Health Articles

Weight Loss Solutions – Rev Up Your Metabolism

Pity the poor metabolism, which often gets blamed for our weight issues. “It’s not me, it’s my slow metabolism,” is a common complaint. But what do we really know about this complex bodily function? Let’s separate fact from fiction – and then look at a few... Read more

Weight Loss Solutions – Ward Off Extra Holiday Weight

There is no bigger challenge to your diet than those fourth-quarter holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Between Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving leftovers, office Holiday parties, Christmas bake sales, New Year’s Eve revelry and New Year’s Day bowl games, you face a two-month shmorgishborg that could knock... Read more

Weight Loss Solutions – Weight-loss Super Foods

Foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein have many health benefits, including promoting bone health and fighting cancer. But did you know many of them can help you lose weight? Black beans provide plenty of protein without the saturated fat of red meats. Oats and... Read more

Weight Loss Surgery Gives Youth Director Energy

It was a game of miniature golf that inspired Brad Stamp to change his life. The Anna, Ill., church youth director was on an outing with teenagers two years ago when he bent over to retrieve his ball from a hole and found he could not... Read more

Weight Loss Team Prepares Patients for New Life

In addition to their remarkable physical changes, bariatric surgery patients also experience profound psychological changes. In fact, to maximize the success of this weight-loss procedure, patients must learn how to rethink their relationships with food, health and body image both before and after their surgeries. Ryan A.... Read more

Weight Loss Through Teamwork

Losing weight is easier when you have a friend sharing the journey with you. June Dunning and Mary Ellen Mohundro have been supporting each other since March, when they both joined Saint Francis Medical Center’s The Healthy Weigh on the same day. The Healthy Weigh is a... Read more

Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Health

For some people, weight-loss surgery can be the gateway to a healthier, more active lifestyle. But bariatric surgery is not for everyone. Before considering this big step, talk to your doctor about whether it is the best choice for you. “Just like any major surgery, weight-loss surgery... Read more

Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Woman Travel Once Again

Samantha Cates has struggled with her weight all her life. The 20-year-old was born with spina bifida, a birth defect when a baby’s spinal cord fails to develop properly. As a result, Cates is confined to a wheelchair. Sitting in a wheelchair has made exercise very difficult.... Read more

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 System’s... 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

What is a Hospitalist?

While your primary care physician typically is the “hub” of your healthcare management in everyday life, a hospitalist will manage your care while you are an inpatient at Saint Francis Medical Center. A hospitalist is an internal medicine or family practice physician who only treats patients... Read more

What to Do When Food Goes Bad

You ate something unusual, and now you’re sick. You suspect it’s food poisoning. What should you do? People are pretty familiar with the symptoms of food poisoning: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever and diarrhea. If you have these symptoms a few hours after eating a suspicious food... Read more

What to Expect During Your Induction 

Obstetricians and midwives strive to assist all expectant moms in carrying their baby to term — which is at least 39 weeks or later. Once a woman reaches 39 weeks, she has the option to talk to her provider about inducing labor. “Some patients are opposed to... Read more

When Fever is Dangerous

A fever is usually a sign that something is wrong with your child. But whether your child needs to see a doctor depends on his or her age: 0-3 months – You should always take a newborn’s temperature rectally. When your infant’s rectal temperature is higher than... Read more

When Is a Mole a Sign of Melanoma?

When is a mole worth worrying about? When should it be a cause of concern? Although most moles are benign (noncancerous), they can sometimes be a sign of cancer. See a dermatologist if your mole is new, growing or otherwise changing. “Varied colors within a mole, irregular... Read more

When to Schedule a Sleep Study

Many people take a good night’s sleep for granted. But for others, feeling rested after a night of sleep can be difficult or even impossible. For these individuals, a sleep study may be the key to discovering what is causing the sleep problem. “If you feel tired... Read more

When to Seek Help for Bed-wetting

If you have a child who frequently wets the bed, it can be difficult to decide when to take action. For children who are younger than 7, it is often best to wait – bed-wetting usually will subside on its own. Whether or not you seek... Read more

When You Might Need ACL Reconstruction

One of the most common injuries to athletes is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The ACL is a ligament located in the center of the knee that is vital to the joint’s stability. “Whenever a young athlete tears his or her ACL, we usually recommend reconstruction... Read more


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