Health Articles

Hip Problems in Active People

Hip problems are not just confined to older patients. Young, active people  can also experience issues with their hips. "While the most common hip problem among older people is that the hip joint simply wears out, younger people might suffer hip injuries from overuse," says Patrick R.... Read more

Home Health Helps Patient Recover

After undergoing total knee replacement surgery, Jacob Eaker required additional assistance to help him recover. Saint Francis Home Health was just what he needed, providing a nurse and physical therapist to help him care for his wound and gain strength in his knee and leg. Eaker, 71,... Read more

Home Sleep Studies

If you suspect you might have sleep problems, a home sleep study could be an option for you. In addition to offering sleep studies in a sleep lab, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center provides an at-home option for patients who cannot have an in-lab... Read more

How Alcohol Disrupts Sleep

While drinking a small amount of alcohol can help you sleep better in the first part of the night, it is not an effective sleep aid and can seriously disrupt your sleep cycle. "Alcohol creates problems in the second half of the sleep cycle, causing fitful sleep,... Read more

HPV Vaccine Protects Against Certain Types of Cancers

The Human Papillomavirus Vaccine safely prevents cancer through protection against human papilloma virus (HPV) infection. Certain types of HPV can lead to oral and genital cancers. HPV vaccines are highly effective in preventing infection when given before initial exposure to the virus. Similar to the need to... Read more

Identify the Cause of Your Insomnia

While almost everyone has trouble sleeping occasionally, chronic insomnia can become a big problem. There are many possible causes of insomnia, including: Anxiety: Whether you have temporary anxiety or an anxiety disorder, it can seriously disrupt sleep. “Sometimes, simply worrying about whether you will fall asleep... Read more

Identifying and Managing Heart Failure

Despite its name, heart failure does not mean your heart has completely failed. It means your heart does not pump blood as well as it should. According to the American Heart Association, there are four main stages of heart failure: Stage A: High risk for developing heart... Read more

Immunotherapy Offers New Hope for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients have another weapon in their fight against the deadly disease: immunotherapy. It is changing cancer care, and making treatment more powerful with fewer side effects. Immunotherapy uses the body’s natural defense system to fight against cancer. Unlike chemotherapy, which destroys both cancer cells and healthy... Read more

Important Screenings for Seniors

As you age, it is a good idea to see your primary care physician on an annual basis. He or she can ensure you stay current on all the screenings and wellness checks you need to be healthy. “At each stage of life, there are different aspects... 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

Increase Vitamin D

If you do not receive enough vitamin D, you could be putting yourself at risk for a host of health problems including heart disease, dementia and cancer. Often called the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is manufactured by the body when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin... Read more

Integration of Patient Care

When a patient needs a knee replacement, Saint Francis Medical Center team members work with them throughout the process – from diagnosis, through surgery, until they have completed outpatient rehabilitation. When the orthopedic surgeon makes the diagnosis and determines that surgery is indicated for the patient,... Read more

Is Eating Chocolate Good for Your Heart?

Can a sweet tooth help your heart? Recent studies by Cleveland Clinic and other organizations suggest that small quantities of chocolate might actually be good for your heart. Chocolate is high in flavanols, a type of chemical with antioxidant properties. Antioxidants have been shown to help lower... Read more

Jingle Bell Run / Walk

Runners compete in a road race The 2018 Jingle Bell Run and Walk benefiting the Arthritis Foundation is now accepting registrations. Saint Francis Healthcare System is the main corporate sponsor of the 2018 Run and Walk in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, December 8. The event will include a 5K run and a... Read more

Keep Children Active

When children are sitting on the couch playing video games or just simply watching television, the children are not being active and not getting exercise. Children not moving could lead to big problems with childhood obesity. “Kids need to get up and stay active,” says Maria Duroseau,... Read more

Keep Hand Sanitizer on Hand

It's winter and germ season is upon us. Washing with soap and water is the best way to avoid illness. However, when soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer is a good option. Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol is best,... Read more

Knee Replacements

Over the last 10 years, total knee replacements have become more tailored to the individual patient. This means that regardless of your gender, body type or age, there is an artificial knee that is just right for you. "The better you can re-establish the anatomy that was... Read more

Know the Signs of a Stroke

Someone in the United States dies of a stroke every four minutes. And, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds.  One-third of the stroke victims are younger than age 65. These startling statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should signal everyone to recognize and... Read more

Know Your Spine

A healthy spine is made of small bones stacked on top of each other that run straight down the center of the back. There are three main types of spine curvature disorders that cause misalignment of the spine: Lordosis: The spine curves inward at the lower back. ... Read more


Request a personalized estimate