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Changes Occur at New Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

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Patients and staff at the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Saint Francis Medical Center have prepared for big changes. The unit, designed by staff with input from patients and family, has moved to the third floor of the Cross.  Its renovated private rooms offer patients and their ...
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Saint Francis Offers Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

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The Cancer Institute at Saint Francis offers cutting-edge cancer technology that can kill the disease with minimal side effects. The most recent such treatment is stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), a type of radiation therapy that requires just a few, targeted, high-level doses. “Patients who undergo ...
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Options to Treat Endometriosis

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If you have endometriosis, options for treatment vary depending on how severe it is and whether you want to become pregnant. Generally, the first line of treatment is medication using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to manage the pain. If NSAIDs are ineffective, your doctor could prescribe ...
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From 385 Pounds to Avid Hiker

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At age 37, Josh Harlan came to a tough conclusion: He would never be able to lose weight on his own. Weighing in at 385 pounds, he knew he did not have the willpower to improve his health. “I was slowly going to wither away ...
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Wrist Pain May be Caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when you experience pressure on the median nerve in your wrist that causes pain and tingling. Wrist splints, medications and physical therapy often can provide great relief and reverse the condition. But when those treatments do not help, carpal tunnel release ...
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Doctors Treat Thyroid Cancer

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  The thyroid gland regulates the body’s metabolic rate. While thyroid cancer can be difficult to detect, the most apparent signs are a firm mass on the side of the lower neck or a change in voice. A first line of treatment for thyroid cancer is surgery. ...
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Food Choices Help Prevent Stomach Cancer

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Until the late 1930s, stomach cancer was the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Now, it is much less common in our country – although it is still the deadliest cancer worldwide. Studies have shown that stomach cancer is linked to a bacteria, ...
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Remember Skin Cancer Screenings

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One in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime, making it the most common cancer in the United States. Saint Francis is sponsoring a free skin cancer screening at its Womancare clinic on Saturday, May 21, from 7:30 am-noon. “The most ...
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Stop Childhood Obesity

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One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. It is important to consider making changes in your family’s lifestyle if your child falls in this category. “There are two main ways we can curb the childhood obesity epidemic,” says Jean Diemer, MD, ...
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A Night for Women to Focus on Health

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Women of the region can enjoy a girls’ night out when Saint Francis Healthcare System presents its free Women’s Health Event, packed with important health information, food and drinks, local exhibitors and door prizes. The event will take place on Thursday, May 19, 5-8 pm at ...
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