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For Monica Coleman, obesity has always been a fact of life. Both her parents were overweight, and as a child she struggled with weight issues. After giving birth to her children, she weighed about 250 pounds and was frustrated with all the diets she tried, ...
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Eat More Green Vegetables

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If you want to pack your diet full of important nutrients, add more green vegetables to each meal. “Green vegetables are valuable sources of vitamins A and C, folate, fiber and potassium,” says Matthew Riffle, MD, internal medicine physician at Black River Medical Center. “In ...
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ER Priorities

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Most people who visit the emergency room do not have true emergencies, but rather “urgencies”: Injuries or illnesses that are not life-threatening, but need quick attention. Those include ankle sprains, cuts, high fevers and ear infections. In the ER, patients with true emergencies such as stroke, ...
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Level III NICU Part of International Network

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Parents whose newborns are in Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit need not feel alone: Neonatologists at Saint Francis use information gathered from nearly 1,000 NICUs to help optimize care for each infant. The Medical Center is part of the Vermont Oxford ...
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Support During Labor

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Childbirth can be a long, painful process, and having a labor support person is crucial for a new mom. The support person can be a spouse, friend, relative or other important person, but he or she should be available for the duration of the labor. “A ...
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Secondary Drowning

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A person can drown even after exiting the water in a rare occurrence called secondary drowning. It is important to know the signs of secondary drowning so you can seek help for someone you love as quickly as possible. “Secondary drowning occurs when fluid builds up ...
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Combat Acid Reflux and Heartburn

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Acid reflux occurs when acid splashes back out of the stomach into the esophagus during digestion. It can cause a burning chest pain called heartburn, which creates discomfort for hours after eating. You can take simple steps to prevent or lessen the effects of acid reflux, ...
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Level III NICU Shares Knowledge

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) occurs when a newborn is suffering from drug withdrawal after being exposed to potent substances in utero. Saint Francis Medical Center recently hosted a symposium in Miner, Mo. for physicians and other healthcare providers on how to care for these babies and their ...
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Headache Diaries

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If you suffer from frequent migraines, keeping a headache diary could help you and your doctor determine the best course of treatment. The diary will help you keep track of the intensity of your headaches and other symptoms that need to be addressed. “We look for ...
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A Heart Procedure that is the Right Fit for Older Patients

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When doctors at Saint Francis Medical Center recommended a surgical procedure to repair Lottie Meese’s heart valve, her daughter Kim Buehler was a little apprehensive. She wondered whether her 92-year-old mother would be able to withstand any type of procedure. But the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) ...
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