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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

Dig For Life Provides Screenings to Women in Need

Breast cancer is most curable when doctors catch it early. That is why annual mammograms starting at age 40 are so important – and why Saint Francis Medical Center is committed to helping women obtain mammograms, even if they cannot afford them. Saint Francis’ Dig for Life... Read more

Obesity During Pregnancy Can Effect Baby’s Health

If you are pregnant, it is normal to gain weight; however, carrying too many extra pounds before and during pregnancy is unhealthy not just for you, but your unborn child.  According to a report in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, babies of obese mothers (i.e.,... Read more

Exercise and Nutrition After Breast Surgery

Breast cancer surgery takes a serious toll on your body. Regular exercise and proper nutrition can do wonders for helping you feel like yourself more quickly. “Even small amounts of exercise can help boost your energy,” says Mark A. Meadors, DO, medical oncologist/hematologist at Saint Francis... Read more

Tips for Eating Healthy on the Job

Cakes, cookies, chips, candy – coworkers love bringing treats to work. Then there are the surprise birthdays and group lunches. All these things can sabotage your diet if you’re not careful. The American Council on Exercise offers these tips for staying on your diet while on... Read more

New Level III NICU Will Open in December

Those workers you have been noticing at Saint Francis Medical Center are setting the stage for the next generation of patient care. Saint Francis’ Building on Excellence expansion and renovation project is well underway, and parts of the project are set to be completed by the... Read more

Sleep Paralysis

When your body is transitioning between different stages of sleep, you may feel like you are conscious but unable to move. This condition is called sleep paralysis and can occur in as many as four out of every 10 people. “When you sleep, your body moves... Read more

Coffee Can Cause Stomach Problems

The very aspect of coffee that makes it so attractive for so many people can also cause stomach problems. While the caffeine in coffee can help keep you alert, it can also increase your heart rate and act as a diuretic. “It also irritates the stomach... Read more

Feeding Your Picky Eater

If you have a picky eater in your household, you should offer him or her a few healthy choices at mealtime. “My general philosophy is that you should not make mealtime a battle, because you cannot win,” says Andrew B. Boldrey, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint... Read more

Recognize Chronic Sinusitis

Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses that often occurs as a result of a cold or allergy. While symptoms of cold-related – or acute – sinusitis usually go away within a week, chronic sinusitis lasts for more than 12 weeks. Chronic sinusitis is often the result... Read more

Improving Body Image in Overweight Teens

Many teenagers suffer from a poor self-image. For some overweight adolescents, this is compounded by a negative body image. According to a new study, poor body image can lead to unhealthy weight-loss behaviors such as induced vomiting and skipping meals. “A focus on enhancing self-image while providing... Read more

Stress Management

Chronic stress can negatively affect your health, increasing your blood pressure, causing you to gain weight and damaging your organs. The easiest way to manage stress is to identify your triggers and avoid them. When avoidance is impossible, here are some other ways to keep your... Read more

Assessing Children’s Headaches

If your child complains of a headache, trust your instinct when deciding whether you should take him to the doctor. “Parents know their kids best,” says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Some children are melodramatic, while others never complain about... Read more


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