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Health Articles

Herniated Disk Treatment

A herniated disk occurs when one of the cushions between the bones in your spine slips out of place, sometimes causing pain in your arm or leg. In most cases, you will be able to relieve the pain using medications and physical therapy. “Depending on your level... Read more

Joint Replacement “Graduates” Dance the Night Away

Five years ago, Steven Berry could not even walk, let alone dance. “Every time I put my foot on the ground, it hurt so much I could hardly stand it,” says the Buncombe, Ill. resident. After undergoing a total knee replacement at Saint Francis Medical Center in... Read more

The Right Door

Saint Francis Medical Center is always thinking of how better to accommodate its patients, their families and visitors. The "Right Way" program involves numbering our points of entrance, revamping internal signage and reinforcing assistance from our staff to our visitors. As the Medical Center has rapidly expanded, we... Read more

What is a Hospitalist?

While your primary care physician typically is the “hub” of your healthcare management in everyday life, a hospitalist will manage your care while you are an inpatient at Saint Francis Medical Center. A hospitalist is an internal medicine or family practice physician who only treats patients... Read more

Diagnosing Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system. Early detection can make a big difference in the treatment of this life-threatening condition. Doctors routinely screen newborns for cystic fibrosis using a blood test that checks for abnormally high levels of... Read more

Treat Bursitis With Rest and Medication

Bursitis is when the fluid-filled sacs – called bursa – between your bones, muscles and tendons become inflamed. It most commonly occurs in the shoulders, elbows and hips and can cause a great amount of pain. However, with proper treatment, it usually goes away within a... Read more

Exercise in Short Bursts

Studies have shown that exercising for short periods of time can be just as good for your health as exercising for 30 minutes or more. One of these studies focused on people who have prehypertension – a condition that is the precursor to high blood pressure. Erica... Read more

Lung Cancer Risk Factors

While smoking is the No. 1 risk factor for lung cancer, smokers are not the only people who fall prey to this serious disease. Secondhand smoke, exposure to asbestos and radon, air pollution, tuberculosis and genetics can all contribute to a person’s risk for lung cancer. “There... Read more

From a Size 3X to a Medium

For Monica Coleman, obesity has always been a fact of life. Both her parents were overweight, and as a child she struggled with weight issues. At one point, she weighed about 250 pounds and was frustrated with all the diets she tried, as well as struggling... Read more

New Patient Tower to Open in July

This July, residents of the Cape Girardeau region will finally see what all the excitement is about. Saint Francis Medical Center’s new, five-story patient Tower will be open and ready for its first occupants at the beginning of the month. The patient Tower with dedicated areas for... Read more

Treatment for Sties

A sty is a bacterial infection on or in your eye that causes red, painful swelling. It can be located on the outside or inside of the eyelid. Most sties heal on their own in about a week. In the meantime, you can reduce pain and swelling... Read more

Eat More Green Vegetables

If you want to pack your diet full of important nutrients, add more green vegetables to each meal. “Green vegetables are valuable sources of vitamins A and C, folate, fiber and potassium,” says Matthew Riffle, MD, internal medicine physician at Physicians Park Primary Care. “In addition, they... Read more

ER Priorities

Most people who visit the emergency room do not have true emergencies, but rather "urgencies:" Injuries or illnesses that are not life-threatening, but need quick attention. Those include ankle sprains, cuts, high fevers and ear infections. In the ER, patients with true emergencies such as stroke, heart... Read more

Level III NICU Part of International Network

Parents whose newborns are in Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit need not feel alone: Neonatologists at Saint Francis use information gathered from nearly 1,000 NICUs to help optimize care for each infant. The Medical Center is part of the Vermont Oxford Network... Read more

Support During Labor

Childbirth can be a long, painful process, and having a labor support person is crucial for a new mom. The support person can be a spouse, friend, relative or other important person, but he or she should be available for the duration of the labor. “A laboring... Read more

Secondary Drowning

A person can drown even after exiting the water in a rare occurrence called secondary drowning. It is important to know the signs of secondary drowning so you can seek help for someone you love as quickly as possible. “Secondary drowning occurs when fluid builds up in... Read more

Combat Acid Reflux and Heartburn

Acid reflux occurs when acid splashes back out of the stomach into the esophagus during digestion. It can cause a burning chest pain called heartburn, which creates discomfort for hours after eating. You can take simple steps to prevent or lessen the effects of acid reflux, beginning... Read more

Level III NICU Shares Knowledge

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) occurs when a newborn is suffering from drug withdrawal after being exposed to potent substances in utero. Saint Francis Medical Center recently hosted a symposium in Miner, Mo. for physicians and other healthcare providers on how to care for these babies and their families. "Many... Read more

Headache Diaries

If you suffer from frequent migraines, keeping a headache diary could help you and your doctor determine the best course of treatment. The diary will help you keep track of the intensity of your headaches and other symptoms that need to be addressed. Andrew Godbey, MD, MSPH "We... Read more

A Heart Procedure that is the Right Fit for Older Patients

When doctors at Saint Francis Medical Center recommended a surgical procedure to repair Lottie Meese's heart valve, her daughter Kim Buehler was a little apprehensive. She wondered whether her 92-year-old mother would be able to withstand any type of procedure. But the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) turned... Read more


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