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Avoid Poison Ivy


If you have spent time outdoors within the past day and suddenly developed red, itchy skin, you may have a poison ivy rash. This type of rash is caused by an oil called urushiol that is found in the leaves, stems and roots of poison ...
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Chlorine Can Damage Skin


Chlorine is a chemical used to kill bacteria in pools. While it helps keep the water clean, it can be hard on skin – especially if you stay in the pool for hours. Excessive chlorine can cause you to develop a red, itchy rash and ...
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Preventive Treatments for Migraines


Humans have suffered from migraines for centuries. Ancient Egyptian and Greek writings show that people experienced flashing lights and debilitating headaches thousands of years ago. A migraine is a repeated headache that often involves nausea and visual problems and becomes worse with activity. For some people, ...
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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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