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Health Articles

Hives and Rashes

The best way to tell the difference between hives and rashes is to take a close look at the affected area. Hives are raised bumps that can be itchy, and rashes are simply an inflamed area on the skin. Hives are often the result of an allergic... Read more

Seizures and Epilepsy

About one in 100 people in the United States will have a seizure once in their lifetime. If you have had two or more seizures without any apparent cause, talk to your doctor about treatment for epilepsy. "When you have a seizure, you may involuntarily jerk a... Read more

Premature Menopause

While the average age for menopause onset in the United States is 51, some women undergo the "change of life" much earlier – sometimes even before age 40. This could occur as the result of chemotherapy or radiation therapy; an autoimmune disease such as lupus, hypothyroidism or... Read more

Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgeries

Years ago, patients who needed surgery for a herniated disk in their back faced a long recovery period. Now, there are several minimally invasive options for spinal surgery that result in less pain and a faster recovery. The bones that form the spine are cushioned by round,... Read more

Parents Welcome in NICU

When you have a very sick newborn, it is important to spend time with him or her. In Saint Francis Medical Center's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), doctors and nurses encourage parents to get to know their little ones.  "Just touching your newborn makes a... Read more

Family BirthPlace Staff Is “Like Family” to Patient

When Malinda Milam entered Saint Francis Medical Center's Family BirthPlace in December 2013 for monitoring of her pregnancy, she was frightened and apprehensive. However, the smiling, reassuring faces she saw put her at ease immediately. "I couldn't help but feel like I was with family," says Milam,... Read more

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety often occurs in babies between the ages of 10 and 18 months. These problems most commonly arise when you leave your child with a babysitter or even a family member who does not frequently care for the child. The best way to minimize crying and... Read more

Watch Your Cholesterol Numbers

Knowing your cholesterol numbers is key to understanding your overall health. High cholesterol can cause atherosclerosis, a buildup of cholesterol on the walls of your arteries that can lead to major heart problems. "You want to aim for a total cholesterol level below 200 milligrams (mg) per... Read more

Beware of Bug Bites

While most insect bites are harmless, more than two million Americans are allergic to stinging insects, which include bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants. One symptom of an allergic reaction is anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can cause many problems, including difficulty breathing or swallowing and swelling... Read more

Symptoms of Kidney Stones 

A kidney stone is formed from substances in the urine. It will not cause any symptoms if it stays in the kidney. However, if it leaves the kidney and becomes stuck in the urinary tract, it can cause severe pain in the back, side, abdomen, groin... Read more

Family BirthPlace Classes

When you are preparing for the birth of your child, you may feel like you have more questions than answers. Saint Francis Medical Center's Family BirthPlace offers a wide range of classes for parents-to-be that will help you feel more equipped for such a big change. The... Read more

Stop Smoking Today

It is never too late to stop the effects of smoking. Even when you have been smoking for decades, you can significantly improve your health by quitting today. "If you already have a condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), stopping smoking can slow the progression... Read more

Hypoglycemia and Diabetes

Hypoglycemia is a condition in which a person's blood sugar has dropped to a dangerously low level. While it is defined as any level lower than 72 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), it can vary depending on a person's age and health. Diabetics are particularly at risk... Read more

Fitness Plus Expands Pilates Studio

Since the Pilates fitness system was first created at the beginning of the 20th century, it has helped hundreds of thousands of people develop strength and a higher level of physical fitness. Today, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus is putting a greater emphasis on the... Read more

Respiratory Care Program Earns Recognition

Saint Francis Medical Center has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals. Saint Francis has been a consecutive recipient of this award since... Read more

Depression and IBS

Although depression does not cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and IBS does not cause depression, the two are closely related. Studies have shown that more than half of the people with IBS also suffer from depression. “People with IBS may be so anxious about experiencing a... Read more

Summer Shoes for Foot Problems

For people who have foot problems, summer can be a challenging time to find the right types of shoes and sandals. As we head into the summer months, here are a few common foot issues and the types of shoes that work best: Plantar fasciitis – Look... Read more

Signs of Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy that can endanger both the mother and baby. It is characterized by increased blood pressure, protein in the mother's urine and often by swelling. Preeclampsia can lead to seizures, stroke or other organ failure and can also put the baby... Read more

“Scoring System” Helps ID Critical Patients

Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) is a tool Saint Francis Medical Center uses to help nurses identify patients who might need early intervention for declining clinical conditions. With MEWS, they are able to reduce "code blue" (cardiopulmonary) emergencies and call the hospital's rapid response team more... Read more

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

If a woman has irregular periods; excess hair growth over her face, chest and back; extreme problems with acne; or difficulties becoming pregnant, she may have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is an endocrine disorder that is thought to be one of the leading causes of... Read more


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