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”

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”

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”