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Plans to Treat Excess Thyroid Hormones

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Thyrotoxicosis occurs when there is an excess of thyroid hormone.  This is either due to the body actively producing too much thyroid hormone or because an excess  of thyroid hormone has been released temporarily in an uncontrolled manner.  Symptoms of excess thyroid hormone include anxiety, ...
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Lung Cancer Treatments Vary

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While lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, researchers are developing new treatments every day to help prolong lives of lung cancer patients. Typically, the first line of treatment is surgery. A surgeon may remove a small section of lung, an ...
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Finding Relief for Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects millions of Americans. At Saint Francis Healthcare System, there are many options to relieve the pain, from conservative to surgical. “On the conservative end, primary care physicians can provide anti-inflammatory medication,” says Brian C. Schafer, MD, orthopedic surgeon who ...
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Nurse Practitioners Equal Another Primary Care Option

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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 ...
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High Cholesterol Brings Issues

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High cholesterol is a common condition that can have deadly consequences. One in six Americans suffers from high levels of cholesterol. A high cholesterol problem leads to heart disease and raises your risk of heart attack and stroke. “A certain amount of cholesterol is good for ...
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Treating Brain Tumors Varies

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Treatment for brain tumors is based on the tumor size, location and likelihood of spreading or recurring. There are four grades of tumors – I, II, III and IV. Tumors that are classified as grades I or II grow slowly and are generally benign. While these ...
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Midwives Deliver Babies

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Saint Francis Medical Center offers two certified nurse midwives, Tracy Carr, RN, BSN, MSN, CNM, and Megan Keeney, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNM, who serve as primary caregivers for moms-to-be and are present during their labor and delivery. “Certified nurse midwives have a great deal of formal ...
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Do You Qualify for Weight-Loss Surgery?

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Weight-loss surgery at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Weight Loss Solutions can be a life changer for those who have struggled using other methods. However, not everyone who is overweight is a candidate for bariatric surgery. In 1991, the National Institutes for Health (NIH) established criteria all ...
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