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Note Children’s Immunization Schedule

It is important for your child to see a pediatrician regularly to keep up to date on immunizations. Immunizations begin at birth with Hepatitis B. The following is a schedule of important immunizations: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) Hepatitis A Hepatitis B HiB MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) ... Read more

Nurse Practitioners Equal Another Primary Care Option

Nurse practitioners are nurses who have undergone advanced training and are able to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries, order lab work and imaging tests, and write prescriptions.  They can manage many health conditions, teach health promotion and help patients with disease prevention. “Saint Francis Healthcare System... Read more

Nurses Team Up to Help Patients Stay Well

The last thing any person wants after returning home from the hospital is to be readmitted. Saint Francis is beginning a new nursing model that aims to provide more targeted care to reduce the number of readmissions. Under this model, called Practice Partners, registered nurses (RNs) and... Read more

Nutrition During Cancer Treatment

When you are undergoing cancer treatment, it is important that you consume enough calories, nutrients and liquids to retain your strength, even when you do not feel like eating. “Some cancers may change the way your body processes food and nutrients,” says Mark A. Meadors, DO, medical... Read more

Obesity Contributes to Arthritis

The more you weigh, the more you increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis, a disease in which the joint cartilage gradually deteriorates, causing pain and stiffness. “When you carry extra weight on your body, that puts additional strain on your joints -- particularly your knees and hips,”... Read more

Obesity Stresses Joints

It is common knowledge that obesity can cause or worsen arthritis. But many people are not aware that it also can make other common joint diseases worse, such as lupus and gout. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage many parts of the body, including... Read more

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders. It occurs when your throat muscles periodically relax and block your airway, causing you to stop and start breathing while sleeping. “If you snore frequently and find you are tired throughout the day, talk to your... Read more

One-Sport Athletes at Risk for Overuse

Is there such a thing as too much physical activity? With more athletes than ever before specializing in one sport at a young age, sports medicine specialists are seeing an increase in overuse injuries. “There’s always going to be bumps and bruises from sports,” says Brian C.... Read more

Options to Treat Fibroids

Fibroids are noncancerous lumps that grow on the uterus. If a fibroid is not causing symptoms, your doctor may recommend that you watch and wait. However, if you experience bleeding, cramping or difficulty becoming pregnant, you should talk to your doctor about fibroid removal. "We can prescribe... Read more

Osteoarthritis Treatment

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects millions of Americans. At Saint Francis Healthcare System, there are many options to relieve the pain, from conservative to surgical. “On the conservative end, primary care physicians can provide anti-inflammatory medication,” says Patrick R. Knight, MD, orthopedic surgeon who practices... 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

Out for a Run and Out of Breath?

Breathing heavily when exercising is normal. Coughing, wheezing and chest pain when exercising may be asthma. “Some people experience asthma symptoms when they’re exercising, but they don’t attribute their breathing problems to asthma because they don’t suffer from the disorder at other times,” says W. Keith Graham,... Read more

Overhead Movements Can Lead to Biceps Tendonitis

Biceps tendonitis occurs when you experience inflammation in the tendon that connects the top part of your bicep to your shoulder. It is most common in athletes who use overhead motions such as throwing, swimming and swinging a racquet or in people whose job requires them... 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

Palliative Care Improves Life

Saint Francis Healthcare System offers a Palliative Care Program for inpatients who have a chronic or life-limiting illness. The team includes a medical director, nurse practitioner, nurse and a social worker who help patients and their families with determination of care goals, management of symptoms associated... 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

Pap Smear Recommendations Change

National guidelines regarding Pap smears recently have changed. The United States Preventive Services Task Force now recommends women receive their first Pap smear at age 21, repeating the test every three years until age 29. After age 30, they can drop their frequency of screenings to... Read more

Pap Smears

If you are a woman between the ages of 21 and 65, you should be talking to your doctor about having a Pap smear performed at least once every two or three years. A Pap smear is the main screening for cervical cancer, and it involves... Read more

Parents Can Help Fight Childhood Obesity

The trend is clear: childhood obesity is on the rise. So what can children – and their concerned parents – do to buck the trend? Just as there are multiple causes for the alarming rise in childhood obesity, there are multiple things parents can do to prevent... Read more

Parents Monitor TV Time

Studies have shown that children who watch violent TV shows are more likely to engage in violence themselves. That is why it is important not only to monitor children’s screen time, but also to limit it. “Many parents use screen time as a babysitter and are not... Read more

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