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Support During Labor

Childbirth can be a long, painful process, and having a labor support person is crucial for a new mom. The support person can be a spouse, friend, relative or other important person, but he or she should be available for the duration of the labor. “A laboring... Read more

Support Group Helps Patients

A breast cancer diagnosis can be frightening, but the right support makes a big difference in a woman’s mental, emotional and physical health. Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Power of Pink Breast Cancer Support Group begins its next session Tuesday, January 3, from 6-8 pm in Womancare. The... Read more

Support Group Talks to Bariatric Patients

Weight-loss surgery is a major lifetime commitment and requires support long after the initial procedure. Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Weight Loss Solutions offers a monthly support group for patients who are considering bariatric surgery, preparing for it or already have undergone it. “Our patients work very hard... Read more

Support with Their New Life

Todd and Angie Ayars of Perryville, Mo. never expected to find community when they embarked on their weight loss surgery journeys. But as they met others who have undergone the surgery through the program’s Facebook group, they have experienced a true sense of belonging. “To me, it’s... Read more

Surgeon Joins Trauma Service

When others ask him to name his favorite hobby, Joseph M. McClain, MD, MS, FACS, trauma surgeon, Saint Francis Medical Partner does not hesitate. “I always say my job is my favorite hobby,” says McClain, who recently came to Saint Francis. “At the end of the... Read more

Surgery at Saint Francis

A physician performs surgery in an operating room at Saint Francis. The Operating Room (OR) is a unique setting in healthcare. It depends on teamwork, communication and surgical conscience (ethics/morality) for anyone who chooses the OR as a career. Besides the obvious goal of providing repairs to bodies, another is to keep Saint Francis Healthcare System patients... Read more

Surgery for Chronic Sinusitis

For a person with chronic sinusitis, surgery may be the best option if all other treatments – including antibiotics, medicated nasal sprays and saltwater nasal washes – have failed. The most commonly used treatment is endoscopic surgery, during which the surgeon inserts a lighted tool called an... Read more

Swimming Safety

Swimming is one of the most fun activities summer has to offer, but drowning is a very real danger at both beaches and pools. Tell your kids to keep these safety tips in mind as they head to the water: Do not swim by yourself. “We tell... Read more

Symptoms of Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of your joints. The most common early symptoms include: Fatigue – Before you experience the typical pain and stiffness, you may feel tired and generally ill. Morning stiffness – “When people with RA wake up in the... Read more

Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy

To the untrained eye, Bell's palsy symptoms can resemble stroke symptoms. Both involve sudden weakness in the face and facial paralysis. However, while a stroke typically affects just the lower part of the face, Bell's palsy can cause the entire side of the face to droop. Andrew... Read more

Symptoms of Gallstones

While gallstones can cause sudden, intense pain in the upper right quadrant or pit of your stomach, sometimes they do not produce such obvious symptoms. In these cases, you may think you are experiencing indigestion when you actually have a gallstone. “You may have nausea or bloating... Read more

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

High temperatures during the summer can lead to heat stroke – a medical emergency. It can occur as a progression from fainting or heat exhaustion, or it can happen suddenly, even if you have no other signs of heat injury. Symptoms of heat stroke include: Nausea... Read more

Symptoms of Kidney Stones 

A kidney stone is formed from substances in the urine. It will not cause any symptoms if it stays in the kidney. However, if it leaves the kidney and becomes stuck in the urinary tract, it can cause severe pain in the back, side, abdomen, groin... Read more

Take Aspirin During Heart Attack

If you think you are having a heart attack, the two most important actions you can take are to call 9-1-1 and swallow an aspirin. “An aspirin can save your life,” says Duc T. Nguyen, DO, interventional cardiologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It is also... Read more

Take Care When Working Out Outside

Is it safe to exercise in cold, wet weather? Only if you protect yourself first. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising outdoors. As long as you dress warmly and take other precautions, you can exercise safely all winter long. Dress in layers... Read more

Take Care When Working Out Outside

Is it safe to exercise in cold, wet weather? Only if you protect yourself first. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising outdoors. As long as you dress warmly and take other precautions, you can exercise safely all winter long. Dress in... Read more

Take Steps to Be Safe Before Taking Steps

Accidents happen. People fall and break their bones. Follow this advice to reduce your risk – and possibly prevent falls completely. Patients with medical conditions that cause imbalance should see their physician for medication, physical therapy and assistive devices (e.g., walkers and canes) to help them keep... Read more

Talk to Doctor About Suspicious Skin Lesions

That strange-looking spot on your skin may be a sign of something dangerous. If you are concerned about an area, talk to your primary care physician about a skin cancer screening. “As with other cancers, you want to catch any kind of skin cancer early,” says Deborah... Read more

Tau (τ) Award Recognizes Excellence in Patient Safety

Saint Francis Healthcare System has created a new award to recognize areas that have achieved great results in quality and patient safety. The Tau Award was given to 10 departments that reached the first milestone. “We all need to be empowered to make a difference for our... Read more

TAVR for Aortic Stenosis

Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve narrows, obstructing blood flow from the heart. Patients with severe aortic stenosis usually need surgery to replace the valve, but some people are not good candidates for surgery. Saint Francis' Heart Valve Center now offers an alternative treatment for those... Read more


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