Health Pages

Pain Relief for Compression Fractures

A spinal compression fracture is a break in the bone that most commonly affects older people with osteoporosis. It can occur as the result of a traumatic incident, such as a fall, but it can also happen when a person is sitting still. The most apparent symptom... Read more

Keep Children Active

When children are sitting on the couch playing video games or just simply watching television, the children are not being active and not getting exercise. Children not moving could lead to big problems with childhood obesity. “Kids need to get up and stay active,” says Maria Duroseau,... Read more

Transport Team Brings Sick Newborns to Level III NICU

Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is known for its expertise. About half of the sick infants who receive care there are transported from other hospitals. “When babies are born with difficulty breathing or brain injuries, staff at hospitals know we have... Read more

Treat Painful Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are mineral deposits that form inside your kidneys. A big risk factor for forming kidney stones is not drinking enough water.  With kidney stones, you can experience severe side or back pain as well as nausea and vomiting. At Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III... Read more

Know Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition in which a person feels overwhelmingly exhausted, even after resting. While the syndrome has remained a mystery for a long time, researchers last year found evidence it is linked to problems in the stomach. Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP In this study,... Read more

Regular Massage Therapy Provides Benefits

Whether your job involves physical labor or sitting at a desk for hours, you can benefit from the healing power of therapeutic massage. Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Fitness Plus offers male and female massage therapists who tailor their services to a client. “Office personnel do not stretch... Read more

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 may... Read more

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 the... Read more

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 information... Read more

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 6... Read more


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