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Bone Density Tests

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A bone density test determines whether a person is at risk for osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become fragile and break more easily. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Womancare offers bone density tests for men and women who have obtained referrals from their physicians. “Most insurance companies ...
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Heathly Weigh/HMR Recognized

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HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) diet program created by HMR and utilized by Saint Francis’ Healthy Weigh program has been named the No. 2 Best Weight-Loss Diet in U.S. News & World Reports’ Best Diets of 2015. The ranking was based on both short and ...
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Wounds Heal Slower With High Blood Sugar

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If you have diabetes, you know you are at risk for many serious health problems if you do not control your blood sugar levels. One problem many diabetics face is slow wound healing. “There are many reasons why uncontrolled diabetes can affect your body’s ability to ...
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Hospice Care

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Patients who are nearing the end of their life may enter hospice, a type of care that focuses on addressing emotional and spiritual needs and easing physical symptoms. Hospice care can take place in a special facility, nursing home or in the patient’s home. “Patients with incurable illnesses greatly benefit from the ...
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6 Tips to Fight the Flu

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Do you want to keep the flu out of your house this winter? Try these six tips to fight the flu: 1. Get a flu shot. “Everyone over six months of age should be vaccinated against influenza,” says Stephen Nagy, MD, internal medicine physician at Black ...
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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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