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2018
August
09,
2018
It began nearly a year ago. Manufacturer slowdowns led to an injectible opioid shortage at hospitals across the nation. That meant pain relievers like hydromorphone (dilaudid), morphine and fentanyl - used primarily in surgery or the emergency dep...
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August
03,
2018
From BBQs to beach time, families are spending the last days of summer break having outdoor fun. However, as the summer days wane, the need for sunscreen protection remains. Parents need to make sure their kids are covered, and there are plenty of SP...
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July
25,
2018
For expectant parents, the list of to-do’s can seem long. From finding the perfect paint color for the nursery or researching the best bottles for baby, there is a lot to prepare for. However, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics found les...
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July
13,
2018
An infant in the home usually means some sleepless nights for mom and dad. Now new research has found that babies introduced to solid foods early might sleep longer and wake less frequently at night than those exclusively breastfed for the first six ...
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July
12,
2018
Perhaps you've already put your diet in danger. Don't worry, still plenty of time to not let the summer barbeque and picnic predicament get the best of your waistline. The solution is really no different than any other time of year. It comes down ...
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July
06,
2018
A new study is providing more proof that women with dense breasts have a higher risk for breast cancer. The study, published in Radiology, included more than 100,000 women and more than 300,000 screening exams. “That actually is not really clea...
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June
29,
2018
The Fourth of July holiday usually brings plenty of opportunities for the 3 F’s: Fun, Food, and Fireworks. That’s why it’s even more important to remember your ABCs: Always Be Careful. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, on ave...
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June
29,
2018
As the summer gets into full swing, kids will head outdoors for some fun in the sun. But during summertime, while the rays are at their strongest, parents must be even more vigilant about protecting their kids’ delicate skin. The risk for skin dam...
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June
29,
2018
Time to lace up those sneakers, America. A new study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that only 23% of Americans get enough exercise. What does “enough” mean? The government’s recommended physical activity guidelines call for hea...
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June
28,
2018
Becket Neeley is like many 3-year-old boys, he’s full of energy and never seems to stop moving. He loves everything dinosaur and can cite multiple characteristics about the various species. Hard to imagine, but if not for the swift action of his moth...
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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
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
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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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
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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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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