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Finding the Right Blood Thinner

If you have certain types of heart disease, you are at risk for forming blood clots. These clots can travel to the brain or other parts of your body and cause a stroke or a heart attack. Doctors typically prescribe blood thinners for patients who have a... Read more

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 medication. Different... Read more

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 D.... Read more

Fit Fore Golf

If you are a golfer, you know how physically draining it can be to play 18 holes and have to go back to work the next day. The Fit Fore Golf Program at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus helps avid golfers build up their core... Read more

Fitness Plus Expands Pilates Studio

Since the Pilates fitness system was first created at the beginning of the 20th century, it has helped hundreds of thousands of people develop strength and a higher level of physical fitness. Today, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus is putting a greater emphasis on the... Read more

Fitness Plus Swim Lessons

Get ready for summer dips in the pool with children’s swim lessons at Fitness Plus for ages 6 months and older. All Fitness Plus swim lessons follow the American Red Cross guidelines, with progression levels as defined by the Red Cross’ Learn-to-Swim program. Fitness Plus offers both... Read more

Five Things to Know about LINX Reflux Management System

If you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you know that finding relief can be difficult. Many doctors initially treat with medication, however, some patients find their symptoms are not being controlled or are getting worse. An advanced treatment may be the solution. Saint Francis Medical Center... Read more

Flu: Worse Than Cold, So See Your Doctor

You’re congested, tired and achy. You know you’re sick, but is it a cold or the flu? Think of the flu as a super-powered cold, with symptoms much greater in scope. With a cold, you’re going to have congestion, maybe a little headache, maybe a little achiness. Influenza... Read more

Fluids and Rest Help Bronchitis

Bronchitis is when the lining of your bronchial tubes becomes inflamed, causing coughing, mucus, chest discomfort and fatigue. “Most cases of acute bronchitis get better on their own within a couple of weeks,” says Erica E. Gibson, MD, family practice physician, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “You may... Read more

FODMAP Diet

If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and frequently experience symptoms such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain and diarrhea, you may benefit from trying a special eating plan called the FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo- Di- Monosaccharides and Polyols – all types of carbohydrates... Read more

Food Choices Help Prevent Stomach Cancer

Until the late 1930s, stomach cancer was the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Now, it is much less common in our country – although it is still the deadliest cancer worldwide. Studies have shown that stomach cancer is linked to a bacteria, which... Read more

Foods for Nursing Moms

If you are breast-feeding your baby, it is important to stick to a balanced, nutritious diet so your baby receives the nutrients he or she needs. In general, you should add about 500 calories per day to your diet. “Breast-feeding moms need large amounts of calcium and... Read more

Foods That Cause Heartburn

If you suffer from heartburn, you know all too well how uncomfortable you become when you eat the wrong foods. Heartburn occurs when stomach acids return to the esophagus and cause a burning sensation. The best way to avoid it is by simply avoiding foods that... Read more

Foods to Avoid While Pregnant

When you are pregnant, you need to pay special attention to your diet because the foods you choose can affect the health of your unborn baby. Fish can be very nutritious and high in omega-3 fatty acids, but avoid fish that have a very high mercury... Read more

Foundation Sponsors Valet Parking

Saint Francis Medical Center has offered valet parking as a free service to its patients and visitors for many years. Now, Saint Francis Foundation has begun sponsoring this service. “Valet parking is an ideal program for the Foundation,” says Jimmy Wilferth, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Our... Read more

Foundation Supports New, Improved Level III NICU

Families with critically ill newborns will enjoy all the benefits of comfortable private rooms at Saint Francis Medical Center, thanks to support from the Medical Center’s Foundation. Saint Francis Foundation is contributing $1.5 million to help to pay for a new Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit... Read more

From 385 Pounds to Avid Hiker

At age 37, Josh Harlan came to a tough conclusion: He would never be able to lose weight on his own. Weighing in at 385 pounds, he knew he did not have the willpower to improve his health. “I was slowly going to wither away and... Read more

From a Size 3X to a Medium

For Monica Coleman, obesity has always been a fact of life. Both her parents were overweight, and as a child she struggled with weight issues. At one point, she weighed about 250 pounds and was frustrated with all the diets she tried, as well as struggling... Read more

Front Hip Replacements Provide Better Outcomes

If you need a hip replacement, ask your doctor whether you are a candidate for an anterior (front) approach, as opposed to a posterior (back) approach. Patients who have anterior hip replacements can experience quicker recovery times and better outcomes. “While we have been performing anterior hip... Read more


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