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2017
December
14,
2017
Seven years ago, Beth Smith’s life came to a screeching halt when her husband, Scott, committed suicide. Scott had been suffering with depression, but his death was unexpected and devastating for Smith and their four children. “My journey with ...
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December
12,
2017
Signs are pointing to a tough flu season for the U.S. this year. While influenza has not quite reached epidemic levels yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) it’s spreading faster than it did at the same time last y...
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December
07,
2017
Researchers in the UK say they have found a link between a woman sleeping on her back during late pregnancy and an increased risk of her suffering a stillbirth.A team of researchers at Tommy's Stillbirth Research Centre at the University of Mancheste...
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December
06,
2017
‘Tis the season for final exams and end-of-semester tests and projects before the holiday break. For some students that means extra study time trying to catch up on classwork or cramming for a final. That might include pulling an all-nighter – but is...
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November
30,
2017
They are the stories that tear at any parent’s heart – especially if their child plays sports. A young, presumably healthy young person collapses while practicing or playing a game from sudden cardiac arrest. If not treated immediately, they can die....
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November
30,
2017
Busy schedules and eating to beat the clock might have a major impact on your weight loss goals. New research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions links faster eating speed with more weight gain, higher blood glucose and ...
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November
22,
2017
It is estimated that more than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability. For every three children diagnosed there are two who aren’t. Couple that with the number of adults who...
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November
22,
2017
The holidays are here, and they often come with a major schedule switch for most kids. No school can mean later nights, and lack of sleep can become a big issue. Dr. Kaninika Verma, Director of Sleep Medicine for OSF HealthCare says parents should be...
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November
13,
2017
High blood pressure has been redefined. New hypertension guidelines have been released by the American Heart Association (AHA), marking the first change in blood pressure standards in 14 years. The revised guidelines define high blood pressure, or...
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November
09,
2017
When most people think of breast cancer, they generally think of women. However, Doctor Jessica Guingrich, a medical radiologist for OSF HealthCare and the Susan G. Komen Breast Center, says the disease doesn’t discriminate against men. “Men and w...
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November
09,
2017
The devastation caused by hurricane Maria is still being felt across Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean and will be for years. About 60% of the U-S territory is still without electricity with thousands of people living in shelters. Nearl...
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November
02,
2017
The statistics are sobering: 91 people a day die from opioid overdoses In 2016, there were 64,000 overdose deaths nationwide (up 11,000 from the year before) - 13,200 were due to heroin use. That’s more deaths than those caused by motor vehicle...
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November
01,
2017
In Washington DC this week, leading obesity experts and researchers from around the world have gathered to share innovation and breakthroughs in the science, clinical application, surgical intervention and prevention of obesity. The Obesity Society (...
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October
26,
2017
Costumed kids will soon be scurrying from door-to-door and yelling "trick-or-treat" with wide-eyed anticipation of running off with something good to eat.  It's an innocent night filled with innocent fun, but should come with a healthy dose of pre...
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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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