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Avoid Heatstroke

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Whether at work or play, you should always keep a bottle of water close at hand during warm weather. Water will help your body sweat and maintain a normal temperature, which is important for avoiding heatstroke. “Heatstroke occurs when your body temperature reaches 104 degrees or ...
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Detect Birth Defects

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Throughout your pregnancy, your doctor may order several tests to detect potential birth defects. “When we know there are problems, we might be able to take steps to prevent them from worsening,” says Grant D. McWilliams, DO, obstetrician and gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. When ...
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Avoid Poison Ivy

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If you have spent time outdoors within the past day and suddenly developed red, itchy skin, you may have a poison ivy rash. This type of rash is caused by an oil called urushiol that is found in the leaves, stems and roots of poison ...
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Chlorine Can Damage Skin

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Chlorine is a chemical used to kill bacteria in pools. While it helps keep the water clean, it can be hard on skin – especially if you stay in the pool for hours. Excessive chlorine can cause you to develop a red, itchy rash and ...
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Preventive Treatments for Migraines

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Humans have suffered from migraines for centuries. Ancient Egyptian and Greek writings show that people experienced flashing lights and debilitating headaches thousands of years ago. A migraine is a repeated headache that often involves nausea and visual problems and becomes worse with activity. For some people, ...
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Saint Francis Begins Telemedicine Program

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Saint Francis Medical Center recently began a pediatric telemedicine program that will allow children to see neurology and gastroenterology specialists via Internet video conferencing. The Medical Center is teaming up with Mercy Children’s Hospital in St. Louis to offer the program. A pediatric neurologist will be ...
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Hay Fever and Migraines

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About 12 percent of people in the United States experience migraines. A recent study has shown that people who suffer from migraines have more frequent headaches if they also suffer from seasonal allergies, or hay fever. “Researchers are not sure whether allergies cause migraines or whether ...
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Treatments for Fibromyalgia

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People with fibromyalgia experience widespread muscle pain and fatigue. While researchers do not know exactly what causes fibromyalgia, they believe it is a combination of physical and emotional stressors. Thus, treatment is both physical and psychological. “There is not one ‘magic pill’ that works for every ...
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ACL Tears Are a Risk For Some Athletes

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An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear in the knee is one of the most well-known sports injuries, primarily because it is very common and can bench an athlete for the rest of the season. The ACL is one of the two stabilizing ligaments in the ...
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Cleveland Clinic Ranked No. 1

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For the 20th year in a row, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cleveland Clinic the nation’s No. 1 heart program. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Heart Hospital is proud to be the only facility in Missouri that is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and ...
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