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TAVR for Aortic Stenosis

Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve narrows, obstructing blood flow from the heart. Patients with severe aortic stenosis usually need surgery to replace the valve, but some people are not good candidates for surgery. Saint Francis' Heart Valve Center now offers an alternative treatment for those... Read more

Arthritis Aquatics

Warm water can be quite soothing for people who suffer from arthritis. Saint Francis Medical Center's Fitness Plus offers warm water aquatics for arthritis patients every day of the week. "When you exercise in water, you can improve your range of motion, relieve joint stiffness and build... Read more

Healing an Ankle Sprain

An ankle sprain is an injury to one of the ligaments in your ankle. Although many sprains usually heal on their own, you should see a doctor right away to rule out broken bones. The best way to remember how you should treat your ankle is with... Read more

Healthy Lunches

It may be tempting to fill your child’s lunchbox with convenience foods such as chips and cookies. But a nutritious lunch filled with at least three food groups can give your child the brain power he or she needs to concentrate in class. “Bag lunches can be... Read more

Signs of Bladder Infection

Bladder infections are common problems, particularly among women. More than half of all women experience at least one bladder infection in their lifetime, and many will have recurrent infections. Signs of a bladder infection include: burning sensation while urinatingthe need to urinate frequentlyfever or chillscloudy or bloody urine... Read more

Treat Chronic Ear Infections

Ear infections are common among young children, usually affecting those between 6 months and 2 years old. When a child frequently suffers from ear infections, or when the infections continue to occur as the child ages, it may be time to seek further treatment. Adam S. Morgan,... Read more

Treat Minor Burn Wounds

If you suffer a minor burn wound, you should first hold it under cool running water for about 10 to 15 minutes until the pain lessens and the wound is clean. Then, treat it with a triple antibiotic ointment or prescription antibiotic treatment and cover it... Read more

Exercise After Knee Replacement Surgery

The purpose of knee replacement surgery is to help you resume an active life. Of course, you will need to take some time to heal after the procedure — but the best way to stop hurting is to start moving. "If you were in significant pain before... Read more

Avoid Heatstroke

Whether at work or play, you should always keep a bottle of water close at hand during warm weather. Water will help your body sweat and maintain a normal temperature, which is important for avoiding heatstroke. Heatstroke occurs when your body temperature reaches 104 degrees or more.... Read more

Detect Birth Defects

Throughout your pregnancy, your doctor may order several tests to detect potential birth defects. "When we know there are problems, we might be able to take steps to prevent them from worsening," says Grant D. McWilliams, DO, obstetrician and gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. When you... Read more

Avoid Poison Ivy

If you have spent time outdoors within the past day and suddenly developed red, itchy skin, you may have a poison ivy rash. This type of rash is caused by an oil called urushiol that is found in the leaves, stems and roots of poison ivy,... Read more

Chlorine Can Damage Skin

Chlorine is a chemical used to kill bacteria in pools. While it helps keep the water clean, it can be hard on skin – especially if you stay in the pool for hours. Excessive chlorine can cause you to develop a red, itchy rash and result... Read more

Hay Fever and Migraines

About 12 percent of people in the United States experience migraines. A recent study has shown that people who suffer from migraines have more frequent headaches if they also suffer from seasonal allergies, or hay fever. Matthew J. Riffle, MD “Researchers are not sure whether allergies cause migraines... Read more

ACL Tears Are a Risk For Some Athletes

An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear in the knee is one of the most well-known sports injuries, primarily because it is very common and can bench an athlete for the rest of the season. The ACL is one of the two stabilizing ligaments in the center... Read more

Dangers of Sunburn

When you do not properly protect yourself from the sun, you run the risk of many health problems, including skin cancer. “The sun’s ultraviolet rays cause sunburns,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist on staff at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Most sunburns affect only the outer layer... Read more

Prescription Testosterone

Some men believe the answer to low energy and decreased sex drive is prescription testosterone. But you should talk to your doctor about your problem rather than seeking out a so-called "low-T clinic." "If you have suddenly begun experiencing low energy and erectile dysfunction, you may be... Read more

Adult Vaccinations

Americans receive the majority of their vaccinations in childhood, but there are several vaccinations adults should receive as well: Influenza: “All adults need a flu shot every year,” says Matthew J. Riffle, MD, internal medicine physician at Physicians Park Primary Care. “The best time to receive... Read more

Common Allergy Triggers

There are many triggers that can cause misery to a person with allergies. It is important to identify your triggers so you can avoid them and be prepared with the right medication. Common triggers include: Pollen – It may come from flowers, trees or grass. Symptoms can include... Read more

Healthy Diets for Crohn’s Disease

When you have Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD), the lining of your digestive tract can become inflamed, leading to diarrhea and abdominal pain. While there is no scientifically proven diet for those who suffer from IBD, there are ways to reduce your symptoms. “The... Read more

Mobi-C Device Helps Patients With Neck Pain

Patients who have bulging or damaged discs in their necks have a new option for treatment at Saint Francis Medical Center: the Mobi-C® Cervical Disc. Doctors can now use this artificial disc to treat an even larger range of neck problems. The bones that form the spine... Read more


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