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Health Articles

Traveling While Pregnant

In most cases, traveling while pregnant is acceptable – as long as you follow a few simple guidelines. “Whether a woman is in a plane or a car, staying in one place for too long can be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous,” says Grant D. McWilliams, DO, obstetrician... Read more

Bariatric Program Reaches 100 Surgeries

If you want to know whether weight-loss surgery can change a life, just ask one of the people who have tried Weight Loss Solutions, Saint Francis Medical Center’s bariatric surgery program. There are now more than 100 individuals in the region who have had bariatric surgery... Read more

Flu: Worse Than Cold, So See Your Doctor

You’re congested, tired and achy. You know you’re sick, but is it a cold or the flu? Think of the flu as a super-powered cold, with symptoms much greater in scope. With a cold, you’re going to have congestion, maybe a little headache, maybe a little achiness. Influenza... Read more

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

Weight Loss Through Teamwork

Losing weight is easier when you have a friend sharing the journey with you. June Dunning and Mary Ellen Mohundro have been supporting each other since March, when they both joined Saint Francis Medical Center’s The Healthy Weigh on the same day. The Healthy Weigh is a... 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

Weight Loss Solutions – 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

Teamwork Key to Their Weight-Loss Success

There are 300 pounds missing in the Carr home. For Kristy, 42, and Josh Carr, 41, that is welcome news indeed. The Jackson couple was able to lose more than 300 pounds together through Weight Loss Solutions, Saint Francis Medical Center’s bariatric surgery program. “Our thought was... 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 Solutions – 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

Weight Loss Solutions – 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


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