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Family BirthPlace Staff Is “Like Family” to Patient

When Malinda Milam entered Saint Francis Medical Center's Family BirthPlace in December 2013 for monitoring of her pregnancy, she was frightened and apprehensive. However, the smiling, reassuring faces she saw put her at ease immediately. "I couldn't help but feel like I was with family," says Milam,... 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

Finding the Right Blood Thinner

If you have certain types of heart disease, you are at risk for forming blood clots. These clots can travel to the brain or other parts of your body and cause a stroke or a heart attack. Doctors typically prescribe blood thinners for patients who have a... Read more

Finding the Right Treatment for Epilepsy

About 2.5 million people in America suffer from epilepsy, a debilitating condition characterized by frequent seizures. After experiencing seizures, it is important that you connect with a neurologist who can diagnose the type of epilepsy you have and treat it with the right type of medication. Different... Read more

Fitness Plus Expands Pilates Studio

Since the Pilates fitness system was first created at the beginning of the 20th century, it has helped hundreds of thousands of people develop strength and a higher level of physical fitness. Today, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus is putting a greater emphasis on the... Read more

Five Things to Know about LINX Reflux Management System

If you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you know that finding relief can be difficult. Many doctors initially treat with medication, however, some patients find their symptoms are not being controlled or are getting worse. An advanced treatment may be the solution. Saint Francis Medical Center... Read more

Fluids and Rest Help Bronchitis

Bronchitis is when the lining of your bronchial tubes becomes inflamed, causing coughing, mucus, chest discomfort and fatigue. “Most cases of acute bronchitis get better on their own within a couple of weeks,” says Erica E. Gibson, MD, family practice physician, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “You may... Read more

Food Choices Help Prevent Stomach Cancer

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, which... Read more

Foods That Cause Heartburn

If you suffer from heartburn, you know all too well how uncomfortable you become when you eat the wrong foods. Heartburn occurs when stomach acids return to the esophagus and cause a burning sensation. The best way to avoid it is by simply avoiding foods that... Read more

GERD Can Cause Bad Breath

While bad breath can be embarrassing, there are simple solutions that can relieve the problem. “Because it is difficult to assess how your own breath smells, ask a close friend or relative to confirm your bad-breath questions,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP, gastroenterologist... Read more

Gestational Diabetes

Pregnancy brings many changes and for women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes more attention to diet and activity are needed. Some patients will even require pills or insulin to control the glucoses. Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes is on the rise – and... Read more

Get Stroke Screening at Checkup

When you see your primary care physician for your annual checkup, ask about undergoing a stroke screening. People who are most at risk for stroke are those who have close family members who suffered a stroke before the age of 50. Those older than 60 who have... Read more

Giving Babies a Chance to Grow

November is Premature Birth Awareness Month. In an effort to educate soon-to-be-mothers, Saint Francis Medical Center and the March of Dimes are teaming up to stress the importance of avoiding early delivery. The last few weeks of a pregnancy are critical for a baby’s physical and... Read more

Going Gluten-free Eases Celiac Symptoms

Some people go gluten-free by choice. People with celiac disease, however, go gluten-free out of medical necessity. “Once you have an accurate diagnosis of celiac, the treatment is a lifetime commitment to stay away from gluten,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP, gastroenterologist at Saint... Read more

Graves’ Disease Can Cause Anxiety

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes hyperthyroidism -- the overproduction of thyroid hormones. When you have too many thyroid hormones, you may experience anxiety, weight loss and other symptoms. This disease is much more common in women than in men, with a ratio of 4-to-1.... Read more

Have a Heart: Lose Weight, Gain Better Health

With three great weight-loss options to choose from at Saint Francis Medical Center, what have you got to lose? From exercise at Fitness Plus, to diets with The Healthy Weigh, all the way to bariatric surgery with Weight Loss Solutions, any or all of these programs... Read more

Hay Fever and Migraines

About 12 percent of people in the United States experience migraines. A recent study has shown that people who suffer from migraines have more frequent headaches if they also suffer from seasonal allergies, or hay fever. Matthew J. Riffle, MD “Researchers are not sure whether allergies cause migraines... Read more

Healing an Ankle Sprain

An ankle sprain is an injury to one of the ligaments in your ankle. Although many sprains usually heal on their own, you should see a doctor right away to rule out broken bones. The best way to remember how you should treat your ankle is with... Read more

Healthy Life Slows Diabetes

If you lose weight and start a regular exercise routine, you may be able to reverse your Type 2 diabetes, or at least reduce the number of medications you take. Studies have shown that some people who have lost a significant amount of weight and exercised 150... Read more


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