Ask an Expert: When should I have my first mammogram?

Q: When should I have my first mammogram? I’m 36 years old without a family history of breast cancer. A: All women, regardless of family history, should have a baseline mammogram between age 35 and 40 and annual mammograms after 40. Over 85 percent of women with breast cancer do not have a family history … »

full term pregnancy

Why a full-term pregnancy is better

You’ve made it to eight or nine months. You’re probably a bit uncomfortable. It’s hard to bend, your back aches, and your ankles are huge. You want that baby out of there. But keep in mind, carrying your baby to full term is the best thing for both of you. Though a full-term pregnancy used … »

child safety

Keep your child safe from falls

We all want our kids to be physically active and to enjoy their playtime. And, we also want to keep them safe — but accidents may happen in spite of our best efforts to prevent them. Fall-related injuries are a leading reason for treatment in the Emergency Department (ED) at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. When … »

physical age

How old are you really?

Comparing your “health age” to your biological age. People like to joke about their age. Kids growing up too fast are “16 going on 30.” There are old souls, and the young at heart. Some of you have surely celebrated your 39th birthday more than once. None of us want to admit we’re getting old, … »


Men’s Health: The future of prostate cancer care

More than 220,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone, and more than 27,000 may not survive. Sounds scary, but with early detection and proper treatment, it doesn’t have to be. For over 30 years, the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test has been used as an indicator of high and low PSA levels … »


Understanding gestational diabetes

What is it? Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes that develops in some women during pregnancy (gestation). Like other forms of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how cells absorb sugar, causing your blood sugar to increase — putting you and your baby’s health at risk. How does it develop? While there is still some … »


A decade of survival: a father’s story of battling cancer and winning

50-year-old father Dewayne was of average health, working through the daily stresses of life, and not considering that anything may be wrong with him. Which is why when he started to experience some of the classic colon cancer symptoms — narrowing stool, changes in bowel habits — he didn’t think that much of it. “Had … »


5 tips to avoid injury during exercise

Avoid getting injured while getting in shape. Before you set foot in the gym, you need to know the dangers that lurk there. Exercise provides numerous benefits to your health and lifestyle, but it can also cause major lifelong injuries if not taken seriously. Injuries can arise through several different means. As Dr. Bill Moore … »


High blood pressure? Cut salt from your diet

Salt is essential to our body’s fluids. On the other hand, anyone who’s gotten a mouth full of seawater knows that too much salt tastes terrible. Maybe your body’s trying to tell you something. It turns out that too much salt can lead to a host of health problems. The chemical name for dietary salt, … »


Erlanger North welcomes full hospital services back to the community

Members of the Red Bank community rejoiced on Sunday with the homecoming of valuable medical and surgical services to Erlanger North Hospital. The much-needed services had been absent since 2009 when the hospital turned its focus to geriatric and emergency care. With the reopening, capacity and services increased with the addition of 12 new beds … »


Men’s Health: Stress busters for your mind and body

Maybe it’s money trouble or the burden of caring for a sick relative. Maybe it’s your job or the stress of juggling your family’s schedules. Whatever the cause, everyone seems stressed out these days. Modern life frequently gives us little time between periods of stress for our body to recuperate. This chronic stress eventually takes a mental … »


What you should know about antibiotics

Imagine you have a really bad case of the flu. The doctor says, “Take flu meds. But above all, rest and drink lots of fluids.” “Please,” you beg, “just give me an antibiotic to knock this out.” But the doctor refuses. That’s because antibiotics can’t and don’t treat virus-causing illnesses such as: Cold Flu Bronchitis … »


The Oncology Department of Children’s Hospital gets an inspiring new look

Our childhood cancer and blood disorders unit of Children’s Hospital has been given a bright new face-lift. The recently updated space is now full of warm colors, beautiful paintings, sunlight, and hope. In 2011, Christian Bryant — a patient at Children’s — was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Christian was a wonderfully ambitious high school … »


Prevent bone loss with calcium and exercise

Has your grandmother fallen and broken a bone? Have you noticed that your mother’s back is no longer straight when she walks? For generations, women have dealt with osteoporosis — a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture. It’s often called the “silent disease” because you may not notice … »


Too much sugar — What you can do to protect your child

Saving your child from too much sugar. Have you ever wondered why all kids seem to have a craving for sugar? Or why sugary cereals, candies, and juices spend truckloads of money advertising to little tykes? Studies show that a child’s sweet tooth may be biological — hardwired into their taste buds from day one. … »


Men’s Health: Some warning signs can save lives — and relationships

From time to time, most men experience occasional episodes of erectile dysfunction (ED). It’s a common problem that affects 18 million men in the United States every year — and their significant others. But evidence is mounting that the inability to obtain or maintain an erection is often a warning signal linking ED with other … »


4 Erlanger patients share their stories of cancer survival

Cancer treatments and technology have come a long way in recent years. Today, millions of people — more than 14 million in the U.S. alone — are surviving this once shattering diagnosis. That’s something to celebrate! Since 1987, the first Sunday of June has been celebrated as National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD). It’s a time … »

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