills or insulin to control the glucoses. Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes is on the rise – and... Read more
David Wibbenmeyer, 49, should have been more frightened by the blood in his stool than the idea of a colonoscopy. Blood in the stool is a warning sign of colon cancer, and colonoscopies are a relatively painless way to screen for this deadly disease. Yet Wibbenmeyer,... Read more
If you suspect you might have sleep problems, a home sleep study could be an option for you. In addition to offering sleep studies in a sleep lab, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center provides an at-home option for patients who cannot have an in-lab... Read more
Mother’s Day is right around the corner. This year, give your mother the gift of health. Make her a nutritious meal, get some exercise together and be sure to tell her how much you love her. Her heart will appreciate it.
“Show your appreciation; tell her what... Read more
The treatment of hyperparathyroidism – a disease in which overactive parathyroid glands result in irregular calcium levels – has come a long way in the past couple decades, says D. Curtis Coonce, MD, FACS, otolaryngologist at Saint Francis Medical Center.
“Hyperparathyroidism can have significant clinical effects, including... Read more
Recovering from a joint replacement surgery is not a one-person job.
“The most important aspect of a patient’s recovery is their support system – their family, friends and coaches that are going to be in the hospital with them,” says Patrick R. Knight, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Saint... Read more
Injure your head, injure your brain? “The majority of neurological trauma is caused by head-related injuries,” says Brandon J. Scott, DO, neurosurgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “The most common cause of head trauma is falls, especially in the elderly population. Other causes are motor-vehicle accidents,... 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
Starting today, 70,000 Steps in 7 Days encourages local communities to get up and move by striving for 70,000 Steps in 7 Days from each participant. Centers can use this event as a fundraiser and donate all monies to local programs and scholarship funds in the fight against... Read more
Saint Francis Medical Center has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery® and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement® by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Saint Francis is one of only six facilities in Missouri to receive the spine... Read more
Is there such a thing as too much physical activity? With more athletes than ever before specializing in one sport at a young age, sports medicine specialists are seeing an increase in overuse injuries.
“There’s always going to be bumps and bruises from sports,” says Brian C.... Read more
Protect your neck. A cervical spine fracture, or broken neck, is nothing to play around with. If you or someone you know suffers a neck injury from a blow to the head, traffic collision, diving accident or other impact, immediate medical attention is paramount. To lessen... Read more
Sticks and stones can break your bones – but kidney stones can hurt you, too.
“One of the major symptoms of kidney stones is pain that doesn’t go away – flank pain, back pain and abdominal pain – along with nausea and vomiting,” says Vincenzo Galati, DO,... Read more