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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

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

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

Across the United States, approximately 1 in 5 children struggle with the disease of obesity. While obesity is a complex disorder with many contributing factors, there are some things that families can work on together to help decrease the risk of developing severe weight concerns and... 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. R. August Ritter III, MD “While we have... Read more

Overhead Movements Can Lead to Biceps Tendonitis

Biceps tendonitis occurs when you experience inflammation in the tendon that connects the top part of your bicep to your shoulder. It is most common in athletes who use overhead motions such as throwing, swimming and swinging a racquet or in people whose job requires them... Read more

Treating Kidney Stones with Different Methods 

Kidney stones will affect 1 in 20 individuals during their lifetime.  Patients usually complain of back and flank pain, as well as nausea and vomiting when they are trying to pass a kidney stone. Most of these will pass naturally without the need for surgical intervention... Read more

Diet Lowers Cholesterol

While your diet can raise your cholesterol to dangerous levels, it can also lower it. “There are certain foods that improve the quality of the fats in your bloodstream,” says Clifford R. Talbert Jr., MD, FACC, interventional cardiologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “These foods lower the... Read more

Quicker Recovery for Knee Replacement

Brian Schafer, MD orthopedic surgeon who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System has been using a new technique in knee surgery, a tourniquet-less knee replacement to minimize pain and quicken recovery time. Brian C. Schafer, MD “Traditionally, we use a tourniquet during knee replacement surgery to stop blood... Read more

A Midwife Gives Expectant Moms a Choice

Expectant mothers in the area now have the option of choosing a midwife to care for them during their pregnancy and delivery at Saint Francis Medical Center. Tracy Carr, MSN, CNM, is a certified nurse midwife who sees patients at Cape Primary Care, Cape Care for Women... Read more

Smoking Causes COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition that makes it difficult for you to breathe. Cigarette smoking is the cause of the majority of COPD cases. “Emphysema occurs when the lung is destroyed by smoke,” says W. Keith Graham, MD, D-ABSM, pulmonologist/sleep medicine physician, Saint Francis... Read more

Exercising Seniors Need Strength, Not Pain

For seniors who want to begin an exercise program, there is one important rule to keep in mind: If it hurts, do not do it. “Older adults sometimes remember exercises they were able to do in their younger years and try to return to those activities right... Read more

Moms Deliver Vaginal Births After C-sections

Women who previously had a cesarean section (C-section) may be able to have a vaginal birth in subsequent pregnancies. Research shows that 60 to 80 percent of women who attempt a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC) are successful. “Whether a VBAC can work depends on a... Read more

Learn how to Lower Your Prediabetes Risk

If your doctor diagnoses you with prediabetes that means you have a blood sugar level higher than normal. While this condition often leads to type 2 diabetes, you can prevent it or reverse its effects by making significant lifestyle changes. Both prediabetes and type 2 diabetes have... Read more


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