At The St. Mary's Regional Medical Center Blog you'll find information you can use to improve your overall health and well-being, and stories about our amazing patients and Healthcare Heroes serving our community.

Lifestyle Habits That Aid an Aging Brain

May 23, 2024

As we get older, our bodies and lifestyles change a lot. One of the biggest changes happens in our brains, and this can affect how we live.

Testicular Cancer: What Younger Men Should Know

May 23, 2024

Testicular cancer is most common between ages 15 and 35. How can younger men protect themselves?

Here's Why Prediabetes Is More Serious Than You Think

May 23, 2024

If you have higher than normal blood sugar levels, here's what you need to know.

How to Live with Heart Failure

May 23, 2024

Here are answers to common questions about living with this chronic condition.

Orthopedic Injuries That Are More Common in Men

May 23, 2024

Your risk of some injuries to bones, tendons and joints may be higher depending on your sex.

5 Signs You Might Have a Hernia

May 23, 2024

These are some of the most common symptoms of hernias in the abdomen and groin.

Could This Be a Stroke?

May 16, 2024

Stroke is a medical emergency and every minute counts, so learn the signs.

How Sleep Can Impact Your Waistline

April 30, 2024

When we don’t rest and recharge, our bodies are impacted, and getting enough sleep is a non-negotiable in a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

Falls Are Painful, Dangerous and Preventable

April 30, 2024

Falls are not only painful but can also lead to ongoing complications and difficulties. Know the risk factors and how to reduce your risk.

9 Surprising Foods That Keep Bones Strong

April 30, 2024

Not a fan of dairy? Here are other foods to include in your diet to keep bones healthier.

Is There a Safe Amount of Time You Can Be in the Sun?

April 30, 2024

To keep skin protected, wear sunscreen every day when going outdoors.

How Do You Know If You're at Risk for Vascular Diseases?

April 30, 2024

Vascular diseases are pretty common. Here's what they are and what increases your risk.

Strokes and Mini-Strokes: How They're the Same and Different

April 30, 2024

Not sure if your symptoms are due to a stroke or TIA? Here's how to tell.

Navigating the Journey of Pregnancy

April 16, 2024

Taking care of your health during pregnancy is essential, not only for your well-being, but for baby as well.

The Small Insect That Can Do Big Damage

March 26, 2024

Spending time outdoors in warmer weather can increase the risk of contracting tickborne illness. Here’s what you need to know.

Do You Have Responsible Drinking Habits?

March 26, 2024

Many enjoy drinking alcohol, but overdrinking can make any party turn sour. Learn how to spot the signs of alcohol use disorder and alcohol overdose.

These Protein-Packed Breakfasts Keep You Fuller Longer

March 26, 2024

Begin your day with one of these meals and you'll be off to a strong start.

Don't Miss These Signs of Multiple Sclerosis

March 26, 2024

Although there's no exact pattern of symptoms in MS, don't ignore these possible warning signs.

5 Invigorating Ways to Enjoy More Daylight

March 26, 2024

Move more while enjoying fresh air and sunshine with these exciting and relaxing activities.

This Is What Too Little Sleep Does to Your Body

March 26, 2024

Here's a look at how long-term sleep deprivation affects your physical and mental health.

Always Stressed? You May Have Too Much Cortisol

March 26, 2024

Too much of this stress hormone can wreak havoc on your health.

Prevention Is Key to Keeping Your Colon Healthy

March 20, 2024

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Have you had a screening colonoscopy?

A Chicken Dish with a Little Zest

February 26, 2024

Try Making Crispy Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs with Roasted Potatoes & Carrots

Is Your Joint Pain More Than Just the Usual Aches?

February 26, 2024

Joint health is important, and understanding what’s normal helps in maintaining your quality of life.

Unlocking the Power of Protein

February 26, 2024

Have you been neglecting this essential nutrient in your diet? This is how protein intake affects you now and in the future.

The Most Common Causes of Accidental Poisoning

February 26, 2024

Most poisonings occur at home. Here's where the danger lies and how to keep your family safer.

What's That Smell? And What Does It Mean?

February 26, 2024

Here's what body odor comes from, why it changes and how to control it.

These Symptoms May Mean You Have Kidney Disease

February 26, 2024

Symptoms during early stages of the disease are hard to spot, but don't ignore these red flags.

This Is What the World's Longest Living People Eat

February 26, 2024

The diet of people in the Blue Zones may help them live longer. Here's what they eat.

Are You at Risk for Peripheral Artery Disease?

February 26, 2024

There are several treatments for PAD, depending on the patient.

A Heart-Healthy Recipe for Salmon

January 29, 2024

This recipe will yield perfectly cooked, 4-ounce salmon fillets with a delightful honey balsamic glaze, ideal for a tasty, healthy meal.

Would You Recognize These Warning Signs of Stroke?

January 29, 2024

Here's how to spot a stroke and what to do.

Here Are 7 Signs You Might Have Heart Failure

January 29, 2024

Don't ignore these common symptoms of this serious heart condition.

This Is What a Heart Attack Really Feels Like

January 29, 2024

In real life, heart attack symptoms are usually more subtle than what you see in movies.

A Guide to Easing into Exercise after a Heart Attack

January 29, 2024

Exercise helps you recover after a cardiac event and here are tips to help you do it more safely.

Is Your Eyesight at Risk?

January 29, 2024

Good eyesight is often taken for granted – until it is lost. A common eye disorder affects many people 50 years and older.

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgeries Explained

January 29, 2024

Today, minimally invasive techniques can offer reduced scarring, less pain and quicker recovery for those with cardiovascular conditions.

Stroke Survivor Triumphs Through Rehabilitation

January 23, 2024

Weeks of inpatient rehabilitation helped Randy Caywood get back to living his best life.

Early Diagnosis Is Key With Cervical Cancer

January 23, 2024

Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. The death rate dropped significantly with the Pap test.

Winter Comfort Food with an Asian Twist

December 27, 2023

Bring the authentic flavors of Chinese cuisine right into your kitchen.

Weight Gain Isn't Always About Appetite or Willpower

December 27, 2023

If your yearly resolution has to do with reaching a healthy weight, it may be smart to check your thyroid.

4 Small New Year’s Resolutions to Inspire Change

December 27, 2023

Broad and big new year resolutions can be hard to stick with. Try these small habit changes that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Do Diabetes Drugs Help You Lose Weight?

December 27, 2023

Here's why drugs originally developed to treat diabetes are being used for weight loss.

4 Foods That May Help You Lose Weight

December 27, 2023

Stay fuller while eating fewer calories by making these satisfying foods part of your diet.

7 Good Reasons to Try Dry January

December 27, 2023

This may be the incentive you need to start the new year alcohol-free.

How to Quit Smoking Gradually

December 27, 2023

Ready to kick your habit? Instead of doing it cold turkey, here are tips to ease into a smoke-free life.

A Healthy Side Dish for the Holidays

December 6, 2023

Roasted Vegetarian Quinoa Stuffing balances great taste and good health

6 Ways to Care for Your Skin This Winter

November 28, 2023

Here’s why you should pay extra attention to your body’s first line of defense as temperatures drop.

Keep Illnesses Away from Your Holiday Gatherings

November 28, 2023

Getting sick slows you down and prevents you from enjoying the festivities. These tips can help you avoid it.

Watch Out for These Common Injuries During the Holidays

November 28, 2023

Don't let an injury ruin your holiday fun. These tips can help keep you injury-free.

Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis? How to Tell the Difference

November 28, 2023

Here are similarities and differences between these conditions, as well as common symptoms.

Your Guide to Healthy Holiday Travel

November 28, 2023

Before you pack your bags, read these tips so you're more likely to stay healthy during your travels.

'Tis the Season When You're Most Likely to Have a Heart Attack

November 28, 2023

Here's why your heart is more at risk during the holidays, and what you can do to protect it.

4 Strategies to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

October 24, 2023

A good night’s sleep can set the tone for the day. These factors play a role.

How Risky Is Vaping?

October 24, 2023

E-cigarettes and smokeless nicotine were once regarded as a way to avoid lung cancer risk, but there are concerns.

The Best Time to Exercise If You Have Diabetes

October 24, 2023

All exercise is good if you have diabetes, but here's when it may help the most.

How to Save 1,000 Calories at Your Thanksgiving Meal

October 24, 2023

The average American consumes over 2,000 calories on Thanksgiving. Here's how to save half those calories!

The Best Way to Catch Lung Cancer Early

October 24, 2023

If you are a current or former smoker, here's how to protect yourself from lung cancer.

How to Ease Hip Pain

October 24, 2023

If you have pain, stiffness and inflammation in your hip joint, these tips can help.

What Does It Mean to Have Dense Breasts?

September 29, 2023

Those with dense breast tissue are at higher risk of developing breast cancer and other breast-related issues.

What You Should Know About Diabetes and Sugar

September 29, 2023

High blood sugar causes many of the symptoms and complications of diabetes. Here’s how to manage your blood sugar.

7 Things You'll Notice After Losing Weight

September 29, 2023

More than just the number on the scale will change when you lose weight.

The Scariest Health Hazards of Halloween

September 29, 2023

This holiday is all about having fun. Here are 5 ways to keep it that way.

The Do's and Don'ts of Supporting Someone with Mental Illness

September 29, 2023

Not sure what to do if a friend or family member has mental health issues? These tips may help.

These 10 Foods Help Fight Inflammation

September 29, 2023

Wondering what inflammation-fighting foods to add to your diet? Try these 10 powerhouses.

Don't Miss These Signs of Heat-Related Illness

July 25, 2023

Heat-related illnesses can be very serious, so it's important to recognize if they are happening.

Don't Forget to Schedule These Medical Appointments

July 25, 2023

Now is as good a time as any to get these appointments on your calendar.

How to Overcome Loneliness

July 25, 2023

If you are lonely, following these 5 tips can help you feel more connected to others.

4 Frequent Causes of Knee Pain

July 25, 2023

Your knees aren’t getting any younger. Here’s how to keep them in order.

Stay Safe on the Sports Field

July 25, 2023

Don’t let a sport injury keep you off the field this season. Here’s how to be safe before, during and after an activity.

Should You Take These Vitamins Every Day?

July 23, 2023

Many people take multivitamins and other supplements daily, but do you need them?

Your Guide to a Safer Summer

June 6, 2023

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and the most preventable, too.

The Simplest Way for Men to Improve Their Health

June 6, 2023

Men’s life expectancy is dropping. Their hesitancy to go to the doctor could be a reason why.

Small Cuts Can Make a Big Difference

March 27, 2023

Minimally invasive surgery covers many procedures. What they share in common: less overall trauma to the body.

How to Tell if Heartburn Is Something More

March 21, 2023

GERD can start out as an annoyance, but can cause serious damage over time. Avoid long-term effects through simple lifestyle changes and possibly treatment.

What a Headache Could Be Telling You

March 21, 2023

It’s a broad term for a lot of experiences. Learn how to tell if yours are serious.

Which Colorectal Cancer Test Is Right for You?

February 22, 2023

Various colorectal cancer screening options can make diagnosis and early detection easier for you

The ABCs of Joint Replacement Surgery

February 22, 2023

Joint replacement surgery sounds so invasive, but what does it really entail? Here’s the breakdown.

Rehabilitation Institute Gets Patients Moving Again

February 2, 2023

The 22-bed facility was ranked in the top 10% of all inpatient rehab facilities in the United States for a third straight year.

What Your Heart Is Telling You

January 25, 2023

Not all heart events are the same. Knowing what makes them different can be the key to surviving them.

The Surprising Connection Between Mind and Heart

January 24, 2023

Stress and anxiety could be negatively affecting your heart health AND heart disease can cause stress and anxiety. Here’s how to break the cycle.

The Keys to Successful New Year's Resolutions

December 29, 2022

The time to build healthy habits is here. Don’t think too hard, we’ve come up with a list of resolutions worth keeping.

RSV: What YOU Need to Know

December 28, 2022

This holiday season, when families gather and the risk of spread is high, be aware of common RSV symptoms, treatments and preventive actions.

Try These Steps to Defuse Holiday Stress

December 8, 2022

Put self-care at the top of your to-do list. Identify when stress is affecting you and how you can manage it.

Stay Safe This Flu Season

December 6, 2022

Don’t miss any of the holiday cheer, avoid the flu this year.

Prediabetes Is Common, Often Overlooked, and Dangerous

October 31, 2022

It’s more common than you know. Learn how to avoid it turning into diabetes.

5 Ways Quitting Smoking Can Improve Your Life

October 30, 2022

Sometimes the big health reasons to quit smoking are not enough. These small perks might be the push you need to make the commitment.

Depression and Aging: Know the Facts

October 3, 2022

Depression is the most prevalent mental health problem among older adults and can lead to a decline in physical, mental and social functioning.

Your Breast Cancer Screening Questions Answered

October 2, 2022

Is getting a mammogram at the top of your to-do list? If not, schedule it now. It may save your life!

The To-Do Item Men Shouldn't Forget

August 26, 2022

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer among American men, and often progresses with few outward signs. Screening for it is important.

The 10-Minute Test That Could Save Your Life

August 25, 2022

When it comes to maintaining heart health, early detection and prevention are key. This simple test can uncover a dangerous condition.

Get Your Kids Off to a Healthy Start This School Year

August 1, 2022

These recommendations can help ensure that your child is ready to learn and perform their best the entire year.

The Best Ways to Deal with Back Pain

July 31, 2022

It's the No. 1 cause of disability worldwide. Learn how to better deal with it.

Protect Yourself While Enjoying the Summer Sun

June 10, 2022

Want to protect yourself from skin cancer while enjoying the summer sun? Checkout these timely tips to indulge in the sun safely.

Summer Safety Essentials

May 16, 2022

Paying attention to the most common types of injury can help keep you and your family safe while getting the most out of the warm months ahead.

9 Essential Screenings for Men

May 11, 2022

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month! Regular check-ups and screenings can help men stay healthy by indicating preventive health needs and catching issues before they become more serious.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Mental Health

May 11, 2022

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on mental health. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, here are ways to identify issues and get help.

Recognition for our Remarkable Nurses

April 25, 2022

Nurses are on the frontline of most every healthcare interaction, from emergencies to routine checkins, and their lifesaving work has an incredible impact on patients, their families and communities as a whole. We celebrate nurses everywhere during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

5 Ways to Lessen Seasonal Allergies

April 25, 2022

Whether your allergy symptoms are frustrating or debilitating, there are steps you can take to enjoy rather than dread spring.

When You Need Care, Make the Smart Choice

March 25, 2022

Learn when to visit the emergency room versus urgent care.

How to Take Control of Your Neurological Health

March 25, 2022

Knowing what’s happening in your head could save your life.

Is Diabetes Putting You at Risk for Chronic Wounds?

February 15, 2022

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, talk to your doctor about ways to address and prevent chronic wounds associated with the disease, such as diabetic foot care. 

Joint Replacement – Is It for You?

February 15, 2022

If you suffer from chronic joint pain and medications are no longer working, you may be a candidate for joint replacement.

Heart Attack Symptoms – What’s Different for Men and Women

January 12, 2022

Knowing the signs and symptoms can save your life!

Could You Have Atrial Fibrillation?

January 12, 2022

What to know about this sometimes silent condition.

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 21, 2021

Want a fresh start for 2022? Create realistic, reasonable goals to set yourself up for success.

Could You Have Seasonal Depression?

December 20, 2021

Winter blahs and holiday stress have you down? Read more for helpful strategies to lighten your mood.

A Mammogram Saved Her Life

September 30, 2021

Sue Yocham tells about her breast cancer treatment and the vital importance of early detection.

Finding Compassionate Care to Tackle Cancer

September 20, 2021

After an unexpected diagnosis, Rodney Tabor turned to the St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Cancer Center to support him through his journey.

AFib: More Than Just a Heart Flutter

August 26, 2021

Find answers to questions about atrial fibrillation and learn why getting treatment is important.

Could You Benefit From an At-Home Sleep Study?

July 19, 2021

If you’re tired of feeing tired all the time, don’t ignore it. Getting the rest you need may start with this simple test.

Spotting the Signs of Skin Cancer

July 11, 2021

Have you noticed any changes in your skin? Knowing the warning signs of skin cancer can possibly help save a life.

Juvenile Diabetes: A Life-Changing Diagnosis

July 9, 2021

Cory was just 9 years old when tiredness and other symptoms led his parents to seek medical help.

Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines

July 8, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccines have made history in more ways than one. Learn more about them from the Director of Pharmacy at St. Mary’s.

Celebrating Nearly 40 Years in Healthcare

June 23, 2021

Retiring Pharmacist Dawna Hatton shares what’s made her career – and her time at St. Mary’s – so rewarding.

A Modern Approach to Pain Relief

March 31, 2021

As the nation battles the opioid epidemic, medical advances are providing safer, smarter ways to help you feel better.

Outpatient Procedure for Chronic Ankle Weakness, Pain

March 3, 2021

For those suffering from chronic ankle pain and weakness or recurring sprains and ankle instability, one doctor at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center has a solution.

A New Tool for Sinus Surgery at St. Mary's

December 15, 2020

The Stealth Station Surgical Navigation System for Sinus Surgery offers patients a safer, more-thorough procedure, according to Timothy Jones, MD, board-certified otolaryngologist.

An Annual Mammogram Saved Her Life

October 12, 2020

At Alice Hurt’s yearly mammogram, a suspicious finding led to her diagnosis and treatment of cancer at St. Mary’s Medical Center Cancer Center.

Compassionate Cancer Care Bonds Patient, Staff

September 10, 2020

Nearly three years after being diagnosed and treated for esophageal cancer at St. Mary’s, Leon Spain tells the story of his cancer journey and those who helped him to heal.

'It's Like You Get a Do-Over With Life'

August 18, 2020

After a heart attack and triple bypass surgery, Larry LeCrone tells how cardiac rehabilitation turned his health around.

COVID-19: A Survivor Story

May 26, 2020

The coronavirus hit hard and fast for 59-year-old Jimmy Blaser. But he battled his way back with support from his team at St. Mary’s.

Rising to the Challenge of COVID-19

May 21, 2020

A member of the St. Mary’s team tells about his service — and his heartening experience — on a volunteer trip to New York City.

Car Decals Identify and Honor Healthcare Heroes

May 20, 2020

One member of the St. Mary’s staff was especially excited to get his decal. It was his idea!

Case Managers Show Their Support for Staff … With Chalk

May 12, 2020

Hospital entrances were decorated with colorful messages of encouragement for the staff to help brighten their day.