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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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    August 14, 2019

    Everything You Need to Know When It Comes to West Nile Virus

    According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), West Nile Virus is the most common mosquito-borne disease in Kansas. In July, KDHE also issued a high-risk warning for West Nile virus throughout Kansas. The CDC reports that nationwide in 2019, 10 cases of West Nile Virus had been reported as of June 25th.

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    August 05, 2019

    Breastfeeding Basics: Tips from a Baby-Friendly Facility

    If you are welcoming a new baby to your family, you understand the many decisions that are involved in being a new parent! From naming your baby, choosing delivery preferences, or picking a feeding option, we want you to know all the information before making a choice for you and your newest family member.

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    July 29, 2019

    Preventing Children's Sports Injuries

    Fall sports seasons will be here before you know it! Participating in sports is a great way for any child to meet friends, maintain a healthy weight and have fun. With any sport comes the risk of injury, and according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable. Keep reading to find out what parents can do to help their kids prevent sports injuries.

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    July 11, 2019

    Lifesaving Habits for Child Car Safety

     

    No one believes they will be the ones to leave their child in a hot car, but every year the parents of 37 children are wrong. Forgetting a child, not locking your car doors, getting distracted can happen to the best parents. It’s the responsibility of all mom, dads and caregivers to learn about the dangers of heat stroke and develop safety routines. 

     

    The Danger of Heat

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  • June 07, 2019

    THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS HEALTH SYSTEM ST. FRANCIS CAMPUS AND TALLGRASS SURGICAL CENTER CLOSE TRANSACTION

    TOPEKA, Kansas (June 7, 2019) – The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus (St. Francis Campus) and Tallgrass Surgical Center have completed the transaction for the hospital’s acquisition of the surgery center.

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    May 23, 2019

    Spring Has Arrived: What You Need to Know About Allergies and Asthma

    As we transition from spring to summer, the change in seasons can prove to be difficult for individuals with allergies and asthma. With a plethora of things blooming and constant fluctuation in the temperatures, there are some not-so-welcome things in the air for anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies. These things can also impact individuals with asthma, especially if they also have allergies. Common cold viruses can also be prominent during this time of year, causing even more complications.

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    April 30, 2019

    A Breakdown of Parkinson’s Disease

    Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease where cells responsible for producing dopamine, a chemical messenger associated with movement, die off in the substantia nigra region of the brain.

    Parkinson’s disease has become increasingly more prevalent in the United States, with approximately one million Americans currently living with the disease. On average, by age 85, one in 32 persons will have developed Parkinson’s disease.

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