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Can't Stop Smoking? Don't Give Up!
(September 5, 2014) – If you have tried several times to quit smoking…and have not been too successful, you may think it is time to give up. Not true. Most people make four to eight tries over a period of five to seven years before they finally succeed.
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Saint Anthony's Foundation to present “Get Smart on Scams” Seminar
(August 28, 2014) – The Planned Gifts committee of Saint Anthony's Foundation will present an educational seminar titled “Get Smart on Scams” on Tuesday, September 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the campus of Saint Anthony's Health Center.
Stop Smoking Class Includes Free Screenings
(August 11, 2014) – Help is available for smokers who want to kick the habit permanently - through an upcoming smoking cessation program from Saint Anthony’s Health Center. “Freedom from Smoking” starts with an orientation session on Monday, September 8 at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium of Saint Clare’s Professional Building, 815 East Fifth Street.
Saint Anthony's Welcomes New Leaders
(August 7, 2014) -- Saint Anthony’s Health Center is proud to announce the addition of two new managers to their leadership team.  Deborah Birk has been appointed as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, and Clint Koerkenmeier is the new Director of Oncology Services.
Keeping Colon Cancer at Bay
(August 6, 2014)  Emily Albright, M.D.; General Surgeon with Saint Anthony’s Physician Group --  Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer among both men and women in the United States, and it’s never to be taken lightly. It kills about 50,000 Americans every year.
Saint Anthony’s Emergency Services Offers Tips for Surviving the Heat
(July 23, 2014) -- With the summer temperatures rising, spending time outdoors is common practice. To make sure your warm weather enjoyment doesn't turn into dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion or worse, the health care professionals from Saint Anthony’s Emergency Department want to share why it’s so important to protect yourself from the heat while working, playing or vacationing.
Migraine Madness!
According to the National Headache Foundation, over 37 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with migraines and 47% of the adult population experience some form of headache annually.
Saint Anthony's Offers Free Knee and Shoulder Screenings
(July 16, 2014) -- Area residents who may be suffering from joint pain or discomfort are invited to receive free knee and shoulder screenings on Thursday, August 7, with appointments starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Outpatient Rehab Services at Saint Clare’s Professional Building, 815 East Fifth Street.
Don't Let Injuries Stop Your Workouts
(July 16, 2014)  By Kelly Bogowith, PT, DPT, CSCS – Regular exercise is good for you – in fact, crucial for good long-term health. Yet those who embrace exercise enthusiastically often find themselves battling injuries – mostly minor – that put them on the sideline for a few weeks at a time.
Saint Anthony's Stroke Specialties: Emergency Room to Rehab
(July 16, 2014) – Dan McPherson, of Bethalto, had just finished his lunch when he started feeling sick to his stomach. The 87-year old made it to the bathroom before the nausea took a hold of him. When his daughter Norma arrived a few minutes later, he could hear her talking but could not reply, and his motor skills were declining rapidly. Fortunately for Dan, Norma recognized that he was having a stroke
Saint Anthony's Food Drive Aims to Restock Shelves
(July 8, 2014)) – Saint Anthony’s Health Center concluded its summer food drive last week to help restock the shelves at Crisis Food Center and Community Hope Center.
When is Abdominal Pain Appendicitis?
By Emily Albright, M.D., General Surgeon with Saint Anthony’s Physician Group -- There’s nothing halfway about appendicitis. You have it or you don’t. And if you have it, the solution is surgical removal of the appendix...right away. Most people know that appendicitis is characterized by a severe pain in the abdomen, particularly on the lower right side. Even so, appendicitis is easy to mistake for other ailments and often goes undetected, particularly in children, until emergency measures are needed.
Saint Anthony's Women's Pavilion Offers Free Prenatal Classes
(July 3, 2014) – Saint Anthony’s Health Center is offering free prenatal classes for women who deliver their babies in Saint Anthony’s Women’s Pavilion, with the next five-week session of Childbirth Preparation starting on Monday, July 21 at 7 p.m. Led by Registered Nurse Shannon Vitali, the classes offer expecting parents information about the stages of labor and delivery, as well as breathing and relaxation techniques.
Saint Anthony's Therapist Talks about Carpal Tunnel
(June 20, 2014) – Our hands are designed to perform many different and versatile tasks. But if you are over 50, overweight, female and/or your daily activities require you to perform repetitive or vibrating actions, you have an increased risk of experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Saint Anthony's Oncologist Presents at National Cancer Meeting
(June 20, 2014) -- Kevin Palka, M.D., a board certified Medical Oncologist and Hematologist with Saint Anthony’s Health Center, was an invited panelist at the May 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago.
Help for Hernias
By Emily Albright, M.D., General Surgeon -- A hernia occurs when the inside layers of the abdominal muscle have weakened, resulting in a bulge or tear. One type of hernia more common in men than women is an inguinal hernia – a bulge in the groin or scrotum. Inguinal hernias account for 75% of all hernias and are most common in men.
Hand Therapy Offered at Saint Anthony's Health Center
(May 29, 2014) – As a career counselor, Edna Melcher, of Alton, is an expert at helping people keeps their hands busy. So when physical pain in her hands started affecting her work, she became concerned. The human hand is a complex structure of bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves, said Carol Babcock, an occupational therapist with Saint Anthony’s Health Center. Its design is so superior
Saint Anthony's Specialist Talks About Blood Pressure and Sleep
(May 28, 2014) – In recognition of May as High Blood Pressure Education Month, one local medical specialist explains more about the link between high blood pressure and quality of sleep. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, cardiac arrest, stroke and a whole host of other medical problems. Hypertension can be caused by numerous factors like genetics, age, gender and poor lifestyle choices. But one often overlooked factor of high blood pressure is sleep quality.
Saint Anthony's Receives Grade A Safety Rating for Third Consecutive Year
(May 7, 2014) – For the third year, Saint Anthony’s Health Center renewed its "A" grade safety rating from The Leapfrog Group, which places the Alton hospital among the top-performing medical centers in the nation for its patient-safety standards.
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