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Choosing an OB-GYN


When a woman chooses an obstetrician and gynecologist, she needs to find someone she trusts. Having a close relationship with her physician means she is much more likely to return for annual examinations. “Some women stop seeing their OB-GYN after they have children because their lives ...
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Healthy Habits for Children


The best way to instill healthy lifestyle habits in your children is to model those habits yourself. “If you smoke, there is a good chance your child is going to smoke,” says Sandra Zakroff, MD, family practice physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “If you ...
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Hives and Rashes


The best way to tell the difference between hives and rashes is to take a close look at the affected area. Hives are raised bumps that can be itchy, and rashes are simply an inflamed area on the skin. “Hives are often the result of an ...
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Cardio-Oncology Clinic Treats Cancer-related Heart Problems


While chemotherapy and radiation therapy are essential treatments for many cancer patients, they can cause problems for people with heart problems. Saint Francis Medical Center’s new Cardio-Oncology Clinic provides specialized assessment and care for patients who have or are at risk of developing heart disease. Cancer ...
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Seizures and Epilepsy


About one in 100 people in the United States will have a seizure once in their lifetime. If you have had two or more seizures without any apparent cause, talk to your doctor about treatment for epilepsy. “When you have a seizure, you may involuntarily jerk ...
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Premature Menopause


While the average age for menopause onset in the United States is 51, some women undergo the “change of life” much earlier – sometimes even before age 40. This could occur as the result of chemotherapy or radiation therapy; an autoimmune disease such as lupus, hypothyroidism ...
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Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgeries


Years ago, patients who needed surgery for a herniated disk in their back faced a long recovery period. Now, there are several minimally invasive options for spinal surgery that result in less pain and a faster recovery. The bones that form the spine are cushioned by ...
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Know Your Risk For Osteoporosis


The best way to monitor osteoporosis risk is to undergo regular bone density screenings. Saint Francis Medical Center offers these tests as part of its Heart & Health Screenings. The following screenings are available 7-10 am on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at ...
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Parents Welcome in NICU


When you have a very sick newborn, it is important to spend time with him or her. In Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), doctors and nurses encourage parents to get to know their little ones.  “Just touching your newborn makes ...
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Family BirthPlace Staff Is “Like Family” to Patient


When Malinda Milam entered Saint Francis Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace in December 2013 for monitoring of her pregnancy, she was frightened and apprehensive. However, the smiling, reassuring faces she saw put her at ease immediately. “I couldn’t help but feel like I was with family,” says ...
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