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Health Articles

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

Sign up Kids for Summer Day Camp

Children ages 6 to 12 looking for a summer filled with fun and games, arts and crafts, fitness and special events, the Saint Francis Healthcare System Fitness Plus Summer Day Camp is the program for them. The camp is offered from 8 am to 5 pm, May... 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. “Traditionally, we use a tourniquet during knee replacement surgery to stop blood flow to the... 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

Pediatrician Values Exercise

Gary S. Olson, MD, FAAP, FCP, pediatrician, Saint Francis Medical Partner, encourages his young patients to stay healthy by exercising. He practices what he preaches: Olson wakes up at 5 am every day to work out on his elliptical machine and recumbent bike alongside his wife,... 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

Schedule Surgery Close to Home 

When you schedule your surgery at Saint Francis Medical Center, you know you will receive expert care from the top specialists in the region – and you will not have to travel hours for it. “In recent years, patients have been returning home after surgeries much sooner... 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

Hospitalists: Specialists on the Inside

When hospitalized patients are critically ill, they benefit from the attention of a full-time physician. Hospitalists are internal medicine specialists who care for patients while they are in the hospital. Saint Francis Healthcare System staffs hospitalists 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Because we are... Read more

Radiation Oncologist Remains a Farmer at Heart

Farming has always been an important part of life for Benjamin D. Goodman, DO, radiation oncologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. So he jumped at the opportunity to work at Saint Francis Healthcare System, which is less than an hour away from his family farm. “I always thought... Read more

Physical Therapy Gives Woman Shoulder Stability

Five years ago, Caitlin Simmons of Cape Girardeau was sparring with a partner during a martial arts workout when she heard her shoulder pop and her arm went numb. After seeing a doctor, she found out her collar- bone had separated from her shoulder blade. Simmons, now... Read more

Receive Testing for Concussions 

If you are receiving treatment at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Concussion Clinic, you may undergo ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). During this computerized test, patients rate the frequency of certain symptoms and perform mental tasks, such as remembering words or designs. “Researchers initially developed this... Read more

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Helps With Shortness of Breath

If you suffer from chronic respiratory disease and frequently experience shortness of breath, your doctor may give you a referral for pulmonary rehabilitation. “Conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be limiting, but you can still lead a full life when you learn how to... Read more

Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery Brings Relief

If you suffer from knee arthritis, there are many treatment options to help you avoid or delay total joint replacement. One of the most successful minimally invasive treatments is the Subchondroplasty® (SCP) procedure, an outpatient surgery that treats bone defects associated with chronic bone marrow lesions. "Chronic... Read more

Treat Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence is a condition in which a person involuntarily leaks urine while coughing, sneezing, laughing or doing something else that puts a strain on the bladder. Treatment can range from performing exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor to undergoing surgery. “The type of treatment I use... Read more

Quick Treatment Important for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

When a person has sudden cardiac arrest, every second is critical. Without the proper treatment, the chance of survival is minimal. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is so important as it temporarily causes blood to flow long enough for the patient to reach Saint Francis’ emergency department and receive... Read more


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