OSF HealthCare - Archive (feature)

2018
December
14,
2018
The number of Americans living with Alzheimer's is growing, with an estimated 5.5 million people age 65 and older suffering its effects. That doesn’t include those under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer's or those dealing with other types of d...
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December
14,
2018
The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis trace their roots to Germany where they cared for children in orphanages. Children continue to hold a special place in the Sisters’ hearts as part of their OSF HealthCare ministry. Almost Home Kids at ...
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December
14,
2018
It's a growing concern for the state of America's overall health. Nearly ten percent of Americans have diabetes and one-and-half million more of us are diagnosed with it every year.  Those statistics come from the American Diabetes Association, or...
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December
10,
2018
We are in the midst of the season of giving, and on Monday, the Livingston County Anglers brought that spirit to OSF HealthCare Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.  The Anglers brought in dozens of toys for kids at the hospit...
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December
07,
2018
Mark and Jeannette Kleine believe a life of good health begins in childhood and two years ago, the Galesburg, IL couple invested $1.5 million dollars into efforts to advance good health for kids in their community. OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical ...
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December
07,
2018
It’s something no parent or family wants to face – the sudden death of a child. While it is rare, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in young athletes, most often occurring during athletic training or competition. There ar...
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December
07,
2018
Part of the fun and elation of Christmas is finding a present under the tree. Now, thanks to the generosity of OSF HealthCare Mission Partners in the Rockford region nearly 300 foster children will be able to experience that. For more than 20 year...
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November
30,
2018
When Wayne Lenover dropped a pair of boots he was carrying, he didn’t think anything of it. He was also ready to look past a numbing sensation in his face and hand. But when he fell in front of his wife Kathy and brother Earl, they realized as they h...
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November
30,
2018
Paul Barbary, 68, an independent insurance agent in Alton says when he first learned he had something called squamous cell carcinoma, it was like he was listening to a story about someone else. Barbary received the diagnosis in the fall of 2017 an...
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November
21,
2018
When Linda Henderson of Toulon walked through the doors of OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee and tossed her unwanted Christmas lights in a recycling bin, she felt like a ton of weight was lifted from her. Her final toss was the end ...
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November
21,
2018
It was April 7th and a perfect early spring day to get work done on the farm. 20 year old Ryon Richardson, working a field in Amboy, Illinois, was applying anhydrous ammonia, a colorless gas used as an agricultural fertilizer with fumes that can suff...
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November
16,
2018
It's a celebration of life, but also death - with dignity. OSF Hospice - Escanaba was the first all-volunteer hospice in Michigan and one of the first overall in the United States.  For many of its years, Dr. Steve Dosh has been the medical dir...
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November
15,
2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the rate of opioid deaths is slowing for the first time since the epidemic began. Factors could include an emphasis on alternatives for managing pain such as physical therapy and exercise alon...
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November
09,
2018
Leaves are falling and so are temperatures. That means you need to pay closer attention to your heart .So says a new study from Sweden and they know all about cold weather.  Lund University research shows that the risk of a heart attack greatly in...
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November
08,
2018
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month – a time designed to raise awareness about both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. An estimated 30.3 million people in the United States (9.4 percent of the population) have diabetes, including 7.2 million wh...
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November
08,
2018
More than $21 billion. That’s what the 2017-2018 flu season cost employers, according to an estimate from a Chicago-based executive coaching firm, with an estimated 25 million workers sickened nationwide. The total number is considered lost produc...
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November
08,
2018
Most meet-and-greets don't involve the sounds of a bone saw floating through the air. But then again, most meet-and-greets don't include a hands-on introduction to a cutting edge robot specializing in orthopedic surgery. On Wednesday, OSF HealthCa...
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November
02,
2018
The plan is cutting edge. Develop a road map for residents in rural communities to stay healthy while providing them the resources and services they'll need to find their way. So, it's only appropriate that the cutting of ribbon signified the opening...
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November
02,
2018
When someone is diagnosed with cancer, the focus turns to crossing the finish line to survivorship. People are now living longer than ever after a cancer diagnosis, thanks to often aggressive treatments. But what happens when the treatment that eradi...
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October
26,
2018
Ben Thang turns two on November 30. For the first time, he’s expected to celebrate his birthday outside of a hospital. Ben has spent all but a few months of his life in a hospital because of multiple health issues including pulmonary hypertension,...
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October
25,
2018
The old saying goes, "time heals all wounds." Don't tell that to the more than six-and-a-half-million Americans who are affected by chronic wounds, like diabetic foot ulcers.  And predictions are that number will increase by two percent annually o...
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October
22,
2018
For the 16th time in 8 years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 27. OSF HealthCare is leading the way in the communities it serves in helping reduce the misuse of...
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October
19,
2018
Type-click-stand-click-type-sit-type-stand-click. Sounds like exercise. Actually, it is and can result in health benefits like any daily activity that gets your body moving.  Just ask anyone who uses a standing desk. Those are the ergonomic workst...
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October
17,
2018
One OSF HealthCare physician took an eye-catching approach to tackle the topic of preventative cancer screenings. Gastroenterologist Omar Khokhar spent an afternoon on a giant inflatable pink chair at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bl...
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October
12,
2018
Auburn (Alabama) University wide receiver Will Hastings tore his anterior cruciate ligament in March.Six weeks later, he was jogging, and four and a half months later, he was running plays at full speed in practice. It shocked both him and his parent...
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October
05,
2018
Research shows a growing number of job seekers are using smartphones to find their next opportunity.   A 2015 Pew Research Center survey found that 28 percent of U.S. adults, including 53 percent of those 18-29, have used a smartphone as part of a...
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September
28,
2018
As the silver tsunami hits, Baby Boomers are finding themselves getting their hips and knees replaced and planning other elective but necessary surgeries. A new approach to rehab following surgery offers boomers, injured athletes and others another a...
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September
28,
2018
It was a ribbon cutting for cutting edge cancer treatment. Mission Partners from OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center joined Ottawa area community and business leaders in celebrating completion of a project to enhance diagnostics for pati...
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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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