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Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco

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While using smokeless tobacco may be slightly less dangerous than smoking cigarettes, it can still cause cancer and many other serious health problems. In the U.S., there are two main types of smokeless tobacco – chewing tobacco, which consists of loose tobacco leaves in pouches; and ...
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Support After Weight-Loss Surgery

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Patients who undergo weight-loss surgery at Saint Francis Medical Center have support every step of the way. On the third Thursday of every month, they meet as a group to discuss challenges and triumphs. “The support group is a way for our patients to network and ...
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Dangers of Syncope

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Syncope occurs when you suddenly lose consciousness and then awake soon after. In many cases, these fainting “spells” are harmless and caused by your body’s reaction in response to a trigger, such as the sight of blood. However, sometimes syncope can be a symptom of a ...
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Arthritis Aquatics

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Warm water can be quite soothing for people who suffer from arthritis. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus offers warm water aquatics for arthritis patients every day of the week. “When you exercise in water, you can improve your range of motion, relieve joint stiffness and ...
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“Pink Up” to Save Lives

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It is time again to Pink Up: Businesses, schools and individuals in the region are donning a rosy hue as part of the fifth annual Pink Up campaign to combat breast cancer. The campaign, which has grown tremendously since its inception, runs throughout the month of ...
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Healing an Ankle Sprain

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An ankle sprain is an injury to one of the ligaments in your ankle. Although many sprains usually heal on their own, you should see a doctor right away to rule out broken bones. The best way to remember how you should treat your ankle is ...
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Triathlon Clinic

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Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus is sponsoring an Advanced Triathlon Clinic that will teach you how to swim, bike and run your way through this challenging race. Professional triathlon coach Kim Pancoast leads this two-day clinic, which will be from 8 am-5 pm on Saturday, ...
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Healthy Lunches

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It may be tempting to fill your child’s lunchbox with convenience foods such as chips and cookies. But a nutritious lunch filled with at least three food groups can give your child the brain power he or she needs to concentrate in class. “Bag lunches can ...
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Program Teaches Kids to “Think First”

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Sixty-two percent of Missourians killed in car crashes in 2013 were not wearing their seat belts. Community leaders are working hard to change that statistic by educating children about the importance of making safe choices. ThinkFirst is a national injury prevention program for children and teens. ...
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Signs of Bladder Infection

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Bladder infections are common problems, particularly among women. More than half of all women experience at least one bladder infection in their lifetime, and many will have recurrent infections. Signs of a bladder infection include: burning sensation while urinating the need to urinate frequently fever or chills cloudy or bloody ...
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