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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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NICU Follow-up Clinic

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Hundreds of babies will benefit from Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Follow-up Clinic, thanks to funds from Saint Francis Foundation. The Follow-up Clinic follows NICU graduates at risk for developmental issues following their discharge from the NICU. The unit ...
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Sleep Routines for Kids

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Bedtime battles can be exhausting for both parents and children. If you want to minimize conflict, establish a consistent routine. “Try to keep your routine to 30 minutes or less,” says Andrew T. Sledd, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Do the same activities ...
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Trim Figure, Full Social Life

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A year ago, Christina Hahs of Cape Girardeau did not socialize much. She preferred to  stay at home and read or watch TV – activities that did not require interacting with other people. She was too self-conscious about her weight, which peaked at 265 pounds. ...
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Heart Attack or Panic Attack?

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If you think you are having a panic attack, pay very close attention to your symptoms: You may actually be experiencing a heart attack. “In some situations, it can be difficult to distinguish between a panic attack and a heart attack,” says Duc T. Nguyen, DO, ...
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Prevent Holiday Overeating

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The holidays are difficult not just for people who are trying to shed pounds, but also for those who want to maintain their weight. “Even if you only gain a few pounds during the holidays, you may not be able to lose that weight easily,” ...
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Prepare for Your Surgery

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Surgery is never stress-free. But if you know what to expect and are prepared for your procedure, you can make it as easy as possible for you and your loved ones. “Make sure you understand exactly what the surgery involves,” says William Ray Silliman, MD, FACS, ...
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Smoking Causes Buerger’s Disease

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Buerger’s disease is a condition in which the blood vessels become inflamed, often swelling and becoming blocked with blood clots. The No. 1 risk factor for Buerger’s disease is heavy cigarette smoking, and it most commonly affects men younger than 40 – although more women ...
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Weaning Your Baby

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If you want to wean your child from breast-feeding, the best approach is to go slowly. “When you abruptly stop nursing, that is not always best for baby or for mom,” says Joy L. LeDoux-Johnson, MD, pediatrician and internal medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical ...
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Learn the Facts About Ebola

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Ebola is a deadly virus that causes both internal and external bleeding. This year, West Africa has been experiencing the largest epidemic in history, causing worldwide concern over the virus. Researchers believe that Ebola begins in an animal – such as a bat – and spreads ...
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