With its weekly Freeman Medical Focus, Freeman Health System hopes to offer brief medical education and helpful hints on a wide range of health topics. Recent segments included information pertaining to such concerns as; the importance of a healthy breakfast, heart risk of obesity, what to do when your kid sticks something in his/her nose, falls prevention for seniors, the importance of prenatal care, and many more. With a mission of improving the health of the communities we serve through contemporary, innovative, quality healthcare solutions, we hope our Freeman Medical Focus segments give you new healthcare insights and inspire you to better health. If you have a medical question or idea for a future Freeman Medical Focus segment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
When a friend or loved one has problems with drugs or alcohol, it can be tough to know how to approach them about getting help.
Specialized technology gives local doctors a better view during surgery and reduces the potential impact to the patient. Action 12's Gretchen Bolander has a look at the O-Arm Multidimensional Imaging System in tonight's Freeman Medical Focus.
Varicose veins can be unsightly, something most patients would like to avoid. But in extreme cases, the cause can also lead to more serious medical issues, even ulcers. Action 12's Gretchen Bolander takes a look at how treatments are improving in tonight's Freeman Medical Focus.
Stroke patients can face a wide range of challenges, from the immediate danger of the stroke itself to the long term issues they face.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, means difficulty breathing for more than 12 million patients in America.
Some allergy sufferers have new options for treatment. The Food and Drug Administration has approved two drugs, treating grass and ragweed allergies.
We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A new study from the University of Missouri looks at a link between a high protein breakfast and weight loss.
We've all heard about the benefits of regular exercise. But sometimes, there really can be too much of a good thing.
Recent studies reinforce how important it is to exercise. Experts say it should be a lifetime commitment, staying active at least four days a week.
A law recently passed in Missouri will require all students living on a college campus or public university to receive the meningitis vaccination.
Many parents start reading to their children at an early age. Now, a national group of experts is touting the benefits of early learning.
A national task force is now recommending annual screening for patients at risk for lung cancer.
Urinary incontinence affects more and more women as they age. Experts say while help is available, many of those patients are just living with it.
We'd all like to think that our kitchens are safe - a spot where we make a meal on our own terms. But it can be home to plenty of germs and bacteria which can lead to illness and even death.
A recent study by the National Autism Association reports 92% of autistic children are at risk of wandering off, putting them at risk.
C.P.R. can mean the difference between life and death when professional help is still minutes away. But a recent study shows some people are reluctant to use it on a stranger.
Whether it's treating algae or ensuring your pool is clean, there are some strong chemicals involved in pool maintenance. But using them the wrong way can cause serious injuries. A look at the potential damage and how to avoid it.
2014 is already setting a 20 year high for cases of the measles in the U.S. Experts point to international travelers who caught the virus overseas then spread it among unvaccinated patients at home.
Sexual assaults on college campuses have been a growing concern on the national level... both preventing them and helping victims after the fact.
When children are diagnosed with diabetes - it's usually assumed to be Type 1, or juvenile onset diabetes. But Type 2 which is normally associated with adults is becoming increasingly common among kids.
Nine out of ten Americans have gambled at some point in their lives. For a small percentage of those, it can turn into an addiction.
For most of us, home feels like a place of safety. But national statistics show it can be dangerous and even deadly. Every year, accidents around the house lead to 20 million trips to the hospital, 7 million disabling injuries and 20 thousand deaths.
Taking a sick day can have a much bigger impact than missing a day of work. One study estimates employee health issues cost American businesses 225 billion dollars a year.
It can be too easy to reach for that bag of chips or your favorite candy bar. But when you make that choice, it can impact your health.
April is Organ Donation Awareness Month. The process to sign up in Missouri has changed in recent years. Now, a closer look at the potential impact of making the decision to donate in our Freeman Medical Focus.
Too many of us just make it through the week with not quite enough sleep. But sleep deprivation can pose a wide range of risks - on the road, on the job and in every day life.
The risk of osteoporosis can grow as we age. In the past the only way to know if you were at risk was to break a bone. But now - tests can gauge the danger and help jumpstart treatment.
Shoulder replacement surgery can be an important step for some patients. And recent changes in how it's done mean a better recovery. Now a look at reverse shoulder replacement.
While many of us just think of varicose veins as unsightly, they can be the trigger that leads to more serious medical issue... even causing hard to cure ulcers under the skin.
For the first time in 40 years, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat advanced thyroid cancer.
Night time leg cramps may last for just a few minutes... or could bother you for hours. And in some cases, they can be caused by medications you're taking to treat unrelated medical issues.
It could be walking... or biking... even going for a swim. But regardless of the exercise, the experts say including it in your routine will boost your heart health.
More than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease a year. So in honor of American Heart Month, we take a closer look at the causes ... and how to lower the odds.
National studies are showing a huge growth in childhood obesity in the last 30 years. And that means a greater risk of issues ranging from diabetes to cardiovascular disease.
While nutrition bars may have started out as a diet option for athletes, they now have a much wider market... and a wider range of ingredients. Action 12's Gretchen Bolander shows us how to make sure it's a healthy choice.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 795,000 patients have a stroke every year - and one out of five of those are less than 55 years old. But there are steps you can take to help prevent a stroke.
Taking your daily vitamin is almost a no brainer for many people. But recent studies have questioned just what impact they have on your health.
A recent survey estimates 1.7 million American teens smoke electronic cigarettes - and that most of them have also tried traditional cigarettes. Now, a closer look at electronic cigarettes and potential health risks to young smokers.
Many women rely on home pregnancy tests to give them their first chance to find out if they're expecting. And while the accuracy is high, there are some factors to factor in.
It's that time of year when the common cold starts making life tough. The experts estimate there are as many as one billion cases in America each year. Now, a look at how to spot the symptoms and when to seek medical help.
More food and less exercise, it's a bad habit many of us fall into during the holidays.
Strength and balance training may not top your list of exercise priorities. But a new study finds you could cut down on injuries if you keep them in the mix.
The federal government is considering a crackdown on hydrocodone based painkillers - making it tougher to get potentially addictive drugs like Vicodin. A look at the potential changes.
With the number of flu cases on the rise, medical experts are reminding of the importance of washing your hands regularly to steer clear of germs.
November is National Diabetes Month. And the diagnosis is on the rise - with an estimated 25 million patients in the United States alone.
The Affordable Care Act is moving to the next stage with the federal health insurance marketplace. Now, a look at what that means for local patients.
Mammograms are a valuable tool for not only detecting breast cancer but finding tumors early, raising the odds of a successful recovery. But some patients put it off - worried about pain or health risks. Now, a few of the myths.
Getting your tonsils out could solve a wide range of health problems for young patients.
When a breast cancer patient opts for a mastectomy, it can make a big impact both on her health and her emotional well being. Here's a look at some of the options that can help with recovery.
You may have noticed more and more products with a gluten free label. But until recently, the F.D.A. hasn't regulated what that means.