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No UV Tanning Is Safe for Your Skin

Working on your tan? Be careful. Any amount of ultraviolet (UV) tanning – indoors or outdoors – can cause cancer and other skin problems later in life. Charles (Chuck) M. Moon, MD “The first danger with tanning is increased risk of skin cancer, which can metastasize and be... Read more

Ear Infection Pain May Go Beyond Ear

Have you heard how painful ear infections are? When fluid builds up and infects a baby’s ear, the baby may tug their ears in pain, or fuss and cry more than usual. Not all children are so demonstrative, so be on the lookout for the following... Read more

CyberKnife: Fighting Cancer, Saving Patients

The CyberKnife® VSI™ Robotic RadioSurgery System is one of the newest weapons in the fight against cancer. It is also one of the most powerful. At Saint Francis Medical Center, the remarkable results are starting to roll in. The only one of its type in the region,... Read more

VNG Test Pinpoints Cause of Vertigo

You’re standing still, but you feel like you’re spinning. You’re dizzy and nauseous, and your vision is blurry. If this sounds like you, you might have vertigo. “Vertigo is imbalance that occurs when the brain receives positioning information from different sensors – your eyes and inner ear,... Read more

Heart Surgery Recovery Takes Time and Care

Recovering from heart surgery takes time – typically six to eight weeks. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind as you recuperate: Medications: Carefully follow your physician’s instructions regarding pain relievers, nutrition supplements and other prescription or over-the-counter medications.Activity: Do not lift heavy objects... Read more

Helping You Lose – Why Lose Weight?

You made a New Year’s resolution. You can’t fit into your favorite jeans. Swimsuit season is coming up. You want to look good in your wedding photos. Are these the reasons you want to lose weight? If so, that’s fine. They’re all valid reasons. In fact, we... Read more

Have a Heart: Lose Weight, Gain Better Health

With three great weight-loss options to choose from at Saint Francis Medical Center, what have you got to lose? Things like exercise at Fitness Plus will improve your overall health – and your heart health, too. "Heart disease is a national epidemic due to unhealthy diets and... Read more

Expectant Mothers Should Expect Fatigue

When you’re expecting, expect fatigue. It’s normal to feel tired as you carry the extra weight of the baby inside you. You’ll probably have trouble sleeping, too. What can you do to feel more refreshed? “Mothers can fight fatigue by making sure they’re getting their prenatal vitamins,” says Jessica H. Lemmons, MD,... Read more

Out for a Run and Out of Breath?

Breathing heavily when exercising is normal. Coughing, wheezing and chest pain when exercising may be asthma. “Some people experience asthma symptoms when they’re exercising, but they don’t attribute their breathing problems to asthma because they don’t suffer from the disorder at other times,” says W. Keith Graham,... Read more

Stop Mold Growth Before It Stops You

Mold in the bathroom? Clean it out! Not only because it’s ugly, but also because it’s hazardous to your health. Mold is an irritant that needs to be removed. Inhaling it harms your lungs and airways. It can even lead to chronic problems. If there’s mold in... Read more

Stop Whooping Cough Before It Spreads

Whooping cough is on the rise. Although whooping cough, or pertussis, can be treated after an outbreak, it is healthier for individuals and the community to stop the disease before it spreads. The symptoms of whooping cough – the characteristic "whoop," uncontrollable coughing, reddening face and vomiting... Read more

Parents Can Help Fight Childhood Obesity

The trend is clear: childhood obesity is on the rise. So what can children – and their concerned parents – do to buck the trend? Just as there are multiple causes for the alarming rise in childhood obesity, there are multiple things parents can do to prevent... Read more

Accreditation Ensures Faster Cardiac Care

The recent renewal of a prestigious accreditation at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Chest Pain Center is good news for the Medical Center and even better news for the patients in the region who rely upon its care. The Chest Pain Center holds full Cycle IV accreditation with... Read more

Don’t Dismiss SAD, Seek Help Instead

Do the cold, dark months make you sad? You are not alone. “Seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), can range from minor doldrums to serious depression in winter,” says Sarah A. Aydt, MD, FAAP, FACP, internal medicine physician/pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It’s ultimately a... Read more

Preterm Babies at High Risk

Newborns are naturally tiny, but babies born weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces, are tinier than most, and therefore more susceptible to health complications. “Babies born before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy often have difficulties with feeding and breathing soon after birth. Additionally, they have more... Read more

Butterfly Rash Is Sign of Lupus

A butterfly is a welcome sight. A facial rash resembling a butterfly is not. Although not all lupus patients develop this rash, it is a distinctive sign of this chronic inflammatory disease in which a person’s immune system attacks their tissues and organs. “A rash covering the... Read more

Echocardiogram Shows How Blood Flows

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound test for your heart. It’s also one of the best ways to examine the valves and chambers of your heart. One type of echocardiogram used at Saint Francis Medical Center is a transesophageal echocardiogram. In this procedure, the cardiologist passes a tube... Read more

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