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Avoiding Overtreatment With Cancer


The moment your doctor tells you that you have cancer, your thoughts begin racing. Is the cancer fatal? Will I need months of painful treatment? Will I ever be fully cured? Because “cancer” is such a frightening word, patients often opt for the most extreme treatments. ...
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Knee Replacements


Over the last 10 years, total knee replacements have become more tailored to the individual patient. This means that regardless of your gender, body type or age, there is an artificial knee that is just right for you. “The better you can re-establish the anatomy that ...
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Reverse Diabetes With Surgery


If you are obese (BMI greater than 35) and suffer from type 2 diabetes, weight loss surgery may be your best option. A recent Cleveland Clinic study found that many patients no longer had a need for insulin and medication after undergoing bariatric surgery. “While diet, ...
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A “Go-to Person” During Joint Replacement Surgery


Undergoing a knee or hip replacement can be frightening and overwhelming. But Amy Brentlinger, RN, BSN, Joint Care Coordinator at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Center for Joint Replacement & Revision, wants patients to know they are not alone: They can always contact her for support ...
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Exercise May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk


It is a well-known fact that exercise can reduce your risk for a long list of health conditions. Now, breast cancer joins that list. A recent study showed that women can reduce their risk by as much as 12 percent by staying active. “The more active ...
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Eat Breakfast Every Day


Eating breakfast provides you with the energy and nutrition you need to help jump-start your metabolism. While you may think skipping breakfast will help you lose weight, it often has the opposite effect. “Research shows that people who skip breakfast probably will replace it with ...
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Early Heart Attack Care


Not all heart attacks begin with sudden chest pain. Saint Francis Medical Center is participating in the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care’s Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) initiative, which encourages recognition of other early heart attack symptoms. Components of the initiative include: Education: Everyone should know ...
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Abnormal Pap Smears


When your doctor says you have an abnormal Pap smear, that means the test found some cells on your cervix that do not look normal. These cells are probably not cancerous, but they could turn into cancer. That is why you will need to undergo ...
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Healthy Germs


While it is important to wash your hands throughout the day, there is a certain amount of exposure to germs that is beneficial. “All of us have bacteria throughout our bodies, and that bacteria is healthy for us,” says Ramiro Icaza, MD, family practice physician at ...
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New Tool Increases Safety During GI Procedures


In medicine, precision and accuracy are the keys to a successful outcome. Gastroenterologists at Saint Francis Medical Center are using a new tool called the ENDO CUT® I that increases safety and decreases recovery time by making a precise, individualized cut. Doctors use the tool during ...
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