Masks Are Required at All Saint Francis Locations
COVID-19 Policies & Information

Health Articles

Emergency Care vs Urgent Care

When you’re experiencing a life-threatening condition, such as chest pains, a head injury or severe bleeding, the Emergency Department at Saint Francis Medical Center is your best option for medical care. However, if your situation is non-life-threating, such as a sprained ankle or a sore throat,... Read more

Treatment Varies for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder in women that disrupts the growth and release of eggs from the ovaries. Some PCOS symptoms include infertility, missed periods, weight problems and acne. “Treatment for PCOS depends on the goals and symptoms of the individual woman,” says Jessica... Read more

Manage Lupus Symptoms

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack not only foreign substances, but also healthy cells and tissues. This creates inflammation and can affect the joints, skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, blood cells and brain. “Symptoms of lupus can range from mild to... Read more

Sleep Apnea Brings Problems

People who suffer from sleep apnea have a higher risk than others for developing heart disease. “Researchers cannot say for sure whether sleep apnea causes heart disease, but we do know you are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure when you have sleep apnea,”... Read more

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. The percentage of children who have obesity issues has more than... 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

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 or... Read more

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 cause... Read more

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 with... Read more

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, Saint... Read more

Watch for Eye Diseases

As you age, you increasingly are at risk for developing eye problems, particularly glaucoma and a detached retina. Glaucoma is a disease that results from too much pressure inside the eye. Your doctor should be checking the pressure in your eyes on a regular basis. Symptoms can... Read more

Diagnosing and Treating a Weak Heart Muscle

Cardiomyopathy is the medical term for a weak heart muscle. With this diagnosis, it is important to find out what is causing it to begin treatment immediately. People with cardiomyopathy seek medical attention because they are having trouble breathing, retaining fluid, exercising, extremely fatigued and cannot lie... Read more


Estimate Your Cost for Services with Our Automated Tool