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.
Ear infections can be common for young children, but when they happen too often it's time to consider using ear tubes to help with treatment.
Recovering from the emotional toll of a traumatic event can be a tough process, involving weeks, months or even years of healing.
More than one in four older Americans has diabetes, leading to a higher risk for amputation, heart attack and renal failure. But now the guidelines have changed in dealing with the disease in those 65 and older.
We've heard a lot about the risks of concussions in football. But it can happen with any blow to the head or body.
We all know to watch out for e-coli contamination to avoid a bad case of food poisoning, but it can be even tougher to prevent a similar bacteria known as listeria.
We've all heard the stories about small children, left forgotten in cars on a hot summer day and the deadly consequences that follow. A look at the dangers and how to keep kids safe.
When military parents deploy, the absence can be tough on the kids they leave behind. A look at the potential impact.
Shoe shopping is a favorite past time for many of us. But for diabetic patients, it's not just a matter of fashion - it can affect their health.
Dealing with food allergies is tough enough at home, but can be even more of an issue when you go out to eat.
New technology is allowing local doctors to get a better look at delicate surgical procedures while reducing the potential impact to the patient.
Steering kids away from cookies and ice cream isn't always the easiest challenge. But there are a few options to help them make the healthy choices.
Water quality is a top priority during the summer swimming season.
Knee replacement surgery can be painful and time consuming. But changes in the procedure are simplifying the process ... and the impact to the patient.
You've heard of X-rays and MRIs - but PET/CT scans are becoming more and more common as a way to diagnose cancer and other health issues.
If even thinking of a tall building makes you dizzy, you likely have some type of vertigo. But in some cases, physical therapy can help and even cure the problem.
Whether it's helping at a hospital, reading to the blind, or stocking a food pantry - there are countless ways to volunteer. And when you decide to help others, it can also benefit your own mental and physical health.
April is National Donate Life month. It's a chance for supporters to highlight the importance of considering organ donation.
House hunters could potentially face risks to their health if they choose a home once used as a meth lab. But there's no law requiring that past issues are disclosed.
As spring starts to dominate the forecast, more and more people are thinking about getting out and getting active. But figuring out how often AND how much time to spend on exercise can be a tough call.
Bullying can be a serious problem. And parents need to know what to do to help their child - whether their child is the victim or the bully.
Ear infections are all too common in young patients. But how pediatricians treat ear pain may be changing.
Medical experts now have a new tool to help in the diagnosis of thyroid cancer. It's a test that can help narrow the odds when other methods just don't work. A closer look at the gene expression classifier.
Folic acid is an important vitamin for every patient ... but it's especially crucial for expectant moms.
Local police are cracking down on a growing number of cases involving synthetic drugs like K2 and illegal bath salts. And while there's a legal price to pay - using those drugs can also take a physical toll.
Recent studies have shown that smokers are much more likely to die five or even ten years earlier than non-smokers.
Nearly 50% of Americans take a daily multivitamin. But just popping a pill doesn't ensure great health.
A recent federal study points out that men are 24% less likely than women to have visited a doctor in the last year - even while they are at a higher risk for diabetes and heart problems.
A local hospital now has a new option to treat patients who are having a tough time healing.
Germs are impossible to avoid, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you don't get sick. Action 12's Drew Moore tells us a few surprising places where germs live in tonight's Freeman Medical Focus.
You've heard of a pediatrician and a heart surgeon ... and probably know what a radiologist is. But more and more medical facilities have hospitalists on staff to take care of patients.
Acid reflux is a painful condition that, over time, can raise your risks of cancer. But lifestyle choices can help lower those risks.
One out of ten patients suffers the gripping pain of a migraine. But there are a wide range of triggers that can cause an attack.
While energy drinks are a popular beverage, some question the potential side effects. So, a look at a few healthy alternatives.
A recent report from the CDC shows that from 2006 to 2008, there was a 20 % increase in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders among young patients. A look at the use of applied behavioral analysis for those with autism.
"An attitude of gratitude" is one of those phrases you hear over and over again. But choosing to be grateful can have fringe benefits... even boosting your physical health
You've probably heard of carb loading before a big race. But as much as the right foods can help boost an athlete's performance, the wrong foods can make it that much worse.
It's often called the most important meal of the day... but a recent poll shows one out of ten of us skips breakfast on a regular basis.
It can be all too easy to get a case of the blues during the holidays, and older Americans can be even more susceptible.
More and more grandparents are pitching in to help take care of newborns in the family. But what doctors recommend now is likely different than the last time they spent quality time with babies.
We've heard a lot about what to keep on hand in the event of a disaster. But there are even more rules for the elderly and chronically ill.
The experts are encouraging older patients to consider getting the shingles vaccine, heading off what can be a painful and even life threatening condition.
Freeman Oncologist Dr. Elizabeth Kent focuses on potential risk factors that can lead to breast cancer.
Most women know that a family history of breast cancer could be a sign they're at risk. But that's just the start of the list.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. And you've probably heard a lot about the importance of screening and mammograms. But sometimes, a patient may need different tests for a diagnosis, especially when breast tissue is dense.
Women in need of a breast tissue biopsy don't have to undergo surgery.
The American Cancer Society estimates nearly 300,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. But some high risk patients can find out the odds ahead of time through genetic testing.
It's not flu season.... yet. But as the weather gets cooler, you'll hear more and more about getting your shot and why you shouldn't wait.
It's a tiny, tiny camera that can make a big impact on your health. A capsule endoscopy can help diagnose a wide range of issues.
We hear a lot about our bad cholesterol - LDL and triglycerides. But before resorting to drugs to lower those levels - you can adjust your diet to try and make an impact.
Examining the keys to good nutrition
Stressed out? It's a common complaint as we juggle work, family, chores, the list goes on and on. Sometimes a little stress can be a good thing.
When it comes to top health concerns, whooping cough isn't even on the radar for many patients. But the infection has seen a dramatic spike this year.
More and more pregnant moms are choosing midwives over traditional medical care... more than seven percent of births in 2009.
It's an issue you might associate with a younger, more carefree crowd. But a national report shows sexually transmitted disease is on the rise among older Americans.
Experts claim breastfeeding can help prevent obesity, leukemia and diabetes. But fewer new moms are deciding to do it.
Time spent in the sun is part of what makes the summer fun... but sometimes you could be hurting yourself without even knowing it. A look at some myths about sun exposure starting with a tan versus a burn.
With temperatures climbing - the heat affects outdoor activities, utility bills... And even your medication.
High school sports will be kicking off before you know it. And that means physicals for students wanting to hit the field. They're required by the school... but can also help make sure your kids stay healthy.
Moving around a home can lead some seniors to walk right into danger.
Moving day has enough headaches of its own without having to worry about hurting yourself. But back injuries are all too common if you don't take a few precautions.
It can be hard to stay on your exercise program while on vacation but there are ways to plan ahead.
Generic versus name brand - it's a debate whether you're buying ketchup, aspirin or a mattress. A look at what that means for your health.
It's the quintessential summer fun. But a trip to the pool can pose certain risks if other swimmers don't follow proper pool etiquette.
We all know that flying through different time zones can wreak havoc on our sleep schedules. But it turns out you can put yourself through the same symptoms without even leaving your house. A look at the effects of social jet lag.
More than 18 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes.
Just a small fraction of those are type one - but the number may be growing.
We're learning more and more about concussions and their serious, long term side affects. A look at why it's so important to watch young patients for warning signs.
It's a mysterious syndrome- painful for the patient and tough to diagnose. Now, a closer look at fibromyalgia.
Regular exercise and losing weight are common goals - a good idea if you can stick with it. But many of us unconsciously sabotage what starts out with the best of intentions.
Heart health is a top priority for many patients... and now there may be something new to keep your whole cardio-vascular system in good shape.
The debate about how frequently women should undergo a pap exam recently made national headlines. Action 12's Drew Moore tells us when women should start having the exam, and how often, in this weeks Freeman Medical Focus.
When you think of addiction - it's likely about drugs or alcohol ... a habit that's tough to break. But there are also what's known as "soft" addictions - a compulsion to keep playing video games or an obsessive need for sex or gambling.
It's good news for arthritis sufferers... a way to reduce pain and improve function without medication.
A sore throat can happen any time of year. But when should you stop using home remedies, and seek a doctors advice?