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When to Schedule a Sleep Study

Many people take a good night’s sleep for granted. But for others, feeling rested after a night of sleep can be difficult or even impossible. For these individuals, a sleep study may be the key to discovering what is causing the sleep problem. “If you feel tired... Read more

When Fever is Dangerous

A fever is usually a sign that something is wrong with your child. But whether your child needs to see a doctor depends on his or her age: 0-3 months – You should always take a newborn’s temperature rectally. When your infant’s rectal temperature is higher than... Read more

Signs of Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis occurs when digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas are activated before they reach the small intestine. This causes the enzymes to attack the pancreas, resulting in severe inflammation. Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP “One of the major symptoms of pancreatitis is upper abdominal pain that... Read more

Breast Cancer Index Tests Recurrence Risk

Some people believe that breast cancer is only a five-year disease. However, several breast cancer recurrences happen more than five years after initial diagnosis. Breast Cancer Index (BCI) is a test to help doctors determine the likelihood that certain types of breast cancer will return after... Read more

Fatty Liver Disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NFLD) occurs when a person drinks little or no alcohol and accumulates too much fat in his or her liver. It is a common disease and can lead to problems when the fat causes inflammation and scarring in the liver. “There is no... Read more

Nutrition During Cancer Treatment

When you are undergoing cancer treatment, it is important that you consume enough calories, nutrients and liquids to retain your strength, even when you do not feel like eating. “Some cancers may change the way your body processes food and nutrients,” says Mark A. Meadors, DO, medical... Read more

Reduce Lower Back Pain

One of the best ways to reduce lower back pain is to exercise. Studies have shown that exercise is more effective than any other method. Neutral spine core stability exercises are the best exercises to relieve lower back pain. These include: Front plank – Lie on your... Read more

Prepare Siblings for Baby

A new baby in the house is a big adjustment for everyone, including parents and older siblings. Saint Francis Medical Center offers a special class that helps prepare siblings for the new arrival. “Older siblings are often eager to help with a new baby,” says Beverly L. Brown,... Read more

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders. It occurs when your throat muscles periodically relax and block your airway, causing you to stop and start breathing while sleeping. “If you snore frequently and find you are tired throughout the day, talk to your... Read more

Avoid Foods With Trans Fat

Many factors can put you at risk for heart disease, including smoking, genetics, diabetes and high blood pressure. One risk factor that receives much attention is trans fat, which is a substance found in partially hydrogenated oil. Many sweets, snacks and fried foods contain trans fat. “Trans... Read more

Pap Smears

If you are a woman between the ages of 21 and 65, you should be talking to your doctor about having a Pap smear performed at least once every two or three years. A Pap smear is the main screening for cervical cancer, and it involves... 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

Asthma Triggers

About one in 12 people suffers from asthma, and out of that group, about 12 million people every year will experience an asthma attack. One of the most important steps to successful treatment is identifying your individual triggers. Possible triggers include:Respiratory infectionBacterial infection such as sinusitisGastroesophageal reflux... Read more

Faulty Thyroid

Untreated thyroid problems can cause depression, weight gain and loss of energy, and can put you at risk for heart disease, infertility and many other medical problems. The following are some classic signs of a thyroid issue: Fatigue – People with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) often feel like... Read more

Home Health Helps Patient Recover

After undergoing total knee replacement surgery, Jacob Eaker required additional assistance to help him recover. Saint Francis Home Health was just what he needed, providing a nurse and physical therapist to help him care for his wound and gain strength in his knee and leg. Eaker, 71,... Read more

Lactation Support in the NICU

When an infant is born premature, his parents often feel helpless. But there is one important way a mother can help her baby: pump breast milk. The lactation consultants at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) help mothers understand... Read more

New Treatments Help More Patients Survive Cancer

 In recent years, researchers have developed new treatments that have significantly expanded the options for patients battling cancer. “When I trained as a physician, our main methods of treatment were surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy,” says Carlos Robles, MD, medical oncologist/hematologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Now,... Read more

Lewy Body Dementia

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a form of dementia that affects an estimated 1.4 million Americans and their families. It is sometimes mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease because it causes similar symptoms. While every person is different, the main symptoms of LBD are: Progressive dementia (problems... Read more

Quit Smoking Safely

Quitting smoking is not easy, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges. One of the most effective methods for quitting is nicotine replacement therapy. “Nicotine in cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco is highly addictive,” says F. Michael Caldwell, MD, internal medicine physician at Saint Francis Clinic Poplar... Read more

Choose Your Pediatrician Before Giving Birth

When you are pregnant, your "to-do" checklist can seem endless. But there is one item that should jump to the top of that list: choosing a pediatrician. Your child's doctor can help ease your concerns both before and after you give birth, and will be a... Read more


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