Health Pages

A Primary Care Doctor is Important for Your Wellness

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Even if you do not have any chronic health problems, it is a good idea to find a primary care doctor. A family practice or internal medicine physician can ensure you stay current with recommended screenings, detect patterns in your health and act as your ...
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Treat Shoulder Impingement Syndrome Early

shoulder impingement syndrome

Impingement syndrome is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. It occurs when there is damage to the soft tissue in the shoulder, rather than the bone. A group of muscles and tendons wrap around the ball part of the ball and socket joint. ...
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Adults Need Vaccinations

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Adults need vaccinations just as much as children. While you receive the majority of your vaccinations in childhood, the following are shots you may receive as an adult: Flu: “We recommend an annual flu shot for everyone, but particularly for adults older than 50, those ...
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Developmental Clinic Follows up with Babies

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Babies at risk for developmental problems benefit from periodic visits with a neonatologist. In Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Developmental Clinic, neonatologists follow up with babies after they are discharged. “We see all babies who were born at 34 weeks’ ...
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Avoid Gestational Diabetes in Second Pregnancy

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If you had gestational diabetes during your first pregnancy, you are at an increased risk for developing the same problem in your second pregnancy. “After a woman with gestational diabetes delivers her baby, her doctor will check her blood glucose levels at six to eight weeks ...
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Aspirin Helps Prevent Future Heart Events

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If you have heart disease, a daily dose of aspirin may be just what the doctor orders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you talk to your doctor about taking aspirin if you have experienced a heart attack, a stroke or undergone ...
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Learn About Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

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If you regularly experience acid reflux more than once a week, talk with your doctor – you could have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a chronic digestive disease in which stomach acid flows up into the esophagus, or food pipe, and causes damage if ...
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Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Woman Travel Once Again

Samantha Cates of Anna, Ill.

Samantha Cates has struggled with her weight all her life. The 20-year-old was born with spina bifida, a birth defect when a baby’s spinal cord fails to develop properly. As a result, Cates is confined to a wheelchair. Sitting in a wheelchair has made exercise very ...
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Tubes Help Pediatric Ear Infections

Tubes Help Ear Infections

Pediatric ear infections are one of the most common childhood illnesses. However, when your child experiences four or more infections in a year, it is time to see an otolaryngologist. “In most cases, ear infections are relatively benign,” says Marc A. Sachs, MD, otolaryngologist, Saint Francis ...
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Epilepsy Physician Starts New Unit

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Since beginning her neurology career, treating epilepsy is a passion for Sisira Yadala, MD, neurologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “Epilepsy is a condition that significantly affects patients’ lives and by providing appropriate diagnosis and treatment, one can make a positive difference in their lives,” says Yadala. She ...
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