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Health Articles

Saint Francis Receives Award

Saint Francis Medical Center is among the best hospitals in the nation for treating patients who have had a heart attack. It received the ACTION Registry – Get With the Guidelines (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015 from the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular... Read more

Limit Salt

If you and your family regularly consume processed foods that contain sodium or salt, you may be putting yourself at risk for heart disease. Sodium can increase blood pressure because it causes you to retain fluid, which forces your heart to work harder. “While adults know they... Read more

Weight Loss Surgery Gives Youth Director Energy

It was a game of miniature golf that inspired Brad Stamp to change his life. The Anna, Ill., church youth director was on an outing with teenagers two years ago when he bent over to retrieve his ball from a hole and found he could not... Read more

New NICU Cameras

Parents of sick babies now are able to view their little ones even when they are away. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has five cameras that can be set up in infants’ rooms and connected to a secure Web address. “Many of... Read more

Turning a Breech Baby

When a baby is breech (lying upside down or on its side rather than head down), it is unsafe for the mother to deliver vaginally. She has two options: schedule a C-section or ask her doctor to try to turn the baby. External cephalic version (ECV) is... Read more

Integration of Patient Care

When a patient needs a knee replacement, Saint Francis Medical Center team members work with them throughout the process – from diagnosis, through surgery, until they have completed outpatient rehabilitation. When the orthopedic surgeon makes the diagnosis and determines that surgery is indicated for the patient,... 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

Children Need to Exercise

Regular exercise is a vital component of a healthy life. The earlier children incorporate activity into their daily lives, the more likely they are to become active adults. “Children need to develop a habit of exercising,” says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical... Read more

Save Time at Saint Francis’ Pharmacy

There is no need to make an extra trip to the pharmacy when seeing a doctor at Saint Francis. The campus has a retail pharmacy that can fill prescriptions in minutes. The Healing Arts Pharmacy is located at Entrance 2 in the Healing Arts Building. “In addition... Read more

Symptoms of Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of your joints. The most common early symptoms include: Fatigue – Before you experience the typical pain and stiffness, you may feel tired and generally ill. Morning stiffness – “When people with RA wake up in the... Read more

No Screen Time Before Bed

You might think watching a TV show or spending some time on the Internet will relax you before you sleep. But researchers have found the opposite to be true: The light from a tablet device, phone or TV stimulates brain activity, delaying the release of the... Read more

Safe Sitter Course Promotes Child Safety

The Safe Sitter® program prepares preteens for the responsibilities required to care for younger children. This medically accurate program teaches students CPR, first aid, injury prevention, safety, childcare essentials, behavior management and online and social media safety. Students receive training on how to run their own babysitting... Read more

Swimming Safety

Swimming is one of the most fun activities summer has to offer, but drowning is a very real danger at both beaches and pools. Tell your kids to keep these safety tips in mind as they head to the water: Do not swim by yourself. “We tell... Read more

Blood Thinners Can Save Your Life

While blood clot formation is a natural and essential process for open wounds, persistent clots in the bloodstream can be harmful or even deadly. Individuals who are at risk for unwanted blood clots may need to take blood thinners to decrease that risk. Blood thinners such as... Read more

Stroke Recovery

When you suffer from a stroke, parts of your brain become damaged due to lack of oxygen. In many cases, you can relearn skills you lost after your stroke. "At Saint Francis Medical Center, stroke patients undergo intensive inpatient rehabilitation," says Andrew Godbey, MD, MSPH, neurologist at... Read more

Seek Treatment Quickly for a Concussion

A concussion is a brain injury that occurs as the result of trauma such as a sports injury, car accident or fall. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible so you can lessen the long-term effects. "Concussions can affect people in different ways," says... Read more

Nosebleeds: When to Seek Help

Nosebleeds are most common among children ages 2 to 10 and adults ages 50 to 80. Most are not serious, but if you have been experiencing repeated nosebleeds – or additional bleeding in other parts of your body, such as in your stool or urine –... Read more

Combat Chemo Side Effects

Over the years, researchers have improved chemotherapy drugs so the side effects are minimal. For drugs that cause unpleasant side effects, doctors have ways to help you while undergoing treatment. "Each person reacts differently to medications," says Carlos Robles, MD, medical oncologist / hematologist, Saint Francis Medical... Read more

Hospital Discharge Plans

When you are an inpatient at Saint Francis Medical Center, a hospitalist (doctor who is based at the Medical Center) cares for you and manages your treatment. But when you leave the hospital, your primary care physician will direct any follow-up care. “Before you return home, your... Read more

Treatment for Rashes

Rashes are common and could indicate many different types of issues, including allergic reactions to medications or plants, eczema, extreme heat and viruses. But how do you know when you should seek medical treatment? “If you cannot easily identify the cause of the rash – such as... Read more


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