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Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Health

For some people, weight-loss surgery can be the gateway to a healthier, more active lifestyle. But bariatric surgery is not for everyone. Before considering this big step, talk to your doctor about whether it is the best choice for you. “Just like any major surgery, weight-loss surgery... Read more

Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Woman Travel Once Again

Samantha Cates has struggled with her weight all her life. The 20-year-old was born with spina bifida, a birth defect when a baby’s spinal cord fails to develop properly. As a result, Cates is confined to a wheelchair. Sitting in a wheelchair has made exercise very difficult.... Read more

Weight-Loss Surgery Provides a Happy and Healthy Life

About a year and a half ago, Nikki Golden was at a turning point in her life. The Cape Girardeau woman was turning 40, and her excess weight was making her both unhappy and unhealthy. She decided she needed a change, and Saint Francis Healthcare System’s... Read more

When Is a Mole a Sign of Melanoma?

When is a mole worth worrying about? When should it be a cause of concern? Although most moles are benign (noncancerous), they can sometimes be a sign of cancer. See a dermatologist if your mole is new, growing or otherwise changing. “Varied colors within a mole, irregular... Read more

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 You Might Need ACL Reconstruction

One of the most common injuries to athletes is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The ACL is a ligament located in the center of the knee that is vital to the joint’s stability. “Whenever a young athlete tears his or her ACL, we usually recommend reconstruction... Read more

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

Zika Virus Brings Concerns

Zika virus disease is an illness spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. It causes fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. There are some reports associating Zika virus infection in pregnant woman, with a birth defect called microcephaly. The World Health Organization has declared... Read more


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