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Improving Lives at Saint Francis ALS Clinic


Amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurological disease that affects as many as 30,000 people in the United States. Commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS causes nerves in the brain and spinal cord to slowly die, making it difficult to walk, eat, swallow and ...
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Mono Requires Rest


Mononucleosis is a viral infection that affects mainly adolescents and young adults. It is highly contagious and transmitted through saliva, which means that a cough, sneeze or sharing utensils can cause it to spread. Antibiotics will not work for mononucleosis because it is a viral infection. ...
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Doctors Treat Blood Clots with Medication


A blood clot is a serious condition that can put your life in danger when left untreated. If you notice a symptom of a blood clot like swelling, a warm spot, pain or redness in your arm or leg, you should seek treatment right away. “Our ...
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Finding the Right Treatment for Epilepsy


About 2.5 million people in America suffer from epilepsy, a debilitating condition characterized by frequent seizures. After experiencing seizures, it is important that you connect with a neurologist who can diagnose the type of epilepsy you have and treat it with the right type of ...
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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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Join Us for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk


Come jingle across the finish line to a toasty hot chocolate as you kick off your holiday season! Fitness Plus would like to invite you to participate in the annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk. This year’s event will take place Saturday, December 10, at Fitness Plus. Day ...
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The Healthy Weigh Community Provides Support


For Joseph McClarty, weight loss has been all about community. He had tried many times to shed weight on his own, but it was not until he started The Healthy Weigh at Saint Francis Healthcare System and joined the support group that he saw lasting ...
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Stre-e-e-tch to Loosen Up Muscles


  One of the most important aspects of participating in sports is often one of the most overlooked – stretching both before and after exercising. “Stretching helps improve your flexibility, which in turn can prevent injury,” says Jimmy D. Bowen, MD, FAAPMR, CSCS, physiatrist, who practices at ...
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Treat Diverticulitis With Fiber


Diverticula are pouches that form in the wall of the colon. When these pouches become inflamed or infected, they can cause a painful condition called diverticulitis. “We do not know exactly why diverticula form,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP, gastroenterologist, Saint Francis Medical ...
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Level III NICU Wins Excellence Award


Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has received a prestigious award for its efforts to reduce a debilitating condition in premature babies. The Missouri Hospital Association is awarding Saint Francis the Aim for Excellence Award, a new award recognizing Missouri hospitals’ ...
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