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Cardiac Risk Assessments

If you have a history of heart disease, smoking, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you should participate in a regular cardiac risk assessment. This can occur during a routine physical examination with your primary care physician, or during an office visit with a cardiologist. “Our primary... Read more

Caring for Your Newborn’s Skin

When caring for your newborn's skin, steer clear of lotion the first few weeks after birth. "Many newborns' feet and hands become flaky and start peeling when they are a week or two old," says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center.... Read more

Causes of Dry Mouth

When you have a lack of saliva in your mouth, it can feel very dry. There are several different causes: Dehydration: If you do not have enough fluid in your system, this can create dry mouth. Medication side effects: Hundreds of medications can cause dry mouth as a... Read more

Causes of Low Testosterone

There are many health conditions that can trigger low testosterone, including obesity, diabetes, kidney damage and changes in thyroid function. In many of these cases, your body is simply putting more effort into fighting a chronic condition than it is into producing testosterone. “Another cause of low... Read more

Celiac Disease Is a Pain in the Gut

Something’s wrong; you can feel it in your gut. If your symptoms include gas, bloating and abdominal pain, you might be one of the growing number of Americans with celiac disease. Celiac disease is an allergy to gluten an ingredient mainly found in wheat but also in... Read more

Changes Occur at New Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Patients and staff at the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Saint Francis Medical Center have prepared for big changes. The unit, designed by staff with input from patients and family, has moved to the third floor of the Cross.  Its renovated private rooms offer patients and their families... Read more

Check for – and Lower – High Cholesterol

High cholesterol can be a risk factor for both heart disease and stroke, which is why you should have your cholesterol checked regularly. If it is too high, you need to take steps to lower it. High cholesterol is defined as a total cholesterol level of 200 milligrams... 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

Chest Pain Center Saves Lives

When a patient with chest pain comes to Saint Francis Medical Center’s Emergency and Trauma Center, time is of the essence. Saint Francis’ Chest Pain Center – a part of the facility that includes the Emergency Room, catheterization lab and rooms for heart patients – ensures... 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

Children Need to Exercise

Regular exercise is a vital component of a healthy life. The earlier children incorporate activity into their daily lives, the more likely they are to become active adults. “Children need to develop a habit of exercising,” says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical... 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

Chlorine Can Damage Skin

Chlorine is a chemical used to kill bacteria in pools. While it helps keep the water clean, it can be hard on skin – especially if you stay in the pool for hours. Excessive chlorine can cause you to develop a red, itchy rash and result... Read more

Choices for IBS Patients 

About 10 to 15 percent of Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder that causes abdominal pain and problems like diarrhea or constipation. There are five main treatment options for IBS-C (IBS with constipation): Diet: The Food and Drug Administration recommends women consume 25 grams of... Read more

Choose Formula With Iron

If you decide to feed your baby formula, choose a formula that is fortified with iron. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you avoid low-iron formulas, because they will not adequately support your baby's growth and development. "Most of the formulas that are on the market... Read more

Choose Your Pediatrician Before Giving Birth

When you are pregnant, your “to-do” checklist can seem endless. But there is one item that should jump to the top of that list: choosing a pediatrician. Your child’s doctor can help ease your concerns both before and after you give birth, and will be a... Read more

Choosing an OB-GYN

When a woman chooses an obstetrician and gynecologist, she needs to find someone she trusts. Having a close relationship with her physician means she is much more likely to return for annual examinations. "Some women stop seeing their OB-GYN after they have children because their lives are... Read more

Chronic Sinusitis

Sinusitis is a condition in which you experience inflammation in your nasal passage that interferes with mucus drainage. When you have had this condition for more than eight weeks despite treatment attempts, you are considered to have chronic sinusitis. "First, you should see your primary care physician... Read more

Circuit Training

With today’s hectic schedules, it is not uncommon for people to find it difficult fitting gym time into their busy days. Others might find that they have simply become bored with their workouts. Circuit training could be the answer for those who are short on time... Read more

Coffee Can Cause Stomach Problems

The very aspect of coffee that makes it so attractive for so many people can also cause stomach problems. While the caffeine in coffee can help keep you alert, it can also increase your heart rate and act as a diuretic. “It also irritates the stomach... Read more


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