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Health Articles Category: Primary Care

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

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

Find Saint Francis Primary Care Throughout Southeastern Missouri

A primary care physician should be a patient’s first source for diagnoses, prescriptions and lifelong medical guidance. “Saint Francis Healthcare System has partnered with primary care providers across southeastern Missouri to ensure patients have access to quality healthcare close to home,” explains Erica E. Gibson, MD,... 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

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

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

New Primary Care Physician

Establishing a relationship with a primary care physician is essential, says Laura E. Glueck, DO, family practice physician, Saint Francis Medical Partner. Glueck sees patients at Jackson Family Care. “A primary care physician will help keep you up to date on all the screenings you need, such... Read more

Primary Care Close to Home

When choosing a healthcare provider, people want a primary care physician who is close to home and knows their family well. That is why Saint Francis Medical Center is committed to building a network of primary care clinics throughout the region. Saint Francis Medical Partners has established... 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

Reduce Lower Back Pain

One of the best ways to reduce lower back pain is to exercise. Studies have shown that exercise is more effective than any other method. Neutral spine core stability exercises are the best exercises to relieve lower back pain. These include: Front plank – Lie on your... 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

Integration of Patient Care

When a patient needs a knee replacement, Saint Francis Medical Center team members work with them throughout the process – from diagnosis, through surgery, until they have completed outpatient rehabilitation. When the orthopedic surgeon makes the diagnosis and determines that surgery is indicated for the patient,... Read more

Children Need to Exercise

Regular exercise is a vital component of a healthy life. The earlier children incorporate activity into their daily lives, the more likely they are to become active adults. “Children need to develop a habit of exercising,” says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical... Read more

Eat More Green Vegetables

If you want to pack your diet full of important nutrients, add more green vegetables to each meal. “Green vegetables are valuable sources of vitamins A and C, folate, fiber and potassium,” says Matthew Riffle, MD, internal medicine physician at Physicians Park Primary Care. “In addition, they... Read more

Identify the Cause of Your Insomnia

While almost everyone has trouble sleeping occasionally, chronic insomnia can become a big problem. There are many possible causes of insomnia, including: Anxiety: Whether you have temporary anxiety or an anxiety disorder, it can seriously disrupt sleep. “Sometimes, simply worrying about whether you will fall asleep... Read more

Prevent Head Lice

Your child may catch more than a cold at school. Cooler weather is the perfect breeding ground for head lice, which can travel from person to person through head-to-head contact, hats or coats. If you catch head lice, it does not mean you have poor hygiene. It... Read more

Communicate With Your Doctor

When you are determining the best treatment for an orthopedic problem, it is important to have open communication with your physician. “You should be able to trust your doctor,” says Patrick R. Knight, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “You need to feel that... Read more

6 Tips to Fight the Flu

Do you want to keep the flu out of your house this winter? Try these six tips to fight the flu: Get a flu shot. “Everyone over six months of age should be vaccinated against influenza,” says Stephen Nagy, MD, internal medicine physician at Physicians Park Primary... Read more

Heart & Health Screening

Monitoring your risk for coronary heart disease and other health risks is easy with the monthly Heart & Health Screenings at Saint Francis Medical Center. The following heart health assessments are available 7-10 am the first Wednesday of each month at the Saint Francis Health and... Read more

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 to... Read more


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