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”

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”

  Your heart isn’t only your most critical muscle – it’s what keeps you alive, after all – but also one of the hardest working. It ticks 24-7 and except for the times when you’re relaxing or sleeping, it rarely gets a break. Check these fascinating facts about your heart that might inspire you to … Continue reading “Did you know? 8 Amazing Facts about Your Heart Health”

  We’re picking up right where we left off last week and showing you 5 more reasons you should have a primary care physician (PCP) that you visit regularly. After all, it really is the best thing you can do for your overall health.   Routine Screenings Taking your blood pressure at every appointment might … Continue reading “10 Reasons You Should Have a Primary Care Physician (PCP) – Part 2”

  Over the next two weeks we’re going to show you 10 reasons you should have a primary care physician (PCP). All of these reasons for making that appointment are quite compelling on their own but when you look at them altogether, you can’t deny that visiting your doctor on a regular basis is really the … Continue reading “10 Reasons You Should Have a Primary Care Physician (PCP) – Part 1”

  Physical inactivity is now considered the leading cause of death in the United States. Research has shown that exercise is medicine and as little as 150 minutes per week can improve your health through treatment and prevention of conditions such as: Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Stroke, and more. Just … Continue reading “The Only Prescription with Unlimited Refills”

  “Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?” Of course, everyone knows it’s a call to pay attention – Christmas is coming! Or more important, St. Benedict, back in the 600s, wrote a guide for his monks. The very first word is “listen”. Maybe with our busy lives, we don’t really listen – listen to the really … Continue reading “A Christmas Thought”

  The team at St. Bernards Cancer Center is extremely excited about the “re-opening” of its facility. The newly renovated cancer center is located at 405 East Jackson Ave, on the St. Bernards main campus in downtown Jonesboro. The Cancer Center opened in 1991 as the only facility in the region treating cancer patients. Since … Continue reading “Everything You Need All In One Place”

This month is National Stroke Awareness Month. When it comes to a stroke every second you have counts, so you have to act FAST. Rapid response and learning how to identify the warning signs often makes the difference between full recovery and permanent disability. Signs/Symptoms of a Stroke Face          Facial drooping or … Continue reading “Every Minute Counts, So Act FAST”