David Wibbenmeyer, 49, should have been more frightened by the blood in his stool than the idea of a colonoscopy. Blood in the stool is a warning sign of colon cancer, and colonoscopies are a relatively painless way to screen for this deadly disease. Yet Wibbenmeyer,... Read more
Hundreds of young women regularly color their hair. When they become pregnant, one often-asked question is whether dyeing their hair will harm the baby. The answer is not as simple as you might think.
Coloring your hair is probably safe. However, this particular issue has never been... Read more
Acid reflux occurs when acid splashes back out of the stomach into the esophagus during digestion. It can cause a burning chest pain called heartburn, which creates discomfort for hours after eating.
You can take simple steps to prevent or lessen the effects of acid reflux, beginning... Read more
When you are pregnant, you are likely to experience uncomfortable bloating and gas. This is due to the hormone progesterone, which causes your gastrointestinal tract to relax and slow down digestion.
“When digestion slows, this gives the nutrients from the food you eat more time to reach... Read more
Over the years, researchers have improved chemotherapy drugs so the side effects are minimal. For drugs that cause unpleasant side effects, doctors have ways to help you while undergoing treatment.
"Each person reacts differently to medications," says Carlos Robles, MD, medical oncologist / hematologist, Saint Francis Medical... Read more
There are many triggers that can cause misery to a person with allergies. It is important to identify your triggers so you can avoid them and be prepared with the right medication.
Common triggers include:
Pollen – It may come from flowers, trees or grass. Symptoms can include... Read more
Problems with your feet can be more bothersome than problems with the rest of your body, because you use your feet all day long.
Here are common foot problems and their treatments:
Bunions: These occur when the lowest joint on your biggest toe becomes misaligned, causing the bone... Read more
When you are determining the best treatment for an orthopedic problem, it is important to have open communication with your physician. “You should be able to trust your doctor,” says Patrick R. Knight, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “You need to feel that... Read more
Nobody wants to return to the hospital shortly after being discharged. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Continuing Care Clinic aims to help patients take the necessary steps to stay out of the hospital.
"We provide ongoing management for their chronic disease," says clinical coordinator, Bernadette Huston, MSN, RN,... Read more
When you are admitted to Saint Francis Medical Center, you may be under the care of a hospitalist – an internal medicine physician who coordinates a hospital patient’s care. A hospitalist manages your hospital care, which may include assisting communication with specialists and primary care physicians.
“Before... Read more
Acid reflux can significantly impair your life. There are many ways you can control this condition, including watching your diet, making lifestyle changes and taking medications.
Diet: Try eating several small meals during the day, rather than a few large ones. Stick to low-fat, high-protein foods and... Read more
Patients with pre-existing diabetes or those who develop gestational diabetes need to carefully monitor their glucoses to have the best outcome for their babies. This often involves testing the blood glucoses frequently. Controlling glucose levels can decrease the risk of additional complications of pregnancy, including preeclampsia... Read more
There is no cure for psoriasis, a condition in which a person’s immune system causes the skin cells to grow too rapidly and create scaly flakes. However, you can work with your doctor to control symptoms. Two of the most effective methods used are topical (applied... Read more
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that can cause damage to any of your joints. It is an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system is not working like it should and begins attacking healthy tissue.
"The goal of treatment is to delay progression of the... Read more
When you have diabetes, controlling your blood sugar level is the key to staying healthy. The following are some tips for keeping your blood sugar stable:
Stick to a regular meal schedule. “When you eat just one or two big meals a day, that can cause... Read more
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can be very dangerous for a woman who is pregnant. There are two main types of hypertension issues in pregnant women – those who develop it as a part of a condition called preeclampsia or "toxemia" and those who have hypertension... Read more
As of March 1, 2016, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Convenient Care, found inside its Emergency Department, will move and become part of Immediate Convenient Care (ICC) – exceptional and accessible walk-in urgent care locations in Cape Girardeau and Jackson.
ICC expertly treats bronchitis, bruises or sprains, colds... Read more
About every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association1. Many people who experience chest pain or have a heart attack can benefit from catheterization or surgery to improve their quality of life and even their longevity.... Read more
For Nancy Mulvaney, the past year has been about enjoying all the aspects of life that many people take for granted – taking a hike, being able to fit easily into amusement park rides and having enough energy to manage her two full-time healthcare jobs.
Thanks to... Read more
A panel of experts has recommended that heavy smokers receive an annual computed tomography (CT) scan to screen for lung cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says current and former smokers ages 55 to 80 who have smoked at least 30 "pack-years" should undergo the... Read more