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Keep Your Breasts Healthy


One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, and one in two women will experience some sort of breast problem. So it is important that women pay attention to their breasts to make sure there have not been any changes. “Some health professionals ...
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Combat Germs


Germs can spread quickly among children – sometimes creating mini-epidemics at schools. You can decrease your children’s risk of spreading and contracting illness if you teach your children these tips to combat germs: Wash hands. “It may sound simple, but washing with soap and water is ...
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TAVR for Aortic Stenosis


Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve narrows, obstructing blood flow from the heart. Patients with severe aortic stenosis usually need surgery to replace the valve, but some people are not good candidates for surgery. Saint Francis’ Heart Valve Center now offers an alternative treatment for ...
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Pink Tie Guys Calendar


Guys can look good in pink, too: Just ask the men of Pink Up’s Pink Tie Guy Calendar. “Breast cancer does not only affect women,” says Steven C. Bjelich, FACHE-D, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Center. “Men can have breast cancer, too. Even ...
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Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco


While using smokeless tobacco may be slightly less dangerous than smoking cigarettes, it can still cause cancer and many other serious health problems. In the U.S., there are two main types of smokeless tobacco – chewing tobacco, which consists of loose tobacco leaves in pouches; and ...
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Support After Weight-Loss Surgery


Patients who undergo weight-loss surgery at Saint Francis Medical Center have support every step of the way. On the third Thursday of every month, they meet as a group to discuss challenges and triumphs. “The support group is a way for our patients to network and ...
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Dangers of Syncope


Syncope occurs when you suddenly lose consciousness and then awake soon after. In many cases, these fainting “spells” are harmless and caused by your body’s reaction in response to a trigger, such as the sight of blood. However, sometimes syncope can be a symptom of a ...
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Arthritis Aquatics


Warm water can be quite soothing for people who suffer from arthritis. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus offers warm water aquatics for arthritis patients every day of the week. “When you exercise in water, you can improve your range of motion, relieve joint stiffness and ...
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“Pink Up” to Save Lives


It is time again to Pink Up: Businesses, schools and individuals in the region are donning a rosy hue as part of the fifth annual Pink Up campaign to combat breast cancer. The campaign, which has grown tremendously since its inception, runs throughout the month of ...
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Healing an Ankle Sprain


An ankle sprain is an injury to one of the ligaments in your ankle. Although many sprains usually heal on their own, you should see a doctor right away to rule out broken bones. The best way to remember how you should treat your ankle is ...
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