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Winter Storm Update

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is making preparations for the winter storm by rescheduling all elective surgeries and procedures previously planned for Tuesday, January 27. Patients will be notified for rescheduling arrangements. All Saint Francis clinics and outpatient treatment centers will be closed Tuesday.

We expect that all other essential operations at Saint Francis and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital will continue uninterrupted throughout the storm’s duration.

Saint Francis signs Asset Purchase Agreement with Johnson Memorial Medical Center.
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Prolonged High Cholesterol in Middle Age Raises Heart Risk Later: Study
Even slightly higher levels took their toll, researchers note

Many Breast Cancer Patients Lack Info on Their Cancer
Problem more pronounced among minority women, study finds

Certain Allergy, Depression Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia
Class of drugs interferes with a key brain chemical, but study can't prove cause-and-effect

Thyroid Trouble May Harm Women's Fertility, Study Finds
Experts urge routine testing of glandular function for women who have problems conceiving

FDA OKs First Generic Version of Heartburn Drug Nexium
The proton pump inhibitor reduces amount of acid in the stomach

ER Patients With Chest Pain May Not Always Need Heart Tests: Study
Such screenings didn't predict who would have later heart trouble, researchers report

Insomnia Linked to High Blood Pressure in Study
But finding doesn't prove cause-and-effect relationship

Pediatricians' Group Opposes Legal Marijuana
American Academy of Pediatrics says drug has potential to harm children

Could Premature Birth Affect Adult Relationships, Self-Esteem?
Young people who were born preemies start having sex later than their peers, study finds

Autism Genes Vary, Even in Affected Siblings, Study Finds
Only one-third of siblings with autism shared similar genetic variations, researchers say

How to Stay Safe When Riding Out a Blizzard
Tips for protecting you, your family and your home

Childhood Neglect May Affect Brain Development, Study Says
Changes in white matter seen in institutionalized children

Menu Calorie Counts May Mean Less Fattening Meals for Kids
Study suggests certain calorie information might also prompt parents to encourage more exercise

Troubled Boys, Girls Have Sex Earlier, Study Finds
Disruptive behavior at age 5 was predictive in boys, age 10 for girls

Reducing Work-Family Conflict May Improve Sleep
When managers and employees got more support in workplace, everyone got more rest, study says

Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study
Motrin, Advil a safe option for children, researchers say

78 People Now Infected in U.S. Measles Outbreak
Most patients hadn't been vaccinated against the disease, officials say

New Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine Approved
Bexsero prevents deadly infection of spinal cord lining

Natpara Approved for Hormone Disorder Causing Low Blood Calcium
Drug is for people with insufficient parathyroid hormone

Generic Form of Nexium Approved
Drug used to ease chronic heartburn

Health Highlights: Jan. 26, 2015

Health Tip: Identifying Signs of Shoulder Arthritis
Including pain that worsens

Health Tip: Getting a Good Day's Sleep
When you work the night shift

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