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Pap Smear Recommendations Change

National guidelines regarding Pap smears recently have changed. The United States Preventive Services Task Force now recommends women receive their first Pap smear at age 21, repeating the test every three years until age 29. After age 30, they can drop their frequency of screenings ...
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Weight-Loss Surgery Provides a Happy and Healthy Life

About a year and a half ago, Nikki Golden was at a turning point in her life. The Cape Girardeau woman was turning 40, and her excess weight was making her both unhappy and unhealthy. She decided she needed a change, and Saint Francis Healthcare ...
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Medication can Cause Side Effects

Some pain medications such as opiates can cause side effects such as severe constipation. When it persists, constipation can lead to rectal prolapse, tears in the rectum and fecal impaction, which means the rectum becomes blocked from passing stool. “The best way to avoid constipation while ...
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Sikeston Couple Lose Pounds Together

For Trace Glaus of Sikeston, Mo., the tipping point in his weight control came when his physician told him his blood pressure had risen to dangerously high levels. It scared him so much he knew he needed to do something about his weight right away. Trace ...
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Ways to Reduce Throat Cancer

Every year, about 13,000 new cases of throat cancer are diagnosed. While researchers cannot determine the exact cause of throat cancer, they have identified several ways in which you can reduce your risk: Do not smoke. “When you inhale some of the chemicals in tobacco, ...
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Hospice Opens in Scott County 

Terminally ill patients in Scott County, Missouri, now have the option to utilize Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Hospice Services Program. The program recently expanded to include Scott County, in addition to Cape Girardeau, Perry, Bollinger and Stoddard counties. “Patients who already have been receiving care at ...
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First Baby of New Year Born at Saint Francis

Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby of 2017. At 4:59 pm on Monday, January 2, 2017, a baby girl was welcomed into the world by proud parents Jesse and Lora Stafford of Fredericktown, Mo., and caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff. Grant ...
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Palliative Care Improves Life

Saint Francis Healthcare System offers a Palliative Care Program for inpatients who have a chronic or life-limiting illness. The team includes a medical director, nurse practitioner, nurse and a social worker who help patients and their families with determination of care goals, management of symptoms ...
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Avoid Gluten with Celiac Disease

People with celiac disease experience damage to the lining of their small intestine when they eat foods with gluten, a form of protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. Doctors can make a celiac disease diagnosis after performing an endoscopy when they guide a small ...
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Noninvasive Test Checks for Colon Cancer

There are 30 percent fewer cases of colon cancer in the United States than there were 10 years ago. More adults are taking preventive measures against the potentially deadly disease. While a colonoscopy is still the gold standard for preventing and detecting colon cancer, a ...
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