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Acute vs. Chronic Pain


There are two types of pain -- acute and chronic. Acute pain usually indicates you have a problem that needs immediate treatment, such as a broken arm or appendicitis. In many cases, it disappears after you treat the root cause of the pain. But in ...
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Weight Loss Surgery Gives Youth Director Energy


It was a game of miniature golf that inspired Brad Stamp to change his life. The Anna, Ill., church youth director was on an outing with teenagers two years ago when he bent over to retrieve his ball from a hole and found he could ...
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New NICU Cameras


Parents of sick babies now are able to view their little ones even when they are away. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has five cameras that can be set up in infants’ rooms and connected to a secure Web address. “Many ...
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Turning a Breech Baby


When a baby is breech (lying upside down or on its side rather than head down), it is unsafe for the mother to deliver vaginally. She has two options: schedule a C-section or ask her doctor to try to turn the baby. External cephalic version (ECV) ...
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Integration of Patient Care


When a patient needs a knee replacement, Saint Francis Medical Center team members work with them throughout the process – from diagnosis, through surgery, until they have completed outpatient rehabilitation. When the orthopedic surgeon makes the diagnosis and determines that surgery is indicated for the ...
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Fit Fore Golf


If you are a golfer, you know how physically draining it can be to play 18 holes and have to go back to work the next day. The Fit Fore Golf Program at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus helps avid golfers build up their ...
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Children Need to Exercise


Regular exercise is a vital component of a healthy life. The earlier children incorporate activity into their daily lives, the more likely they are to become active adults. “Children need to develop a habit of exercising,” says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis ...
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Save Time at Saint Francis’ Pharmacies


There is no need to make an extra trip to the pharmacy when seeing a doctor at Saint Francis. The campus has two retail pharmacies that can fill prescriptions in minutes. The Healing Arts Pharmacy is located at Entrance 2 in the Healing Arts Building, and ...
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Symptoms of Arthritis


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of your joints. The most common early symptoms include: Fatigue – Before you experience the typical pain and stiffness, you may feel tired and generally ill. Morning stiffness – “When people with RA wake up in ...
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No Screen Time Before Bed


You might think watching a TV show or spending some time on the Internet will relax you before you sleep. But researchers have found the opposite to be true: The light from a tablet device, phone or TV stimulates brain activity, delaying the release of ...
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