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2018
June
22,
2018
Office cupcakes for someone’s birthday? Leftover chips and dip from a weekend party? That break room snack could be wreaking havoc on your waistline. According to a recent study released by the CDC, out of 5,000 participants, an average was receiving...
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June
22,
2018
It’s a phrase you probably have heard said, especially by older people – their arthritis is acting up - as a way to explain pain and stiffness in their joints. Arthritis is a generalized term to describe the thinning of the cartilage, the protecti...
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June
15,
2018
Colon and rectal cancers are on the rise in America, and at an alarming rate for younger adults. According to the American Cancer Society, since 1994, colon and rectal cancers have increased 51% among adults under the age of 50. These concerning n...
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June
08,
2018
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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June
01,
2018
With opioid addiction claiming 115 lives each day in the U.S., providers are looking for new solutions to treat pain while minimizing the risk for addiction. Surprisingly, results indicate that lowering opioid doses has no impact on pain management; ...
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May
24,
2018
It’s a Friday afternoon and you have just received word that there is a confirmed case of Tuberculosis (TB) in the high school and your child needs to be tested. What do you do? First of all, don’t panic. TB is a very slow growing germ that is rel...
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May
18,
2018
The statistics are alarming. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of children and teenagers in the United States classified obese has more than tripled since the 1970s. While there are signs that rates hav...
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May
11,
2018
Experts believe the spring allergy season in the Midwest may be shorter but more intense because of the unusually late snow we saw this year. Pollen - a fine powder produced by plants, trees, ryegrass, and ragweed - is the most prevalent allegen a...
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May
10,
2018
A federal rule mandating restaurants, ice cream shops, bakeries and movie theaters to post calories on menus or menu boards went into effect nationwide earlier this week. The law applies to any place selling prepared food items with 20 or more locati...
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May
03,
2018
Spring is finally upon us and after a long, cold winter, many people are anxious to get outside to exercise. If you have been playing couch potato through the winter months, you want to make sure you take it slow at first. ...
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April
16,
2018
Former First Lady Barbara Bush died April 17 at the age of 92. In a statement just a day before her death, Mrs. Bush's office said that after a "recent series of hospitalizations," she had decided against seeking additional medical help and would ins...
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April
06,
2018
When Rob Buck had to have surgery on his colon in October of 2017, he also agreed to be part of a study to look at whether non-narcotic pain medication could help him manage any discomfort afterwards. The pain was to be expected with a procedure that...
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April
05,
2018
As spring cleaning season rounds the corner, everyone is looking to clear clutter from their lives and get a fresh start. One aspect of life people may not consider cleaning: their diets. With New Year’s resolutions seemingly a distant memory, spring...
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February
26,
2018
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018 is observed Monday February 26 through Sunday March 4, with a goal of educating and helping those living with an eating disorder, as well as friends and family members who want to help. “There is a lot...
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February
21,
2018
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. Now, a ...
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February
16,
2018
While this year’s flu season is bad, it’s not the worst. According to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza kills upwards of 56,000 people each year, especially in really bad years like this one, and can send more than 700,000 people to the hosp...
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February
16,
2018
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
08,
2018
When you tune in to watch snowboarder Shaun White compete in the Olympics, you will see one of the most accomplished athletes in his sport going for his third gold-medal with his usual display of tricks and speed. What you won’t see is the congeni...
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January
25,
2018
More stroke patients could be eligible for treatment proven to reduce disability, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The research was presented at the International Stroke Conference taking pl...
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January
19,
2018
OSF HealthCare and the Heart of Illinois Homeless Continuum of Care (HOIHCOC) are collaborating with United Way partner agencies to provide interim shelter services for the homeless in central Illinois. Since 2016, the Heart of Illinois United Way...
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January
18,
2018
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
11,
2018
In a move that is hoped will rehabilitate a century-old, iconic Peoria building and help reinvigorate downtown development, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) and OSF HealthCare are partnering to develop the property at 124 SW Adams Street (commonly known ...
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January
03,
2018
You might be part of the more than 40% of Americans who have made a New Year’s resolution for 2018. One of the most popular resolutions each year is to lose weight or eat healthier. However, for most resolution revelers, the determination to succe...
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2017
December
26,
2017
Staying healthy in the New Year is an important resolution, but many adults tend to bypass preventive exams and screenings that would keep them stronger longer. Just as infants and children need to follow an immunization timetable, adults should also...
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December
21,
2017
The holiday season is speeding by, but there are still plenty of chances to do some major damage to your diet in the final stretch. For many, the holidays are a special time of year to celebrate with family and friends. That special time can come ...
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December
20,
2017
You may go over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house with your young children during the holidays, but have you checked to make sure her house is properly childproofed when you get there? Every year there are tragic stories of ch...
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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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