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Health Articles

Continuing Care Clinic After a Hospital Stay

Nobody wants to return to the hospital shortly after being discharged. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Continuing Care Clinic aims to help patients take the necessary steps to stay out of the hospital. "We provide ongoing management for their chronic disease," says clinical coordinator, Bernadette Huston, MSN, RN,... Read more

Lymph Node Testing

Melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, kills about 9,000 Americans each year. Studies have shown the best way to find out if melanoma has spread is to perform a sentinel node biopsy after surgically removing a cancerous lesion. During this biopsy, the lymph... Read more

Assessing Your Risk For Breast Cancer

About one in eight women will develop cancer during their lifetime. While researchers do not know why cancer occurs, they have identified several factors that increase a person’s risk for breast cancer. Carlos Robles, MD Being a woman – While men can also develop breast cancer, the disease... Read more

Foods for Nursing Moms

If you are breast-feeding your baby, it is important to stick to a balanced, nutritious diet so your baby receives the nutrients he or she needs. In general, you should add about 500 calories per day to your diet. “Breast-feeding moms need large amounts of calcium and... Read more

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

Support After Weight-Loss Surgery

Patients who undergo weight-loss surgery at Saint Francis Medical Center have support every step of the way. On the third Thursday of every month, they meet as a group to discuss challenges and triumphs. "The support group is a way for our patients to network and learn... 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


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