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Home Health Helps Patient Recover


After undergoing total knee replacement surgery, Jacob Eaker required additional assistance to help him recover. Saint Francis Home Health was just what he needed, providing a nurse and physical therapist to help him care for his wound and gain strength in his knee and leg. Eaker, ...
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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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Sixty percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are already in Stage 3 of the disease. In this Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, remember to schedule an annual pelvic examination with your gynecologist so he or she can feel your ovaries for size, shape and consistency. “It ...
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Lactation Support in the NICU


When an infant is born premature, his parents often feel helpless. But there is one important way a mother can help her baby: pump breast milk. “We help mothers understand that breast milk is like medication for a premature infant,” says Vi Doyen, RNC, CLC, IBCLC, RLC, ...
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New Treatments Help More Patients Survive Cancer


 In recent years, researchers have developed new treatments that have significantly expanded the options for patients battling cancer. “When I trained as a physician, our main methods of treatment were surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy,” says Carlos Robles, MD, medical oncologist/hematologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. ...
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Lewy Body Dementia


Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a form of dementia that affects an estimated 1.4 million Americans and their families. It is sometimes mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease because it causes similar symptoms. While every person is different, the main symptoms of LBD are: Progressive dementia ...
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Quit Smoking Safely


Quitting smoking is not easy, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges. One of the most effective methods for quitting is nicotine replacement therapy. “Nicotine in cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco is highly addictive,” says F. Michael Caldwell, MD, internal medicine physician at Black River Medical ...
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Choose Your Pediatrician Before Giving Birth


When you are pregnant, your “to-do” checklist can seem endless. But there is one item that should jump to the top of that list: choosing a pediatrician. Your child’s doctor can help ease your concerns both before and after you give birth, and will be ...
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Stay Hydrated


In the summer heat, it is important to stay hydrated. Dehydration can land you in the hospital and cause serious injury. The following tips are to keep you in top form: Carry water wherever you go: If you do not have a reusable water bottle, buy ...
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Reversing Sun Damage


If you have wrinkles and sunspots on your skin due to sun damage, you may be able to minimize their appearance. Prescription creams such as Retin-A can smooth the appearance of wrinkles, while bleaching agents can lighten dark spots. Doctors can also use specialized laser ...
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A Team Approach to Spinal Fusion


There are many different treatments for severe back pain, including medication and physical therapy. In some situations, however, surgery is the best option to relieve the pain. One common type of back surgery is fusion, a procedure that permanently connects two or more vertebrae in ...
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