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    October 29, 2020

    Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Story of Resilience and Strength

    Amy Hedstrom was diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer at the young age of 32. She noticed a very small lump in November of 2014 and went to get an ultrasound where nothing appeared. It wasn’t until April of 2015 that she noticed the lump was growing and went to get the lump biopsied, where she was then diagnosed. Upon diagnosis, Amy was referred to The University of Kansas Health System St.

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    September 01, 2020

    Years of Back Pain Led Kansas Woman to Life-Saving Physician

    When Nina McGrath, 70, was in her early 20’s, she was involved in a car accident that prompted more than five decades of severe pain in her back. After years of provisional care, including steady visits to chiropractors and multiple steroid injections, McGrath made an appointment with board-certified pain management specialist Michael Gaume, MD.

    This decision saved her life.   

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    December 10, 2019

    The Sobering Facts of Impaired Driving

    There are some accidents and tragedies that cannot be avoided, whether due to genetic makeup or unfortunate timing. Although car accidents can fall under the “unfortunate timing” category, an accident resulting from impaired driving is not one of them. Every day in America, 30 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. That’s one person every 48 minutes. Between Christmas and New Year’s, an average of 300 people die per year.

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    November 13, 2019

    The Healthy Bladder Diet

    People tend to avoid talking about bladder issues even when they are bothered by symptoms for years. However, issues like urinary incontinence, bladder infections and urinary tract infections are common and may be helped with simple lifestyle changes. One way to improve bladder health is to modify your diet. Certain foods and liquids can irritate conditions and should be avoided while other foods could help.

    Read the tips below, consult with your physician and test them out to improve your bladder health.

     

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    November 11, 2019

    Lung cancer in women

    What if we told you lung cancer affects more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer combined?

    It’s true. Once considered a “man’s disease,” lung cancer is no longer discriminatory and women need to be aware. Overall, the chance that a woman will develop lung cancer in her lifetime is about 1 in 17. 

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    October 11, 2019

    What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer women fight. According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, there were nearly 1.7 million new breast cancer cases diagnosed in 2012. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are sharing a few prevention methods you can use to reduce your risk of breast cancer.

    Creating a Consistent Exercise Routine

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    October 02, 2019

    Cancer Care Tips for You and Your Loved One

    Caring for someone who has cancer is a beautiful gift. Of course, this type of relationship can be different from a spouse, friend or sibling relationship. It can at times feel amazing to help the one you love, but it can also be a big strain on you and your relationship with that loved one. Preparing for both your roles and what needs to be done is a great way to handle the stress that can arise from caregiving.

    Follow these tips and start feeling more prepared for your caregiving journey.

     

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    October 01, 2019

    When should you get a flu shot?

    Sooner rather than later, according to Dr. Mark Sankoorikal, internal medicine physician with The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus.

    “Get the flu shot. It is the most effective strategy to preventing the flu,” Sankoorikal explained.

    The science of the flu vaccine and how it affects the body is a common concern every fall.

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    September 17, 2019

    Food Safety Tips to Keep In Mind When Preparing a Meal

    Nationally recognized as Food Safety Awareness Month, September highlights the need to put food safety measures into practice when preparing and serving food. According to the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC), each year, 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness.

    Before beginning to prepare a meal, wash your hands with soap and hot water and wipe down the surfaces in your kitchen. This will help to eliminate any bacteria that could be lurking on your kitchen counter tops or your hands.

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    September 10, 2019

    Nurse Celebrates 50 Years of Service at The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus

    The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus recognizes Mary (Kate) Brehm, LPN, who has dedicated 50 years of service.

    Brehm began her journey with The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus in 1969.

    “I remember being very nervous on my first day. I was scared to death,” Brehm laughed.

    Sprinkling humor into her patient visits is most enjoyable, according to Brehm.

    “My favorite part of working is visiting with my patients, joking with patients, seeing their smiles and laughter,” Brehm shared.

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