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What is a Hospitalist?

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While your primary care physician typically is the “hub” of your healthcare management in everyday life, a hospitalist will manage your care while you are an inpatient at Saint Francis Medical Center. A hospitalist is an internal medicine or family practice physician who only treats ...
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Diagnosing Cystic Fibrosis

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Cystic fibrosis is a disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system. Early detection can make a big difference in the treatment of this life-threatening condition. Doctors routinely screen newborns for cystic fibrosis using a blood test that checks for abnormally high levels ...
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Treat Bursitis With Rest and Medication

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Bursitis is when the fluid-filled sacs – called bursa – between your bones, muscles and tendons become inflamed. It most commonly occurs in the shoulders, elbows and hips and can cause a great amount of pain. However, with proper treatment, it usually goes away within ...
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Exercise in Short Bursts

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Studies have shown that exercising for short periods of time can be just as good for your health as exercising for 30 minutes or more. One of these studies focused on people who have prehypertension – a condition that is the precursor to high blood ...
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Lung Cancer Risk Factors

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While smoking is the No. 1 risk factor for lung cancer, smokers are not the only people who fall prey to this serious disease. Secondhand smoke, exposure to asbestos and radon, air pollution, tuberculosis and genetics can all contribute to a person’s risk for lung ...
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From a Size 3X to a Medium

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For Monica Coleman, obesity has always been a fact of life. Both her parents were overweight, and as a child she struggled with weight issues. At one point, she weighed about 250 pounds and was frustrated with all the diets she tried, as well as ...
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New Patient Tower to Open in July

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This July, residents of the Cape Girardeau region will finally see what all the excitement is about. Saint Francis Medical Center’s new, five-story patient Tower will be open and ready for its first occupants at the beginning of the month. The patient Tower with dedicated areas ...
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Manage Hot Flashes

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Hot flashes are a harsh reality for many women who are experiencing menopause. They occur when blood vessels near the skin’s surface dilate so they can cool down the body. “You can take some steps to decrease the number of times you experience hot flashes,” says ...
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Treatment for Sties

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A sty is a bacterial infection on or in your eye that causes red, painful swelling. It can be located on the outside or inside of the eyelid. Most sties heal on their own in about a week. In the meantime, you can reduce pain and ...
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Eat More Green Vegetables

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If you want to pack your diet full of important nutrients, add more green vegetables to each meal. “Green vegetables are valuable sources of vitamins A and C, folate, fiber and potassium,” says Matthew Riffle, MD, internal medicine physician at Black River Medical Center. “In ...
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