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Health Articles

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

Take Care When Working Out Outside

Is it safe to exercise in cold, wet weather? Only if you protect yourself first. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising outdoors. As long as you dress warmly and take other precautions, you can exercise safely all winter long. Dress in... Read more

Are You Lactose Intolerant?

However, if you have just discovered you are lactose intolerant, it is probably a good idea to mention it to your doctor. “While lactose intolerance is not dangerous in itself, you should talk to your doctor to make sure you do not have another condition such... Read more

Take Aspirin During Heart Attack

If you think you are having a heart attack, the two most important actions you can take are to call 9-1-1 and swallow an aspirin. “An aspirin can save your life,” says Duc T. Nguyen, DO, interventional cardiologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It is also... Read more

Ward Off Extra Holiday Weight

There is no bigger challenge to your diet than those fourth-quarter holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Between Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving leftovers, office Holiday parties, Christmas bake sales, New Year’s Eve revelry and New Year’s Day bowl games, you face a two-month shmorgishborg that could knock... Read more

Early Signs of Dementia

While there is no cure for dementia, catching it early may delay major damage to the brain. That is why it is important to watch carefully for early signs of dementia in your loved ones – forgetting dates and times and misplacing objects they would not... Read more

Treating Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome may make your legs feel twitchy — like you need to get up and move around. It can make sleeping particularly difficult and lead to daytime drowsiness and sleep deprivation. Doctors do not know what causes restless legs syndrome. For some people, it may be... Read more

The Lesser-known Breast Cancer

Though some people do not think of men as having breasts, men can develop breast cancer. There are about 2,100 cases of male breast cancer in the United States each year. The good news is that this type of breast cancer typically has a better prognosis... Read more

Robotic Surgery for Kidney Cancer

The best way to treat kidney cancer is to remove the tumor, and the easiest way to remove the tumor is to use robotic surgery. When you undergo minimally invasive, robotic surgery, you experience less pain, a quicker recovery and a shorter hospital stay than in... Read more

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