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Weight Loss Helps Perryville Man Stop His Meds


After spending more than 20 years on medications to lower his blood pressure, Roger Balsman of Perryville, Mo., never imagined he would be able to live without them. At the recommendation of his physician, Mark B. Schabbing, MD, he joined The Healthy Weigh, Saint Francis ...
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Treat Joint Pain


If you regularly experience joint pain due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or another condition, you can use a combination of medication and physical therapy to treat it. On the medication side, over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil® or Aleve® can provide relief. ...
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A Primary Care Doctor is Important for Your Wellness


Even if you do not have any chronic health problems, it is a good idea to find a primary care doctor. A family practice or internal medicine physician can ensure you stay current with recommended screenings, detect patterns in your health and act as your ...
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Treat Shoulder Impingement Syndrome Early

shoulder impingement syndrome

Impingement syndrome is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. It occurs when there is damage to the soft tissue in the shoulder, rather than the bone. A group of muscles and tendons wrap around the ball part of the ball and socket joint. ...
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Adults Need Vaccinations


Adults need vaccinations just as much as children. While you receive the majority of your vaccinations in childhood, the following are shots you may receive as an adult: Flu: “We recommend an annual flu shot for everyone, but particularly for adults older than 50, those ...
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Developmental Clinic Follows up with Babies


Babies at risk for developmental problems benefit from periodic visits with a neonatologist. In Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Developmental Clinic, neonatologists follow up with babies after they are discharged. “We see all babies who were born at 34 weeks’ ...
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Avoid Gestational Diabetes in Second Pregnancy


If you had gestational diabetes during your first pregnancy, you are at an increased risk for developing the same problem in your second pregnancy. “After a woman with gestational diabetes delivers her baby, her doctor will check her blood glucose levels at six to eight weeks ...
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Aspirin Helps Prevent Future Heart Events

Cape Cardiology Group

If you have heart disease, a daily dose of aspirin may be just what the doctor orders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you talk to your doctor about taking aspirin if you have experienced a heart attack, a stroke or undergone ...
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Learn About Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)


If you regularly experience acid reflux more than once a week, talk with your doctor – you could have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a chronic digestive disease in which stomach acid flows up into the esophagus, or food pipe, and causes damage if ...
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Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Woman Travel Once Again

Samantha Cates of Anna, Ill.

Samantha Cates has struggled with her weight all her life. The 20-year-old was born with spina bifida, a birth defect when a baby’s spinal cord fails to develop properly. As a result, Cates is confined to a wheelchair. Sitting in a wheelchair has made exercise very ...
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