Health Pages

Breast Cancer Support Group 


Area women who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer can find encouragement and camaraderie through Saint Francis Medical Center’s Power of Pink Breast Cancer Support Group. The group, which meets Tuesday evenings for two six-week sessions in January and June, has been going strong since ...
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A Healthy Start at Fitness Plus 


  For much of her adult life, Hannah Schultz has struggled with her weight. She was a member at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus gym, but rarely took the time to work out. Then, in March, her doctor diagnosed her with prediabetes. Suddenly, she realized how ...
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PSA Testing


While one in seven men in the United States will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime, the number of deaths due to this disease has decreased significantly over the past 20 years. This is because more men are receiving screening through the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) ...
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Osteoarthritis Treatment


Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects millions of Americans. At Saint Francis Healthcare System, there are many options to relieve the pain, from conservative to surgical. “On the conservative end, primary care physicians can provide anti-inflammatory medication,” says Patrick R. Knight, MD, orthopedic surgeon who ...
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Treatment for Hemorrhoids


Fifty percent of people will experience hemorrhoids – swollen and inflamed veins in the anus and lower rectum. While remedies such as Preparation H®, prescription medications and suppositories can provide relief, recurrent internal hemorrhoids may require further treatment. Thermal ligation is an outpatient procedure that cuts ...
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Increase Vitamin D


If you do not receive enough vitamin D, you could be putting yourself at risk for a host of health problems including heart disease, dementia and cancer. Often called the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is manufactured by the body when your skin is exposed to sunlight. ...
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A Dramatic Improvement in Health 

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Growing up with a mother who was a dietitian, Cindi Kramer knew the right way to diet. But the 59-year-old says she was cursed with an insatiable appetite, which made it difficult to stick to any diet long term. Kramer was leery of weight loss surgery, ...
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Reye’s Syndrome


Reye’s syndrome is a rare, serious condition that causes swelling in a child’s liver and brain. The exact cause is unknown, but researchers have observed it most often occurs when children take aspirin following a viral infection such as chickenpox or the flu. Symptoms of Reye’s ...
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Varicose Vein Treatment


Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic problem: Many people who experience unsightly veins also suffer from accompanying symptoms that include late-night leg cramps; swelling; and tired, heavy legs. “When your varicose veins are affecting your daily life, your health insurance likely will cover treatment,” says ...
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