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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

Siblings All Graduated From Level III NICU

After watching all three of her babies struggle in their first weeks of life, Blair Feldner can attest that a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a sick newborn’s best chance at thriving. Blair, who lives in Paducah, Ky., first came to Saint Francis six... Read more

Cardiac Rehabilitation After Surgery

Coronary artery bypass surgery can correct a serious heart problem, but the surgery alone may not be enough to prolong a patient’s life. Cardiac rehabilitation is extremely important to help manage the risk factors that contribute to heart disease. “Bypass surgery can circumvent the blockages in your... Read more

Improving Lives at Saint Francis ALS Clinic

Amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurological disease that affects as many as 30,000 people in the United States. Commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS causes nerves in the brain and spinal cord to slowly die, making it difficult to walk, eat, swallow and even... Read more

Doctors Treat Blood Clots with Medication

A blood clot is a serious condition that can put your life in danger when left untreated. If you notice a symptom of a blood clot like swelling, a warm spot, pain or redness in your arm or leg, you should seek treatment right away. “Our main... Read more

Finding the Right Treatment for Epilepsy

About one in 100 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. “Epilepsy is essentially a brain pathology that causes a tendency of recurring seizures,” explains Mark E. Farrenburg, MD, epileptologist at Cape Neurology Specialists. After experiencing a seizure, it is important you connect with a neurologist... Read more

Alcohol Irritates Pancreas

The pancreas is a gland that releases digestive enzymes and insulin into the body. Pancreatitis is when the pancreas becomes inflamed, and can cause abdominal pain, fever and vomiting. Acute pancreatitis, when the problem is temporary, usually can be treated with intravenous medications in the hospital. Chronic... Read more

Stre-e-e-tch to Loosen Up Muscles

One of the most important aspects of participating in sports is often one of the most overlooked – stretching both before and after exercising. Stretching helps improve your flexibility, which in turn can prevent injury. Before exercising, you want to engage in a dynamic warm up, such... Read more

Treat Diverticulitis With Fiber

Diverticula are pouches that form in the wall of the colon. When these pouches become inflamed or infected, they can cause a painful condition called diverticulitis. Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP “We do not know exactly why diverticula form,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP,... Read more

Level III NICU Wins Excellence Award

Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has received a prestigious award for its efforts to reduce a debilitating condition in premature babies. The Missouri Hospital Association is awarding Saint Francis the Aim for Excellence Award, a new award recognizing Missouri hospitals’ innovations... Read more

Breast-feed Babies in NICU

When babies are born before 36 weeks’ gestation, they are often unable to begin oral feeding because their brain is not yet mature enough to initiate the suck-swallow-breathe response. However, the staff at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) strives to... Read more

In the Pool with Arthritis 

If you suffer from arthritis, Arthritis Aquatics classes at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Fitness Plus may be the perfect way for you to find relief from your pain. Sandy Duncan, MSA, ACSM-EP “The water’s buoyancy takes pressure off your joints,” says Sandy Duncan, MSA, ACSM-EP, manager for Health... Read more

Zika Virus Brings Concerns

Zika virus disease is an illness spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. It causes fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. There are some reports associating Zika virus infection in pregnant woman, with a birth defect called microcephaly. Matthew B. Schumer, MD The World Health... 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

Building on Excellence Hits Completion

After almost five years of designing, praying and building, Saint Francis Healthcare System has completed Building on Excellence. The final phases were finished when Cape Care for Women and Cape Maternal & Fetal Medicine opened new locations at the Women and Children’s Pavilion in September. In its new... Read more

PET Searches for Cancer

Saint Francis Healthcare System has a special tool that can detect whether cancer has spread to the bone. The positive emission tomography (PET) F-18 bone survey uses radioactive fluorine to identify areas of cancer in the bone. Dr. Mark L. Gates, MD “For many years, we have been... Read more

Colon Polypectomies Prevent Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, death rates due to colon cancer have declined steadily over the past two decades. The main reason for this is because colonoscopies and colon polypectomies have become much more common. A colonoscopy is a colorectal cancer screening test during which a... Read more

Support Group Helps Patients

A breast cancer diagnosis can be frightening, but the right support makes a big difference in a woman’s mental, emotional and physical health. Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Power of Pink Breast Cancer Support Group begins its next session Tuesday, January 3, from 6-8 pm in Womancare. The... Read more

Treating Cancer With Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer. It can be used in conjunction with surgery and chemotherapy, and in some cases, it can be the sole treatment for certain types of cancer. “Depending on the type of cancer, we may use radiation therapy... Read more


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