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Joint Replacement Program Worth the Drive


Even before he underwent a hip replacement in December, Tom Rozier knew much more than the average person about joint surgery. Through his job in medical sales, he has worked with physicians in dozens of hospitals across Southeast Missouri. When it came time to plan his ...
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Manage Arthritis in the Morning


If you suffer from rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritis, you should start moving as soon as you wake up in the morning. “People with arthritis wake up with stiff joints,” says Amjad Roumany, MD, rheumatologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “They will experience flare-ups if they do ...
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Pinched Nerves


A pinched – or compressed – nerve occurs when the nerve is pressed between ligaments, tendons or bones. The most common symptom is pain – in the lower back, neck, elbow, hands, wrists or fingers. Additional signs of a pinched nerve include pain that radiates ...
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Vaccinate Children to Prevent Measles


While the United States declared measles eliminated in 2000, recent cases have brought it into the public limelight again. Most of the recent cases are linked to an outbreak at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. “Measles is a highly contagious disease,” says ...
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Saint Francis Recognized for Outstanding Patient Experience

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From admission through discharge, the patients of Saint Francis Medical Center rate the facility as one of the best in the nation, according to an organization that provides information about healthcare providers. Healthgrades® recently named Saint Francis as a 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ recipient. There ...
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National Senior Health & Fitness Day 


WANTED: individuals 50 years and older. Join us for two hours of fun activities at Fitness Plus for National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Get ready to kick up your heels and have some fun on Tuesday, May 5, from 10 am to noon. The ...
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Identify the Cause of Your Insomnia


While almost everyone has trouble sleeping occasionally, chronic insomnia can become a big problem. There are many possible causes of insomnia, including: Anxiety: Whether you have temporary anxiety or an anxiety disorder, it can seriously disrupt sleep. “Sometimes, simply worrying about whether you will fall asleep ...
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Migraines and Stroke


People who suffer from frequent migraines have a slightly increased risk of suffering a stroke – although researchers have not determined exactly why the two are related. “Only those who suffer from migraines with aura – headaches that are accompanied by other symptoms such as sensitivity ...
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Prevent Head Lice


Your child may catch more than a cold at school. Cooler weather is the perfect breeding ground for head lice, which can travel from person to person through head-to-head contact, hats or coats. “If you catch head lice, it does not mean you have poor hygiene,” ...
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Breast Cancer Treatments Abound


Nearly every woman who receives a breast cancer diagnosis will need to undergo surgery at some point in her treatment. However, nonsurgical treatment both before and after surgery has become extremely important for some types of breast cancer. “In recent years, there have been many exciting ...
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