Some stomachs are too lazy to empty. If the stomach muscles – or the vagus nerve that controls them – have stopped working properly, they will not be able to move food into the small intestine as quickly as they should. People with this condition may... Read more
Some people go gluten-free by choice. People with celiac disease, however, go gluten-free out of medical necessity.
“Once you have an accurate diagnosis of celiac, the treatment is a lifetime commitment to stay away from gluten,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP, gastroenterologist at Saint... Read more
No more pain. No more stiffness. No more sitting out. Joint replacement surgery offers all these things and more. That’s why patients are saying yes – they want to reclaim their active, pain-free lives.
At Saint Francis Medical Center’s Center for Joint Replacement & Revision, more patients... Read more
Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. It’s colorless and odorless, too.
Kimberly A. Keser, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
The gas is found in vehicle exhaust, gas ranges, home heating systems, charcoal and wood smoke, and several other heat sources, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Breathing... Read more
Kids can be a handful – especially when their hands are covered in germs.
Sick children are especially effective at spreading germs and infecting other people with colds, flu and other diseases. Not washing their hands is one of the biggest culprits, since sick children come into... Read more
Working on your tan? Be careful. Any amount of ultraviolet (UV) tanning – indoors or outdoors – can cause cancer and other skin problems later in life.
Charles (Chuck) M. Moon, MD
“The first danger with tanning is increased risk of skin cancer, which can metastasize and be... Read more
Have you heard how painful ear infections are? When fluid builds up and infects a baby’s ear, the baby may tug their ears in pain, or fuss and cry more than usual. Not all children are so demonstrative, so be on the lookout for the following... Read more
The CyberKnife® VSI™ Robotic RadioSurgery System is one of the newest weapons in the fight against cancer. It is also one of the most powerful. At Saint Francis Medical Center, the remarkable results are starting to roll in.
The only one of its type in the region,... Read more
You’re standing still, but you feel like you’re spinning. You’re dizzy and nauseous, and your vision is blurry. If this sounds like you, you might have vertigo.
“Vertigo is imbalance that occurs when the brain receives positioning information from different sensors – your eyes and inner ear,... Read more
Recovering from heart surgery takes time – typically six to eight weeks. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind as you recuperate:
Medications: Carefully follow your physician’s instructions regarding pain relievers, nutrition supplements and other prescription or over-the-counter medications.Activity: Do not lift heavy objects... Read more
You made a New Year’s resolution. You can’t fit into your favorite jeans. Swimsuit season is coming up. You want to look good in your wedding photos.
Are these the reasons you want to lose weight? If so, that’s fine. They’re all valid reasons. In fact, we... Read more
With three great weight-loss options to choose from at Saint Francis Medical Center, what have you got to lose? Things like exercise at Fitness Plus will improve your overall health – and your heart health, too.
"Heart disease is a national epidemic due to unhealthy diets and... Read more
When you’re expecting, expect fatigue. It’s normal to feel tired as you carry the extra weight of the baby inside you. You’ll probably have trouble sleeping, too. What can you do to feel more refreshed?
“Mothers can fight fatigue by making sure they’re getting their prenatal vitamins,” says Jessica H. Lemmons, MD,... Read more
Breathing heavily when exercising is normal. Coughing, wheezing and chest pain when exercising may be asthma. “Some people experience asthma symptoms when they’re exercising, but they don’t attribute their breathing problems to asthma because they don’t suffer from the disorder at other times,” says W. Keith Graham,... 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
If you have ever hit a plateau, or you feel that your workouts are no longer challenging you, try incorporating negatives into your routine. A negative contraction is simply going slow on the "down phase" of a strength training exercise. For example: on a pull-up, pull... 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
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 prevent... Read more
The recent renewal of a prestigious accreditation at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Chest Pain Center is good news for the Medical Center and even better news for the patients in the region who rely upon its care.
The Chest Pain Center holds full Cycle IV accreditation with... Read more
Are you short of breath when you run? Here are a few tips that could help you.
Relax your shoulders. If your shoulders are up by your ears while you run, you are restricting the breathing area and not allowing for maximum oxygen uptake. Shake your shoulders... Read more