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Health Articles

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

Why Donate Blood?

When you donate blood, you could be saving a cancer patient’s life. Many people undergoing cancer treatment require blood transfusions – sometimes daily. “In some cases, a cancer patient needs a transfusion because of the cancer itself,” says Mark A. Meadors, DO, medical oncologist, Saint Francis Medical... Read more

Postpartum Anxiety 

While postpartum depression has received much attention in recent years, fewer people are aware of its cousin: postpartum anxiety. Postpartum anxiety occurs when a new mom experiences racing thoughts, worries continuously and has a constant dread that something terrible will happen. “It is normal to experience stress... Read more

11th Annual Indoor Triathlon

Area residents can test their endurance at the 11th Annual Fitness Plus Indoor Triathlon on Saturday, March 5. Beginning at 8 am in the Saint Francis Health and Wellness Center, 150 S. Mount Auburn Road (Entrance 8), the triathlon includes a 300-yard swim, five-mile ride on... Read more

Identifying and Managing Heart Failure

Despite its name, heart failure does not mean your heart has completely failed. It means your heart does not pump blood as well as it should. According to the American Heart Association, there are four main stages of heart failure: Stage A: High risk for developing heart... Read more

High Blood Pressure Can Threaten Pregnancy 

If you suffer from chronic hypertension (high blood pressure), talk with your doctor before trying to become pregnant. You may need to take extra precautions throughout your pregnancy. “People with hypertension have decreased blood flow to the uterus, which can affect a baby’s growth,” says Naomi L.... Read more

Minimally Invasive Procedure Gives Grandma Energy Again

A year ago, Brenda Richardson was having difficulty living her life. She felt tired all the time, and even the smallest exertion left her gasping for breath. Richardson suffered from aortic valve stenosis, a condition in which the heart's aortic valve narrows, obstructing blood flow to the... Read more

Obesity Contributes to Arthritis

The more you weigh, the more you increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis, a disease in which the joint cartilage gradually deteriorates, causing pain and stiffness. “When you carry extra weight on your body, that puts additional strain on your joints -- particularly your knees and hips,”... Read more

Nasal Obstruction

Your nose serves the important functions of warming, filtering and humidifying air and smelling. When you have a nasal obstruction that blocks those functions, it can affect your daily life. The simplest reason for a nasal obstruction is congestion of the mucosa, or specialized lining of the... Read more

Low Testosterone 

Men typically experience a decrease in their testosterone levels as they age. When testosterone levels fall below the normal range and symptoms become troublesome, a man is suffering from low testosterone, or low T. Symptoms of low T can include: Decreased sex drive: “There are many reasons why... Read more

Restless Legs Syndrome Can Impair Sleep

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder in which a person experiences a “creepy-crawly” feeling in his or her legs and has an irresistible urge to move them — most often when lying or sitting down. It is considered a sleep disorder because it can significantly... Read more


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