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Sikeston Couple Lose Pounds Together

For Trace Glaus of Sikeston, Mo., the tipping point in his weight control came when his physician told him his blood pressure had risen to dangerously high levels. It scared him so much he knew he needed to do something about his weight right away. Trace ...
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Ways to Reduce Throat Cancer

Every year, about 13,000 new cases of throat cancer are diagnosed. While researchers cannot determine the exact cause of throat cancer, they have identified several ways in which you can reduce your risk: Do not smoke. “When you inhale some of the chemicals in tobacco, ...
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Hospice Opens in Scott County 

Terminally ill patients in Scott County, Missouri, now have the option to utilize Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Hospice Services Program. The program recently expanded to include Scott County, in addition to Cape Girardeau, Perry, Bollinger and Stoddard counties. “Patients who already have been receiving care at ...
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First Baby of New Year Born at Saint Francis

Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby of 2017. At 4:59 pm on Monday, January 2, 2017, a baby girl was welcomed into the world by proud parents Jesse and Lora Stafford of Fredericktown, Mo., and caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff. Grant ...
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Palliative Care Improves Life

Saint Francis Healthcare System offers a Palliative Care Program for inpatients who have a chronic or life-limiting illness. The team includes a medical director, nurse practitioner, nurse and a social worker who help patients and their families with determination of care goals, management of symptoms ...
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Avoid Gluten with Celiac Disease

People with celiac disease experience damage to the lining of their small intestine when they eat foods with gluten, a form of protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. Doctors can make a celiac disease diagnosis after performing an endoscopy when they guide a small ...
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Noninvasive Test Checks for Colon Cancer

There are 30 percent fewer cases of colon cancer in the United States than there were 10 years ago. More adults are taking preventive measures against the potentially deadly disease. While a colonoscopy is still the gold standard for preventing and detecting colon cancer, a ...
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Hernia Surgery Repair Using Laparoscopic Surgery 

An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue bulges through a weak point in the groin muscle. To prevent complications from developing, surgery is the most common treatment for such types of hernia. “Three decades ago, hernia repair surgery was an open procedure that required weeks of recovery,” ...
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Avoid Anemia During Pregnancy

When a woman is pregnant, her blood volume increases by 40 percent to supply blood to the baby and placenta. This can lead to anemia, a condition in which the red blood cells are low, leading to fatigue. “Almost all pregnant women will experience anemia at ...
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Bronchial Thermoplasty Treats Asthma

People who suffer from severe asthma symptoms that significantly impact their quality of life may benefit from bronchial thermoplasty (BT) treatment at Saint Francis Medical Center. BT is a minimally invasive procedure that has been clinically proven to reduce asthma exacerbations. “Most people with asthma are ...
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