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2019
February
15,
2019
The health risks are numerous for people who are overweight. Primary concerns have always been heart disease and diabetes.In some cases, cancer too can be directly correlated to obesity. Now, a new study by the American Cancer Society suggests can...
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February
14,
2019
On television shows or in movies, heart attacks are often portrayed as painful, chest-clutching events. While this is sometimes the case, there are often less dramatic and lesser-known symptoms that signal a major heart event is occurring. A study...
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February
08,
2019
Plenty of revelers rang in the New Year with wellness resolutions – vowing to lose weight, move more, or just eat healthier. But in the gloom of a frozen February, sometimes those resolutions are left in the rearview mirror. According to Maggie St...
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February
07,
2019
While the largest outbreak is in the northwest US, enough cases of measles have popped up in other states - including Illinois - for physicians to caution parents to get their children and themselves vaccinated. That's because measles is highly co...
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January
30,
2019
For people living with diabetes, foot care is paramount. Minor issues can turn into serious infections and lead to major complications or even amputation. Diligent foot care is even more important in the winter months, when cold temperatures and s...
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January
30,
2019
Record breaking cold temperatures have settled upon much of the Midwest. These frigid conditions are not only dangerous to our appendages, but also our heart.  Recent research from Lund University in Sweden shows that the risk of a heart attack gr...
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January
25,
2019
Don’t let the ice have you slipping and sliding away. According to the National Safety Council, 25,000 slip, trip and fall accidents occur daily in the United States. Nearly all injuries from slips and falls on snow and ice fall under the class...
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January
18,
2019
The Midwest is still digging out of a major winter storm that hit in early January, with another storm – and the snow that comes with it – on track for this weekend. That’ll make for a lot of snow shoveling, and the potential for serious injury. M...
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January
11,
2019
Friday is payday for many Americans, but not for hundreds of thousands of federal workers affected by the government shutdown. For many of these workers no paycheck means no way to pay bills. And according to a new study published in the journal Circ...
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January
10,
2019
2019 brought with it widespread incidence of influenza across the United States, with the majority of states reporting regional or widespread flu activity. There have been reports of people diagnosed with H1N1 influenza, the strain identified in t...
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January
10,
2019
While surveys show fewer people are doing it than previously, losing weight is still at the top of the list for New Year's resolutions in 2019. But, as most of us know, it's easier said than done. There are plenty of considerations when committing...
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January
04,
2019
The confetti is cleaned up and the New Year is underway. As we get our footing in 2019, millions of people are now working on their resolutions, with some of the most popular goals centering on starting or improving healthy habits. Each year some ...
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January
02,
2019
Mammography remains the gold-standard imaging tool for early detection of breast cancer but some women might need additional screening. That includes women who have dense breasts. A new Illinois law which went into effect January 1 requires any fa...
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2018
December
27,
2018
As we switch our thought process from Santa and his reindeer to resolutions, people everywhere are starting to think about what they want to accomplish over the next year. An important resolution for many is to quit smoking, and according to healt...
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December
21,
2018
Self-care is a new buzzword these days and it can be a great prescription for better overall health. It is a way of recharging yourself so you can be ready to be of service to others. If you're looking for ideas, just type #self care into the search ...
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December
07,
2018
According to the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, more that 40 percent of American adults have not received a flu shot this year and don't plan to do so.  That's despite pleas from federal, state and local heal...
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November
30,
2018
Tis' the season to be jolly, but it doesn't mean your belly needs to be as big as Santa's. Sure, the temptations are as plentiful as the array of food that will greet you at every holiday party and family dinner. However, a little will power and s...
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November
29,
2018
It’s estimated that Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD for short, affects 5-million to 8-million people a year in the United States particularly in the colder, winter months when days are shorter and nights are longer. It is thought to be related ...
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November
21,
2018
The holiday season is upon us, along with everything that comes with it – decorations, celebrations, shopping, special meals, and for many, a big side of stress. According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, nearly a quarter of Ameri...
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November
21,
2018
As we gather with family and friends during the holidays, health care providers want you to think about discussing more than just what flavor of pie to serve or who is bringing what to the gathering. It’s a perfect time to discuss what your wishes...
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November
16,
2018
An OSF HealthCare leader with more than two dozen years of experience in governmental relations says a divided Congress will not likely move on significant health care reforms or reimbursement rates for Medicare and Medicaid. Those two government pro...
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November
16,
2018
This week the American Heart Association wrapped up its annual Scientific Sessions meeting – a conference that gathers leading cardiovascular clinicians, scientists, and researchers to learn, present and discuss all things heart. Two of the largest s...
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November
08,
2018
As an Indiana family prepares to bury their three children, the conversation about school bus safety and distracted driving is at the forefront. A 9-year-old girl and her 6-year-old twin brothers were killed in late October after being struck as t...
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November
05,
2018
The Great American Smokeout rolls around every year during the third week of November and it has helped millions of people quit since it started in the early 1970s. The idea is not necessarily to make people stop cold turkey on that day, but rather t...
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October
31,
2018
We're not talking about the kind of time change Cher refers to in her hit song. No, we're talking about the change back to Daylight Saving Time (DST) and it'll officially happen at 2 a.m. this coming Sunday.  Potentially, setting clocks back should g...
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October
26,
2018
A new large scale study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is lending new motivation for people to get up and moving. It shows inactivity can be worse for you than smoking, diabetes or having heart disease. Researc...
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October
19,
2018
There has been increased attention to a rise in the number of cases of acute flaccid myelitis in recent weeks, with more than 100 confirmed or suspected cases in 22 states reported so far this year, including two cases treated at OSF HealthCare Child...
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October
19,
2018
It’s that time of year – time when it seems almost every food product has been infused with pumpkin spice. With every Halloween that passes, the orange gourd’s popularity seems to explode beyond the previous year's long list of foods with added pumpk...
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October
12,
2018
This time of year there is no need to go door-to-door to get a Halloween candy fix. From overstuffed grocery store shelves to breakroom treats left by well-meaning coworkers, we are surrounded by sugar. Kaela Ketcham is a registered dietitian at O...
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October
11,
2018
Halloween isn’t always a treat for the millions of kids across the country who have food allergies. According to the organization Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), in the U.S., one in 13 children has a food allergy – that’s roughly two i...
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