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Screening for Heart Disease 


Monitoring your risk for coronary heart disease and other health risks is easy with the weekly Heart & Health Screenings at Saint Francis Medical Center. The following screenings are available 7-10 am on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Saint Francis ...
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Separation Anxiety


Separation anxiety often occurs in babies between the ages of 10 and 18 months. These problems most commonly arise when you leave your child with a babysitter or even a family member who does not frequently care for the child. The best way to minimize crying ...
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Watch Your Cholesterol Numbers


Knowing your cholesterol numbers is key to understanding your overall health. High cholesterol can cause atherosclerosis, a buildup of cholesterol on the walls of your arteries that can lead to major heart problems. “You want to aim for a total cholesterol level below 200 milligrams (mg) ...
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Beware of Bug Bites


While most insect bites are harmless, more than two million Americans are allergic to stinging insects, which include bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants. “One symptom of an allergic reaction is anaphylaxis,” says Jesse D. Hoff, MD, family medicine physician at Saint Francis ...
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Symptoms of Kidney Stones 


A kidney stone is formed from substances in the urine. It will not cause any symptoms if it stays in the kidney. However, if it leaves the kidney and becomes stuck in the urinary tract, it can cause severe pain in the back, side, abdomen, ...
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Local Neurosurgeon and Team Help Relieve Years of Pain


After more than 20 years of pain in his arm and neck, James Uelsmann thought he would have to live with the pain for the rest of his life. But thanks to the specialists at Saint Francis Medical Center, the Benton, Mo. resident underwent spinal ...
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Family BirthPlace Classes


When you are preparing for the birth of your child, you may feel like you have more questions than answers. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace offers a wide range of classes for parents-to-be that will help you feel more equipped for such a big ...
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Stop Smoking Today


It is never too late to stop the effects of smoking. Even when you have been smoking for decades, you can significantly improve your health by quitting today. “If you already have a condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), stopping smoking can slow the ...
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Hypoglycemia and Diabetes


Hypoglycemia is a condition in which a person’s blood sugar has dropped to a dangerously low level. While it is defined as any level lower than 72 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), it can vary depending on a person’s age and health. Diabetics are particularly at ...
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Fitness Plus Expands Pilates Studio

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Since the Pilates fitness system was first created at the beginning of the 20th century, it has helped hundreds of thousands of people develop strength and a higher level of physical fitness. Today, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus is putting a greater emphasis on ...
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