June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month. We’ve all heard of this disease, but many people don’t know the symptoms, causes or treatments. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. The exact cause is not known, although research shows that certain changes in the brain lead to the disease. … Continue reading “Alzheimer’s Disease: What You Need to Know”

Race car driver. Restaurant owner. Primary care physician. Dr. Stephen Golden wears many hats. Born in Piggott, Dr. Golden went to high school in Jonesboro and completed his undergraduate studies at Arkansas State. He started as a pre-med student, before changing his major to speech/drama his junior year. “I loved acting and plays, but I … Continue reading “Physician Spotlight: Dr. Stephen Golden”

You probably knew exercise was good for lowering blood pressure–after all, it’s hard to find something that exercise doesn’t impact in a beneficial way! But did you know how, how much and what types of exercise can give you the biggest bang for your efforts? Thankfully, almost EVERY kind of exercise is good ammunition in … Continue reading “Keep Moving to Lower Your Blood Pressure”

The St. Bernards Emergency Department is always open and staffed with state-of-the-art equipment and well-educated medical staff members. So why shouldn’t you use it for minor ailments like a sore throat or a cold? Check out this video response from Dr. Randy McComb, emergency medicine physician and medical director of the ED, to learn why … Continue reading “Visiting the Emergency Department”

  Humans historically have had an interesting and varied relationship with alcohol throughout time. Some resources report that an estimated 18 million people abuse alcohol in the United States. Alcohol, a very powerful psychoactive drug classified as a depressant, can have an extreme effect on the brain and the central nervous system. When consumed in … Continue reading “Alcohol Use vs. Alcohol Abuse”

A.J. Aycock is a star athlete who underwent a pre-participation evaluation during the 2016 Expo. The simple screening may have saved his life. General pre-participation evaluations are mandatory in the state of Arkansas for teens in grades 7-12. St. Bernards offers an EKG in addition to the screening. This test, paired with the health screenings, … Continue reading “Helping Students Stay Healthy with Pre-Participation Evaluations”

A new study from the Journal of the American Medicine Association found that nearly half of all deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes in the United States are associated with diets that skimp on certain foods and nutrients and overdo moderate levels with others. Researchers identified 10 dietary habits with strong evidence for providing … Continue reading “Just Do It! Ten Dietary Habits to Stop Today”

Dr. Timothy Dow grew up in Oklahoma, but northeast Arkansas feels like home. After completing his family practice residency at the University of Oklahoma Medical College in Tulsa, Dr. Dow moved to Trumann to begin his career in a medically underserved community, which was a requirement of the National Health Service Scholarship he had received … Continue reading “Physician Spotlight: Dr. Timothy Dow”

  A recent survey conducted by the Cleveland Clinic that included over 1,000 men and women revealed some alarming facts.  Approximately 74 percent of Americans are not worried about dying from heart disease, and 32 percent are not taking any steps to prevent the condition.  Even among those with a family history of heart disease, … Continue reading “The Truth about Heart Disease”