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Saint Francis Health Center Opens in Dexter


Saint Francis Healthcare System is committed to making quality healthcare available to Missouri residents in their own communities. That is why the Saint Francis Health Center recently opened in Dexter, Mo. Located at 1212 Saint Francis Drive, near US 60 Outer Road and Harris Drive, the ...
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Sleep Apnea Causes Health Problems


If you frequently snore and experience daytime drowsiness, you may suffer from sleep apnea. There are three different types of sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea is when your airway becomes blocked during sleep. Central sleep apnea is when your brain does not signal the muscles ...
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Keep Up to Date with Vaccinations During Pregnancy


If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, certain vaccinations lower your risk of becoming ill and, in turn, lower your baby’s risk. At about 28 weeks’ gestation, your doctor will talk to you about receiving a dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, ...
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Epic System Improves Patient Care


Saint Francis Healthcare System patients now benefit from a streamlined electronic medical records system that will let their doctors communicate with one another. The Epic system allows providers from all parts of the Saint Francis system – including the Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, clinics in ...
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Always Tired Could Mean Hypothyroidism


If you are often tired throughout the day, talk to your doctor. You may have hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when your body does not produce enough of the thyroid hormone. In addition to fatigue, symptoms of hypothyroidism can include weight gain, weakness, abnormal menstrual cycles, ...
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Multiple Myeloma Leads to Other Problems


Multiple myeloma occurs when cancerous plasma cells begin to grow in the bone marrow and produce a myeloma protein. Plasma cells are a type of white blood cell that fights infections and other diseases. Signs of multiple myeloma can include: Frequent infections Fatigue due to low ...
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Joint Replacement “Graduates” Celebrate at Dance


For people who are receiving treatment at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Center for Joint Replacement and Revision (CJRR), dancing seems like an almost impossible feat. Yet through hard work and with the help of skilled surgeons and therapists, many of those patients go on to ...
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Heart and Health Screening 


Monitoring your risk for coronary heart disease and other health risks is easy with Heart & Health Screenings at Saint Francis Medical Center. The following screenings are available 7-10 am every first and third Wednesday of each month in the Saint Martha Conference Room (150 ...
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Learn About Narcolepsy


Narcolepsy is a brain disorder that causes persons to have poor control over sleep-wake cycles throughout the day. Someone with narcolepsy may experience daytime drowsiness or suddenly fall asleep during work, school or another part of the day. At Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Sleep Disorders Center, ...
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Treating a Traumatic Brain Injury


A traumatic brain injury occurs when you experience an injury to the head because of an outside force. This could be due to a blow to the head or an object penetrating the skull such as a bullet. If you or your child experience such an ...
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