OSF HealthCare - Archive (Feature)

2018
September
24,
2018
One in every three Americans has prediabetes – that’s 86 million people. Further, more than 25 percent of Americans over age 65 have type 2 diabetes. In the United States, 23 percent of teens have prediabetes or diabetes. The numbers are staggering. ...
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September
21,
2018
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month which makes it the perfect opportunity for National Twist Day September 21. Music legend Chubby Checker, whose smash "The Twist" first topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a week on September 19, 196...
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September
20,
2018
Looking back, Sean Cavanaugh, 48, can’t believe that he felt fine on a Monday in mid-July when he went to work at his job as a marketing director for the Warren Achievement Center in Monmouth. By Friday of that same week, he was on an emergency helic...
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September
14,
2018
State Sen. William “Bill” Haine, D-Alton, said he had already made up his mind he would not run for re-election when his term is up this November, before he was diagnosed with blood cancer. At age 74, the Vietnam Veteran who earned a Bronze Star for ...
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September
14,
2018
About 450,000 babies in the United States each year are born prematurely – before 37 weeks gestation. 23-24 weeks is considered the age of viability for a baby to survive, and these micro-preemies, as they’re known, only have a 50% chance of survival...
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September
13,
2018
Your doctor will tell you exercise and an active lifestyle can add healthy years to your life. However, finding the time - and in some cases - the money to develop a fitness routine is often hard to attain.  Making exercise accessible and affor...
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September
07,
2018
Tracy Parlier never thought medical equipment would replace a kitchen table in her modest ranch home in Galesburg. She never thought she would be on a first-name basis with a state legislator. And Parlier never thought her boss, OSF HealthCare St. Ma...
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September
07,
2018
For some, living in a rural area has its advantages – open spaces, room to play, and, sometimes, a slower pace. But according to a new study published in JAMA, rural counties in the United States have experienced a decline in the availability of hosp...
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August
31,
2018
When almost 2-year-old Savannah Elston was born, she had problems latching to nurse. For her mom Jenelle Elston, the lack of a good latch meant excruciating pain every time she fed her baby. Little Savannah wasn’t gaining weight as quickly as her ...
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August
30,
2018
Children learn by exploring their environment. Research shows independent mobility is linked to developing cognitive, social, motor, language and other lifelong skills. Children with limited mobility – such as those born with spina bifida or cerebral...
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August
24,
2018
The new Almost Home Kids at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois home in Peoria is set to open in September. Almost Home Kids (AHK) at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois will bridge the gap between hospital and home by provid...
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August
24,
2018
Just as an athletic team huddles up before an important play on the field, OSF HealthCare’s team approach is taking care of patients with daily huddles to make sure every aspect of the patient’s needs are met. This is especially important in rural...
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August
17,
2018
It's become a growing concern for athletes and a worry for those who love them, particularly Mom and Dad. Are contact sports doing damage to the brains of participants? Now, through a study, led by OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony College of Nursing, ...
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August
17,
2018
“When in doubt, sit it out.” That’s the message coming from health professionals as fall sports practices get underway. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in five high school athletes will suffer a concussion during their play...
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August
03,
2018
Stoke survivors and their caregivers spent a special weekend in Princeton, Illinois at Stroke Camp. Stroke Camp is sponsored by OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute. It provides a safe place to gather with people who truly understand day...
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August
03,
2018
Statistics show that only one in 10 Americans eats enough fruits and vegetables. For low-income individuals the numbers are much worse. When it comes to social determinants of health, food and housing insecurity are prominent along with a need for...
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August
02,
2018
This is not your father or mother's way of learning. Understanding that today's student has access to technology, information and resources never before available or seen, OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony College of Nursing has adopted a new way of pr...
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July
27,
2018
Representing a quarter of the U.S. population, there are more than 83 million Millennials (those born between 1982 and 2000) in the U.S., surpassing the number of Baby Boomers alive today by nearly 8 million people. They’ve grown up in a digital age ...
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July
20,
2018
The year was 1973. America was in the midst of the Watergate scandal, an energy crisis, and trying to bring an end to its involvement in Vietnam while the Cold War still raged. 1973 was also the year Mike Simmons went to work at OSF HealthCare Sai...
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July
19,
2018
Just like the weather, our lives can't always be sunny. But, when those times of personal overcast become more frequent, it would be nice get some help to part the clouds. Providing that immediate assistance is what OSF HealthCare's "Silver Cloud"...
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July
17,
2018
Everyday throughout central Illinois, people have difficulties making ends meet, and are often faced with impossible decisions: Do I buy groceries or pay the utilities? Do I risk foreclosure, or keep my car running in order to get to work? Because...
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July
12,
2018
Every year, thousands of children across the country receive some type of therapy, be it physical, occupational, feeding, speech, or other developmental therapy service. The earlier a child receives help, the better the potential for a positive outco...
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July
06,
2018
It’s estimated that one in 20 people will get appendicitis. Although it can strike at any age, it’s most common between the ages of 10 and 30, with more than 650,000 appendectomies performed on children each year. It is the most common pediatric abdo...
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June
22,
2018
OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center took a step back into history Friday. OSF HealthCare leadership marked 50 years at the Bloomington hospital’s East Washington Street location by opening a time capsule. The time capsule was sealed in the hospi...
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June
21,
2018
Construction on the  OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois Almost Home Kids facility in Peoria is on the homestretch, with about two months remaining. Almost Home Kids is the first care model of its kind in the country. In a comforting ho...
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June
15,
2018
"This is the next step in OSF's transformation of healthcare in the Riverbend."  That's how Ajay Pathak, president and CEO of OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Health Center describes the investment and commitment being made to create a new state-of-th...
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June
08,
2018
If a person has been diagnosed with a terminal or life-limiting illness such as cancer or heart failure, there comes a time when they or their family may seek Hospice care, which is specially designed with a focus on a patient’s physical, emotional, ...
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June
07,
2018
It's welcomed news for thousands of women who have been or will be diagnosed with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer. They can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease. Focused on cases where the...
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May
31,
2018
Telehealth is something we can all benefit from, and the state of Illinois needs to move into the current century to expand the possibilities of that care to more than just rural areas. That was one of the key takeaways during a visit to OSF Healt...
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May
24,
2018
Ten years ago, Chicago Cubs All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo heard the words no family wants to hear: You have cancer. He was just 18 when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and underwent six months of chemotherapy, just as his professional...
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