Each year we close the calendar with an emphasis on gratitude and giving to others.  The Latin word gratia encompasses the idea of being grateful and acknowledging the goodness in our lives.  Embracing such an emphasis can propel us into the upcoming year with renewed strength and hope. Scientific research supports the health benefits of … Continue reading “The Health Benefits of a Grateful Heart”

  Did you know that the overuse of antibiotics is the leading cause of antibiotic resistance?  Why should I care about antibiotic resistance? Antibiotic resistance has been called “one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.” Antibiotic resistance can cause infections that were once easily treated with antibiotics to become dangerous infections that can … Continue reading “An Antibiotic Isn’t Always the Answer”

Is it really that important to get a flu shot? The answer is yes! Millions of people get the flu every year. Hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and tens of thousands die from flu-related causes annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So how does the flu vaccine work? About two … Continue reading “Do You Really Need a Flu Shot?”

What should you do when candy treats are brought home? Parents or a supervising adult should inspect all Halloween treats before children eat them. When in doubt, throw it out! Halloween is the perfect time to teach children moderation in eating. Help kids include their treats in a healthy eating plan, set limits on when … Continue reading “A Happy and Healthy Halloween – Part 2”

One moment, a Benedictine Sister, associate or Catholic priest might be praying with a man before he is wheeled into the operating room. Ten minutes later, they might be visiting and laughing with a child who has a broken leg or celebrating with a woman who has just given birth. Later still hospice or palliative … Continue reading “National Pastoral Care Week: Celebrating Those Who Help Us Keep the Faith”

Who doesn’t remember the thrill of trick-or-treating on Halloween and coming home with a bag full of candy? The once-a-year candy marathon of year’s past has morphed into multiple fall festivals at churches and schools, as well as the traditional door-knocking on October 31st.  All with candy treats that trick our youngsters into consuming too … Continue reading “A Happy and Healthier Halloween – Part 1”

  Growing up, Dr. Joseph Kosinski knew he wanted to pursue a career in science. After graduating from Notre Dame with an undergraduate degree in chemistry, he worked for several years as a chemist, studying in a lab. “I enjoyed chemistry, but the work was so dry,” he said. “I wanted to interact and work … Continue reading “Physician Spotlight: Dr. Joseph Kosinski”

Pain is the body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. It can appear suddenly or build slowly over time. It can range from mild and intermittent to severe and persistent. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) indicates that acute pain, if left untreated, can lead to chronic pain. So how … Continue reading “Five Tips for Managing Chronic Pain”

  Wouldn’t it be great if there were a program that provided comprehensive health services – basically ALL needed health services – to elderly individuals in a way that would allow them to “age in place” in their homes, maintaining their independence as long as possible? And wouldn’t it be wonderful if the seniors themselves … Continue reading “Total Life Healthcare is a PACE program – Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly – And it’s right here in Jonesboro”

Dr. Willie Hurst has made it his life’s work to improve the lives of families in Northeast Arkansas. He serves as medical director for the Jonesboro Church Health Center, a clinic for low-income uninsured individuals. With his wife, Honey, he also founded a non-profit organization called Kids at The Cross to support children and teens … Continue reading “Physician Spotlight: Dr. Willie Hurst”