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Representing Bloomington Medicine Opioid Legislation in Congress Part 1

By Alexander Germanis When the twin cities of Bloomington and Normal are mentioned in conversation, rarely does that conversation then lead to innovation, pioneering, or national representation in the field of medicine. Perhaps it’s time for that to change. Being surrounded by Illinois’ sea of prairies, Bloomington-Normal, while easily forgotten, is the home of physicians […]

Pain Management How Much Is Too Much?

 By Becky Wiese A longstanding tradition, even priority, for physicians in the United States mandates they return patients to an acceptable level of comfort after a physical trauma. Regardless of whether the pain results from an injury due to accident, physical malfunction, or surgical procedure, once the critical functions are intact and first aid are […]

The Painful Truth About Opioids Breaking the Image of “Safe and Acceptable.”

By Marc Bonacci, DC, PMMTP An estimated two million Americans are addicted to prescription opioids and drug overdose has exceeded car accidents in accidental deaths annually. No group is exempt from this epidemic — the rich, poor, all ages, occupations, races, and nationalities, from athletic teens with sports injuries to the lonely elderly suffering chronic […]

Are You Reaching for the Right Pain Medication?

The use of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin is on the rise and this trend is taking its toll. Opioids account for 46 deaths each day in the United States — more than any other drug. Is your pain medication the best option for you? Depending on the type of pain you’re experiencing, […]

Who Does Your Flu Shot Help?

By Jean Bellisario, RN, BSN, Director Infectious Disease, Peoria City/County Health Department Yourself! Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness. Fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headaches, tiredness, and muscle and body aches are all flu symptoms. The flu is different from a cold, and flu symptoms normally appear quite suddenly. […]

Protecting Children From Cancer — New HPV Vaccine Guidance

By Tracy Joos, Public Health Nurse Infectious Disease, Peoria City/County Health Department If you, as a parent, could prevent your children from a diagnosis of cancer, would you? This is a question parents of children and young adults are asked every day at pediatrician offices, local medical clinics, and health departments across the United States […]

Are You Ready for Flu Season?

Submitted by Stacey Boyd, MSN, RN, Clinical Manager, Vital Wellness Home Health It is that time of the year! Summer has flown by and flu season is quickly approaching. We can prepare ourselves by staying educated on ways to prevent the flu, signs/symptoms of the flu, and how to treat the flu. Flu prevention: The […]

Pay it Forward

By Alexander Germanis A saying that has become part of our cultural lexicon in the last decade or so is “paying it forward.” The meaning is simple enough: to take something good someone has given you and pass that goodness on to someone else. Dr. Joseph Norris, founder of Method Sports Performance in Bloomington and […]

Medical Breakthroughs in Leukemia Treatment

Submitted by Mid-Illinois Hematology & Oncology, LTD A revolutionary new treatment for relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) may soon be available. For decades, the only treatment for CLL was toxic chemotherapy that provided limited benefit. However, over the last 20 years, major strides have been made in the quest to develop a new treatment that […]