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Reduce Hearing Loss Due to Noise

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According to the National Institutes of Health, 15 percent of Americans aged 20 to 69 have some amount of hearing loss related to noise at work or recreational activities. The best way to prevent this, of course, is to avoid exposure to high decibel (dB) ...
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Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies: Less Scarring, Fewer Scares

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Historically, many women have approached their hysterectomies with fear. Thanks to newer, less invasive options like the da Vinci® S HDTM Surgical System, however, women today need not be so afraid. Kimberly K. Roos, MD, FACOG, obstetrician/gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center, uses the da Vinci Surgical ...
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Annual Luncheon April 4

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Saint Francis Medical Center is hosting its seventh annual Heart to Heart Luncheon on Friday, April 4. Zonya Foco, RD, CHFI, CSP, “America’s Nutrition Leader,” is back by popular demand as the keynote speaker. One of the luncheon’s most popular speakers, Foco is leading America ...
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Lab Receives Accreditation

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A neurophysiology laboratory is a facility dedicated to assessing and diagnosing neurological conditions. One of the procedures performed in the lab is an electroencephalogram (EEG). An EEG is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain.  Special sensors (electrodes) are attached to ...
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Hip Problems in Active People

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Hip problems are not just confined to older patients. Young, active people  can also experience issues with their hips. “While the most common hip problem among older people is that the hip joint simply wears out, younger people might suffer hip injuries from overuse,” says Patrick ...
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Starting a Healthy New Life

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One year ago, Rebecca Daub was on the fast track for some major health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Instead, she turned her life around through weight-loss surgery. Daub, 42, of Scott City, Mo., has lost 120 pounds through Weight Loss Solutions, Saint Francis ...
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Free Skin Cancer Screenings

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When is a mole worth worrying about? When should it be a cause of concern? Although most moles are benign (noncancerous), they can sometimes be a sign of cancer. See a dermatologist if your mole is new, growing or otherwise changing. “Varied colors within a mole, irregular ...
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Healing Options for Skin Ulcers

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Patients who suffer from diabetic foot ulcers or venous stasis ulcers on their legs have several high-tech options at Saint Francis Medical Center for faster healing – skin substitutes. Saint Francis physicians use three different types of skin substitutes: Apligraf®, which is made from fetal foreskin cells; ...
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Teen Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders are damaging for teenagers, which is why it is important that you spot these problems early, so your child can receive help. One of the biggest signs of an eating disorder is an obsession with dieting. “Teenage girls and boys who continue to ...
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Boost Good Cholesterol

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In addition to keeping your low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) level low, you should consider taking steps to boost your high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) level if it is too low. “A high HDL is associated with a lower risk for heart disease,” says ...
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