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Health Articles

A Painful Grip Could Mean Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

The ulnar nerve is in the arm and connected to the small muscles of the hand, some forearm muscles and the ring and pinkie fingers. Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when increased pressure is applied to the ulnar nerve. Common symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome are pain and... Read more

Post-Concussion Syndrome Can Last for Months 

The effects of a concussion sometimes can last for months after the original injury. Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include headaches, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, decreased concentration and fogginess. “Post-concussion syndrome is not dependent on the severity of the injury,” says Heidi J. Hunter, MD, physical medicine and rehabilitation... Read more

A Strong System Supports Weight-Loss Surgery Patient

As a paramedic and volunteer firefighter, Evan Ineichen, 37, often needs to move quickly on the job. Before spring 2015, his weight made that extremely difficult. But thanks to Weight Loss Solutions at Saint Francis Healthcare System, Ineichen now has enough stamina to save lives. On May... Read more

Exercise Plan Helps You Stay Healthy

If you are prediabetic or suffer from chronic problems such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you could benefit from a solid exercise plan. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Exercise is Medicine® program is based on the American College of Sports Medicine program, which was launched in... Read more

Finding the Right Blood Thinner

If you have certain types of heart disease, you are at risk for forming blood clots. These clots can travel to the brain or other parts of your body and cause a stroke or a heart attack. Doctors typically prescribe blood thinners for patients who have a... 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

Midwife Provides Another Option for Pregnant Women

For Connie Skelton, a midwife was the perfect choice for two very important moments in her life: the births of her two children. Skelton gave birth to her first son, William, now 5, in New Mexico. It was her first experience with a midwife, and she appreciated... Read more

Bravo pH Monitoring System Diagnoses GERD

If your doctor suspects you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), he or she may suggest using the Bravo pH monitoring system to make an accurate diagnosis. At Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Gastroenterology Lab, a doctor sprays your throat with numbing medicine, and inserts a catheter with a... Read more

Obesity Stresses Joints

It is common knowledge that obesity can cause or worsen arthritis. But many people are not aware that it also can make other common joint diseases worse, such as lupus and gout. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage many parts of the body, including... Read more

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder Happens While Sleeping

Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMS) occurs when your legs involuntarily move while sleeping. It can cause significant problems with nighttime sleep, which in turn leads to daytime drowsiness. “PLMS can be the result of an underlying condition, such as diabetes, anemia, or a spinal cord injury, or... Read more

Doctors Support Healthy Weight Loss

If you want to lose weight, your doctor can assist you in creating a plan that will keep you healthy and help you reach your goals. “You need a strong support system during your weight loss, and your doctor can provide an unbiased outside opinion,” saysErica... Read more

Tau (τ) Award Recognizes Excellence in Patient Safety

Saint Francis Healthcare System has created a new award to recognize areas that have achieved great results in quality and patient safety. The Tau Award was given to 10 departments that reached the first milestone. “We all need to be empowered to make a difference for our... Read more

Relieve Arthritis Pain

Persons with arthritis know how stiff they can feel in the morning. Adopting a regular exercise routine can help relieve stiffness and pain and strengthen your muscles. “One of the best treatments for arthritis is water aerobics and aquatic exercises,” says Amjad Roumany, MD, rheumatologist, Saint Francis... Read more

Saint Francis Health Center – Dexter Opens

Saint Francis Healthcare System is committed to making quality healthcare available to Missouri residents in their own communities. That is why Saint Francis Health Center – Dexter recently opened in Dexter, Mo. Located at 1212 Saint Francis Drive, near US 60 Outer Road and Harris Drive, the... Read more

Sleep Apnea Causes Health Problems

If you frequently snore and experience daytime drowsiness, you may suffer from sleep apnea. There are three different types of sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea is when your airway becomes blocked during sleep. Central sleep apnea is when your brain does not signal the muscles that... Read more

Keep Up to Date with Vaccinations During Pregnancy

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, certain vaccinations lower your risk of becoming ill and, in turn, lower your baby’s risk. At about 28 weeks’ gestation, your doctor will talk to you about receiving a dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also... Read more

Always Tired Could Mean Hypothyroidism

If you are often tired throughout the day, talk to your doctor. You may have hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when your body does not produce enough of the thyroid hormone. In addition to fatigue, symptoms of hypothyroidism can include weight gain, weakness, abnormal menstrual cycles, depression... Read more

Joint Replacement “Graduates” Celebrate at Dance

For people who are receiving treatment at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Center for Joint Replacement and Revision (CJRR), dancing seems like an almost impossible feat. Yet through hard work and with the help of skilled surgeons and therapists, many of those patients go on to keep... Read more

Learn About Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a brain disorder that causes persons to have poor control over sleep-wake cycles throughout the day. Someone with narcolepsy may experience daytime drowsiness or suddenly fall asleep during work, school or another part of the day. At Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Sleep Disorders Center, experienced... Read more

New Bariatric Surgeon Joins Weight Loss Solutions

Saint Francis Medical Center now has two surgeons available to perform weight-loss surgery. Carson C. Cunningham, MD, bariatric and general surgeon, Saint Francis Medical Partner, has joined fellow bariatric and general surgeon Ryan A. LeGrand, MD, at Weight Loss Solutions. Cunningham earned his medical degree from Louisiana... Read more


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