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Exercise & Therapy Help Ease COPD Symptoms

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have difficulty with breathing. COPD can include chronic bronchitis, emphysema or both. With bronchitis, the airways that carry air to the lungs become blocked with mucus, making it hard to breathe. With emphysema, tiny air sacs in the lungs... Read more

Exercise After Knee Replacement Surgery

The purpose of knee replacement surgery is to help you resume an active life. Of course, you will need to take some time to heal after the procedure — but the best way to stop hurting is to start moving. "If you were in significant pain before... Read more

Exercise and Nutrition After Breast Surgery

Breast cancer surgery takes a serious toll on your body. Regular exercise and proper nutrition can do wonders for helping you feel like yourself more quickly. “Even small amounts of exercise can help boost your energy,” says Mark A. Meadors, DO, medical oncologist/hematologist at Saint Francis... Read more

Exercise Helps Treat Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease that can lead to joint problems and, eventually, the need for a joint replacement. While there is no cure for this disease, everyone can take steps to lessen symptoms and slow its progression. “One important way to manage osteoarthritis is to exercise,”... Read more

Exercise in Short Bursts

Studies have shown that exercising for short periods of time can be just as good for your health as exercising for 30 minutes or more. One of these studies focused on people who have prehypertension – a condition that is the precursor to high blood pressure. Erica... Read more

Exercise Plan Helps You Stay Healthy

If you are prediabetic or suffer from chronic problems such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you could benefit from a solid exercise plan. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Exercise is Medicine® program is based on the American College of Sports Medicine program, which was launched in... 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

Expectant Mothers Should Expect Fatigue

When you’re expecting, expect fatigue. It’s normal to feel tired as you carry the extra weight of the baby inside you. You’ll probably have trouble sleeping, too. What can you do to feel more refreshed? “Mothers can fight fatigue by making sure they’re getting their prenatal vitamins,” says Jessica H. Lemmons, MD,... Read more

Family BirthPlace Classes

When you are preparing for the birth of your child, you may feel like you have more questions than answers. Saint Francis Medical Center's Family BirthPlace offers a wide range of classes for parents-to-be that will help you feel more equipped for such a big change. The... Read more

Family BirthPlace Staff Is “Like Family” to Patient

When Malinda Milam entered Saint Francis Medical Center's Family BirthPlace in December 2013 for monitoring of her pregnancy, she was frightened and apprehensive. However, the smiling, reassuring faces she saw put her at ease immediately. "I couldn't help but feel like I was with family," says Milam,... Read more

Fatty Liver Disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NFLD) occurs when a person drinks little or no alcohol and accumulates too much fat in his or her liver. It is a common disease and can lead to problems when the fat causes inflammation and scarring in the liver. “There is no... Read more

Faulty Thyroid

Untreated thyroid problems can cause depression, weight gain and loss of energy, and can put you at risk for heart disease, infertility and many other medical problems. The following are some classic signs of a thyroid issue: Fatigue – People with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) often feel like... Read more

Feeding Your Picky Eater

If you have a picky eater in your household, you should offer him or her a few healthy choices at mealtime. “My general philosophy is that you should not make mealtime a battle, because you cannot win,” says James E. Hoffman, DO, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint... Read more

Fifth Disease

Fifth disease is a viral infection best recognized by the red rash it causes on the cheeks. It is common among school-aged children and is sometimes called “slapped-cheek disease” because children with the infection look as though their cheeks have been slapped. The first symptoms are... Read more

Fight Fatigue

If you feel tired all the time, there could be a medical reason … or you might just be taking on too much in your life. Here are some reasons you could be experiencing fatigue: Underactive thyroid: Called “hypothyroidism,” this condition occurs when your body does not... Read more

Fighting Seasonal Allergies

If you experience seasonal allergies in the spring, fall or both, it is a good idea to start taking medications several weeks before your allergies are due to begin. “Taking medications before you even begin experiencing symptoms stabilizes the allergic response,” says Deborah D. Price, DO,... Read more

Find Saint Francis Primary Care Throughout Southeastern Missouri

A primary care physician should be a patient’s first source for diagnoses, prescriptions and lifelong medical guidance. “Saint Francis Healthcare System has partnered with primary care providers across southeastern Missouri to ensure patients have access to quality healthcare close to home,” explains Erica E. Gibson, MD,... Read more

Finding Energy to Play Again

Ever since Ashley Howard gave birth to her daughter seven years ago, she has struggled with her weight. “I tried different weight loss pills and exercises, but I would lose a little and gain it back, and then gain a little extra,” says Howard, now 27.... Read more

Finding Relief for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects millions of Americans. At Saint Francis Healthcare System, there are many options to relieve the pain, from conservative to surgical. “On the conservative end, primary care physicians can provide anti-inflammatory medication,” says Brian C. Schafer, MD, orthopedic surgeon who practices... Read more

Finding the Right Blood Thinner

If you have certain types of heart disease, you are at risk for forming blood clots. These clots can travel to the brain or other parts of your body and cause a stroke or a heart attack. Doctors typically prescribe blood thinners for patients who have a... Read more


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