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“Buddy” Therapy Brightens Rehab

When you’re in rehab, it helps to have a buddy. Patients at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation program get just what they need from rehab’s four-legged friend, a 5-year old golden retriever, fittingly named Buddy. Buddy, a Cape Girardeau Pet Pal and American Kennel Club Canine... Read more

“Good” Bacteria May Benefit Stomach

Can probiotics relieve your intestinal distress? According to some studies, they can – but check with your physician first. What are probiotics exactly? “In simple words, probiotics are beneficial bacteria or yeast,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP, gastroenterologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “They... Read more

“Handy” Tips to Stop Spread of Sickness

Kids can be a handful – especially when their hands are covered in germs. Sick children are especially effective at spreading germs and infecting other people with colds, flu and other diseases. Not washing their hands is one of the biggest culprits, since sick children come into... Read more

“Kangaroo Care” Benefits Newborns

Skin-to-skin contact by parents with their newborn baby, or “kangaroo care,” has been shown to be very beneficial for infants. Typically, the mother or father places the baby – who is naked except for a diaper – in an upright position under his or her shirt. Beverly... Read more

“Scoring System” Helps ID Critical Patients

Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) is a tool Saint Francis Medical Center uses to help nurses identify patients who might need early intervention for declining clinical conditions. With MEWS, they are able to reduce "code blue" (cardiopulmonary) emergencies and call the hospital's rapid response team more... Read more

100 Pounds Lighter, 100 Percent Happier

One hundred pounds lighter. One hundred percent happier.That’s how Adam Halter feels four months after his Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Weight Loss Solutions. “I have an incredible confidence level now,” says Halter. “I’ve always loved to work out, and now that I’m... 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

6 Tips to Fight the Flu

Do you want to keep the flu out of your house this winter? Try these six tips to fight the flu: Get a flu shot. “Everyone over six months of age should be vaccinated against influenza,” says Stephen Nagy, MD, internal medicine physician at Physicians Park Primary... Read more

A Body Needs Iron

Iron deficiency anemia is when your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells to deliver oxygen sufficiently to all tissues. It occurs when your cells do not have enough iron. One of the most common symptoms of iron deficiency anemia is extreme fatigue. “When a... Read more

A Dramatic Improvement in Health 

Growing up with a mother who was a dietitian, Cindi Kramer knew the right way to diet. But the 59-year-old says she was cursed with an insatiable appetite, which made it difficult to stick to any diet long term. Kramer was leery of weight loss surgery, but... Read more

A Handy Guide to Carpal Tunnel

If the pain and numbness in your hand has you reaching for painkillers in the middle of the night, carpal tunnel syndrome could be the culprit. “Carpal tunnel syndrome – a condition that occurs when a nerve in the wrist gets compressed – can be much more... Read more

A Healthy Start at Fitness Plus 

For much of her adult life, Hannah Schultz has struggled with her weight. She was a member at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus gym, but rarely took the time to work out. Then, in March, her doctor diagnosed her with prediabetes. Suddenly, she realized how important... Read more

A Heart Procedure that is the Right Fit for Older Patients

When doctors at Saint Francis Medical Center recommended a surgical procedure to repair Lottie Meese's heart valve, her daughter Kim Buehler was a little apprehensive. She wondered whether her 92-year-old mother would be able to withstand any type of procedure. But the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) turned... Read more

A Lighter, Cooler Summer

Summer used to be Stacy Tucker’s least favorite season. The Saint Francis Medical Center Emergency Department nurse felt self-conscious in shorts because of her weight, so she sweated in misery all season long. The summer of 2013 was different. For the first time in years, Stacy was... 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

A Mom’s Healthy Turnaround 

For Meghan Cook, the turning point in her struggle with weight came last summer at her daughter’s softball practice. When the coach invited parents to scrimmage with their daughters, Cook fell on her way to first base because her size made it difficult to run. “I was... Read more

A Painful Grip Could Mean Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

The ulnar nerve is in the arm and connected to the small muscles of the hand, some forearm muscles and the ring and pinkie fingers. Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when increased pressure is applied to the ulnar nerve. Common symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome are pain and... 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

A Strong System Supports Weight-Loss Surgery Patient

As a paramedic and volunteer firefighter, Evan Ineichen, 37, often needs to move quickly on the job. Before spring 2015, his weight made that extremely difficult. But thanks to Weight Loss Solutions at Saint Francis Healthcare System, Ineichen now has enough stamina to save lives. On May... Read more


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