Lactose-free, dairy-free, plant-based — these are all labels you might find on beverages meant to replace cow’s milk. And with the demand for these products on the rise — especially for people with dairy or lactose intolerances and anyone trying to include more plant-based foods in their die…
The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut flour helped children tolerate nuts in a major study.
Are you getting at least 28 grams of fiber per day? That’s the recommended daily value based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Turns out the average American only gets 15 or 16 grams of fiber each day. While many dietitians encourage clients to consume fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and…
When it comes to heart health, it might surprise you that eating a calorie-dense, high-fat snack (we’re looking at you, walnuts) is a good choice for cardiovascular health. But it’s true. Here are a few reasons you should consider reaching for a small handful of walnuts.
When a patient has diabetes, doctors typically prescribe insulin, along with diet and exercise. When a patient has high blood pressure, we prescribe medication, and we also reinforce the importance of healthy eating, exercise, weight loss and quitting smoking.
This year, influenza season seems to be moderately severe, affecting all parts of the United States and with many sudden deaths reported in even young individuals. Unfortunately, this year’s vaccine against influenza has not been very effective.
Staphylococcus aureus is becoming more common in acute settings such as hospitals as well as long-term care facilities. It is a gram-positive bacterium that normally resides in 30 percent of people’s noses. Most of the time it does not cause any harm but in certain conditions it can cause se…
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials plan to crack down on a growing number of unproven alternative remedies, focusing on products containing dangerous ingredients that have occasionally been linked to serious injury and death.
The opioid epidemic is a national problem that is creating major havoc in certain parts of the country. Opioid overdose has grown at a crisis proportion and must be tackled. It kills almost 100 Americans each day, more than motor vehicle accidents.
Periodically, YWCA members, staff and volunteers are featured highlighting the many facets of our community in which they’re a part. This month, YWCA Health & Wellness Director Stephanie Sommers shares information on upcoming changes to YWCA Fitness.
CLINTON — Soderstrom Skin Institute is having its last Free Mole and Skin Cancer Screening of the year on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon at 2315 Roosevelt St. in Clinton.
CLINTON — Clinton has become a hub for a new, non-invasive technology that takes the operating room out of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome surgery.
The prevalence of chronic kidney disease continues to increase due to epidemic cases of diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Obesity seems to have a direct correlation with the development of chronic kidney disease. Two-thirds of people with CKD have either diabetes or hypertension. According…
CHICAGO (AP) — Taking hormone pills for several years after menopause didn’t shorten older women’s lifespans, according to the longest follow-up yet of landmark research that transformed thinking on risks and benefits of a once popular treatment.
CLINTON — Mercy Medical Center-Clinton will host a community blood drive on Sept. 15 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Mercy North Hospital, 1410 N. Fourth St., Clinton in Conference Room A.
After making it through the maelstrom of middle age, many adults find themselves approaching older age wondering “what will give purpose to my life?” now that the kids have flown the nest and retirement is in the cards.
Research suggests persistent stress in young children can become toxic, causing brain changes that can interfere with learning and lead to disease in adulthood. It's unknown how many children and adults have been harmed by toxic stress but data show that many live in circumstances that exper…
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Walgreens mobile app has garnered a particularly robust following among older Americans — a demographic rarely associated with mobile app adoption.
Facebook recently announced that it is getting more involved in the personal crowdfunding business. Individual users will have the option of placing a “donate” button on their posts to raise funds for six categories of causes that include personal emergencies and health-related expenses.
Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common cardiac arrhythmias encountered in our practices. It affects 2.2 million people in the United States who are older than 50 years of age. Urgent recognition and intervention is required to prevent its consequences. Failure to treat promptly can le…
GLASGOW, Ky. — For Tina Woodson, starting a stroke survivor support group goes beyond simply creating a system of education and encouragement for those who’ve lived to share their stories and regain their lives. A three-time stroke survivor, the Glasgow resident is interested in seeing such …
The good news is that the death rate from heart disease and stroke in the United States declined 50 percent over the last 35 years, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The bad news is that there are stunning differences in the death rates across the c…
The focus on lowering cholesterol is taking center stage in this era of preventive medicine. Prevalence of diabetes, hypertension and obesity is rising rapidly, making the risk of cardiovascular diseases even higher. Millions of people die due to cardiovascular diseases, like heart attack an…
The natural tendency is to want to jump right in and get that workout done. But failing to take some necessary precautions beforehand could lead to injury or worse. Here are five things you should do before every workout.
Public health discussions about drug and alcohol use tend to be dour, humorless affairs. We talk about all sorts of terrible things associated with drug use, such as car crashes and mental illness and kids getting high and people killing themselves and others.
WASHINGTON (AP) — International diabetes organizations are calling for weight-loss surgery to become a more routine treatment option for diabetes, even for some patients who are only mildly obese.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southwestern Missouri turkey farm where bird flu was found remains quarantined after 39,000 of its birds were destroyed last week as a precaution, agricultural officials said Wednesday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — For the second time in three months, a St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a huge award over claims that its talcum powder causes cancer.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tossing and turning night after night? Don't automatically reach for the pill bottle. New guidelines say the first choice to treat chronic insomnia should be cognitive behavioral therapy — a way to condition your body to slumber again.
OAK LAWN, Ill. — It happens every day to the most vulnerable infants in hospital intensive care units: fragile babies born way too soon are poked, prodded and jabbed as part of medical care meant to help them survive — and it can be heart-wrenching to watch.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The Obama administration Monday set new standards for Medicaid private insurance plans, which in recent years have become the main source of coverage for low-income people.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When a powerful pair of cholesterol-lowering drugs first hit the market last summer, initial excitement in the medical community quickly turned to panic.
DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that defendants who enter plea agreements in criminal cases cannot later sue the state for wrongful imprisonment, even if their cases are eventually thrown out and charges are dropped.
NEW YORK — Confirming the worst fears of many pregnant women in the United States and Latin America, U.S. health officials said Wednesday there is no longer any doubt the Zika virus causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and other severe brain defects.
TRENTON, N.J. — A project to speed development of cancer-fighting drugs that harness the immune system has academic and drug industry researchers collaborating and sharing their findings like never before.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Critics of how prescription painkillers are administered in the U.S. are calling on health officials to phase out hospital procedures and questionnaires used to manage pain.
NEW YORK — High school students who get too little sleep— or too much — are also more likely to drive drunk or take other risks, according to government researchers.
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