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
Bronchitis is when the lining of your bronchial tubes becomes inflamed, causing coughing, mucus, chest discomfort and fatigue.
“Most cases of acute bronchitis get better on their own within a couple of weeks,” says Erica E. Gibson, MD, family practice physician, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “You may... Read more
Bacterial meningitis is a serious infection that can be fatal if not treated right away. Those who are at highest risk for this infection include babies; people who spend a large amount of time in community settings, such as college students; or people who have traveled... Read more
The pancreas is a gland that releases digestive enzymes and insulin into the body. Pancreatitis is when the pancreas becomes inflamed, and can cause abdominal pain, fever and vomiting.
Acute pancreatitis, when the problem is temporary, usually can be treated with intravenous medications in the hospital. Chronic... Read more
Zika virus disease is an illness spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. It causes fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. There are some reports associating Zika virus infection in pregnant woman, with a birth defect called microcephaly.
The World Health Organization has declared... Read more
Adults are not the only ones who can get a workout at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Fitness Plus. The facility has several options for children who want to exercise.
Fit Kids is a program for children ages 6 to 12 that includes age-appropriate fitness exercises and activities... Read more
Nurse practitioners are nurses who have undergone advanced training and are able to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries, order lab work and imaging tests, and write prescriptions. They can manage many health conditions, teach health promotion and help patients with disease prevention.
“Saint Francis Healthcare System... Read more
Saint Francis Healthcare System is committed to making quality healthcare available to Missouri residents in their own communities. That is why the Saint Francis Health Center recently opened in Dexter, Mo.
Located at 1212 Saint Francis Drive, near US 60 Outer Road and Harris Drive, the Health... Read more
Even if you do not have any chronic health problems, it is a good idea to find a primary care doctor. A family practice or internal medicine physician can ensure you stay current with recommended screenings, detect patterns in your health and act as your advocate... Read more
Adults need vaccinations just as much as children. While you receive the majority of your vaccinations in childhood, the following are shots you may receive as an adult:
Flu: “We recommend an annual flu shot for everyone, but particularly for adults older than 50, those with heart... Read more