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A Handy Guide to Carpal Tunnel

If the pain and numbness in your hand has you reaching for painkillers in the middle of the night, carpal tunnel syndrome could be the culprit. “Carpal tunnel syndrome – a condition that occurs when a nerve in the wrist gets compressed – can be much more... Read more

Shaking, Slowness, Stiffness May Be Parkinson’s

It used to be known as “shaking palsy.” Today, the neurological disorder known as Parkinson’s disease causes tremors, slowness and stiffness in 1 million Americans – including actor Michael J. Fox – with more than 50,000 new cases a year. Parkinson’s is a chronic disorder of the... Read more

Hearing Aid Picks Up Good Vibrations

A Baha device picks up good vibrations – and helps patients with hearing loss hear again. “A Baha device is like a bolt that’s placed into the back part of your skull, in your hair, so that nobody can see it,” says Adam S. Morgan, MD, otolaryngologist... Read more

Protect Your Child in the Sun

Children love being outside during the summer, but you need to be careful about exposing them to too much sun. "Make wearing sunscreen a family thing that includes everyone,” says Saint Francis Medical Partner Jenny M. Eichhorn, MD. "Set an example for your kids and teenagers;... Read more

Two Baby Girls, One Lifesaving Level III NICU

One blessed family has infinite reasons to be thankful for Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Thanks to the wonderful care they received at this leading-edge facility, the whole Smith family is healthy and happy, even after two difficult pregnancies. Jana and... Read more

When Is a Mole a Sign of Melanoma?

When is a mole worth worrying about? When should it be a cause of concern? Although most moles are benign (noncancerous), they can sometimes be a sign of cancer. See a dermatologist if your mole is new, growing or otherwise changing. “Varied colors within a mole, irregular... Read more

Disruptive Dangerous: Sleep Apnea Is More Than Snores

The snoring from sleep apnea may disturb your household. The other symptoms of sleep apnea – interrupted breathing, shortness of breath, reduced oxygen – can eventually endanger your life. For the sake of yourself and the people around you, follow these steps to manage your condition. First... Read more

Secondhand Smoke Bad for Babies

Pregnant women should not smoke. They also should not expose their developing baby to the smoke of others. The chemicals in secondhand smoke have been linked to an increased risk in low birth weight, stillbirth and other birth defects. The harmful consequences of secondhand smoke continue even... Read more

“Good” Bacteria May Benefit Stomach

Can probiotics relieve your intestinal distress? According to some studies, they can – but check with your physician first. What are probiotics exactly? “In simple words, probiotics are beneficial bacteria or yeast,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP, gastroenterologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “They... Read more

How to Prevent Pinkeye’s Spread

Pinkeye can be very contagious. It can be bacterial, viral or allergic. Stop the spread by not touching or rubbing your eyes and by washing your hands often. What else can you do to stop it from spreading? Do not share towels and use a clean towel... Read more

Alzheimer’s Disease Is Disorienting, Dangerous

Alzheimer’s disease is a disorienting experience for patients and their families – and it can also be dangerous. The patient’s forgetfulness, confusion and memory loss can lead to becoming lost or being taken advantage of. Also, the patient may become unable to perform everyday tasks and... Read more

Anterior Approach: Old Joints, New Method

There’s a new approach to revising old joints. For patients whose surgically replaced knees or hips are worn out and in need of repair, the anterior (front) approach to hip revision surgery is a fast, safe and minimally invasive option to get them back on their... Read more

Gestational Diabetes

Pregnancy brings many changes and for women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes more attention to diet and activity are needed. Some patients will even require pills or insulin to control the glucoses. Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes is on the rise – and... Read more

Colonoscopies

David Wibbenmeyer, 49, should have been more frightened by the blood in his stool than the idea of a colonoscopy. Blood in the stool is a warning sign of colon cancer, and colonoscopies are a relatively painless way to screen for this deadly disease. Yet Wibbenmeyer,... Read more

Home Sleep Studies

If you suspect you might have sleep problems, a home sleep study could be an option for you. In addition to offering sleep studies in a sleep lab, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center provides an at-home option for patients who cannot have an in-lab... Read more

Happy Mother’s Day Means Healthy Mom

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. This year, give your mother the gift of health. Make her a nutritious meal, get some exercise together and be sure to tell her how much you love her. Her heart will appreciate it. “Show your appreciation; tell her what... Read more

Hyperparathyroidism: More Methods, Less Risk

The treatment of hyperparathyroidism – a disease in which overactive parathyroid glands result in irregular calcium levels – has come a long way in the past couple decades, says D. Curtis Coonce, MD, FACS, otolaryngologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Hyperparathyroidism can have significant clinical effects, including... Read more

Replacement Recovery Takes Joint Effort

Recovering from a joint replacement surgery is not a one-person job. “The most important aspect of a patient’s recovery is their support system – their family, friends and coaches that are going to be in the hospital with them,” says Patrick R. Knight, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Saint... Read more

Protect Your Head, Protect Your Brain

Injure your head, injure your brain? “The majority of neurological trauma is caused by head-related injuries,” says Brandon J. Scott, DO, neurosurgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “The most common cause of head trauma is falls, especially in the elderly population. Other causes are motor-vehicle accidents,... Read more


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