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Health Articles

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


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

Stress Can Cause Stomachache, Gastritis

Stress can cause a stomachache, and an even more serious condition called gastritis. If your bout of indigestion or inflammation lingers for a week or more – or if there is blood in your vomit or feces – you should see a physician to determine if... Read more

Helping You Lose – Worldwide Walking Challenge

Starting today, 70,000 Steps in 7 Days encourages local communities to get up and move by striving for 70,000 Steps in 7 Days from each participant.  Centers can use this event as a fundraiser and donate all monies to local programs and scholarship funds in the fight against... Read more

Saint Francis Earns Blue Distinction Honors

Saint Francis Medical Center has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery® and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement® by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Saint Francis is one of only six facilities in Missouri to receive the spine... Read more

One-Sport Athletes at Risk for Overuse

Is there such a thing as too much physical activity? With more athletes than ever before specializing in one sport at a young age, sports medicine specialists are seeing an increase in overuse injuries. “There’s always going to be bumps and bruises from sports,” says Brian C.... Read more

Don’t Mess With a Broken Neck

Protect your neck. A cervical spine fracture, or broken neck, is nothing to play around with. If you or someone you know suffers a neck injury from a blow to the head, traffic collision, diving accident or other impact, immediate medical attention is paramount. To lessen... Read more

Kidney Stones Pose a Painful Problem

Sticks and stones can break your bones – but kidney stones can hurt you, too. “One of the major symptoms of kidney stones is pain that doesn’t go away – flank pain, back pain and abdominal pain – along with nausea and vomiting,” says Vincenzo Galati, DO,... Read more

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