What is chronic pancreatitis? The pancreas is a vital organ necessary for the production of insulin, a hormone that helps control blood sugar, which is known medically as glucose. When the pancreas becomes inflamed due to illness or injury, pain can result — pain that can easily become chronic and debilitating. “Non-cancer pancreatic diseases account … Continue reading Restoring hope for patients with severe chronic pancreatitis
This is one of six articles in the Business of Health Care series. Between doctors, nurses, technicians of various stripes and other support staff, as a patient, receiving care in a hospital can be confusing, even daunting at times — and that’s if everything goes according to plan. But sometimes a hospital experience doesn’t go … Continue reading Business of Health Care: Patient advocates
School will soon be in session and for parents, that means you’ll once again be faced with that dreaded daily task: packing your child’s lunch. Like most parents, you want to do a good job, which means creating a nutritious, well-balanced meal that your child will actually eat. But it can be hard to know … Continue reading What to pack in your child’s lunchbox
Tommy Stone remembers two years of pain and discomfort, several surgeries, many hospitalizations and overwhelming frustration. The 42-year-old resident of Roanoke, Texas, and father of two, turned his frustration into resolve to get to the bottom of what ailed him. Based on his symptoms, he and his wife began researching pancreatic diseases. After talking to … Continue reading Islet cell transplant restores quality of life for man with chronic pancreatitis
In 2014 Don Mashewske’s wife, Lona Re, had been hospitalized 11 times because of diabetes. Overcome with worry, Don’s weight dropped from 208 to 151 pounds. Both he and Lona Re needed help. Lona Re’s health care team at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney referred her to the McKinney Fire Department paramedics … Continue reading How paramedics are improving patient outcomes through education
If you are one of the roughly half of Americans who use some sort of herbal or dietary supplement, you may be damaging your liver. Most people believe that herbal and other supplements are safe and natural, and some even believe they are superior to modern medicine. It’s no wonder that Americans spend upwards of … Continue reading Are supplements making you sick?
If you’ve had a mammogram in the last few years, chances are you’ve heard of 3-D mammography or “tomosynthesis.” You may have even had one by now. But if you haven’t, consider looking into it prior to your next screening. Recent studies have shown that 3-D mammograms may be more effective than standard digital 2-D … Continue reading 6 questions about 3-D mammograms you need answered
When you have shoulder pain, you might not know the cause. Robert Berry, DO, medical director of sports medicine at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano, said that pain from arthritis and bursitis can be similar. But here are some differences that he suggests you should be aware of. Arthritis Arthritis usually develops … Continue reading Shoulder pain: Is it arthritis or bursitis?
We don’t like to talk about it (except maybe with our closest friends) but if you’re over 60, you’ve likely experienced a leaky bladder or some form of urinary incontinence (UI) — the lack of voluntary control of your bladder function. We know how inconvenient and even embarrassing bladder problems can be, but the truth … Continue reading Think age is the cause of bladder problems? Not necessarily
Going to the gynecologist is not something you necessarily look forward to. But as a woman, this annual appointment is essential for disease prevention and your relationship with your OB/GYN is a critical part of your health care at every stage in your life. Although the guidelines have changed for Pap smears — the test … Continue reading Do you really need to see your gynecologist every year?