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Health Articles Category: Family Care

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

Fluids and Rest Help Bronchitis

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

Know Bacterial Meningitis Signs

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

Alcohol Irritates Pancreas

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 Brings Concerns

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

Keep Kids Active

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 Equal Another Primary Care Option

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 Health Center – Dexter Opens

Saint Francis Healthcare System is committed to making quality healthcare available to Missouri residents in their own communities. That is why Saint Francis Health Center – Dexter recently opened in Dexter, Mo. Located at 1212 Saint Francis Drive, near US 60 Outer Road and Harris Drive, the... Read more

A Primary Care Doctor is Important for Your Wellness

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

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

Avoid Gestational Diabetes in Second Pregnancy

If you had gestational diabetes during your first pregnancy, you are at an increased risk for developing the same problem in your second pregnancy. “After a woman with gestational diabetes delivers her baby, her doctor will check her blood glucose levels at six to eight weeks postpartum,”... Read more

Tubes Help Pediatric Ear Infections

Tubes Help Ear Infections Pediatric ear infections are one of the most common childhood illnesses. However, when your child experiences four or more infections in a year, it is time to see an otolaryngologist. “In most cases, ear infections are relatively benign,” says Marc A. Sachs, MD, otolaryngologist, Saint Francis Medical... Read more

Stop Childhood Obesity

One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. It is important to consider making changes in your family’s lifestyle if your child falls in this category. “There are two main ways we can curb the childhood obesity epidemic,” says Jean Diemer, MD, FAAP,... Read more

Pediatrician Values Exercise

Gary S. Olson, MD, FAAP, FCP, pediatrician, Saint Francis Medical Partner, encourages his young patients to stay healthy by exercising. He practices what he preaches: Olson wakes up at 5 am every day to work out on his elliptical machine and recumbent bike alongside his wife,... Read more

Convenient Care to Move March 1

As of March 1, 2016, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Convenient Care, found inside its Emergency Department, will move and become part of Immediate Convenient Care (ICC) – exceptional and accessible walk-in urgent care locations in Cape Girardeau and Jackson. ICC expertly treats bronchitis, bruises or sprains, colds... Read more

Helping Newborns Breathe

Newborns who have difficulty breathing can get the help they need in Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Doctors give babies treatments ranging from airflow in the nose to a breathing tube that infuses medication into their lungs in the Level III... Read more

When Fever is Dangerous

A fever is usually a sign that something is wrong with your child. But whether your child needs to see a doctor depends on his or her age: 0-3 months – You should always take a newborn’s temperature rectally. When your infant’s rectal temperature is higher than... Read more

Asthma Triggers

About one in 12 people suffers from asthma, and out of that group, about 12 million people every year will experience an asthma attack. One of the most important steps to successful treatment is identifying your individual triggers. Possible triggers include:Respiratory infectionBacterial infection such as sinusitisGastroesophageal reflux... Read more

Faulty Thyroid

Untreated thyroid problems can cause depression, weight gain and loss of energy, and can put you at risk for heart disease, infertility and many other medical problems. The following are some classic signs of a thyroid issue: Fatigue – People with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) often feel like... Read more

Quit Smoking Safely

Quitting smoking is not easy, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges. One of the most effective methods for quitting is nicotine replacement therapy. “Nicotine in cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco is highly addictive,” says F. Michael Caldwell, MD, internal medicine physician at Physicians Park Primary... Read more


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