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Exercise Plan Helps You Stay Healthy

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If you are prediabetic or suffer from chronic problems such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you could benefit from a solid exercise plan. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Exercise is Medicine® program is based on the American College of Sports Medicine program, which was launched ...
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Finding the Right Blood Thinner

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If you have certain types of heart disease, you are at risk for forming blood clots. These clots can travel to the brain or other parts of your body and cause a stroke or a heart attack. Doctors typically prescribe blood thinners for patients who have ...
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Multiple Sclerosis Clinic Provides Answers

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While it is important to identify multiple sclerosis (MS) in its early stages, some people mistakenly think they have MS when something else is wrong. “Some patients have tingling or numbness in their hand, fatigue, chronic pain and trouble sleeping and believe they have MS,” says ...
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Choices for IBS Patients 

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About 10 to 15 percent of Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder that causes abdominal pain and problems like diarrhea or constipation. There are five main treatment options for IBS-C (IBS with constipation): Diet: The Food and Drug Administration recommends women consume 25 grams ...
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Midwife Provides Another Option for Pregnant Women

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For Connie Skelton, a midwife was the perfect choice for two very important moments in her life: the births of her two children. Skelton gave birth to her first son, William, now 5, in New Mexico. It was her first experience with a midwife, and she ...
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Bravo pH Monitoring System Diagnoses GERD

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If your doctor suspects you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), he or she may suggest using the Bravo pH monitoring system to make an accurate diagnosis. At Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Gastroenterology Lab, a doctor sprays your throat with numbing medicine, and inserts a catheter with ...
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Obesity Stresses Joints

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It is common knowledge that obesity can cause or worsen arthritis. But many people are not aware that it also can make other common joint diseases worse, such as lupus and gout. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage many parts of the body, ...
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Epic System Increases Communication

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Saint Francis Healthcare System’s electronic medical record system has launched and physicians are excited about the benefits it will bring to their patients. The new system, called Epic, unites all of Saint Francis’ hospitals, clinics and other facilities through a common database. When patients see a ...
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Periodic Limb Movement Disorder Happens While Sleeping

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Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMS) occurs when your legs involuntarily move while sleeping. It can cause significant problems with nighttime sleep, which in turn leads to daytime drowsiness. “PLMS can be the result of an underlying condition, such as diabetes, anemia, or a spinal cord injury, ...
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Doctors Support Healthy Weight Loss

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If you want to lose weight, your doctor can assist you in creating a plan that will keep you healthy and help you reach your goals. “You need a strong support system during your weight loss, and your doctor can provide an unbiased outside opinion,” ...
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