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Periodic Limb Movement Disorder Happens While Sleeping


Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMS) occurs when your legs involuntarily move while sleeping. It can cause significant problems with nighttime sleep, which in turn leads to daytime drowsiness. “PLMS can be the result of an underlying condition, such as diabetes, anemia, or a spinal cord injury, ...
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Doctors Support Healthy Weight Loss


If you want to lose weight, your doctor can assist you in creating a plan that will keep you healthy and help you reach your goals. “You need a strong support system during your weight loss, and your doctor can provide an unbiased outside opinion,” ...
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Tau (τ) Award Recognizes Excellence in Patient Safety

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Saint Francis Healthcare System has created a new award to recognize areas that have achieved great results in quality and patient safety. The Tau Award was given to 10 departments that reached the first milestone. “We all need to be empowered to make a difference for ...
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Relieve Arthritis Pain


Persons with arthritis know how stiff they can feel in the morning. Adopting a regular exercise routine can help relieve stiffness and pain and strengthen your muscles. “One of the best treatments for arthritis is water aerobics and aquatic exercises,” says Amjad Roumany, MD, rheumatologist, Saint ...
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Get Free Lung Cancer Screening


Lung cancer is the world’s No. 1 cancer killer. In the later stages of the disease, it spreads beyond the lungs and becomes more difficult to treat. As part of its commitment to detect lung cancer in the early, more treatable stages, Saint Francis Healthcare System ...
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Saint Francis Health Center Opens in Dexter


Saint Francis Healthcare System is committed to making quality healthcare available to Missouri residents in their own communities. That is why the Saint Francis Health Center recently opened in Dexter, Mo. Located at 1212 Saint Francis Drive, near US 60 Outer Road and Harris Drive, the ...
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Sleep Apnea Causes Health Problems


If you frequently snore and experience daytime drowsiness, you may suffer from sleep apnea. There are three different types of sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea is when your airway becomes blocked during sleep. Central sleep apnea is when your brain does not signal the muscles ...
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Keep Up to Date with Vaccinations During Pregnancy


If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, certain vaccinations lower your risk of becoming ill and, in turn, lower your baby’s risk. At about 28 weeks’ gestation, your doctor will talk to you about receiving a dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, ...
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Epic System Improves Patient Care


Saint Francis Healthcare System patients now benefit from a streamlined electronic medical records system that will let their doctors communicate with one another. The Epic system allows providers from all parts of the Saint Francis system – including the Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, clinics in ...
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Always Tired Could Mean Hypothyroidism


If you are often tired throughout the day, talk to your doctor. You may have hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when your body does not produce enough of the thyroid hormone. In addition to fatigue, symptoms of hypothyroidism can include weight gain, weakness, abnormal menstrual cycles, ...
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