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When Fever is Dangerous


A fever is usually a sign that something is wrong with your child. But whether your child needs to see a doctor depends on his or her age: 0-3 months – “You should always take a newborn’s temperature rectally,” says Andrew T. Sledd, MD, FAAP, pediatrician ...
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Signs of Pancreatitis


Pancreatitis occurs when digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas are activated before they reach the small intestine. This causes the enzymes to attack the pancreas, resulting in severe inflammation. “One of the major symptoms of pancreatitis is upper abdominal pain that radiates into your back,” says ...
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Breast Cancer Index Tests Recurrence Risk


Some people believe that breast cancer is only a five-year disease. However, several breast cancer recurrences happen more than five years after initial diagnosis. Breast Cancer Index (BCI) is a test to help doctors determine the likelihood that certain types of breast cancer will return ...
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Fatty Liver Disease


Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NFLD) occurs when a person drinks little or no alcohol and accumulates too much fat in his or her liver. It is a common disease and can lead to problems when the fat causes inflammation and scarring in the liver. “There is ...
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Pediatrician is Part of Saint Francis Team


Pediatrician Andrew T. Sledd, MD, FAAP, is board certified in pediatrics and part of a team of five pediatricians at Cape Physician Associates. A California native, Sledd earned his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine, and completed his residency in pediatrics at the University ...
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Nutrition During Cancer Treatment


When you are undergoing cancer treatment, it is important that you consume enough calories, nutrients and liquids to retain your strength, even when you do not feel like eating. “Some cancers may change the way your body processes food and nutrients,” says Mark A. Meadors, DO, ...
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Reduce Lower Back Pain


One of the best ways to reduce lower back pain is to exercise. “Studies have shown that exercise is more effective than any other method,” says Jimmy D. Bowen, MD, FAAPMR, CSCS, physiatrist at Saint Francis Medical Center. Neutral spine core stability exercises are the ...
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Prepare Siblings for Baby


A new baby in the house is a big adjustment for everyone, including parents and older siblings. Saint Francis Medical Center offers a special class that helps prepare siblings for the new arrival. “Older siblings are often eager to help with a new baby,” says Beverly L. ...
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Inflammatory Breast Cancer Spreads Quickly


Breast cancer does not always start with a lump. Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is an aggressive, rare disease whose most common symptoms are redness, swelling of the breast and an orange peel appearance of the breast. IBC usually occurs at a younger age than other types ...
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea


Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders. It occurs when your throat muscles periodically relax and block your airway, causing you to stop and start breathing while sleeping. “If you snore frequently and find you are tired throughout the day, talk to ...
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