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Health Articles

Relationship-based Care at Saint Francis

At Saint Francis Medical Center, staff members focus on relationship-based care in all they do. This means they are focused on creating a greater bond with their patients, their patients’ families and their co-workers. “Relationship-based care is a model of care that incorporates professionalism, teamwork and... Read more

Vaccinations Before College

As your child prepares for college, make sure he or she is up to date on all necessary vaccinations. They include: TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, commonly called “whooping cough”) – “We know from studies that the pertussis vaccinations we receive as young children eventually wear off,”... Read more

Finding Energy to Play Again

Ever since Ashley Howard gave birth to her daughter seven years ago, she has struggled with her weight. “I tried different weight loss pills and exercises, but I would lose a little and gain it back, and then gain a little extra,” says Howard, now 27.... Read more

Stop Back Pain Before It Starts

Back pain is not necessarily a normal part of aging. You can stop back pain before it starts by following these tips: • Maintain good core strength. “If you regularly exercise your abdominal muscles, that can give you enough strength to counteract any potential back issues,”... Read more

“Buddy” Therapy Brightens Rehab

When you’re in rehab, it helps to have a buddy. Patients at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation program get just what they need from rehab’s four-legged friend, a 5-year old golden retriever, fittingly named Buddy. Buddy, a Cape Girardeau Pet Pal and American Kennel Club Canine... 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

Check for – and Lower – High Cholesterol

High cholesterol can be a risk factor for both heart disease and stroke, which is why you should have your cholesterol checked regularly. If it is too high, you need to take steps to lower it. High cholesterol is defined as a total cholesterol level of 200 milligrams... Read more

Stop Gas and Bloating

If you are experiencing unusually long-lasting or uncomfortable gas and bloating, tell your doctor right away. It could be a symptom of a bigger problem. “Bloating is one of the main symptoms of celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the small intestine,” says Rafid... Read more

Treating Your Child’s Head Lice

Head lice? Head to the doctor. “If a child has head lice, the parents might notice an itchy scalp, small red bumps or sores from scratching,” says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “They might see the tiny lice (no bigger... Read more

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


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