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Health Articles

Exercise & Therapy Help Ease COPD Symptoms

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have difficulty with breathing. COPD can include chronic bronchitis, emphysema or both. With bronchitis, the airways that carry air to the lungs become blocked with mucus, making it hard to breathe. With emphysema, tiny air sacs in the lungs... Read more

Treatment Options for Heart Failure

Heart failure means a person’s heart is not pumping as well as it should. About five million Americans suffer from the condition in which blood moves through the heart and body at a slower rate, resulting in pressure building up in the heart. Heart failure can occur... Read more

Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy

To the untrained eye, Bell's palsy symptoms can resemble stroke symptoms. Both involve sudden weakness in the face and facial paralysis. However, while a stroke typically affects just the lower part of the face, Bell's palsy can cause the entire side of the face to droop. Andrew... Read more

Work Out During Winter

No matter what the weather is like outside, you should aim to spend at least 150 minutes exercising each week. Look for indoor alternatives during winter months. "Your risk for many diseases dramatically increases if you are sedentary," says Erica E. Gibson, MD, family practice physician at... Read more

Control Psoriasis

There is no cure for psoriasis, a condition in which a person’s immune system causes the skin cells to grow too rapidly and create scaly flakes. However, you can work with your doctor to control symptoms. Two of the most effective methods used are topical (applied... Read more

Image-guided Biopsies

Twenty years ago, doctors performed biopsies using a large surgical incision. Today, they can do the same procedure through a tiny cut in the skin, thanks to image-guided biopsies. People typically need biopsies to diagnose an abnormality in the body, such as cancer. With image-guided biopsies, a... Read more

Increase Odds of Pregnancy

The best way to increase your odds of becoming pregnant is to have timed intercourse within a few days before or 24 hours after ovulation. Of course, to do this, you need to know when you will ovulate – and that can vary from cycle to... Read more

Couple Sheds 235 Pounds With Weight Loss Solutions

For Nancy Mulvaney, the past year has been about enjoying all the aspects of life that many people take for granted – taking a hike, being able to fit easily into amusement park rides and having enough energy to manage her two full-time healthcare jobs. Thanks to... Read more

Avoiding Hip Fractures

Hip fractures are a common injury in our aging population. Because they can be devastating for a person who already has several other health problems, it is best to take steps to avoid fractures. "In the older population, you have to be very honest with yourselves... Read more

Keep Hand Sanitizer on Hand

It's winter and germ season is upon us. Washing with soap and water is the best way to avoid illness. However, when soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer is a good option. Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol is best,... Read more

Recognizing a Sports Hernia

If you are an athlete and are experiencing an aching pain in your lower abdominal area or groin, you may have a sports hernia. A sports hernia occurs when tissue tears in your lower abdominal muscles. It most commonly affects athletes who participate in sports that... Read more

Saint Francis Welcomes First Baby of 2014

Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby in 2014. At 1:22 pm on Wednesday, January 1, a baby boy was welcomed into the world by proud parents Caitlin Cook and Matthew Lincoln of Marble Hill, Mo. The caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff... Read more

Common Foot Problems

Problems with your feet can be more bothersome than problems with the rest of your body, because you use your feet all day long. Here are common foot problems and their treatments: Bunions: These occur when the lowest joint on your biggest toe becomes misaligned, causing the bone... Read more

Planning for Childbirth

While you never know exactly what will happen during your baby's birth, it is a good idea to be as prepared as possible. Take a childbirth education class and work with your doctor to develop a birth plan. One important issue to think about is whether you... Read more

Control Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that can cause damage to any of your joints. It is an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system is not working like it should and begins attacking healthy tissue. "The goal of treatment is to delay progression of the... Read more

Sore Throat or Strep Throat?

When you have a sore throat, sometimes it is difficult to determine whether it is a symptom of a more serious illness, such as strep throat. "Usually, if the sore throat is the result of just sinus drainage, it only hurts during certain times of the... Read more

Risk Factors for Shingles

Anyone who has had chicken pox is at risk for having shingles, an infection that causes a painful rash. That is because both chicken pox and shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster virus.  Sarah A. Aydt, MD, FAAP, FACP "After you have had chicken pox, the virus lies... Read more

Round Ligament Pain

One common source of concern for pregnant women is round ligament pain. This type of pain in the lower belly or groin area typically occurs during the second trimester. The best way to distinguish round ligament pain from other, more troublesome issues is that round ligament... Read more

Level III NICU Parents Enjoy Special Christmas Eve Dinner

The holidays can be a difficult time for parents of critically ill newborns. Instead of introducing their little one to family and friends, they are in a hospital room – sometimes far away from their loved ones. At Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care... Read more

Prevent Stroke

If you have already suffered a stroke, you are at a high risk of having another one. The best way to avoid this is to make lifestyle changes that decrease your risk of stroke – stop smoking, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, lose weight and... Read more


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