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Fluids and Rest Help Bronchitis

Bronchitis is when the lining of your bronchial tubes becomes inflamed, causing coughing, mucus, chest discomfort and fatigue. “Most cases of acute bronchitis get better on their own within a couple of weeks,” says Erica E. Gibson, MD, family practice physician, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “You ...
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Solve Chronic Dry Eye

Eyes are constantly producing tears that serve to lubricate and nourish them. When they do not produce enough tears, or when they produce poor-quality tears, you have a condition called chronic dry eye. Chronic dry eye can cause scratching or burning in your eyes or blurred vision. “If ...
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Epic Keeps Medications Correct

Saint Francis Healthcare System’s electronic medical records system is keeping patients safe by helping physicians prevent medication errors. The Epic system allows providers from all parts of the Saint Francis system, including the Medical Center in Cape Girardeau and the clinics throughout the region, to access ...
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Introduce Foods Slowly to Baby

When you begin introducing solid foods to a baby, do so slowly and one at a time. That way, it is easier to identify potential food allergies. “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you start trying solid foods when your baby is between 4 and ...
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Download Saint Francis’ Motherhood App

Pregnant women can track their baby’s growth and find answers to all their questions through Saint Francis Healthcare System’s SFMC 4 Moms app. The free app is a convenient way for women to access information about Saint Francis’ Family BirthPlace, childbirth classes and physicians on staff ...
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Prevent Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

As a woman progresses through her pregnancy, her uterus enlarges and begins to compress the veins in the pelvis. This can lead to varicose veins, which cause cosmetic issues and other problems. “Varicose veins can cause people to have swelling in their legs,” says Colleen Moore, ...
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Solutions to Treat Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is most often found in the tongue, the lips and the floor of the mouth. The most frequent treatment is surgery, which can be used to remove a tumor, all or part of the jaw, the bone in the roof of the mouth ...
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Control Your Blood Sugar

When you have diabetes, controlling your blood sugar level is the key to staying healthy. The following are some tips for keeping your blood sugar stable: Stick to a regular meal schedule. “When you eat just one or two big meals a day, that can ...
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Using Ultrasound to Detect and Stage Lung Cancer

Doctors at Saint Francis Medical Center utilize a minimally invasive method known as an endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) for diagnosing and staging lung cancer. Endobronchial ultrasound uses sound waves to gain a clear picture of the area around the bronchial tubes and biopsy the abnormal area ...
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Link Between Sleep Problems and Depression

Depression and sleep disorders are closely linked. In some cases, depression can cause problems with sleep, and in others, certain sleep disorders can contribute to depression. “One of the many purposes of sleep is to restore you,” says Michael T. Jedlinski, MD, FACP, internal medicine physician, ...
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