Health Articles

Behavioral Health at Ferguson Medical Group

In 2011, Behavioral Health services began at Ferguson Medical Group in Sikeston, Mo. when Dr. David Dahlbeck was hired as the first full-time Behavioral Health provider. Ferguson has since grown to seven full-time Behavioral Health providers with four licensed clinical social workers, one psychological examiner and... Read more

Beware of Bug Bites

While most insect bites are harmless, more than two million Americans are allergic to stinging insects, which include bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants. One symptom of an allergic reaction is anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can cause many problems, including difficulty breathing or swallowing and swelling... Read more

Beware of Genetic Testing Scammers

Beware of scammers targeting Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries offering genetic testing. These scammers obtain Medicare or Medicaid numbers from victims for fraudulent purposes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an alert about scammers offering cheek swabs for genetic... Read more

Blood Thinners Can Save Your Life

While blood clot formation is a natural and essential process for open wounds, persistent clots in the bloodstream can be harmful or even deadly. Individuals who are at risk for unwanted blood clots may need to take blood thinners to decrease that risk. Blood thinners such as... Read more

Bone Density Tests

A bone density test determines whether a person is at risk for osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become fragile and break more easily. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Womancare offers bone density tests for men and women who have obtained referrals from their physicians. Most insurance companies cover... Read more

Boost Good Cholesterol

In addition to keeping your low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) level low, you should consider taking steps to boost your high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) level if it is too low. “A high HDL is associated with a lower risk for heart disease,” says Matthew... Read more

Bravo pH Monitoring System Diagnoses GERD

If your doctor suspects you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), he or she may suggest using the Bravo pH monitoring system to make an accurate diagnosis. At Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Gastroenterology Lab, a doctor sprays your throat with numbing medicine, and inserts a catheter with a... Read more

Breast Cancer Index (BCI) Tests Recurrence Risk

Breast Cancer Index (BCI) is a test to help doctors determine the likelihood that certain types of breast cancer will return after five years and whether extended hormonal therapy will benefit the patient. Carlos Robles, MD “When a woman is first diagnosed with estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer, cancer... Read more

Breast Cancer Index Tests Recurrence Risk

Some people believe that breast cancer is only a five-year disease. However, several breast cancer recurrences happen more than five years after initial diagnosis. Breast Cancer Index (BCI) is a test to help doctors determine the likelihood that certain types of breast cancer will return after... Read more

Breast Cancer Support Group 

Area women who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer can find encouragement and camaraderie through Saint Francis Medical Center’s Power of Pink Breast Cancer Support Group. The group, which meets Tuesday evenings for two six-week sessions in January and June, has been going strong since 2011.... Read more

Breast Cancer Treatments Abound

Nearly every woman who receives a breast cancer diagnosis will need to undergo surgery at some point in her treatment. However, nonsurgical treatment both before and after surgery has become extremely important for some types of breast cancer. “In recent years, there have been many exciting new... Read more

Breast-feed Babies in NICU

When babies are born before 36 weeks’ gestation, they are often unable to begin oral feeding because their brain is not yet mature enough to initiate the suck-swallow-breathe response. However, the staff at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) strives to... Read more

Breathe Easy: Respiratory Therapists Restore Lung Health

Respiratory therapists help you breathe. For hospitalized patients of any age, these highly skilled, highly trained practitioners provide much-needed oxygen. Their role in easing pain and saving lives is vital for critically ill babies, trauma patients and people of all ages with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary... Read more

Bronchial Thermoplasty Treats Asthma

People who suffer from severe asthma symptoms that significantly impact their quality of life may benefit from bronchial thermoplasty (BT) treatment at Saint Francis Medical Center. BT is a minimally invasive procedure that has been clinically proven to reduce asthma exacerbations. “Most people with asthma are able... Read more

Building on Excellence Hits Completion

After almost five years of designing, praying and building, Saint Francis Healthcare System has completed Building on Excellence. The final phases were finished when Cape Care for Women and Cape Maternal & Fetal Medicine opened new locations at the Women and Children’s Pavilion in September. And, Weight... 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

Carbon Monoxide: Odorless, Colorless Killer

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. It’s colorless and odorless, too. The gas is found in vehicle exhaust, gas ranges, home heating systems, charcoal and wood smoke, and several other heat sources, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Breathing too much carbon monoxide in... Read more

Cardiac Outreach Clinics in Southeast Missouri

When you think you might have a heart condition, you want care from the top specialists in the region. However, when you have to travel a long distance for testing or a routine appointment, it can be cumbersome. Saint Francis Medical Center offers convenient cardiac outreach clinics... Read more

Cardiac Rehabilitation After Surgery

Coronary artery bypass surgery can correct a serious heart problem, but the surgery alone may not be enough to prolong a patient’s life. Cardiac rehabilitation is extremely important to help manage the risk factors that contribute to heart disease. “Bypass surgery can circumvent the blockages in your... Read more

Cardiac Risk Assessments

If you have a history of heart disease, smoking, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you should participate in a regular cardiac risk assessment. This can occur during a routine physical examination with your primary care physician, or during an office visit with a cardiologist. “Our primary... Read more


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