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Honor a Loved One with a Special Gift

For those who have lost a friend or family member, the holidays can be a special time of remembrance. Saint Francis Medical Center offers families an opportunity to help those in need while honoring loved ones. You can make a contribution to Saint Francis Foundation’s Luminaries for... Read more

Coloring Your Hair While Pregnant

Hundreds of young women regularly color their hair. When they become pregnant, one often-asked question is whether dyeing their hair will harm the baby. The answer is not as simple as you might think. Coloring your hair is probably safe. However, this particular issue has never been... Read more

Quick Tips for Burning Fat

Losing weight takes discipline, commitment and education. That said, a few shortcuts never hurt. Here are a few secret weapons for winning the weight-loss battle: Exercise in bursts. Research suggests doing two 30-minute workouts with a 20-minute break in between burns more calories than a continuous 60-minute... Read more

Rosacea Triggers

Rosacea is a skin condition often called “adult acne” because of the pimples it causes on your face.  It is often accompanied by flushing or redness on the nose and cheeks.  Doctors do not know what causes rosacea, but they have identified several different triggers that... Read more

Cut Caffeine for Better Sleep

If you are having trouble falling asleep, take a close look at how much caffeine you are consuming in the afternoon and evening; it may be the culprit. The reason you feel sleepy is because of a neurotransmitter in the brain called adenosine. The longer you stay... Read more

Weather Affects Joint Pain

It sounds like an old wives’ tale: Countless people who suffer from joint pain claim they can predict the weather. Even if they are not reliable weather forecasters, they still say their joints hurt much more during certain types of weather. “There is definitely a correlation between... Read more

Weight-loss Super Foods

Foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein have many health benefits, including promoting bone health and fighting cancer. But did you know many of them can help you lose weight? Black beans provide plenty of protein without the saturated fat of red meats.Oats and... Read more

Giving Babies a Chance to Grow

November is Premature Birth Awareness Month. In an effort to educate soon-to-be-mothers, Saint Francis Medical Center and the March of Dimes are teaming up to stress the importance of avoiding early delivery. The last few weeks of a pregnancy are critical for a baby’s physical and... Read more

Starting Solid Foods

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you start introducing your child to solid foods between 4 and 6 months of age. Starting earlier may increase the risk of food allergies. Wait until your baby is able to hold their neck up well or until they weigh at... Read more

Jingle Bell Run / Walk

Runners compete in a road race The 2018 Jingle Bell Run and Walk benefiting the Arthritis Foundation is now accepting registrations. Saint Francis Healthcare System is the main corporate sponsor of the 2018 Run and Walk in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, December 8. The event will include a 5K run and a... Read more

Treating Your Child’s Separation Anxiety

While separation anxiety is normal for children between 8 and 14 months, it becomes a problem when it occurs in children older than 6 years old for more than four weeks at a time. Separation anxiety disorder affects about 4 to 5 percent of children ages 7... Read more

Healthier Food Portions

Portion control is an essential tool for losing weight. If you’re not measuring your protein, fat and carbohydrate portions, the amounts will tend to creep up. It’s a good idea to take out the measuring cup and/or food scale once a week and check your portions.... Read more

A Support System at the End of Life

When Caralinia Daniels' mother needed hospitalization following a hip fracture in June, Caralinia knew her mother's fragile state would make recovery unlikely. Her mother, Verna Patterson, 89, had already been to the hospital the previous month and her health had been rapidly declining. "No matter how... Read more

Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery

Area residents have a safe, minimally invasive option for brain surgery and carotid artery surgery, thanks to endovascular neurosurgery at Saint Francis Medical Center. Endovascular neurosurgery is the minimally invasive treatment of neurovascular diseases affecting the brain and spinal cord, such as cerebral aneurysms, carotid artery stenosis, stroke and... Read more

Dangers of Not Sleeping

When you do not sleep enough, the negative effects stretch far beyond grumpiness during the day. Lack of sleep can have serious long-term consequences, including obesity and heart disease. “Studies have shown that people with short sleep times (generally less than six hours a day) are more... Read more

Dealing With Night Terrors

Any parent whose child has experienced night terrors knows all too well how terrifying they can be: The child sits straight up in bed, eyes wide open and screams inconsolably. Though he appears to be awake, he will not remember the incident in the morning. It is... Read more

Kinesio Taping

If your student athlete experiences an injury on the field or court, he or she may benefit from Kinesio taping. Kinesio tape is a special type of tape often used to treat and prevent sports injuries. The elastic properties and adhesive ability of the tape are what... Read more

Foundation Supports New, Improved Level III NICU

Families with critically ill newborns will enjoy all the benefits of comfortable private rooms at Saint Francis Medical Center, thanks to support from the Medical Center’s Foundation. Saint Francis Foundation is contributing $1.5 million to help to pay for a new Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit... Read more

Causes of Dry Mouth

When you have a lack of saliva in your mouth, it can feel very dry. There are several different causes: Dehydration: If you do not have enough fluid in your system, this can create dry mouth. Medication side effects: Hundreds of medications can cause dry mouth as a... Read more

Healthy Holiday Eating

The holiday season is a time to get together with family and friends, but it is also a time filled with lots of food and beverages that are high in calories. It is important to remember to place healthy nutrition on your holiday list. According to the... Read more


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