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Saint Francis Welcomes First Baby Of 2015

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Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby in 2015. At 3:54 am on Thursday, January 1, 2015, a baby boy was welcomed into the world by proud mother Carolyn Shane of Marble Hill, Mo., and caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff. Kimberly K. ...
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Heart & Health Screening

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Monitoring your risk for coronary heart disease and other health risks is easy with the weekly Heart & Health Screenings at Saint Francis Medical Center. The following screenings are available 7-10 am every first and third Wednesday of each month at the Saint Francis Health ...
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Umbilical Hernias

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An umbilical hernia occurs when part of the intestine bulges through a weak spot in the belly. It is most common in infants, but adults can experience umbilical hernias as well. In infants, the hernia usually closes on its own by 12 to 18 months. “Very ...
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Support with Their New Life

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Todd and Angie Ayars of Perryville, Mo. never expected to find community when they embarked on their weight loss surgery journeys. But as they met others who have undergone the surgery through the program’s Facebook group, they have experienced a true sense of belonging. “To me, ...
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Keeping Children Safe

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Sometimes, doctors need to perform computed tomography (CT) scans or X-rays on very sick children to obtain images of their internal organs and bones. While these scans do contain some radiation, staff at Saint Francis Medical Center take extra precautions to ensure children are exposed ...
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Prevent Infections

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Infections can be a big problem for patients who have recently undergone surgery. Saint Francis Medical Center provides a video for patients detailing what they can expect before surgery and how they can best care for their surgical sites. “Washing hands is key,” says Charles Edward LaValle ...
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Assessing Your Risk For Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About one in eight women will develop cancer during their lifetime. While researchers do not know why cancer occurs, they have identified several factors that increase a person’s risk for breast ...
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Control Diabetes During Pregnancy

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Patients with pre-existing diabetes or those who develop gestational diabetes need to carefully monitor their glucoses to have the best outcome for their babies. This often involves testing the blood glucoses frequently. Controlling glucose levels can decrease the risk of additional complications of pregnancy, including ...
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Cardiac Risk Assessments

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If you have a history of heart disease, smoking, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you should participate in a regular cardiac risk assessment. This can occur during a routine physical examination with your primary care physician, or during an office visit with a cardiologist. “Our ...
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A Mom’s Healthy Turnaround 

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For Meghan Cook, the turning point in her struggle with weight came last summer at her daughter’s softball practice. When the coach invited parents to scrimmage with their daughters, Cook fell on her way to first base because her size made it difficult to run. “I ...
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