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Working Together to Celebrate More First Birthdays

The death of a baby is devastating for the family and friends. Infant mortality is the number of deaths of children under the age of one year per 1,000 live births. With almost 10 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, Southeast Missouri’s rate is about 50 percent higher than... Read more

Manage Your Cholesterol

While it is important to have your cholesterol checked on a regular basis, remember cholesterol is just one piece of the cardiovascular risk reduction puzzle. You need to maintain a healthy diet and weight and quit smoking, if you are a smoker, to decrease your risk... Read more

Gallstones Could Lead to a Cholecystectomy

The gallbladder is the pear-shaped organ that sits just below the liver on the right side of the abdomen. It collects and stores bile, a digestive fluid produced in the liver. If a patient needs his gallbladder removed, a cholecystectomy is performed. A cholecystectomy is necessary if there is pain from gallstones that... Read more

Shoulder Instability Requires Rest and Rehabilitation

Shoulder instability occurs when the ligaments and soft tissue in the shoulder joint and capsule are loose and allow for too much motion. This problem most commonly affects athletes who participate in sports exerting their shoulders and upper arms over their heads. “Instability can happen due to... Read more

Stay Awake with Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that causes overwhelming daytime drowsiness. About 200,000 persons in the U.S. have the excessive and uncontrollable urge to sleep during the day. In addition to excessive daytime sleepiness, persons with narcolepsy may experience hallucinations and cataplexy, the sudden loss of muscle... Read more

Is a Midwife Right For You?

Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Certified Nurse Midwives Program offers a holistic approach to pregnancy and childbirth. Our certified midwives, the first in Cape Girardeau County, are trained specialists who provide individualized care to patients through each stage of pregnancy. This care includes education, clinical care, advice and... Read more

Men Over 50 Suffer From an Enlarged Prostate

Many men over age 50 suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate. Symptoms can include slow urinary stream, straining to urinate, incomplete bladder emptying, urgent frequent urination and the need to urinate in the middle of the night. “When the symptoms bother you so... Read more

Know Your Spine

A healthy spine is made of small bones stacked on top of each other that run straight down the center of the back. There are three main types of spine curvature disorders that cause misalignment of the spine: Lordosis: The spine curves inward at the lower back. ... Read more

Exercise Helps Treat Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease that can lead to joint problems and, eventually, the need for a joint replacement. While there is no cure for this disease, everyone can take steps to lessen symptoms and slow its progression. “One important way to manage osteoarthritis is to exercise,”... Read more

Important Screenings for Seniors

As you age, it is a good idea to see your primary care physician on an annual basis. He or she can ensure you stay current on all the screenings and wellness checks you need to be healthy. “At each stage of life, there are different aspects... Read more

Reverse Diabetes Diagnosis

While you cannot completely erase the effects of Type 2 diabetes, you can significantly slow its progression and reduce your need to take diabetes-related medication. “The key is losing weight and establishing a regular exercise routine,” says Ahmad Z. Sheikh, MD, FACE, ECNU, CCD, endocrinologist, Saint Francis... Read more

Ways to Manage Menopause Symptoms

The time period before and after menopause is different for every woman. Some women experience very few symptoms, while others are plagued with mood swings, hot flashes, difficulty sleeping and vaginal dryness. There are many ways a doctor can help manage symptoms. “We will develop a plan... Read more

Understand Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer affects one in seven American men, making it the most common cancer in the country behind skin cancer. Most of the risk factors are ones that men have little control: Age – More than 65 percent of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over... Read more

Keep an Eye on Benign Tumors

A benign tumor is a tumor that is not cancerous. In many cases, these masses do not pose any danger. But, if the tumor is pressing on a blood vessel or a nerve, it needs to be removed or reduced. “Cancer cells can multiply and spread to surrounding tissues,... Read more

Note Children’s Immunization Schedule

It is important for your child to see a pediatrician regularly to keep up to date on immunizations. Immunizations begin at birth with Hepatitis B. The following is a schedule of important immunizations: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)Hepatitis AHepatitis BHiBHPVInfluenza, Meningitis AMeningitis BMMR (measles, mumps, rubella)PneumococcalPolioRotavirusVaricella Andrew B. Boldrey,... Read more

Know the Signs of a Stroke

Portrait Of Senior Man Suffering From Stroke According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and a stroke victim dies every four minutes. Unfortunately, one-third of these victims are younger than 65. These startling statistics reinforce the importance for everyone to recognize the signs... Read more

Parents Monitor TV Time

Studies have shown that children who watch violent TV shows are more likely to engage in violence themselves. That is why it is important not only to monitor children’s screen time, but also to limit it. “Many parents use screen time as a babysitter and are not... Read more

Wellness Programs Help Employees

An employer’s wellness program could help you identify previously undiagnosed health conditions. Employers offer wellness programs to promote healthy lifestyles and ensure their employees treat illnesses they may not be aware of. Wellness profiles commonly include blood pressure monitoring, biometric blood test, recording of BMI and... Read more

Get a Mammogram with Womancare’s Extended Hours

To help busy women fit important mammograms into their already packed schedules, Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Womancare is now offering evening and weekend appointments. “We value our patient’s time and know that making an appointment for a mammogram may not be convenient or on top of their... Read more


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