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Lewy Body Dementia


Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a form of dementia that affects an estimated 1.4 million Americans and their families. It is sometimes mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease because it causes similar symptoms. While every person is different, the main symptoms of LBD are: Progressive dementia ...
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Quit Smoking Safely


Quitting smoking is not easy, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges. One of the most effective methods for quitting is nicotine replacement therapy. “Nicotine in cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco is highly addictive,” says F. Michael Caldwell, MD, internal medicine physician at Black River Medical ...
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Choose Your Pediatrician Before Giving Birth


When you are pregnant, your “to-do” checklist can seem endless. But there is one item that should jump to the top of that list: choosing a pediatrician. Your child’s doctor can help ease your concerns both before and after you give birth, and will be ...
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Stay Hydrated


In the summer heat, it is important to stay hydrated. Dehydration can land you in the hospital and cause serious injury. The following tips are to keep you in top form: Carry water wherever you go: If you do not have a reusable water bottle, buy ...
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Reversing Sun Damage


If you have wrinkles and sunspots on your skin due to sun damage, you may be able to minimize their appearance. Prescription creams such as Retin-A can smooth the appearance of wrinkles, while bleaching agents can lighten dark spots. Doctors can also use specialized laser ...
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A Team Approach to Spinal Fusion


There are many different treatments for severe back pain, including medication and physical therapy. In some situations, however, surgery is the best option to relieve the pain. One common type of back surgery is fusion, a procedure that permanently connects two or more vertebrae in ...
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Saint Francis Receives Award


Saint Francis Medical Center is among the best hospitals in the nation for treating patients who have had a heart attack. It received the ACTION Registry – Get With the Guidelines (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015 from the American College of Cardiology’s National ...
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Coaches Clinic and Youth Sports Parents Clinic

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Local coaches will have the opportunity to learn new techniques for leadership at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Coaches Clinic, scheduled for September 17 at Fitness Plus. Saint Francis holds this event every year as a service to coaches in its service area. The clinic’s keynote speaker ...
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“Better Health, Better Man”: Men’s Health Event


Men can learn about the health issues that most affect them at “Better Health, Better Man,” Saint Francis Medical Center’s annual Men’s Health Event on Thursday, September 10, beginning at 5 pm at Isle Casino, 777 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau. This free event includes ...
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Limit Salt


If you and your family regularly consume processed foods that contain sodium or salt, you may be putting yourself at risk for heart disease. Sodium can increase blood pressure because it causes you to retain fluid, which forces your heart to work harder. “While adults know ...
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