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A Mom’s Healthy Turnaround 

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For Meghan Cook, the turning point in her struggle with weight came last summer at her daughter’s softball practice. When the coach invited parents to scrimmage with their daughters, Cook fell on her way to first base because her size made it difficult to run. “I ...
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Recognize Endometriosis

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During menstruation, a woman sheds endometrial cells from inside the uterus. When those cells grow abnormally outside the uterus, the woman has a condition called endometriosis. The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. “The best way to distinguish between normal cramping during menstruation and ...
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Fight Fatigue

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If you feel tired all the time, there could be a medical reason … or you might just be taking on too much in your life. Here are some reasons you could be experiencing fatigue: Underactive thyroid: Called “hypothyroidism,” this condition occurs when your body does ...
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Nurses Team Up to Help Patients Stay Well

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The last thing any person wants after returning home from the hospital is to be readmitted. Saint Francis is beginning a new nursing model that aims to provide more targeted care to reduce the number of readmissions. Under this model, called Practice Partners, registered nurses (RNs) ...
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Continuum of Care

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When you are admitted to Saint Francis Medical Center, you may be under the care of a hospitalist – an internal medicine physician who coordinates a hospital patient’s care. A hospitalist manages your hospital care, which may include assisting communication with specialists and primary care ...
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Causes of Low Testosterone

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There are many health conditions that can trigger low testosterone, including obesity, diabetes, kidney damage and changes in thyroid function. In many of these cases, your body is simply putting more effort into fighting a chronic condition than it is into producing testosterone. “Another cause of ...
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Minimally Invasive Lesion Removal 

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When a person has an unusually large or cancerous lesion in his colon or another part of his gastrointestinal tract, endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) can be an effective, minimally invasive method to remove that lesion. “While a colonoscopy or polypectomy can be used to remove small ...
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Heart Disease and the Flu

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If you have heart disease, catching the flu can be dangerous and even deadly. This is because the flu can cause added stress to your body, which affects your blood pressure and heart function. A person with heart disease is also at high risk for ...
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Causes of Throat Cancer

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Although researchers do not know exactly what causes throat (laryngeal) cancer, they do know some people are more likely than others to develop the disease. In particular, people who smoke tobacco are at high risk for throat cancer. “While smoking is perhaps linked with lung ...
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Resolve to Be Healthy in the New Year

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For Ken Jones, joining Saint Francis Medical Center’s The Healthy Weigh program did not just help him lose weight – it helped him become a healthier, more energetic person. “I would wake up in the morning, go sit in the recliner and stay there most of ...
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