Ask a Caregiver: Joining a support group makes a difference

Mel Kuntemeier is a caregiver and current volunteer at the Smith Alzheimer’s Center’s Beyond the Medical Center programs. If you would like to submit a question for the next column, please email

How financial pressures impact farmers' health

Financial pressures aren't unique to the farming industry. A 2021 report from the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center found that more than half of Americans say they felt anxious and stressed

Telehealth offers convenient care at home

Virtual health care options have become much more widespread in the wake of the COVID pandemic. Most Illinois residents can now access telehealth services from their home or workplace. A patient can

What to expect as you recover from gallbladder surgery

If you're getting ready for your surgery to remove your gallbladder (cholecystectomy), it's normal to feel a little anxious. One of the best ways to ease your concerns and improve your surgical

Common nasal problems

The human nose is much more than a distinct facial feature. Your nose is the passage to many important structures such as the turbinates, septum, and sinuses. As one of the main components of the

Why is folic acid important for women's health?

Folate and folic acid (vitamin B9) are necessary for optimal human health. Neither folate nor folic acid are stored within the body. Excess amounts are excreted out through urine, so we must obtain it

Recognize and avoid mental overload this harvest season

As rewarding as the farming profession is, it comes with plenty of challenges for farmers and their families. The fall harvest season can be especially demanding on a farmer's physical and mental well

Breathe easier with healthy lungs

As the autumn air turns crisp during October, SIU Medicine is celebrating Healthy Lung Month. To help our entire community breathe easier, we're sharing five things you can do to protect your family's

How to help someone with epilepsy stay safe at home

Around 3.4 million people in America have epilepsy, a chronic health condition that causes seizures. If you or someone you love experiences epileptic seizures, it's important to know some basic safety