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Preterm Babies at High Risk

Newborns are naturally tiny, but babies born weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces, are tinier than most, and therefore more susceptible to health complications. “Babies born before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy often have difficulties with feeding and breathing soon after birth. Additionally, they have more... Read more

Prevent Falls at Home

Each year, one out of every three older adults experiences a fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While icy weather is certainly a culprit, many of these falls occur at home – and can often be prevented. Here are seven ways... Read more

Prevent Head Lice

Your child may catch more than a cold at school. Cooler weather is the perfect breeding ground for head lice, which can travel from person to person through head-to-head contact, hats or coats. If you catch head lice, it does not mean you have poor hygiene. It... Read more

Prevent Holiday Overeating

The holidays are difficult not just for people who are trying to shed pounds, but also for those who want to maintain their weight. “Even if you only gain a few pounds during the holidays, you may not be able to lose that weight easily,” says ... Read more

Prevent Infection in Emergency Department

When you visit the emergency department, you become exposed to many different viruses and diseases. However, if you take basic precautions, you can minimize your risk of infection when you or a loved one need emergency care. Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after visiting the... Read more

Prevent Infections

Infections can be a big problem for patients who have recently undergone surgery. Saint Francis Medical Center provides a video for patients detailing what they can expect before surgery and how they can best care for their surgical sites. “Washing hands is key,” says Charles Edward LaValle III,... 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

Prevent Wound Infections

The best way to prevent infection following a surgery is to stay as clean as possible when caring for the wound. “The most important part of wound care is hand washing,” says Jonathon K. Foley, MD, FACS, general surgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It is so... Read more

Preventing Urinary Tract Infections

Drinking cranberry juice does not prevent urinary tract infections, contrary to popular belief. Some information in the past suggested cranberry juice was helpful, but most recent studies indicate it is not. Cranberries taste good and are unlikely to be harmful, but they are unlikely to help,... Read more

Primary Care Close to Home

When choosing a healthcare provider, people want a primary care physician who is close to home and knows their family well. That is why Saint Francis Medical Center is committed to building a network of primary care clinics throughout the region. Saint Francis Medical Partners has established... Read more

Proper Form Helps the Body Maximize Movement

"Hold your form!" That sentence is one of the most common commands used by coaches and trainers as they exhort their athletes to push beyond their comfort zones. Aside from the obvious benefit of avoiding wasted motion, using proper form when exercising holds additional advantages. “The most important... 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

Protect Your Child in the Sun

Children love being outside during the summer, but you need to be careful about exposing them to too much sun. “It is best to stay indoors during the midday hours—when the sun’s ultraviolet rays are most harmful—and head outside in the morning and late afternoon instead,”... Read more

Protect Your Head, Protect Your Brain

Injure your head, injure your brain? “The majority of neurological trauma is caused by head-related injuries,” says Brandon J. Scott, DO, neurosurgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “The most common cause of head trauma is falls, especially in the elderly population. Other causes are motor-vehicle accidents,... Read more

Protect Yourself From the Sun

The best way to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays is to wear long sleeves and long pants. But if you have a job in which you must wear less clothing, such as a lifeguard, be sure to completely cover yourself with sunscreen. Experts... 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

PSA Testing

While one in seven men in the United States will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime, the number of deaths due to this disease has decreased significantly over the past 20 years. This is because more men are receiving screening through the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. “A... Read more

Psoriasis Sufferers Should See a Dermatologist

Psoriasis is a problem that millions of people try to cover up. This fairly common skin condition ranges in severity from dandruff-like scaling to widespread lesions and rashes. Psoriatric arthritis, which affects the joints, is especially painful. “Psoriasis most often appears as dry, raised, red patches of... Read more

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Helps With Shortness of Breath

If you suffer from chronic respiratory disease and frequently experience shortness of breath, your doctor may give you a referral for pulmonary rehabilitation. “Conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be limiting, but you can still lead a full life when you learn how to... Read more


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