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An Expanded World of Health Care Access

By Alexander Germanis   There was a time, not that long ago, when one’s “world” consisted of how far one could travel in a day. This meant the necessities of life had to be within a small, accessible radius from one’s home. Beside basic food and shelter, safety and peace of mind also came from […]

Providing Comprehensive Primary Care

No one wants to feel like they are just a number—especially when they have a medical or wellness concern. That is why Solvera Health is bringing hospitality to healthcare, treating each patient like a treasured guest who deserves personal attention. Serving patients in the Peoria, Galesburg, and Carbondale areas, the providers of Solvera Health deliver […]

The Avenue of Communication

By Alexander Germanis No matter where one goes or lives in this world, the ability to communicate and connect with one another is paramount. We may think of connection or communication in terms of cell phones, the Internet, computers, and smart devices, but the basis of communication is and has always been our ability to […]


What Is Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that causes damage in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the arms and legs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. MS is thought to be an immune-mediated disease […]

Hemophilia Treatment: A Breakthrough With Gene Therapy

Since 2010, the Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Institute (BCDI) has been serving patients of downstate Illinois. Located at the corner of Northmoor Road and Knoxville Avenue in Peoria, IL, BCDI is the only nonprofit, federally funded Hemophilia Treatment Center (HTC) of Excellence in the state of Illinois outside of Chicago. Among many accolades, BCDI is […]

9 Tips to Protect Your Heart

By Timir Baman, MD OSF HealthCare, Cardiovascular Institute Heart issues can go unnoticed until damage has been done or there is a critical heart failure, making prevention critical. In the United States, heart disease is the number one cause of death in men and women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), […]

The Future of Medicine

By Alexander Germanis From the days of Copernicus and Newton to those of Curie and Hawking, the different sciences have always been evolving systems of theory and practice. The scientific field of medicine is certainly no exception. Since the first known anatomical studies performed in ancient Greece to the arthroscopic surgeries performed today, scientists and […]

Rising to Your Aid

By Alexander Germanis Few negative feelings in life rival that sour, acidic emotion of helplessness in the face of an emergency. Fear, panic, and despair can rapidly set in and when one’s health or the life of a loved one could be on the line, those feelings can quickly get out of control. But knowing […]

Healthy Social Media Habits How You Use it Matters

Technology has changed the way we interact with each other. Social media puts other people just keystrokes away. This helps some feel like they have more social support. But for others, it can increase isolation and depression. Researchers are investigating how social media affects mental health. They’re learning that who you meet and what you […]