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Saint Francis Begins Telemedicine Program


Saint Francis Medical Center recently began a pediatric telemedicine program that will allow children to see neurology and gastroenterology specialists via Internet video conferencing. The Medical Center is teaming up with Mercy Children’s Hospital in St. Louis to offer the program. A pediatric neurologist will be ...
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Hay Fever and Migraines


About 12 percent of people in the United States experience migraines. A recent study has shown that people who suffer from migraines have more frequent headaches if they also suffer from seasonal allergies, or hay fever. “Researchers are not sure whether allergies cause migraines or whether ...
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Treatments for Fibromyalgia


People with fibromyalgia experience widespread muscle pain and fatigue. While researchers do not know exactly what causes fibromyalgia, they believe it is a combination of physical and emotional stressors. Thus, treatment is both physical and psychological. “There is not one ‘magic pill’ that works for every ...
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ACL Tears Are a Risk For Some Athletes


An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear in the knee is one of the most well-known sports injuries, primarily because it is very common and can bench an athlete for the rest of the season. The ACL is one of the two stabilizing ligaments in the ...
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Cleveland Clinic Ranked No. 1


For the 20th year in a row, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cleveland Clinic the nation’s No. 1 heart program. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Heart Hospital is proud to be the only facility in Missouri that is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and ...
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Dangers of Sunburn


When you do not properly protect yourself from the sun, you run the risk of many health problems, including skin cancer. “The sun’s ultraviolet rays cause sunburns,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist on staff at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Most sunburns affect only the outer ...
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Losing Weight Together The Healthy Weigh


Sticking to a strict eating plan is tough – especially when you want to lose weight. But for Angie and Craig Mitchell of Cape Girardeau, tackling a weight loss plan together has been the key to success. They both began Saint Francis Medical Center’s The Healthy ...
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Prescription Testosterone


Some men believe the answer to low energy and decreased sex drive is prescription testosterone. But you should talk to your doctor about your problem rather than seeking out a so-called “low-T clinic.” “If you have suddenly begun experiencing low energy and erectile dysfunction, you may ...
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Adult Vaccinations


Americans receive the majority of their vaccinations in childhood, but there are several vaccinations adults should receive as well: Influenza: “All adults need a flu shot every year,” says Matthew J. Riffle, MD, internal medicine physician at Black River Medical Center. “The best time to receive ...
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MatriStem® Surgery


Pelvic floor prolapse is when a woman’s reproductive organs fall from her vaginal area. This can occur as the result of childbirth, diabetes or a hereditary condition, and can cause urinary incontinence, problems with bowel movements and problems during intercourse. Ann E. Behrend-Uhls, MD, FACOG, obstetrician ...
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