Health Articles

Inspire Sleep Apnea Innovation

Do you utilize a CPAP machine for sleep apnea? Inspire Sleep Apnea Innovation could help. An estimated 18 million Americans live with sleep apnea, often using a CPAP machine to get a better night's sleep. Now there is a novel approach for treating sleep apnea —...

Know the Signs of a Heart Attack

Not all heart attacks are sudden. Not all begin with chest pain. The Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) initiative, created by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, encourages early recognition when the heart attack symptoms are mild and in the early stages. The initiative includes...

Pain Relief with Iovera

When pain or dysfunction in your knee keeps you from doing the things you love most, it is important to seek care that is personalized for you. The experts at the Orthopedic Institute at Saint Francis make specialized plans for patients to reach their treatment...

Protect Yourself From the Sun

Children and adults love being outside during the summer months. Whether swimming, mowing the lawn or walking the dog, the best way to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays is to wear long sleeves and long pants or cover yourself with sunscreen. When picking...

Rehab Reduces Risk of Repeat Fractures

Broken bones heal, but they can break again. The older generation is particularly at risk. Patients with osteoporosis have low bone density, which means that if they fall, they are more likely to break a bone either once or repeatedly. To prevent broken bones in the...

RSV: What to Look For

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is rapidly infecting many young children throughout the country. Nurse Practitioner Erika Westrich at Cape Physician Associates gives insight on what RSV is, ways to prevent it, symptoms to look out for and more. What is RSV? “Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is...

Sore Throat or Strep Throat? How to Tell the Difference

Sore throat is a common complaint in the pediatric population and can be caused by Group A Streptococcus (GAS) otherwise known as "strep throat." Strep throat accounts for 15 to 30 percent of all sore throats in children ages 5 to 15. Viruses are also...

Stress Can Cause Stomachache, Gastritis

Stress can cause a stomachache, and an even more serious condition called gastritis. If your bout of indigestion or inflammation lingers for a week or more – or if there is blood in your vomit or feces – you should see a physician to determine...

Surgery at Saint Francis

The Operating Room (OR) is a unique setting in healthcare. It depends on teamwork, communication and surgical conscience (ethics/morality) for anyone who chooses the OR as a career. Besides the obvious goal of providing repairs to bodies, another is to keep Saint Francis Healthcare System...

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Martha Margreiter, MD Breastfeeding can be an essential benefit in the development of infants. Martha Margreiter, MD, pediatrician at Poplar Bluff Pediatrics, explains the variety of benefits that come with breastfeeding. “Without a doubt, mother’s milk alone promotes optimum health and development for babies. It is uniquely...

The Difference Between Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

Occupational and physical therapy are two major forms of rehabilitation that help individuals gain or recover their movement and mobility. One common misconception, however, is that the two of these are interchangeable. While they both provide similar functionality of care, they are vastly different in...

The Importance of Flu Shots

As the year winds down, the annual flu season is revving up. Marc Lumsden, DO, family medicine physician at Cape Physician Associates, explains the necessity and benefits of getting the flu shot once the winter months approach. "During colder months, the flu virus tends to be...