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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

Helping You Lose – Member Spotlight

At least five days a week, at 5 am, the five friends train together. Whether they’re swimming, bicycling, running or lifting weights – whether they’re training for an upcoming triathlon or recovering from a recent half-marathon – Fitness Plus members Jason Bandermann, Ryan Bandermann, John Dennis,... Read more

Assessing Heart Murmurs

Doctors detect most heart murmurs, or abnormal sounds of the heart, during a routine physical examination. While many heart murmurs are not a cause for concern, doctors may perform an echocardiogram of the heart to see if there is an abnormality in one of the four... Read more

Treating Heartburn

The most popular treatments for heartburn are over-the-counter medications that relieve the pain. These include antacids that neutralize stomach acid, such as Mylanta, Rolaids and Tums; other medications, such as Zantac, reduce acid production; and proton pump inhibitors such as Prevacid and Prilosec block acid production... Read more

Helping You Lose – Personal Training

Fitness Plus has certified personal trainers specially trained to coach you, train you, and keep you motivated and excited about your workout. Personal training sessions are a great option if you are Training for a race or other sporting eventHoping to improve strength, agility and speed for... Read more

Foods That Cause Heartburn

If you suffer from heartburn, you know all too well how uncomfortable you become when you eat the wrong foods. Heartburn occurs when stomach acids return to the esophagus and cause a burning sensation. The best way to avoid it is by simply avoiding foods that... Read more

Nasal Irrigation Systems Can Help Clear Sinuses

Nasal irrigation systems such as a Neti pot are a natural treatment for short-term and long-term sinus infections and allergies. With these devices, a user sprays or pours a mixture of salt and water into one nostril, through the nasal cavity and out the other nostril.... Read more

High Blood Pressure in Men

Once men reach the age of 45, they have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure. High blood pressure is defined as a blood pressure of 140/90 or higher. It can increase your risk for heart failure, kidney failure and vision problems. "One in three... Read more

Preclampsia Condition Complicates Pregnancy

Preeclampsia usually involves high blood pressure and protein in the urine. If an expectant mother has these symptoms in her 20th week of pregnancy or later, she may have preeclampsia, and a reason to see her physician. “Preeclampsia usually is mild, but it can be devastating,” says... Read more

Ticks Make Missourians Sick

Check for ticks. Ehrlichiosis can make you sick. “Ehrlichiosis is a common tick-borne illness here – Missouri is one of the three most common states,” says Charles Edward LaValle III, MD, infectious disease specialist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It’s similar to Rocky Mountain spotted fever, except... Read more

Chest Pain Center Saves Lives

When a patient with chest pain comes to Saint Francis Medical Center’s Emergency and Trauma Center, time is of the essence. Saint Francis’ Chest Pain Center – a part of the facility that includes the Emergency Room, catheterization lab and rooms for heart patients – ensures... Read more

Avoiding Hip Fractures

Hip fractures are a common injury in our aging population. Because they can be devastating for a person who already has several other health problems, it is best to take steps to avoid fractures. “In the older population, you have to be very honest with yourselves... Read more

Helping You Lose – Fitness Assessment and Prescription

New Fitness Plus members are eligible for a free fitness assessment. This assessment session includes Height, weight and body measurements Muscular endurance Cardiovascular fitness Body mass index (BMI) Body fat You can sign up for your assessment at the fitness desk on the second floor or by calling 573-331-5964. After your assessment,... Read more

New Joint Recipients Dance the Night Away

“Graduates” of Saint Francis Medical Center’s Center for Joint Replacement & Revision had the opportunity to dance the night away at “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” the Center’s annual celebration, on June 7. More than 200 attendees enjoyed dancing, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and portrait photography at... Read more

Water Wins, Sports Drinks Second Best

When hydrating for the big game, make sure you’re drinking a sports drink like Gatorade, and not an energy drink like Red Bull. For everyday hydration, however, water is always best. “Sports drinks have electrolyte replacements, specifically sodium and potassium, to keep your electrolytes in balance as... Read more

Mass in Kidney May Mean Cancer

Kidney cancer is one of the most aggressive cancers affecting the urinary system. It rarely causes signs or symptoms in its early stages. “Most kidney tumors are discovered incidentally when X-ray or MRI is performed to evaluate an unrelated complaint, and 80% of solid kidney masses... Read more

Helping You Lose – Fifth Annual Furry 5K

Please join Fitness Plus for our fifth annual Furry 5K Run and One-mile Walk on Saturday, June 15 at 8 am. Feel free to bring your furry friend, but dogs are not required for participation. Day-of registration is available from 7-7:45 am at Missouri Running Company.... 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


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