Prevalence of Prediabetes and your Power to Prevent It 

You may consider yourself lucky if you’re not among the 9 percent of Americans who have diabetes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you are in the clear. An estimated 1 in 3 people have prediabetes. Health efforts have often focused on preventing diabetes, but we now know that even being prediabetic—a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than…

What You Need to Know About Concussions

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury often caused by impact to the head, neck or face. The injury is often caused by shaking or jarring of the brain inside the skull or from a force transmitted to the head from contact elsewhere on the body. Sports injuries are often associated with concussions. However, they can also occur after…

New Year’s Resolution: Get a Better Night’s Sleep 

The majority of New Year’s resolutions focus on eating right, exercising or saving money. But what about making a goal this year for better sleep? Sleep is essential to maintaining our physical and emotional health. So, even the occasional sleeping problems can disrupt daily life. For many of us, sleep deprivation is linked to our lifestyles – whether we have…

For Those With Aortic Stenosis, Options Are Available

When the heart pumps blood to the rest of the body, blood flows through the aortic valve. For individuals with aortic stenosis, the aortic valve has become thickened and can't open as wide. The result is the restriction of the blood flow and a build-up of pressure in the heart. This often leads to symptoms of chest pain, shortness of…

Managing the Costs of Diabetes

Managing diabetes comes with costs. From healthy eating to testing supplies to medications, working toward recommended glucose levels can add up to some big financial expenses. The American Diabetes Association estimates that medical costs attributed to diabetes care equal about $7,900 per year and that medical expenses for a person with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than a person without…

Women Can Take Active Role in Reducing Breast Cancer Risk

Although no woman ever wants to hear the words breast cancer, improved treatment options have reduced the death rate. With a better understanding of the risks and how to manage them, a woman can also now do more to help lower her chances of developing breast cancer.

The Flu: Are You in the Know?

Influenza (flu) season is quickly approaching, bringing with it the familiar chills, aches and runny nose everyone who has truly had the flu dreads. Often, the flu gets confused with more common stomach bugs or the ‘stomach flu;’ these illnesses are not the flu, nor are they related. Gastrointestinal symptoms (gastroenteritis) like vomiting and diarrhea can be uncommon flu symptoms,…

Are You Hitting Snooze on Back-to-School Sleep Health?

With the start of August, school is just around the corner. With a little planning, prioritization of sleep, and attention to bedtime routines, the transition back to school can be easier and less stressful for the entire family this year.

Active Adults Should be Screened for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

You've likely seen it - a news story that flashes on screen about an active individual or athlete who suddenly falls to the ground with their life cut short. Being active or involved in sports ourselves, we often fail to realize that we're all potentially at risk for this condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

Skin Cancer Risk Hits Home

As summer draws near and you will likely find yourself spending more time outdoors, it’s an important time to adopt healthy sun protection habits. With the climbing rates of skin cancer in the nation, taking preventive measures to protect your skin and detecting any changes may save your life.

Can Your Own Stem Cells Cure Your Joint Pain?

Just like in many other aspects of life, people are always searching for the “latest and greatest” ways to treat their orthopedic problems. One of the newest treatment options available is stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy has been touted to relieve pain related to: arthritis, rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, herniated discs and dozens of other orthopedic conditions. Advertisements…

The Art of Allergy Relief

Fresh flowers, warmer weather and Cardinals' baseball won’t be the only things making an appearance in the coming spring months. An estimated 45 million Americans will be sneezing, wheezing and itching -- thanks to seasonal allergies. According to American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, more than 30 percent of adults and up to 40 percent of children suffer from…

Debunking Myths About Heart Disease

When someone hears the phrase “heart disease,” misconceptions often come to mind. The misconceptions could be false claims we've encountered as we've grown older; others may be rationalizations we present to ourselves in an attempt to hide from our own insecurities about our health. One important fact is clear ‒ heart disease is the leading cause of death for both…

Healthy New Year’s Resolution Strategies

How many people set New Year’s resolutions only to give up on them a few hours, days or weeks later? Setting a new goal for a new year can be a great idea-- if it’s done correctly. Here are a few strategies to help New Year’s resolutions work with you, instead of against you.

Lung Cancer Screening Program Saves Lives

It has now been 50 years since the surgeon general’s report on tobacco, describing the causal role between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. Surprisingly, many people -- smokers and non-smokers alike -- do not know that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women. More surprisingly, many people do not realize lung cancer remains…

Managing Diabetes 
to Prevent Complications

Having diabetes means the body has trouble using glucose (sugar.) Problems begin with insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. Normally, after food is eaten, more insulin is produced to allow the sugar to enter the cells, allowing us to use our food as energy. With diabetes, you may not make enough insulin or may not be using insulin effectively,…

Is There a Better Mammogram?

Research shows that regular breast cancer screening saves lives. Mammography has been the gold standard in breast cancer detection for years. More recently, a breakthrough technology has revolutionized mammography. Digital breast tomosynthesis, also called 3D mammography, is a screening and diagnostic tool that may improve early breast cancer detection by up to 40 percent.

Help for Headaches

Because strokes can present themselves as a sudden and severe headache without an apparent cause, when someone without a history of migraine headaches experiences a sudden and unusually intense headache, seek immediate treatment. An easy way to remember the proper course of action should this happen is to remember to act F.A.S.T. and call 911:

A Little Shot of Wisdom

Immunizations have saved countless lives and have helped keep children and adults healthy. Infectious diseases controlled in the United States as a result of regular vaccines include polio, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus and diphtheria. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most childhood vaccines are 90 to 99 percent effective in preventing disease, and if…

Fun in the Sun Can Lead
to Danger Down the Road

Did you know that up to 90 percent of skin changes that people think are related to aging are actually from the sun?