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Health Articles

Note Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million people in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Five percent of those people begin to experience symptoms in their 40s and 50s. “Memory loss is one of the most commonly understood symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Sarah A.... Read more

Chest Flutter Signals Trouble

If you have been experiencing heart palpitations or a "flutter" in your chest, talk to your doctor about it right away: You could be at risk for stroke due to atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation occurs when the heart's upper chambers, the atria, quiver instead of fully contracting... Read more

Low-Dose Flash Scanner is Quick and Easy

The state-of-the-art equipment in Saint Francis Medical Center’s Radiology Department has enabled doctors to obtain computed tomography (CT) scans of patients without exposing them to high doses of radiation. The Siemens Flash CT Scanner is a low-dose scanner that provides detailed images for doctors in a fraction... Read more

Child’s Stomachache Could Be More

When your child suffers from stomach issues, and diarrhea or constipation does not improve, or something more serious such as liver or nutritional deficiencies, it may be time to see a specialist. Saint Francis Healthcare System now works with Jose Derdoy, MD, pediatric gastroenterologist at Mercy... 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

Children Get Urinary Tract Infections

One of the most common reasons why a child will see a urologist is because he or she is experiencing recurrent urinary tract infections. “In most cases, urinary tract infections are easily treated with antibiotics,” says Mitchell L. Ogles, MD, urologist, who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare... Read more

New Methods to Treat Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO)

Chronic total occlusion (CTO) is a type of coronary artery blockage that has been present for three months or more. CTOs are difficult to treat and can cause severe chest pain and cardiomyopathy. Cardiologists at Saint Francis Healthcare System now have state-of-the-art equipment and the expertise to... Read more

Know Bacterial Meningitis Signs

Bacterial meningitis is a serious infection that can be fatal if not treated right away. Those who are at highest risk for this infection include babies; people who spend a large amount of time in community settings, such as college students; or people who have traveled... Read more

Find Saint Francis Primary Care Throughout Southeastern Missouri

A primary care physician should be a patient’s first source for diagnoses, prescriptions and lifelong medical guidance. “Saint Francis Healthcare System has partnered with primary care providers across southeastern Missouri to ensure patients have access to quality healthcare close to home,” explains Erica E. Gibson, MD,... Read more

Pap Smear Recommendations Change

National guidelines regarding Pap smears recently have changed. The United States Preventive Services Task Force now recommends women receive their first Pap smear at age 21, repeating the test every three years until age 29. After age 30, they can drop their frequency of screenings to... 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

Medication can Cause Side Effects

Some pain medications such as opiates can cause side effects such as severe constipation. When it persists, constipation can lead to rectal prolapse, tears in the rectum and fecal impaction, which means the rectum becomes blocked from passing stool. “The best way to avoid constipation while taking... Read more

Ways to Reduce Throat Cancer

Every year, about 13,000 new cases of throat cancer are diagnosed. While researchers cannot determine the exact cause of throat cancer, they have identified several ways in which you can reduce your risk: Do not smoke. “When you inhale some of the chemicals in tobacco, they... Read more

Hospice Opens in Scott County 

Terminally ill patients in Scott County, Missouri, now have the option to utilize Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Hospice Services Program. The program recently expanded to include Scott County, in addition to Cape Girardeau, Perry, Bollinger and Stoddard counties. “Patients who already have been receiving care at Saint... Read more

First Baby of New Year Born at Saint Francis

Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby of 2017. At 4:59 pm on Monday, January 2, 2017, a baby girl was welcomed into the world by proud parents Jesse and Lora Stafford of Fredericktown, Mo., and caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff. Grant D.... Read more

Palliative Care Improves Life

Saint Francis Healthcare System offers a Palliative Care Program for inpatients who have a chronic or life-limiting illness. The team includes a medical director, nurse practitioner, nurse and a social worker who help patients and their families with determination of care goals, management of symptoms associated... Read more

Avoid Gluten with Celiac Disease

People with celiac disease experience damage to the lining of their small intestine when they eat foods with gluten, a form of protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. Doctors can make a celiac disease diagnosis after performing an endoscopy when they guide a small tube... Read more

Hernia Surgery Repair Using Laparoscopic Surgery 

An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue bulges through a weak point in the groin muscle. To prevent complications from developing, surgery is the most common treatment for such types of hernia. “Three decades ago, hernia repair surgery was an open procedure that required weeks of recovery,” says... Read more

Avoid Anemia During Pregnancy

When a woman is pregnant, her blood volume increases by 40 percent to supply blood to the baby and placenta. This can lead to anemia, a condition in which the red blood cells are low, leading to fatigue. “Almost all pregnant women will experience anemia at some... 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


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