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Health Articles

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

Starting a Healthy New Life

One year ago, Rebecca Daub was on the fast track for some major health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Instead, she turned her life around through weight-loss surgery. Daub, 42, of Scott City, Mo., has lost 120 pounds through Weight Loss Solutions, Saint Francis Medical... 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

Interventional Cardiology Instead of Surgery

William K. LaFoe, MD, FACC, FSCAI Not all major heart problems require surgery. Often, interventional cardiologists can perform minimally invasive procedures using catheters to fix the heart and blood vessels and diagnose problems. "We consider most interventional cardiology procedures to be minimally invasive because they do not... Read more

New Patient Mobility Program

Saint Francis Medical Center has started a new program that ensures patients are up and moving earlier in order to prevent complications, including blood clots, pneumonia, skin breakdown, debility and delirium. Called MOVE (Mobility Order Verified Every shift), it requires that nursing assistants evaluate a patient's... Read more

Choose Formula With Iron

If you decide to feed your baby formula, choose a formula that is fortified with iron. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you avoid low-iron formulas, because they will not adequately support your baby's growth and development. "Most of the formulas that are on the market... Read more

Work Out During Daily Routines

If you feel like you do not have enough time to exercise, think again: there are plenty of exercises you can do during your daily activities.  For example, while you are watching TV, try being physically active during commercials. “Instead of heading to the refrigerator, do some... Read more

Prostate Cancer: To Screen or Not to Screen

More than 230,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year; that is about one in six men. It is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men. Screening for prostate cancer includes a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test... Read more

Lesser-known Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Many people know that chest pain can often signal a heart attack. But few are aware there are many other, lesser-known symptoms of the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. “A heart attack occurs when the blood flow from the artery that brings oxygen... Read more

Anemia in Women

While anyone can have anemia, women are at higher risk for the disease. Anemia occurs when your body has a low count of red blood cells. The most common cause for anemia is a lack of iron, and women lose iron when they menstruate. Women can... Read more

Treating Delirium in the ICU

Delirium is an acute state of confusion that is accompanied by inattention, as well as cognitive and perceptual disturbances. Delirium can affect up to 80 percent of patients in a hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Nurses at the Saint Francis Medical Center ICU have recently started... Read more

Watch for Symptoms of Heart Failure to Catch it Early

Heart failure occurs when your heart cannot pump enough oxygen-rich blood from your lungs to the rest of your body. While there is usually no cure, you can manage your symptoms and lead a fulfilling life with a doctor’s help. Heart failure does not mean your... Read more

Treating Children’s Migraines

An estimated 50 percent of adults who suffer from headaches or migraines say they began experiencing them before age 20. Treating a child with migraines is similar to treating an adult with migraines, except that doctors use much smaller doses of the same medications. Sarah A. Aydt,... Read more

Caring for Your Newborn’s Skin

When caring for your newborn's skin, steer clear of lotion the first few weeks after birth. "Many newborns' feet and hands become flaky and start peeling when they are a week or two old," says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center.... Read more


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