Health Articles

Talk to Doctor About Suspicious Skin Lesions

That strange-looking spot on your skin may be a sign of something dangerous. If you are concerned about an area, talk to your primary care physician about a skin cancer screening. “As with other cancers, you want to catch any kind of skin cancer early,” says Deborah... Read more

Tau (τ) Award Recognizes Excellence in Patient Safety

Saint Francis Healthcare System has created a new award to recognize areas that have achieved great results in quality and patient safety. The Tau Award was given to 10 departments that reached the first milestone. “We all need to be empowered to make a difference for our... Read more

TAVR for Aortic Stenosis

Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve narrows, obstructing blood flow from the heart. Patients with severe aortic stenosis usually need surgery to replace the valve, but some people are not good candidates for surgery. Saint Francis' Heart Valve Center now offers an alternative treatment for those... Read more

Teamwork Key to Their Weight-Loss Success

There are 300 pounds missing in the Carr home. For Kristy, 42, and Josh Carr, 41, that is welcome news indeed. The Jackson couple was able to lose more than 300 pounds together through Weight Loss Solutions, Saint Francis Medical Center’s bariatric surgery program. “Our thought was... Read more

Teen Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are damaging for teenagers, which is why it is important that you spot these problems early, so your child can receive help. One of the biggest signs of an eating disorder is an obsession with dieting. "Teenage girls and boys who continue to count... Read more

Testosterone Replacement 

Testosterone is the main sex hormone in men that regulates sex drive; produces sperm; and causes a deeper voice, bigger muscles and growth of body hair. Forty percent of men older than age 45 have low testosterone levels. This can be due to normal aging, or it... Read more

The Lesser-known Breast Cancer

Though some people do not think of men as having breasts, men can develop breast cancer. There are about 2,100 cases of male breast cancer in the United States each year. The good news is that this type of breast cancer typically has a better prognosis... Read more

The Right Door

Saint Francis Medical Center is always thinking of how better to accommodate its patients, their families and visitors. The "Right Way" program involves numbering our points of entrance, revamping internal signage and reinforcing assistance from our staff to our visitors. As the Medical Center has rapidly expanded, we... Read more

Thyroid Disease: Small Gland, Big Trouble

The thyroid is a small gland in the neck that plays a major role in regulating the body’s metabolism. If it produces the wrong amount of hormones – either too much or too little – various systems in the body will not function properly. With an overactive... Read more

Tick-related Illnesses

If you notice flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, joint pain and rash during the spring or summer, you should see your doctor right away: You could have a tick-related illness. “Many people who have one of these illnesses are not even aware they had a... Read more

Ticks Make Missourians Sick

Check for ticks. Ehrlichiosis can make you sick. “Ehrlichiosis is a common tick-borne illness here – Missouri is one of the three most common states,” says Charles Edward LaValle III, MD, infectious disease specialist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It’s similar to Rocky Mountain spotted fever, except... Read more

Tonsil Cancer Has Many Signs

Tonsil cancer is a type of throat cancer that occurs in one of the three types of tonsils in the throat. The major risk factors for this type of cancer include smoking, chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol. People with human papillomavirus (HPV) also are at greater... Read more

Tonsillitis Common for Children

Tonsillitis, a common condition among children, occurs when the tonsils — two masses of tissue at the back of the throat — become inflamed. The main symptoms include: Throat painLoss of voiceHeadacheDifficulty swallowing or breathing through the mouthSwollen glands Marc A. Sachs, MD When tonsillitis is caused by a... Read more

Transport Team Brings Sick Newborns to Level III NICU

Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is known for its expertise. About half of the sick infants who receive care there are transported from other hospitals. “When babies are born with difficulty breathing or brain injuries, staff at hospitals know we have... Read more

Traveling While Pregnant

In most cases, traveling while pregnant is acceptable – as long as you follow a few simple guidelines. “Whether a woman is in a plane or a car, staying in one place for too long can be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous,” says Grant D. McWilliams, DO, obstetrician... Read more

Treat Bursitis With Rest and Medication

Bursitis is when the fluid-filled sacs – called bursa – between your bones, muscles and tendons become inflamed. It most commonly occurs in the shoulders, elbows and hips and can cause a great amount of pain. However, with proper treatment, it usually goes away within a... Read more

Treat Chronic Ear Infections

Ear infections are common among young children, usually affecting those between 6 months and 2 years old. When a child frequently suffers from ear infections, or when the infections continue to occur as the child ages, it may be time to seek further treatment. Adam S. Morgan,... Read more

Treat Diaper Rash

There are many causes of diaper rash, including prolonged exposure to a soiled diaper, chafing, an allergic reaction or a bacterial or yeast infection. Diaper rash can be quite painful for babies, so you should treat it right away.  "The most effective way to treat diaper rash... Read more

Treat Diverticulitis With Fiber

Diverticula are pouches that form in the wall of the colon. When these pouches become inflamed or infected, they can cause a painful condition called diverticulitis. “We do not know exactly why diverticula form,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP, gastroenterologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner.... Read more

Treat Joint Pain

If you regularly experience joint pain due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or another condition, you can use a combination of medication and physical therapy to treat it. On the medication side, over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil® or Aleve® can provide relief. If... Read more


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