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Take Steps to Be Safe Before Taking Steps

Accidents happen. People fall and break their bones. Follow this advice to reduce your risk – and possibly prevent falls completely. Patients with medical conditions that cause imbalance should see their physician for medication, physical therapy and assistive devices (e.g., walkers and canes) to help them keep... Read more

Talk to Doctor About Suspicious Skin Lesions

That strange-looking spot on your skin may be a sign of something dangerous. If you are concerned about an area, talk to your primary care physician about a skin cancer screening. “As with other cancers, you want to catch any kind of skin cancer early,” says Deborah... Read more

Teamwork Key to Their Weight-Loss Success

There are 300 pounds missing in the Carr home. For Kristy, 42, and Josh Carr, 41, that is welcome news indeed. The Jackson couple was able to lose more than 300 pounds together through Weight Loss Solutions, Saint Francis Medical Center’s bariatric surgery program. “Our thought was... Read more

Testosterone Replacement 

Testosterone is the main sex hormone in men that regulates sex drive; produces sperm; and causes a deeper voice, bigger muscles and growth of body hair. Forty percent of men older than age 45 have low testosterone levels. This can be due to normal aging, or it... Read more

The Lesser-known Breast Cancer

Though some people do not think of men as having breasts, men can develop breast cancer. There are about 2,100 cases of male breast cancer in the United States each year. The good news is that this type of breast cancer typically has a better prognosis... Read more

Tonsil Cancer Has Many Signs

Tonsil cancer is a type of throat cancer that occurs in one of the three types of tonsils in the throat. The major risk factors for this type of cancer include smoking, chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol. People with human papillomavirus (HPV) also are at greater... Read more

Transport Team Brings Sick Newborns to Level III NICU

Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is known for its expertise. About half of the sick infants who receive care there are transported from other hospitals. “When babies are born with difficulty breathing or brain injuries, staff at hospitals know we have... Read more

Treat Diaper Rash

There are many causes of diaper rash, including prolonged exposure to a soiled diaper, chafing, an allergic reaction or a bacterial or yeast infection. Diaper rash can be quite painful for babies, so you should treat it right away.  "The most effective way to treat diaper rash... Read more

Treat Shoulder Impingement Syndrome Early

shoulder impingement syndrome Impingement syndrome is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. It occurs when there is damage to the soft tissue in the shoulder, rather than the bone. A group of muscles and tendons wrap around the ball part of the ball and socket joint. These... Read more

Treat Strep Throat

While most sore throats are caused by viral infections, some are caused by bacterial infections and require treatment. A common type of bacteria is called group A streptococcal bacteria, and the contagious infection is called strep throat. We typically wait to treat a sore throat with antibiotics... Read more

Treating Brain Tumors Varies

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 tumors... Read more

Treating Cancer With Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer. It can be used in conjunction with surgery and chemotherapy, and in some cases, it can be the sole treatment for certain types of cancer. “Depending on the type of cancer, we may use radiation therapy... Read more

Treating Delirium in the ICU

Delirium is an acute state of confusion that is accompanied by inattention, as well as cognitive and perceptual disturbances. Delirium can affect up to 80 percent of patients in a hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Nurses at the Saint Francis Medical Center ICU have recently started... Read more

Treating Kidney Stones with Different Methods 

Kidney stones will affect 1 in 20 individuals during their lifetime.  Patients usually complain of back and flank pain, as well as nausea and vomiting when they are trying to pass a kidney stone. Most of these will pass naturally without the need for surgical intervention... Read more

Treating Pain in the SI Joint

The sacroiliac (SI) joint, located at the junction of the spine and pelvis, does not move much, but it is an important transitional point between the upper and lower parts of your body. Pain in the SI joint usually occurs as a result of overuse or... Read more

Treating Secondary Hypertension

Hypertension may be viewed as being primary (essential) hypertension or as being secondary hypertension. Essential hypertension does not have an easily identifiable or specific cause and can usually be controlled with two or three drugs. Secondary hypertension is caused by something which may be correctable. In patients... Read more

Treating Your Child’s Head Lice

Head lice? Head to the doctor. “If a child has head lice, the parents might notice an itchy scalp, small red bumps or sores from scratching,” says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “They might see the tiny lice (no bigger... Read more

Treatment for Heart Murmurs

A heart murmur is an abnormal sound the heart makes during the beating cycle. While most murmurs are harmless and do not require treatment, there are some underlying causes that could be serious enough to warrant medication or even surgery. The harmless murmurs, called innocent murmurs, can... Read more

Treatment Options for Heart Failure

Heart failure means a person’s heart is not pumping as well as it should. About five million Americans suffer from the condition in which blood moves through the heart and body at a slower rate, resulting in pressure building up in the heart. Heart failure can occur... Read more

Treatment Options for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

The lymph system is part of the immune system and helps your body fight infections. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer that starts in the lymph system. Since lymphoid tissue is located in many different parts of your body, Hodgkin’s lymphoma can start anywhere. Hodgkin’s lymphoma, named after... Read more


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