Many people take a good night’s sleep for granted. But for others, feeling rested after a night of sleep can be difficult or even impossible. For these individuals, a sleep study may be the key to discovering what is causing the sleep problem.
“If you feel tired... 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
One of the most common injuries to athletes is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The ACL is a ligament located in the center of the knee that is vital to the joint’s stability.
“Whenever a young athlete tears his or her ACL, we usually recommend reconstruction... Read more
If you feel tired all the time, there may be a simple reason, such as not sleeping or not exercising enough or not eating a healthy diet. Or, you could suffer from one of several medical conditions that cause fatigue.
Thyroid problems can cause low energy, as... Read more
When you donate blood, you could be saving a cancer patient’s life. Many people undergoing cancer treatment require blood transfusions – sometimes daily.
“In some cases, a cancer patient needs a transfusion because of the cancer itself,” says Mark A. Meadors, DO, medical oncologist, Saint Francis Medical... Read more
Allergies are not confined to the spring and fall – many people suffer from indoor allergies that become worse during the winter. "When you start using your furnace, it may release particles into the air that can trigger an allergic reaction," says Deborah Price, DO,internal medicine... Read more
This year, nearly 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, should serve as a reminder to undergo an annual screening mammogram at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Womancare.
Not only does Womancare offer mammograms for women, but its... Read more
If you feel like you do not have enough time to exercise, think again: there are plenty of exercises you can do during your daily activities.
For example, while you are watching TV, try being physically active during commercials. “Instead of heading to the refrigerator, do some... Read more
No matter what the weather is like outside, you should aim to spend at least 150 minutes exercising each week. Look for indoor alternatives during winter months.
"Your risk for many diseases dramatically increases if you are sedentary," says Erica E. Gibson, MD, family practice physician at... Read more
The death of a baby is devastating for the family and friends. Infant mortality is the number of deaths of children under the age of one year per 1,000 live births.
With almost 10 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, Southeast Missouri’s rate is about 50 percent higher than... Read more
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when you experience pressure on the median nerve in your wrist that causes pain and tingling. Wrist splints, medications and physical therapy often can provide great relief and reverse the condition. But when those treatments do not help, carpal tunnel release surgery... Read more
Don’t wait till Valentine’s Day. Love your sweetheart’s heart every day. Keeping your significant other’s heart healthy will keep it beating – and keep the two of you together – for many years to come.
What can you do to inspire better heart health? “The No. 1... Read more
Zika virus disease is an illness spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. It causes fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. There are some reports associating Zika virus infection in pregnant woman, with a birth defect called microcephaly.
The World Health Organization has declared... Read more