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5 common diabetes myths busted

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects the way the body makes energy from food. Normally, the human body produces a hormone called insulin that helps turn sugar from food into energy that
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Is [this] a sign of dementia?

It’s a question we often hear at the Smith Alzheimer’s Center. No matter how you fill in the blank, it’s a fair question to ask. There are numerous types of dementia , symptoms vary depending on the
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Updated mammogram guidelines for women aged 40 and up: what you need to know

A mammogram is an X-ray image that is taken of each breast. Mammograms are important and potentially life-saving tools that can detect early signs of breast cancer and reduce the risk of dying from
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3 ways to raise breast cancer awareness

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we should take some time to educate ourselves and others about breast cancer. Here are three ways you can get involved and become more well-informed
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It's harvest season! Protect yourself and your team with these four simple strategies

SIU Medicine's Farm Family Resource Initiative (FFRI) wants our rural and agricultural neighbors to prioritize health and safety all throughout the year. But taking conscious steps to keep yourself
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Five Myths of Menopause

Women make up 50 percent of the world’s population and every one of us will go through menopause. Menopause technically occurs when a woman has gone a full year without a period. It has three stages
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Seasonal kidney stones are real, and other renal insights

Kidney stones are small, pebble-like deposits made of salts and minerals that form inside the kidneys. Sometimes called nephrolithiasis or urolithiasis, these irritants are more common than you might
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Know the ABCs of skin cancer

As the most common type of cancer in the United States, skin cancer affects 1 in 5 people before the age of 70. Estimates show that on a daily basis in the United States, 50 people die of skin cancer
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The great pretender: cardiac amyloidosis

Have you ever heard of stiff heart syndrome? Known clinically as cardiac amyloidosis , this condition mimics other heart health problems and, as a result, is often overlooked and untreated—which could