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Health Articles

Why Donate Blood?

When you donate blood, you could be saving a cancer patient’s life. Many people undergoing cancer treatment require blood transfusions – sometimes daily. “In some cases, a cancer patient needs a transfusion because of the cancer itself,” says Mark A. Meadors, DO, medical oncologist, Saint Francis Medical... Read more

Postpartum Anxiety 

While postpartum depression has received much attention in recent years, fewer people are aware of its cousin: postpartum anxiety. Postpartum anxiety occurs when a new mom experiences racing thoughts, worries continuously and has a constant dread that something terrible will happen. “It is normal to experience stress... Read more

11th Annual Indoor Triathlon

Area residents can test their endurance at the 11th Annual Fitness Plus Indoor Triathlon on Saturday, March 5. Beginning at 8 am in the Saint Francis Health and Wellness Center, 150 S. Mount Auburn Road (Entrance 8), the triathlon includes a 300-yard swim, five-mile ride on... Read more

Identifying and Managing Heart Failure

Despite its name, heart failure does not mean your heart has completely failed. It means your heart does not pump blood as well as it should. According to the American Heart Association, there are four main stages of heart failure: Stage A: High risk for developing heart... Read more

High Blood Pressure Can Threaten Pregnancy 

If you suffer from chronic hypertension (high blood pressure), talk with your doctor before trying to become pregnant. You may need to take extra precautions throughout your pregnancy. “People with hypertension have decreased blood flow to the uterus, which can affect a baby’s growth,” says Naomi L.... Read more

Convenient Care to Move March 1

As of March 1, 2016, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Convenient Care, found inside its Emergency Department, will move and become part of Immediate Convenient Care (ICC) – exceptional and accessible walk-in urgent care locations in Cape Girardeau and Jackson. ICC expertly treats bronchitis, bruises or sprains, colds... Read more

Minimally Invasive Procedure Gives Grandma Energy Again

A year ago, Brenda Richardson was having difficulty living her life. She felt tired all the time, and even the smallest exertion left her gasping for breath. Richardson suffered from aortic valve stenosis, a condition in which the heart's aortic valve narrows, obstructing blood flow to the... Read more

Obesity Contributes to Arthritis

The more you weigh, the more you increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis, a disease in which the joint cartilage gradually deteriorates, causing pain and stiffness. “When you carry extra weight on your body, that puts additional strain on your joints -- particularly your knees and hips,”... Read more

Nasal Obstruction

Your nose serves the important functions of warming, filtering and humidifying air and smelling. When you have a nasal obstruction that blocks those functions, it can affect your daily life. The simplest reason for a nasal obstruction is congestion of the mucosa, or specialized lining of the... Read more

Low Testosterone 

Men typically experience a decrease in their testosterone levels as they age. When testosterone levels fall below the normal range and symptoms become troublesome, a man is suffering from low testosterone, or low T. Symptoms of low T can include: Decreased sex drive: “There are many reasons why... Read more

Restless Legs Syndrome Can Impair Sleep

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder in which a person experiences a “creepy-crawly” feeling in his or her legs and has an irresistible urge to move them — most often when lying or sitting down. It is considered a sleep disorder because it can significantly... Read more

Less Invasive Valve Replacement

The aortic valve controls the flow of blood out of the heart. When it begins to fail, an aortic valve replacement is often the best option to solve the problem. While doctors typically recommend open-heart surgery, some patients are too fragile to be able to withstand... Read more

Understanding Bladder Infections 

While both men and women contract bladder infections (also called urinary tract infections, or UTIs), women are much more likely than men to experience this painful occurrence. Symptoms include pain during urination, blood in the urine and a frequent urge to urinate. “Bladder infections are not serious... Read more

Getting Ready for the Wedding Dress

When Cindy Wyman first met the staff at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Weight Loss Solutions, she was put at ease after many years of struggling with her weight. Wyman had been dieting and consulting with physicians for many years, but was never able to achieve the... Read more

Surgeon Joins Trauma Service

When others ask him to name his favorite hobby, Joseph M. McClain, MD, MS, FACS, trauma surgeon, Saint Francis Medical Partner does not hesitate. “I always say my job is my favorite hobby,” says McClain, who recently came to Saint Francis. “At the end of the... Read more

Ankle Replacement

If you suffer from severe arthritis in your ankle, you may be a candidate for ankle replacement surgery. “Many patients can find relief with treatment such as medications, activity modification or bracing,” says R. August Ritter III, MD, orthopedic surgeon who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System.... Read more

Saint Francis Begins New Partnership With Kneibert Clinic

It’s a new partnership for the new year! Kneibert Clinic, a multispecialty clinic in Poplar Bluff, Mo., has joined the Saint Francis Healthcare System. As of January 1, all providers at Kneibert Clinic are now part of Saint Francis Medical Partners, physicians and providers affiliated with... Read more

Breast Cancer Support Group 

Area women who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer can find encouragement and camaraderie through Saint Francis Medical Center’s Power of Pink Breast Cancer Support Group. The group, which meets Tuesday evenings for two six-week sessions in January and June, has been going strong since 2011.... Read more

A Healthy Start at Fitness Plus 

For much of her adult life, Hannah Schultz has struggled with her weight. She was a member at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus gym, but rarely took the time to work out. Then, in March, her doctor diagnosed her with prediabetes. Suddenly, she realized how important... Read more


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