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2017
October
18,
2017
The tragic death of a 21-year-old Pekin, Illinois mother in an automobile accident in mid-October drew attention to one important statistic: child safety seats save lives. While the young mother lost her life when she was broadsided by another car, h...
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October
18,
2017
While kids who get a flu shot are not guaranteed absolute immunity from the virus, new research shows they are still less likely to die from the flu than those who are unvaccinated. Influenza, or the flu, is dangerous for children. Each year, many...
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October
11,
2017
An estimated 30.3 million people in the United States have diabetes, including 7.2 million who are unaware they are living with the disease. The percentage of adults with diabetes increases with age, reaching a high of more than 25% percent among ...
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October
05,
2017
Just as education, early screening, testing and treatment has made breast cancer - in many instances - a less dire diagnosis, the option of breast reconstruction surgery no longer needs to be an agonizing one for survivors. Dr. Pedro Rodriguez, Pl...
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October
05,
2017
We have all heard that getting a good night’s sleep is important to our overall health. However, now more than ever, we are ignoring that advice. A leading sleep scientist has recently claimed that our lack of sleep as a society is shortening live...
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October
04,
2017
The news from Las Vegas is unimaginable. At least 58 people have been killed and more than 500 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Now, with images of the aftermath circulating on-air and online, many parents are lef...
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September
28,
2017
This is the latest in a series with Dr. Sandeep Gupta, Pediatric Gastroenterologist at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria. ...
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September
28,
2017
Some people call it fat, but fit. Many physicians refer to it at the obesity paradox. Either way, researchers are now warning people who have a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher, yet who aren’t suffering from health issues like diabetes or high blood p...
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September
21,
2017
A recent study, paid for by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appears to link one type of the flu vaccine with miscarriages. But the study, by the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute in Wisconsin, did not find anything definitive...
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September
14,
2017
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, with one person dying every four minutes as a result. Time is critical to minimizing the effects of stroke. That’s why it’s important we all know the signs of stroke and the immediate steps that need to ...
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September
07,
2017
By now, your family has settled into its school year morning routine. But does that routine including making sure your child has breakfast before heading out the door? The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that about ten percent of all scho...
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September
07,
2017
It's all over the news and has communities scrambling to find an answer. Recently, Illinois reported that the number of overdose deaths in the state involving opioids increased 76% between 2013 and 2016. The numbers are prompting Governor Bruce Raune...
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September
07,
2017
Back to school comes with its own set of challenges – from getting back on that early morning schedule to the start of homework struggles. But one other issue that comes with the start of the school year is the start of back-to-school illnesses. O...
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August
31,
2017
This is the second in a series with Dr. Sandeep Gupta, Pediatric Gastroenterologist at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria. ...
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August
31,
2017
The old idiom “mind over matter” applies to plenty of things in life. This also appears to be true when it comes to overall health and wellness. A recent study in the journal Health Psychology found that people who label themselves as couch potato...
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August
31,
2017
Summer is not quite over, but clinicians with OSF HealthCare say it's not too early to start preparing for the upcoming flu season. The health care system will soon be offering flu immunizations at its various facilities including primary care, speci...
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August
24,
2017
The kids are back in school, if not, they will be soon. In addition to the nightly rituals of homework and making sure things are ready for the next day comes the daily “what will they eat for lunch” discussion. For some, that can be a struggle. B...
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August
24,
2017
When kids head back to school, it can often be a weight off the shoulders of parents and caregivers. For the students, however, the literal weight of textbooks, folders and supplies can do some serious damage. The risks of lugging around heavy bac...
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August
16,
2017
For the first time since 1979, people in the United States will have a chance to see a total solar eclipse. We have all seen the warnings not to stare directly at the eclipse without eye protection. While it might be tempting to ignore those warnings...
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August
03,
2017
TEDCON combines Trauma, Emergency Medical Services, and Disaster Preparedness concepts into a two day conference. ...
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August
03,
2017
Plenty of Americans want to lose weight, but less than half of those people are make strides to do so. According to a recent Gallup poll, 53% of Americans surveyed said they would like to lose weight, yet only about 25% of those respondents are worki...
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July
26,
2017
This summer, keep your family safe, happy and healthy by staying vigilant and taking appropriate action against summer bites, burns and cuts. Fast Facts: Mosquitos transmit several serious diseases, including malaria, dengue, Zika and chikung...
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July
13,
2017
Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” in Poor Richard's Almanack in 1735. Mr. Franklin, however, didn’t exactly have the same shut-eye stumbling blocks we face today. “Since the dev...
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July
06,
2017
Summer is a time when people are typically thinking about fun in the sun and less about guarding themselves against diseases that typically come in the winter time. However, there is at least one common illness that people can contract any time of ye...
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June
30,
2017
The Fourth of July holiday usually brings plenty of opportunities for the 3 F’s: Fun, Food, and Fireworks. That’s why it’s even more important to remember your ABCs: Always Be Careful. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, on ave...
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June
28,
2017
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is warning the public to be on the alert for rabid bats this summer. So far this year, more than a dozen bats have tested positive for the rabies virus in the state of Illinois. Rabies is a deadly di...
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June
22,
2017
It seems every year there is a diet du jour: low carb, low fat, liquid only – you name it, and people have tried it to drop pounds quickly. Now, a new dieting trend called intermittent fasting has started to pick up steam. Intermittent fasting inv...
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June
14,
2017
As the summer gets into full swing, kids will head outdoors for some fun in the sun. But during summertime, while the rays are at their strongest, parents must be even more vigilant about protecting their kids’ delicate skin. The risk for skin dam...
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June
08,
2017
The recent mild winter could mean more ticks this summer, prompting the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention to predict the worst season on record for tick-borne illness. The CDC estimates around 300,000 people are infected with Lyme d...
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June
08,
2017
Have you ever noticed someone walking noticeably hunched over, usually older and often female? There’s a good chance that person has osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes weak, thinning bones, leaving them at greater risk of breaking. The bones mos...
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