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?”

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”

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”

We’ve all seen it, and perhaps even done it: Looked at the cell phone while driving. Distracted driving isn’t just texting – it’s any activity that takes your attention away from driving. This includes using a cell phone to call or text while driving, changing a CD or grabbing something from the floorboard. Distracted driving … Continue reading “Fighting Distracted Driving: How to Stay Safe”

On a steamy July day 117 years ago, something remarkable happened in Jonesboro. The first hospital in the northeast quadrant of Arkansas opened, taking its first patients on July 5, 1900. That hospital – named St. Bernards in honor of St. Bernard Tolomei, founder of Olivetan Benedictines – was a beacon of hope for the … Continue reading “Celebrating 117 Years of Care”

  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”

  “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”

  When a person develops a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) it can travel and block a pulmonary artery to the lungs­­ – a condition referred to as Pulmonary Embolism (PE), there is a window of opportunity in which the clot can be dissolved and normal blood flow resolved. Until recently, the routine treatment for PE … Continue reading “Ultrasound Facilitated Pulmonary Embolism Treatment”