Health Page Archive: Internal Medicine

Moving Blood Clots Bring Danger

Blood clots prevent you from losing too much blood when you hurt yourself. However, when a blood clot forms inside one of your veins and does not dissolve on its own, called deep vein thrombosis, it could be very dangerous. “Generally, blood clots are focal where ...
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Keep an Eye on Benign Tumors

A benign tumor is a tumor that is not cancerous. In many cases, these masses do not pose any danger. But, if the tumor is pressing on a blood vessel or a nerve, it needs to be removed or reduced. “Cancer cells can multiply and spread to surrounding ...
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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. ...
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Talk to Doctor About Suspicious Skin Lesions

That strange-looking spot on your skin may be a sign of something dangerous. If you are concerned about an area, talk to your primary care physician about a skin cancer screening. “As with other cancers, you want to catch any kind of skin cancer early,” says ...
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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 ...
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Dietary Fiber

While dietary fiber can minimize constipation and help with hemorrhoids, it also can reduce obesity and lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol level. “Most Americans take in about 50 percent less than the dietary guideline requirements for fiber intake per day,” says Stephen Nagy, ...
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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 infection Bacterial infection such as sinusitis Gastroesophageal ...
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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 Black River Medical ...
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“Better Health, Better Man”: Men’s Health Event

Men can learn about the health issues that most affect them at “Better Health, Better Man,” Saint Francis Medical Center’s annual Men’s Health Event on Thursday, September 10, beginning at 5 pm at Isle Casino, 777 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau. This free event includes ...
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Learn the Facts About Ebola

Ebola is a deadly virus that causes both internal and external bleeding. This year, West Africa has been experiencing the largest epidemic in history, causing worldwide concern over the virus. Researchers believe that Ebola begins in an animal – such as a bat – and spreads ...
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