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Dangers of Sunburn


When you do not properly protect yourself from the sun, you run the risk of many health problems, including skin cancer. “The sun’s ultraviolet rays cause sunburns,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist on staff at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Most sunburns affect only the outer ...
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Losing Weight Together The Healthy Weigh


Sticking to a strict eating plan is tough – especially when you want to lose weight. But for Angie and Craig Mitchell of Cape Girardeau, tackling a weight loss plan together has been the key to success. They both began Saint Francis Medical Center’s The Healthy ...
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Prescription Testosterone


Some men believe the answer to low energy and decreased sex drive is prescription testosterone. But you should talk to your doctor about your problem rather than seeking out a so-called “low-T clinic.” “If you have suddenly begun experiencing low energy and erectile dysfunction, you may ...
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Adult Vaccinations


Americans receive the majority of their vaccinations in childhood, but there are several vaccinations adults should receive as well: Influenza: “All adults need a flu shot every year,” says Matthew J. Riffle, MD, internal medicine physician at Black River Medical Center. “The best time to receive ...
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MatriStem® Surgery


Pelvic floor prolapse is when a woman’s reproductive organs fall from her vaginal area. This can occur as the result of childbirth, diabetes or a hereditary condition, and can cause urinary incontinence, problems with bowel movements and problems during intercourse. Ann E. Behrend-Uhls, MD, FACOG, obstetrician ...
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Common Allergy Triggers


There are many triggers that can cause misery to a person with allergies. It is important to identify your triggers so you can avoid them and be prepared with the right medication. Common triggers include: Pollen – It may come from flowers, trees or grass. Symptoms can ...
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Healthy Diets for Crohn’s Disease


When you have Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD), the lining of your digestive tract can become inflamed, leading to diarrhea and abdominal pain. While there is no scientifically proven diet for those who suffer from IBD, there are ways to reduce your ...
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Mobi-C Device Helps Patients With Neck Pain


Patients who have bulging or damaged discs in their necks have a new option for treatment at Saint Francis Medical Center: the Mobi-C® Cervical Disc. Doctors can now use this artificial disc to treat an even larger range of neck problems. The bones that form the ...
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Plan for Medical Crisis


No matter how old you are, you should understand the importance of a durable power of attorney and a living will. These documents could be critical in letting your loved ones understand your healthcare wishes if you are someday not able to speak for yourself. A ...
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Shingles Vaccine


Shingles is a viral disease that causes a painful skin rash. While the symptoms are extremely unpleasant for anyone who contracts the disease, they are especially severe for older people. That is why people ages 60 and older should receive the shingles vaccine Zostavax. “Studies have ...
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