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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Saint Francis to Host Pediatric Health Fair

All families and friends are invited to bring their children to the Saint Francis Health System Pediatric Health Fair August 3, 2017. From 4-7:30 pm at the Fitness Plus area (Entrance 8), families are encouraged to come whenever and stay as long as possible. See and ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Moving Blood Clots Bring Danger

Blood clots prevent you from losing too much blood when you hurt yourself. However, when a blood clot forms inside one of your veins and does not dissolve on its own, called deep vein thrombosis, it could be very dangerous. “Generally, blood clots are focal where ...
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