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Always Tired Could Mean Hypothyroidism

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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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Multiple Myeloma Leads to Other Problems

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Multiple myeloma occurs when cancerous plasma cells begin to grow in the bone marrow and produce a myeloma protein. Plasma cells are a type of white blood cell that fights infections and other diseases. Signs of multiple myeloma can include: Frequent infections Fatigue due to low ...
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Joint Replacement “Graduates” Celebrate at Dance

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For people who are receiving treatment at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Center for Joint Replacement and Revision (CJRR), dancing seems like an almost impossible feat. Yet through hard work and with the help of skilled surgeons and therapists, many of those patients go on to ...
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Heart and Health Screening 

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Monitoring your risk for coronary heart disease and other health risks is easy with Heart & Health Screenings at Saint Francis Medical Center. The following screenings are available 7-10 am every first and third Wednesday of each month in the Saint Martha Conference Room (150 ...
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Learn About Narcolepsy

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Narcolepsy is a brain disorder that causes persons to have poor control over sleep-wake cycles throughout the day. Someone with narcolepsy may experience daytime drowsiness or suddenly fall asleep during work, school or another part of the day. At Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Sleep Disorders Center, ...
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Treating a Traumatic Brain Injury

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A traumatic brain injury occurs when you experience an injury to the head because of an outside force. This could be due to a blow to the head or an object penetrating the skull such as a bullet. If you or your child experience such an ...
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New Bariatric Surgeon Joins Weight Loss Solutions

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Saint Francis Medical Center now has two surgeons available to perform weight-loss surgery. Carson C. Cunningham, MD, bariatric and general surgeon, Saint Francis Medical Partner, has joined fellow bariatric and general surgeon Ryan A. LeGrand, MD, at Weight Loss Solutions. Cunningham earned his medical degree from ...
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Preventing and Treating Acid Reflux

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More than 60 million Americans experience acid reflux once a month, and 15 million experience it daily, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. Acid reflux happens when the naturally occurring acid, which is already in our stomachs, moves back into the esophagus. It causes an ...
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Weight Loss Helps Perryville Man Stop His Meds

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After spending more than 20 years on medications to lower his blood pressure, Roger Balsman of Perryville, Mo., never imagined he would be able to live without them. At the recommendation of his physician, Mark B. Schabbing, MD, he joined The Healthy Weigh, Saint Francis ...
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Treat Joint Pain

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If you regularly experience joint pain due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or another condition, you can use a combination of medication and physical therapy to treat it. On the medication side, over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil® or Aleve® can provide relief. ...
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