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Children Get Urinary Tract Infections

One of the most common reasons why a child will see a urologist is because he or she is experiencing recurrent urinary tract infections. “In most cases, urinary tract infections are easily treated with antibiotics,” says Mitchell L. Ogles, MD, urologist, who practices at Saint Francis ...
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New Methods to Treat Chronic Total Occlusion

Chronic total occlusion (CTO) is a type of coronary artery blockage that has been present for three months or more. CTOs are difficult to treat and can cause severe chest pain and cardiomyopathy. Cardiologists at Saint Francis Healthcare System now have state-of-the-art equipment and the expertise ...
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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 ...
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Pap Smear Recommendations Change

National guidelines regarding Pap smears recently have changed. The United States Preventive Services Task Force now recommends women receive their first Pap smear at age 21, repeating the test every three years until age 29. After age 30, they can drop their frequency of screenings ...
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Weight-Loss Surgery Provides a Happy and Healthy Life

About a year and a half ago, Nikki Golden was at a turning point in her life. The Cape Girardeau woman was turning 40, and her excess weight was making her both unhappy and unhealthy. She decided she needed a change, and Saint Francis Healthcare ...
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Medication can Cause Side Effects

Some pain medications such as opiates can cause side effects such as severe constipation. When it persists, constipation can lead to rectal prolapse, tears in the rectum and fecal impaction, which means the rectum becomes blocked from passing stool. “The best way to avoid constipation while ...
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Sikeston Couple Lose Pounds Together

For Trace Glaus of Sikeston, Mo., the tipping point in his weight control came when his physician told him his blood pressure had risen to dangerously high levels. It scared him so much he knew he needed to do something about his weight right away. Trace ...
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Ways to Reduce Throat Cancer

Every year, about 13,000 new cases of throat cancer are diagnosed. While researchers cannot determine the exact cause of throat cancer, they have identified several ways in which you can reduce your risk: Do not smoke. “When you inhale some of the chemicals in tobacco, ...
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Hospice Opens in Scott County 

Terminally ill patients in Scott County, Missouri, now have the option to utilize Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Hospice Services Program. The program recently expanded to include Scott County, in addition to Cape Girardeau, Perry, Bollinger and Stoddard counties. “Patients who already have been receiving care at ...
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