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Emergency Room Video Shows Patients What to Expect

The Saint Francis Medical Center Emergency and Trauma Center treats every patient quickly. There may be times, however, when you are asked to wait. That is why we have created a waiting room video that explains what you can expect and how an emergency room works. “When... Read more

Recognize Developmental Delays

While every child develops at a different rate, there are certain milestones children should be reaching by certain ages. “The best way to know if your child is delayed is to talk to your pediatrician,” says Joy L. LeDoux-Johnson, MD, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. There are... Read more

Tick-related Illnesses

If you notice flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, joint pain and rash during the spring or summer, you should see your doctor right away: You could have a tick-related illness. “Many people who have one of these illnesses are not even aware they had a... Read more

Eat Early to Get Thin

It’s simple: if you want to lose weight, don’t eat late. People who eat a late dinner and/or snacks before bedtime not only have trouble dropping pounds, but can also end up gaining weight. This is because the energy from that food is released while we... Read more

GERD Can Cause Bad Breath

While bad breath can be embarrassing, there are simple solutions that can relieve the problem. “Because it is difficult to assess how your own breath smells, ask a close friend or relative to confirm your bad-breath questions,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP, gastroenterologist... Read more

Weight Loss Could Signal Hyperthyroidism

If you have experienced sudden, unexplained weight loss, you may have an overactive thyroid, also known as hyperthyroidism. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck that regulates your metabolism. When there is a problem with the thyroid, it can affect many functions of... Read more

Eat, Move, Lose!

Take control of your health with Fitness Plus’ Eat, Move, Lose! program. This eight-week exercise circuit program helps you take the appropriate steps to make lifestyle changes in diet and exercise so that you have the tools you need to continue living healthy — even after the... Read more

When to Seek Help for Bed-wetting

If you have a child who frequently wets the bed, it can be difficult to decide when to take action. For children who are younger than 7, it is often best to wait – bed-wetting usually will subside on its own. Whether or not you seek... Read more

Adolescent Screenings

As your child reaches adolescence, it is important for them to have visits at least every other year with their pediatrician for screenings. “We need to check our teenagers’ development during these years because things are changing so rapidly as their bodies and minds begin the... Read more

Mother Grateful for Nearby Neonatal Care

When Kylie Bahr’s water broke during her 24th week of pregnancy, she feared the worst. “I was so scared I was going to lose my son,” she says. Thanks to the expert care of neonatologists and specialized nurses at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive... Read more

Treating Symptoms of Menopause

For some women, menopause can cause a variety of bothersome symptoms, including hot flashes and vaginal dryness. The most common treatment for hot flashes is hormone therapy, which supplements the body with either estrogen and progesterone or estrogen alone to level out the hormonal effects of... Read more

Minimally Invasive Wrist Surgery

If you have been experiencing constant wrist pain for more than a month, it is time to see a doctor. There are many different causes of wrist pain, including arthritis, fractures, torn ligaments and long-term chronic pain resulting from childhood injuries. “When you have a wrist problem,... Read more

Helping You Lose – Simple Steps to a Slimmer Look

Everyone wants a flatter stomach. The good news is the belly reacts more quickly to dietary changes (good and bad) than other areas of the body. For instance, avoiding gassy vegetables, chewing gum, carbonated beverages, salt and foods with sugar alcohols will reduce bloating and water... Read more

New Online Interpreter System Improves Care

Foreign language speaking patients now have an easier way to communicate with doctors and other caregivers at Saint Francis Medical Center. With Saint Francis’ new online, on-demand video interpreter system, patients no longer have to wait for an interpreter to arrive at the hospital or doctor’s... Read more

Jaundice in Infants

Jaundice is extremely common, affecting probably 30-50 percent of newborns. It is more common in premature infants, sick infants, and those who ingest breast milk. Breast milk jaundice is typically harmless, but sometimes needs to be followed closely with blood tests and may need to be... Read more

Relief for Joint Pain

Flexible and healthy joints are the key to living an active lifestyle, no matter how old you are. If you are experiencing joint pain that is keeping you from being active or participating in your favorite sport, the orthopedic specialists at Saint Francis can perform a complete... Read more

Helping You Lose – Lifelong Weight Loss

Losing five or 10 pounds is not an unusual accomplishment. The key is making lifestyle changes to keep the weight off. Here are five steps to getting slim and staying that way for a lifetime. Modify your behavior to match changes that come with age. Aging starts... Read more

Shoulder Overuse May Lead to Rotator Cuff Injury

A rotator cuff injury may cause a great deal of pain, but there are many ways – both conservative and surgical – your doctor can help you regain the use of your shoulder and arm. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that attach... Read more

Sunscreen SPFs

When you are buying sunscreen, you should stick with SPF 30 or higher. SPF stands for sun protection factor, which is a measure of how well the sunscreen protects you from burning. “SPF 30 is more than adequate,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist at Saint Francis... 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


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