Sleep apnea literally takes your breath away. While you sleep, the disorder repeatedly interrupts your breathing and reduces oxygen to your body and brain. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, diabetes and depression. “Sleep apnea is a common... Read more
Conditions such as bunions, corns and hammertoes may seem more annoying than dangerous, but if you continue to ignore such a problem, it could affect the way you walk which in turn could lead to knee, hip and lower back pain. “In many cases, fixing one... Read more
As you age, you increasingly are at risk for developing eye problems, particularly glaucoma and a detached retina.
Glaucoma is a disease that results from too much pressure inside the eye. Your doctor should be checking the pressure in your eyes on a regular basis. Symptoms can... Read more
Forty to eighty percent of school-age children experience bullying at some point but most of them do not speak of or report being bullied. Bullying can happen in different forms: physical, verbal, reactive, sexual and cyber. It is a serious problem that can affect a child’s... Read more
Heart failure occurs when your heart cannot pump enough oxygen-rich blood from your lungs to the rest of your body. While there is usually no cure, you can manage your symptoms and lead a fulfilling life with a doctor’s help. Heart failure does not mean your... Read more
Autism has increased tenfold in the last 40 years. So, too, have questions like: “What is autism?” and “How do I know if my child has it?”
“The definition of autism is complex, since autism spectrum disorder includes several disorders of neural development,” says Andrew Godbey, MD,... Read more
Knowing your cholesterol numbers is key to understanding your overall health. High cholesterol can cause atherosclerosis, a buildup of cholesterol on the walls of your arteries that can lead to major heart problems.
"You want to aim for a total cholesterol level below 200 milligrams (mg) per... Read more
When hydrating for the big game, make sure you’re drinking a sports drink like Gatorade, and not an energy drink like Red Bull. For everyday hydration, however, water is always best.
“Sports drinks have electrolyte replacements, specifically sodium and potassium, to keep your electrolytes in balance as... Read more
The time period before and after menopause is different for every woman. Some women experience very few symptoms, while others are plagued with mood swings, hot flashes, difficulty sleeping and vaginal dryness.
There are many ways a doctor can help manage symptoms. “We will develop a plan... Read more
Every year, about 13,000 new cases of throat cancer are diagnosed. While researchers cannot determine the exact cause of throat cancer, they have identified several ways in which you can reduce your risk:
Do not smoke. “When you inhale some of the chemicals in tobacco, they... Read more
If you want to wean your child from breast-feeding, the best approach is to go slowly. “When you abruptly stop nursing, that is not always best for baby or for mom,” says Joy L. LeDoux-Johnson, MD, pediatrician and internal medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center.... Read more
Just because the weather is cold does not mean you are safe from sunburn. If you plan on spending several hours outside, remember to use sunscreen. “Sunburn occurs as a result of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist on staff at... 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
Thirty years ago, your best tools to lose weight and stay in shape were a pen and paper. Now, there are apps to help you keep track of every aspect of staying healthy.
“I tell some of my patients about the Lose It! app, which helps you... 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
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
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
Portion control is an essential tool for losing weight. If you’re not measuring your protein, fat and carbohydrate portions, the amounts will tend to creep up. It’s a good idea to take out the measuring cup and/or food scale once a week and check your portions.... 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
There are certainly people who smoke, drink and eat in excess and still live to be 95 years old. There are also people who win the lottery. Your odds of being either one are not good.
The good news is there are several great moves you can... Read more