Cartoons often portray getting bonked on the head as amusing, with circling stars and a chirpy little tune, but a head injury is no laughing matter.
With a 98.9 percent five-year survival rate, prostate cancer is one of the most curable forms of the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute.
As people age, their eyesight usually gets weaker, prompting visits to local pharmacies for non-prescription reading glasses. Prescription bifocals or trifocals might be added to the picture later. This is all considered normal.
Opened on April 23, Providence Medford Medical Center's new sleep lab is just one component of a larger effort to help patients sleep — and feel — better.
Sparklers — those seemingly harmless little fireworks sticks that kids love — can burn from 1,800F to 3,000F, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns and ignite clothing. Still want to hand one to your 3-year-old?
If you are bothered by varicose veins, you are one of many. "It is estimated that 80 million Americans have some sort of venous insufficiency problem, and that over 50 million of those have varicose veins," says Dr. Elliot Meyerding, surgeon with Meyerding Surgical Associates in Medford. "This condition is a subset of chronic venous insufficiency, which in simplistic terms means that the blood isn't flowing where it should."
The medical community has issued repeated warnings about the health risks associated with our population's current level of obesity. Super-sized portions, high fat and sugar-laden food choices are convenient and so readily available, they tempt us at every meal. In an effort to lead by example, all Providence hospitals in Oregon are in the process of adopting a Healthy Dining Initiative.
From teeth to toes, we unwittingly abuse our bodies through habits that can cause injury, illness or permanent damage to our health from everyday behaviors that most people consider merely a part of daily living. We've asked doctors around the Rogue Valley to share the benefit of their experience about what they commonly see in their practices that could be avoided.
A major stroke can be life threatening or, at least, life changing. But it doesn't always have to be. Ask Brian Swope of Medford. The 55-year-old was stricken on March 20. Five days later, he was home and riding his bicycle.
With research to support its advantages, trends suggest that modern women are drifting back towards a more natural, drug-free approach to bringing their babies into the world. With higher success rates for breastfeeding, better bonding experiences and a reduced need for medical intervention, some moms are choosing home births and birthing centers instead of hospitals.