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Health Articles

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

Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Woman Travel Once Again

Samantha Cates has struggled with her weight all her life. The 20-year-old was born with spina bifida, a birth defect when a baby’s spinal cord fails to develop properly. As a result, Cates is confined to a wheelchair. Sitting in a wheelchair has made exercise very difficult.... Read more

Tubes Help Pediatric Ear Infections

Tubes Help Ear Infections Pediatric ear infections are one of the most common childhood illnesses. However, when your child experiences four or more infections in a year, it is time to see an otolaryngologist. “In most cases, ear infections are relatively benign,” says Marc A. Sachs, MD, otolaryngologist, Saint Francis Medical... Read more

Live a Full Life With Heart Failure

Despite its name, “heart failure” does not mean that your heart has completely failed. Rather, it indicates that your heart does not pump blood as efficiently as it should. While heart failure can lead to life-threatening conditions, you can also manage it through losing weight, exercising... Read more

Infant Jaundice is Common

Jaundice is a yellowish color of the skin and eyes. It occurs when a newborn baby has too much bilirubin in his or her blood. Bilirubin accumulation results when the body breaks down old red blood cells. Almost all newborns have some degree of jaundice, but... 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

Saint Francis Offers Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

The Cyberknife System The Cancer Institute at Saint Francis offers cutting-edge cancer technology that can kill the disease with minimal side effects. The most recent such treatment is stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), a type of radiation therapy that requires just a few, targeted, high-level doses. “Patients who undergo conventional... Read more

From 385 Pounds to Avid Hiker

At age 37, Josh Harlan came to a tough conclusion: He would never be able to lose weight on his own. Weighing in at 385 pounds, he knew he did not have the willpower to improve his health. “I was slowly going to wither away and... Read more

Wrist Pain May be Caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when you experience pressure on the median nerve in your wrist that causes pain and tingling. Wrist splints, medications and physical therapy often can provide great relief and reverse the condition. But when those treatments do not help, carpal tunnel release surgery... Read more

Doctors Treat Thyroid Cancer

  The thyroid gland regulates the body’s metabolic rate. While thyroid cancer can be difficult to detect, the most apparent signs are a firm mass on the side of the lower neck or a change in voice. A first line of treatment for thyroid cancer is surgery. The... Read more

Food Choices Help Prevent Stomach Cancer

Until the late 1930s, stomach cancer was the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Now, it is much less common in our country – although it is still the deadliest cancer worldwide. Studies have shown that stomach cancer is linked to a bacteria, which... Read more

Stop Childhood Obesity

One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. It is important to consider making changes in your family’s lifestyle if your child falls in this category. “There are two main ways we can curb the childhood obesity epidemic,” says Jean Diemer, MD, FAAP,... Read more

Front Hip Replacements Provide Better Outcomes

If you need a hip replacement, ask your doctor whether you are a candidate for an anterior (front) approach, as opposed to a posterior (back) approach. Patients who have anterior hip replacements can experience quicker recovery times and better outcomes. “While we have been performing anterior hip... Read more


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