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GI Disorders Affect Many


Gastrointestinal disorders affect millions of Americans. Among the most common are gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and celiac disease. GERD: This condition causes damage to the lining of the esophagus and is often characterized by heartburn that occurs more than once a week. IBS: ...
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Get Stroke Screening at Checkup


When you see your primary care physician for your annual checkup, ask about undergoing a stroke screening. People who are most at risk for stroke are those who have close family members who suffered a stroke before the age of 50. Those older than 60 who ...
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Talk to Doctor About Suspicious Skin Lesions


That strange-looking spot on your skin may be a sign of something dangerous. If you are concerned about an area, talk to your primary care physician about a skin cancer screening. “As with other cancers, you want to catch any kind of skin cancer early,” says ...
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A Painful Grip Could Mean Cubital Tunnel Syndrome


The ulnar nerve is in the arm and connected to the small muscles of the hand, some forearm muscles and the ring and pinkie fingers. Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when increased pressure is applied to the ulnar nerve. Common symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome are pain ...
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Post-Concussion Syndrome Can Last for Months 


The effects of a concussion sometimes can last for months after the original injury. Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include headaches, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, decreased concentration and fogginess. “Post-concussion syndrome is not dependent on the severity of the injury,” says Heidi J. Hunter, MD, physical medicine and ...
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A Strong System Supports Weight-Loss Surgery Patient


As a paramedic and volunteer firefighter, Evan Ineichen, 37, often needs to move quickly on the job. Before spring 2015, his weight made that extremely difficult. But thanks to Weight Loss Solutions at Saint Francis Healthcare System, Ineichen now has enough stamina to save lives. On ...
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Cape Care for Women to Move


Cape Care for Women is making a move, and patients will enjoy the change. The obstetrics and gynecology office practice is moving from its current location to the Women and Children’s Pavilion (Entrance 5) at Saint Francis Medical Center. Starting on September 19, patients will enjoy ...
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Exercise Plan Helps You Stay Healthy


If you are prediabetic or suffer from chronic problems such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you could benefit from a solid exercise plan. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Exercise is Medicine® program is based on the American College of Sports Medicine program, which was launched ...
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Finding the Right Blood Thinner


If you have certain types of heart disease, you are at risk for forming blood clots. These clots can travel to the brain or other parts of your body and cause a stroke or a heart attack. Doctors typically prescribe blood thinners for patients who have ...
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Multiple Sclerosis Clinic Provides Answers


While it is important to identify multiple sclerosis (MS) in its early stages, some people mistakenly think they have MS when something else is wrong. “Some patients have tingling or numbness in their hand, fatigue, chronic pain and trouble sleeping and believe they have MS,” says ...
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