CLINTON — The August Stroke Support Group will meet at noon Wednesday at the Clinton Pizza Ranch. Stroke survivors, families and their caregivers are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Listen up, men, this one’s for you. June is not just about Father’s Day. It’s also Men’s Health Month, an opportunity to raise awareness for men’s health with a focus on prevention. We all know exercise, a good diet, hydration, and getting plenty of sleep are key factors of overall health, b…

CLINTON — Mercy Medical Center – Clinton recently completed the installation of a new vein treatment room with state-of-the-art equipment to provide area residents with local options for vein treatment.

DEWITT — While high school classes have ended for the year, student athletes won’t take a summer break from working on strength and conditioning.

CLINTON — Mercy Medical Center – Clinton officials announced Tuesday that the practices of Dr. Erin Herndon and advanced registered nurse practitioners Dorothy Anderson and Brenda Banker, formerly with Genesis Health Group, will now be offered through Mercy Medical Center.

CLINTON — Mercy Medical Center will host a community blood drive from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 8 at 1410 N. Fourth St., inside Conference Room A.

STERLING, Ill. — This month, the CGH Speech Therapy Department and CGH Audiology are observing Better Hearing and Speech month to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of speech therapy and hearing professionals in providing life-altering treatment.

CLINTON — The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a set of two free educational programs for the general public in Mercy North Hospital’s Conference Room A, 1410 N. Fourth St., on May 15 and May 22.


WASHINGTON — A closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday.

MORRISON, Ill. — As part of the Lifelong Learning Series, the Friends of Odell Public Library will present John Park, dietitian at CGH, on April 16.

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.

CHICAGO — A precision nutrition approach to weight loss didn’t hold up in a study testing low fat versus low carb depending on dieters’ DNA profiles.

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.

CLINTON — The Alverno Health Care Facility's Stroke Support Group will meet Wednesday, Feb. 7, beginning at 2:45 p.m., at 849 13th Ave. North in Clinton.

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…

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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.

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.

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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…

CLINTON — Mercy Medical Center will offer a new session of the community health education program designed to improve overall health and wellness.

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…

CLINTON — A community education program showcasing information about the organization Above and Beyond Cancer will be held next week at Mercy Medical Center.

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.

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