Health Articles

Is Eating Chocolate Good for Your Heart?

Can a sweet tooth help your heart? Recent studies by Cleveland Clinic and other organizations suggest that small quantities of chocolate might actually be good for your heart. Chocolate is high in flavanols, a type of chemical with antioxidant properties. Antioxidants have been shown to help lower... Read more

Is Overactive Bladder Disrupting Your Life?

Overactive bladder is a condition in which you frequently and suddenly feel the need to urinate. This problem could disrupt your professional and social life, as well as your sleep. “Overactive bladder could lead to urge incontinence – when you sometimes leak urine – or it... Read more

Is Weight Loss Solutions Right for You?

Is Weight Loss Solutions, Saint Francis Medical Center’s bariatric surgery center, the right solution for you? “Bariatric surgery is by no means an ‘easy solution’ to a weight problem,” says Ryan A. LeGrand, MD, bariatric and general surgeon at Saint Francis. “You need to meet both physical... Read more

Jaundice in Infants

Jaundice is extremely common, affecting probably 30-50 percent of newborns. It is more common in premature infants, sick infants, and those who ingest breast milk. Breast milk jaundice is typically harmless, but sometimes needs to be followed closely with blood tests and may need to be... Read more

Jingle Bell Run / Walk

Runners compete in a road race The 2018 Jingle Bell Run and Walk benefiting the Arthritis Foundation is now accepting registrations. Saint Francis Healthcare System is the main corporate sponsor of the 2018 Run and Walk in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, December 8. The event will include a 5K run and a... Read more

Joint Replacement Program Worth the Drive

Even before he underwent a hip replacement in December, Tom Rozier knew much more than the average person about joint surgery. Through his job in medical sales, he has worked with physicians in dozens of hospitals across Southeast Missouri. When it came time to plan his own... 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

Joint Replacement “Graduates” Celebrate at Dance

For people who are receiving treatment at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Center for Joint Replacement and Revision (CJRR), dancing seems like an almost impossible feat. Yet through hard work and with the help of skilled surgeons and therapists, many of those patients go on to keep... Read more

Keep an Eye on Benign Tumors

A benign tumor is a tumor that is not cancerous. In many cases, these masses do not pose any danger. But, if the tumor is pressing on a blood vessel or a nerve, it needs to be removed or reduced. “Cancer cells can multiply and spread to surrounding tissues,... Read more

Keep Children Active

When children are sitting on the couch playing video games or just simply watching television, the children are not being active and not getting exercise. Children not moving could lead to big problems with childhood obesity. “Kids need to get up and stay active,” says Maria Duroseau,... Read more

Keep Hand Sanitizer on Hand

It's winter and germ season is upon us. Washing with soap and water is the best way to avoid illness. However, when soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer is a good option. Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol is best,... Read more

Keep Kids Active

Adults are not the only ones who can get a workout at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Fitness Plus. The facility has several options for children who want to exercise. Fit Kids is a program for children ages 6 to 12 that includes age-appropriate fitness exercises and activities... Read more

Keep Up to Date with Vaccinations During Pregnancy

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, certain vaccinations lower your risk of becoming ill and, in turn, lower your baby’s risk. At about 28 weeks’ gestation, your doctor will talk to you about receiving a dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also... Read more

Keeping Children Safe

Sometimes, doctors need to perform computed tomography (CT) scans or X-rays on very sick children to obtain images of their internal organs and bones. While these scans do contain some radiation, staff at Saint Francis Medical Center take extra precautions to ensure children are exposed to... Read more

Kidney Stones Pose a Painful Problem

Sticks and stones can break your bones – but kidney stones can hurt you, too. “One of the major symptoms of kidney stones is pain that doesn’t go away – flank pain, back pain and abdominal pain – along with nausea and vomiting,” says Vincenzo Galati, DO,... Read more

Kinesio Taping

If your student athlete experiences an injury on the field or court, he or she may benefit from Kinesio taping. Kinesio tape is a special type of tape often used to treat and prevent sports injuries. The elastic properties and adhesive ability of the tape are what... Read more

Knee Replacements

Over the last 10 years, total knee replacements have become more tailored to the individual patient. This means that regardless of your gender, body type or age, there is an artificial knee that is just right for you. "The better you can re-establish the anatomy that was... Read more

Know Bacterial Meningitis Signs

Bacterial meningitis is a serious infection that can be fatal if not treated right away. Those who are at highest risk for this infection include babies; people who spend a large amount of time in community settings, such as college students; or people who have traveled... Read more

Know Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition in which a person feels overwhelmingly exhausted, even after resting. While the syndrome has remained a mystery for a long time, researchers last year found evidence it is linked to problems in the stomach. Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP In this study,... Read more

Know the Signs of a Stroke

Someone in the United States dies of a stroke every four minutes. And, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds.  One-third of the stroke victims are younger than age 65. These startling statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should signal everyone to recognize and... Read more


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