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Beware of Genetic Testing Scammers

Beware of scammers targeting Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries offering genetic testing. These scammers obtain Medicare or Medicaid numbers from victims for fraudulent purposes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an alert about scammers offering cheek swabs for genetic... Read more

HPV Vaccine Protects Against Certain Types of Cancers

The Human Papillomavirus Vaccine safely prevents cancer through protection against human papilloma virus (HPV) infection. Certain types of HPV can lead to oral and genital cancers. HPV vaccines are highly effective in preventing infection when given before initial exposure to the virus. Similar to the need to... Read more

Behavioral Health at Ferguson Medical Group

In 2011, Behavioral Health services began at Ferguson Medical Group in Sikeston, Mo. when Dr. David Dahlbeck was hired as the first full-time Behavioral Health provider. Ferguson has since grown to seven full-time Behavioral Health providers with four licensed clinical social workers, one psychological examiner and... Read more

March 17-23 is National Poison Prevention Week

A toddler reaches for pills on table National Poison Prevention Week is March 17-23. It's important to know how to prevent poisoning and what to do if it is ingested. First, look at the container so you know what you've ingested. Many containers give instructions of what to do after accidental ingestion. If it... Read more

Five Things to Know about LINX Reflux Management System

If you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you know that finding relief can be difficult. Many doctors initially treat with medication, however, some patients find their symptoms are not being controlled or are getting worse. An advanced treatment may be the solution. Saint Francis Medical Center... Read more

Emergency Care vs Urgent Care

When you’re experiencing a life-threatening condition, such as chest pains, a head injury or severe bleeding, the Emergency Department at Saint Francis Medical Center is your best option for medical care. However, if your situation is non-life-threating, such as a sprained ankle or a sore throat,... Read more

Treatment Varies for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder in women that disrupts the growth and release of eggs from the ovaries. Some PCOS symptoms include infertility, missed periods, weight problems and acne. “Treatment for PCOS depends on the goals and symptoms of the individual woman,” says Jessica... Read more

Manage Lupus Symptoms

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack not only foreign substances, but also healthy cells and tissues. This creates inflammation and can affect the joints, skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, blood cells and brain. “Symptoms of lupus can range from mild to... Read more

Sleep Apnea Brings Problems

People who suffer from sleep apnea have a higher risk than others for developing heart disease. “Researchers cannot say for sure whether sleep apnea causes heart disease, but we do know you are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure when you have sleep apnea,”... Read more


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