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.
It's Brain Injury Awareness Week, and local experts want you to know what that can mean if a loved one is affected.
It's National Patient Safety Awareness Week. A local hospital is highlighting just how seriously they take patient safety issues.
March is National Kidney Month, and local doctors hope by raising awareness, more patients will check their kidney health and take steps to prevent kidney disease.
February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month, a chance for medical professionals to try and reach those affected or even prevent future cases.
A diagnosis of breast cancer is difficult news for a patient to get. But one local operation hopes to help soften the blow, offering everything from wigs to a prosthesis.
Cases of the measles are on the rise national, putting the spotlight on those choosing not to vaccinate.
You may consider your mental health and physical health as two completely separate areas, which improve or suffer on their own. But research shows when one goes downhill, it can affect the other.
Hydrocodone, oxycodone and codeine are effective pain killers that help many patients. But if a woman takes them while pregnant, the consequences to the baby can be severe.
Three weeks into the new year, some of us may have already given up on resolutions to get in shape and lose weight. A shift in focus may help restart your commitment, like taking a closer look at workplace habits.
Cold winter weather means it's time to crank up the heat. But in some cases, a leaky system can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Many of us think of varicose veins as a cosmetic problem. But in extreme cases, the cause can be tied to more serious medical issues, even ulcers.
Cold weather can be a risky time for heart attacks. In fact, an American heart disease magazine reported a rise in heart disease related deaths this time of year.
It can be hard to find the right gift for someone who's hard to please. Consider buying a home first aid kit, and you'll have a present that helps them stay healthy in the new year.
When you talk about diabetes, most of us think of type two. But about 10% of cases are type one and deal with some of the youngest patients.
Polypharmacy is a term you may not have heard, but simply deals with patients who take four or more medications. It focuses on potentially risky interactions. Action 12's Gretchen Bolander reports in tonight's Freeman Medical Focus.
Whether it's a cough, cold, or the sniffles, parents don't want their little ones to suffer. But using medication for your kids can sometimes cause other problems.
Today marks the Great American Smokeout, a chance for the American Cancer Society to highlight the dangers of smoking and options for quitting. Action 12's Gretchen Bolander reports in tonight's Freeman Medical Focus.
More food and less exercise, it's a bad habit many of us fall into during the holidays. One study says Americans average up to five pounds of weight gain in the next month.
Many adults make it part of their fall routine to get a flu shot, but it can be just as important to immunize your child. Action 12's Gretchen Bolander reports in tonight's Freeman Medical Focus.
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.