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Health Articles

Fight Fatigue

If you feel tired all the time, there could be a medical reason … or you might just be taking on too much in your life. Here are some reasons you could be experiencing fatigue: Underactive thyroid: Called “hypothyroidism,” this condition occurs when your body does not... Read more

Nurses Team Up to Help Patients Stay Well

The last thing any person wants after returning home from the hospital is to be readmitted. Saint Francis is beginning a new nursing model that aims to provide more targeted care to reduce the number of readmissions. Under this model, called Practice Partners, registered nurses (RNs) and... Read more

Continuum of Care

When you are admitted to Saint Francis Medical Center, you may be under the care of a hospitalist – an internal medicine physician who coordinates a hospital patient’s care. A hospitalist manages your hospital care, which may include assisting communication with specialists and primary care physicians. “Before... Read more

Causes of Low Testosterone

There are many health conditions that can trigger low testosterone, including obesity, diabetes, kidney damage and changes in thyroid function. In many of these cases, your body is simply putting more effort into fighting a chronic condition than it is into producing testosterone. “Another cause of low... Read more

Minimally Invasive Lesion Removal 

When a person has an unusually large or cancerous lesion in his colon or another part of his gastrointestinal tract, endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) can be an effective, minimally invasive method to remove that lesion. “While a colonoscopy or polypectomy can be used to remove small polyps,... Read more

Heart Disease and the Flu

If you have heart disease, catching the flu can be dangerous and even deadly. This is because the flu can cause added stress to your body, which affects your blood pressure and heart function. A person with heart disease is also at high risk for stroke... Read more

NICU Follow-up Clinic

Hundreds of babies will benefit from Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Follow-up Clinic, thanks to funds from Saint Francis Foundation. The Follow-up Clinic follows NICU graduates at risk for developmental issues following their discharge from the NICU. The unit has... Read more

Sleep Routines for Kids

Bedtime battles can be exhausting for both parents and children. If you want to minimize conflict, establish a consistent routine. Try to keep your routine to 30 minutes or less. Do the same activities in the same order every night – and stick to the same time.... Read more

Trim Figure, Full Social Life

A year ago, Christina Hahs of Cape Girardeau did not socialize much. She preferred to  stay at home and read or watch TV – activities that did not require interacting with other people. She was too self-conscious about her weight, which peaked at 265 pounds. She... Read more

Heart Attack or Panic Attack?

If you think you are having a panic attack, pay very close attention to your symptoms: You may actually be experiencing a heart attack. "In some situations, it can be difficult to distinguish between a panic attack and a heart attack," says Duc T. Nguyen, DO, interventional... Read more

Prevent Holiday Overeating

The holidays are difficult not just for people who are trying to shed pounds, but also for those who want to maintain their weight. “Even if you only gain a few pounds during the holidays, you may not be able to lose that weight easily,” says ... Read more

Prepare for Your Surgery

Surgery is never stress-free. But if you know what to expect and are prepared for your procedure, you can make it as easy as possible for you and your loved ones. “Make sure you understand exactly what the surgery involves,” says William Ray Silliman, MD, FACS, general... Read more

Smoking Causes Buerger’s Disease

Buerger’s disease is a condition in which the blood vessels become inflamed, often swelling and becoming blocked with blood clots. The No. 1 risk factor for Buerger’s disease is heavy cigarette smoking, and it most commonly affects men younger than 40 – although more women are... Read more

Weaning Your Baby

If you want to wean your child from breast-feeding, the best approach is to go slowly. “When you abruptly stop nursing, that is not always best for baby or for mom,” says Joy L. LeDoux-Johnson, MD, pediatrician and internal medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center.... Read more

Learn the Facts About Ebola

Ebola is a deadly virus that causes both internal and external bleeding. This year, West Africa has been experiencing the largest epidemic in history, causing worldwide concern over the virus. Researchers believe that Ebola begins in an animal – such as a bat – and spreads to... Read more

Stop the Spread of Cold

Cold season is coming, but that does not mean you need to fall victim to the virus. There are simple steps you can take to stop a cold from spreading. Washing your hands is the most effective way to keep yourself healthy. “You cannot keep cold germs... Read more

Wear Sunscreen in Winter

Just because the weather is cold does not mean you are safe from sunburn. If you plan on spending several hours outside, remember to use sunscreen. “Sunburn occurs as a result of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist on staff at... Read more

Look for Signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis

If you notice swelling and pain in your leg, talk to your doctor right away. You could be experiencing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein – usually in the legs. These clots are dangerous because they... Read more

Acid Reflux Disease

When the valve at the entrance to your stomach does not fully close after food passes through it, acid from your stomach can move up into your esophagus. This is called acid reflux and can cause a burning sensation commonly referred to as heartburn. “Many people experience... Read more

Humidifiers and Vaporizers

If someone in your family has a cold or other illness, or you just want more humidity in your house during winter, humidifiers and vaporizers are good options. Both devices add moisture to the air; a humidifier does so through a cool mist, and a vaporizer... Read more


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