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Health Articles

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety often occurs in babies between the ages of 10 and 18 months. These problems most commonly arise when you leave your child with a babysitter or even a family member who does not frequently care for the child. The best way to minimize crying and... Read more

Watch Your Cholesterol Numbers

Knowing your cholesterol numbers is key to understanding your overall health. High cholesterol can cause atherosclerosis, a buildup of cholesterol on the walls of your arteries that can lead to major heart problems. "You want to aim for a total cholesterol level below 200 milligrams (mg) per... Read more

Beware of Bug Bites

While most insect bites are harmless, more than two million Americans are allergic to stinging insects, which include bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants. One symptom of an allergic reaction is anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can cause many problems, including difficulty breathing or swallowing and swelling... Read more

Symptoms of Kidney Stones 

A kidney stone is formed from substances in the urine. It will not cause any symptoms if it stays in the kidney. However, if it leaves the kidney and becomes stuck in the urinary tract, it can cause severe pain in the back, side, abdomen, groin... Read more

Family BirthPlace Classes

When you are preparing for the birth of your child, you may feel like you have more questions than answers. Saint Francis Medical Center's Family BirthPlace offers a wide range of classes for parents-to-be that will help you feel more equipped for such a big change. The... Read more

Stop Smoking Today

It is never too late to stop the effects of smoking. Even when you have been smoking for decades, you can significantly improve your health by quitting today. "If you already have a condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), stopping smoking can slow the progression... Read more

Hypoglycemia and Diabetes

Hypoglycemia is a condition in which a person's blood sugar has dropped to a dangerously low level. While it is defined as any level lower than 72 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), it can vary depending on a person's age and health. Diabetics are particularly at risk... Read more

Fitness Plus Expands Pilates Studio

Since the Pilates fitness system was first created at the beginning of the 20th century, it has helped hundreds of thousands of people develop strength and a higher level of physical fitness. Today, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus is putting a greater emphasis on the... Read more

Respiratory Care Program Earns Recognition

Saint Francis Medical Center has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals. Saint Francis has been a consecutive recipient of this award since... Read more

Depression and IBS

Although depression does not cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and IBS does not cause depression, the two are closely related. Studies have shown that more than half of the people with IBS also suffer from depression. “People with IBS may be so anxious about experiencing a... Read more

Summer Shoes for Foot Problems

For people who have foot problems, summer can be a challenging time to find the right types of shoes and sandals. As we head into the summer months, here are a few common foot issues and the types of shoes that work best: Plantar fasciitis – Look... Read more

Signs of Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy that can endanger both the mother and baby. It is characterized by increased blood pressure, protein in the mother's urine and often by swelling. Preeclampsia can lead to seizures, stroke or other organ failure and can also put the baby... Read more

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

If a woman has irregular periods; excess hair growth over her face, chest and back; extreme problems with acne; or difficulties becoming pregnant, she may have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is an endocrine disorder that is thought to be one of the leading causes of... Read more

Chronic Sinusitis

Sinusitis is a condition in which you experience inflammation in your nasal passage that interferes with mucus drainage. When you have had this condition for more than eight weeks despite treatment attempts, you are considered to have chronic sinusitis. "First, you should see your primary care physician... Read more

Eat Away From Your Desk

Many of us know that eating in front of the TV is a bad habit that contributes to weight gain. But eating at your desk can also cause you to consume more than what your body needs. When you eat lunch or a snack at your desk,... Read more

Why Am I So Tired?

If you feel tired all the time, there may be a simple reason, such as not sleeping or not exercising enough or not eating a healthy diet. Or, you could suffer from one of several medical conditions that cause fatigue. Thyroid problems can cause low energy, as... Read more

Identifying Dementia

As you age, it may take you a little longer to remember a person's name or follow a complex cooking recipe. But when this slower processing begins to interfere with your daily life, it is time to consider screening for dementia. "Alzheimer's disease is the most common... Read more

Geriatric Fracture Program

When an older patient falls and fractures a bone, there may be other problems that caused that fall. Health problems that could lead to a fall include high blood pressure, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, heart failure or poorly controlled diabetes. “With Saint Francis Medical Center’s geriatric fracture... Read more

Controlling High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can be very dangerous for a woman who is pregnant. There are two main types of hypertension issues in pregnant women – those who develop it as a part of a condition called preeclampsia or "toxemia" and those who have hypertension... Read more

Control Acid Reflux

Acid reflux can significantly impair your life. There are many ways you can control this condition, including watching your diet, making lifestyle changes and taking medications. Diet: Try eating several small meals during the day, rather than a few large ones. Stick to low-fat, high-protein foods and... Read more


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