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If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and frequently experience symptoms such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain and diarrhea, you may benefit from trying a special eating plan called the FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo- Di- Monosaccharides and Polyols – all types of carbohydrates... Read more

Dangers of Earbuds

If you frequently listen to loud music while using earbuds or headphones, you could be damaging your hearing. An MP3 player played at 70 percent of its top volume is nearly as loud as a chainsaw. "Over time, earbuds and headphones can cause noise-induced hearing loss when... Read more

Healing Joints Through the Kinetic Chain

When you injure a joint in your body, you should not merely focus on repairing that joint – you must also tend to the muscles that contribute to the stability and movement of that joint. Those muscles are called the kinetic chain. Saint Francis Medical Center’s... Read more

CT Scans for Smokers

A panel of experts has recommended that heavy smokers receive an annual computed tomography (CT) scan to screen for lung cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says current and former smokers ages 55 to 80 who have smoked at least 30 "pack-years" should undergo the... Read more

Protecting Your Head

There is a good reason why coaches pull athletes from games after they suffer a blow to the head: The effects of a concussion sometimes last for decades after the injury. And the sooner an athlete returns to their sport after the concussion, the more likely... Read more

Osteoporosis Increases Fracture Risk

About 52 million people in the United States suffer from osteoporosis, a condition resulting from severely low bone density. Low bone density occurs when your body is unable to make enough new bone tissue to replace the tissue it has lost. Patrick R. Knight, MD "People with osteoporosis... Read more

Treat Diaper Rash

There are many causes of diaper rash, including prolonged exposure to a soiled diaper, chafing, an allergic reaction or a bacterial or yeast infection. Diaper rash can be quite painful for babies, so you should treat it right away.  "The most effective way to treat diaper rash... Read more

Signs of Appendicitis

While no one knows exactly what the appendix does, we do know that when it becomes inflamed, it needs to be removed, immediately. This inflammation, called appendicitis, can lead to a ruptured appendix, which in turn can lead to an infection in the abdominal cavity. F. Michael... Read more

Treating Symptoms of Menopause

The average age for menopause in the United States is 51. But for many women, symptoms can begin years before the permanent end of their fertility. Women need not suffer in silence; doctors can help treat hot flashes, emotional symptoms, depression and other problems caused by... Read more

Fifth Disease

Fifth disease is a viral infection best recognized by the red rash it causes on the cheeks. It is common among school-aged children and is sometimes called “slapped-cheek disease” because children with the infection look as though their cheeks have been slapped. The first symptoms are... Read more

Reduce Hearing Loss Due to Noise

According to the National Institutes of Health, 15 percent of Americans aged 20 to 69 have some amount of hearing loss related to noise at work or recreational activities. The best way to prevent this, of course, is to avoid exposure to high decibel (dB) noise.... Read more

Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies: Less Scarring, Fewer Scares

Historically, many women have approached their hysterectomies with fear. Thanks to newer, less invasive options like the da Vinci® S HDTM Surgical System, however, women today need not be so afraid. Kimberly K. Roos, MD, FACOG, obstetrician/gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center, uses the da Vinci Surgical System... Read more

Lab Receives Accreditation

A neurophysiology laboratory is a facility dedicated to assessing and diagnosing neurological conditions. One of the procedures performed in the lab is an electroencephalogram (EEG). An EEG is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain.  Special sensors (electrodes) are attached to the... Read more

Hip Problems in Active People

Hip problems are not just confined to older patients. Young, active people  can also experience issues with their hips. "While the most common hip problem among older people is that the hip joint simply wears out, younger people might suffer hip injuries from overuse," says Patrick R.... Read more

Healing Options for Skin Ulcers

Patients who suffer from diabetic foot ulcers or venous stasis ulcers on their legs have several high-tech options at Saint Francis Medical Center for faster healing – skin substitutes. Saint Francis physicians use three different types of skin substitutes: Apligraf®, which is made from fetal foreskin cells EpiFix®, which is... Read more

Teen Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are damaging for teenagers, which is why it is important that you spot these problems early, so your child can receive help. One of the biggest signs of an eating disorder is an obsession with dieting. "Teenage girls and boys who continue to count... Read more

Boost Good Cholesterol

In addition to keeping your low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) level low, you should consider taking steps to boost your high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) level if it is too low. “A high HDL is associated with a lower risk for heart disease,” says Matthew... Read more

New Treatment for Fecal Incontinence

It is not a topic many people want to talk about, but fecal incontinence is a problem that affects millions of people – and it is a problem doctors can solve. Fecal incontinence is the involuntary leakage of feces from the rectum. Some people only experience occasional... Read more

Radiation Therapy Side Effects

Patients undergoing radiation therapy experience a wide range of side effects, from the very mild to the extremely bothersome. The most common early side effects are fatigue and skin issues. The best way to control fatigue is to take good care of yourself. Get plenty of... Read more

Palliative Care Program

When a patient is diagnosed with a chronic or life-limiting illness, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Palliative Care Program can help manage pain and provide comfort for that patient. Our team of physicians, nurses, chaplains and other caregivers work with the patient and his or her family... Read more

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