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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,” says... 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

Treat Joint Pain

If you regularly experience joint pain due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or another condition, you can use a combination of medication and physical therapy to treat it. On the medication side, over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil® or Aleve® can provide relief. If... Read more

A Primary Care Doctor is Important for Your Wellness

Even if you do not have any chronic health problems, it is a good idea to find a primary care doctor. A family practice or internal medicine physician can ensure you stay current with recommended screenings, detect patterns in your health and act as your advocate... Read more

Treat Shoulder Impingement Syndrome Early

shoulder impingement syndrome Impingement syndrome is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. It occurs when there is damage to the soft tissue in the shoulder, rather than the bone. A group of muscles and tendons wrap around the ball part of the ball and socket joint. These... Read more

Adults Need Vaccinations

Adults need vaccinations just as much as children. While you receive the majority of your vaccinations in childhood, the following are shots you may receive as an adult: Flu: “We recommend an annual flu shot for everyone, but particularly for adults older than 50, those with heart... Read more

Developmental Clinic Follows up with Babies

Babies at risk for developmental problems benefit from periodic visits with a neonatologist. In Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Developmental Clinic, neonatologists follow up with babies after they are discharged. Dr. Laura E. Al-Sayed, MD, FAAP “We see all babies who were... Read more

Avoid Gestational Diabetes in Second Pregnancy

If you had gestational diabetes during your first pregnancy, you are at an increased risk for developing the same problem in your second pregnancy. “After a woman with gestational diabetes delivers her baby, her doctor will check her blood glucose levels at six to eight weeks postpartum,”... Read more

Aspirin Helps Prevent Future Heart Events

If you have heart disease, a daily dose of aspirin may be just what the doctor orders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you talk to your doctor about taking aspirin if you have experienced a heart attack, a stroke or undergone heart... Read more

Learn About Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

If you regularly experience acid reflux more than once a week, talk with your doctor – you could have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a chronic digestive disease in which stomach acid flows up into the esophagus, or food pipe, and causes damage if not... Read more


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