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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

Watch Infants for Signs of Autism

Autism has increased tenfold in the last 40 years. So, too, have questions like: “What is autism?” and “How do I know if my child has it?” “The definition of autism is complex, since autism spectrum disorder includes several disorders of neural development,” says Andrew Godbey, MD,... Read more

Prenatal Care Keeps Mom and Baby Healthy

If you’re pregnant – or want to become pregnant – regular medical care is crucial. When planning your pregnancy, be sure to see your physician for preconceptual counseling. “Meet with your physician prior to conception to review your family history, medical history and medications that could potentially... Read more

Acid Reflux Requires Action

Acid reflux burns. This occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter is incompetent, resulting in acid fluxing up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing symptoms of  heartburn, indigestion, stomach pain and nausea – which can be severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. Rafid J. Hussein, DO “Acid... Read more

Ignoring Back Pain Can Set You Back

Slipped, ruptured, herniated, prolapsed – whatever you call a damaged disk, when you get one, you need to call your physician. “All up and down your spinal column, disks provide cushion between your vertebrae,” says Brandon J. Scott, DO, neurosurgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “When one of these... Read more

Low Blood Sugar Shock Is Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can happen in an instant – and not just to people with diabetes. “Hypoglycemia is typically linked to diabetes, but not always,” says Ahmad Z. Sheikh, MD, FACE, ECNU, CCD, endocrinologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “A person’s blood glucose can drop... Read more

Helping You Lose – Avoiding the Inevitable Bad Diet Day

Cake happens. Even the most careful dieters have high-calorie days. You’re stressed out, there’s a birthday party, you simply lost count – whatever the reason, a few off-diet days are inevitable. After all, you’re human, right? Of course, as someone on a diet, you want to avoid... Read more

Screen for Skin Cancer Before It Kills

Skin cancer is common – and commonly underestimated. If left untreated, the disease can cause disfigurement and even death. “As a dermatologist, a large portion of my practice is devoted to skin cancer recognition, prevention and treatment,” says Dermatologist Charles M. Moon, MD, at Advanced Dermatology of... Read more

Distracted Walking Injures Pedestrians

Walking and chewing gum is easy compared to walking and texting. Nationwide, pedestrians are increasingly suffering injuries due to “distracted walking,” or walking while using an electronic device. These people are so distracted by their devices that they fail to notice the sidewalk cracks, lampposts and... Read more

Don’t Walk Around With “Walking Pneumonia”

"Walking pneumonia" may not be as severe as pneumonia, but it is an infection, it is contagious and it is something to treat with antibiotics. "'Walking pneumonia' is the term used for pneumonia that does not cause someone to be severely ill, but it still causes many... Read more

What to Do When Food Goes Bad

You ate something unusual, and now you’re sick. You suspect it’s food poisoning. What should you do? People are pretty familiar with the symptoms of food poisoning: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever and diarrhea. If you have these symptoms a few hours after eating a suspicious food... Read more

Watch for Signs of Childhood Bullying

Forty to eighty percent of school-age children experience bullying at some point but most of them do not speak of or report being bullied. Bullying can happen in different forms: physical, verbal, reactive, sexual and cyber. It is a serious problem that can affect a child’s... Read more


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