Health Pages

Helping Newborns Breathe

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Newborns who have difficulty breathing can get the help they need in Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Doctors give babies treatments ranging from airflow in the nose to a breathing tube that infuses medication into their lungs in the Level ...
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Rotator Cuff Surgery

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A rotator cuff (shoulder) injury can occur due to wear and tear over time or sudden injury. When the injury is severe, surgery may be required. The Orthopedic Institute at Saint Francis Medical Center works with each patient to determine the best approach. “During the surgery, ...
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Relieve the Pain of Endometriosis

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Many women experience mild to moderate cramping during their period. But if your pain is considerably bad every month, talk to your doctor because you may have endometriosis. “Endometriosis occurs when the uterine, or endometrial, lining grows outside the uterus,” says Grant D. McWilliams, DO, FACOG, ...
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New Primary Care Physician

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Establishing a relationship with a primary care physician is essential, says Laura E. Glueck, DO, family practice physician, Saint Francis Medical Partner. Glueck sees patients at Jackson Family Care. “A primary care physician will help keep you up to date on all the screenings you need, ...
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Heart and Health Screening

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Monitoring your risk for coronary heart disease and other health risks is easy with the weekly Heart & Health Screenings at Saint Francis Medical Center. The following screenings are available 7-10 am every first and third Wednesday of each month at the Saint Francis Health ...
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Graves’ Disease Can Cause Anxiety

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Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes hyperthyroidism -- the overproduction of thyroid hormones. When you have too many thyroid hormones, you may experience anxiety, weight loss and other symptoms. This disease is much more common in women than in men, with a ratio of ...
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Avoid Overeating

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Overeating on Thanksgiving can make you uncomfortable, contribute to gastrointestinal problems and create hurdles in your quest to eat well. “Even after Thanksgiving, eating leftovers can make it difficult to stick with your diet for the next week,” says Philip E. Tippen, MD, internal medicine ...
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Spinal Cord Stimulation

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If you suffer from severe, chronic nerve pain in your legs, you may find relief with spinal cord stimulation, which uses an electrical current to interrupt the pain signal from the leg to the brain. “The spinal cord is like a highway,” says Carmen N. Keith, ...
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Treatment for Heart Murmurs

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A heart murmur is an abnormal sound the heart makes during the beating cycle. While most murmurs are harmless and do not require treatment, there are some underlying causes that could be serious enough to warrant medication or even surgery. The harmless murmurs, called innocent murmurs, ...
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HealtheConnect Patient Portal

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Patients at Saint Francis Medical Center can directly access their medical records through HealtheConnect, an online patient portal. This secure tool allows patients to see lab results, medications and other information from their personal chart, and communicate directly with their physicians. Patients who have chronic diseases ...
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