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What’s Your Sunscreen IQ?

Submitted by Doug Leone, MD, and Adrienne Schupbach, MD, Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Institute Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The exposure to skin-damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun is the most common cause. Thankfully, skin cancer is largely preventable through a broad sun protection program which […]

Do You Really Need a Car?

Submitted by Bike BloNo You may have noticed that more and more people are using bicycles for transportation, for exercise, or maybe just for fun. What many drivers still do not realize is that by law, bicycles on the roadway are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. While the Constitution Trail […]

Return to Work, Return to Life

By Alexander Germanis Although Bloomington-Normal is not a major-league sports destination, our twin cities are known for a solid commitment to athletics. Indeed, places like McLean County Orthopedics (MCO) and its therapy department employ several people with sports backgrounds who focus on sports related injuries with an interest in getting athletes — professional and amateur […]

Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois Brings Advanced 3D Imaging to Region

Submitted by Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois The development of X-Ray technology has played a major role in diagnostics for medical practitioners ever since it was introduced in the late 1890s. In most cases, standard X-Rays still continue to be used for initial diagnosis; however, when images are not adequate for diagnosis, other systems […]

Get a Foot up on Your Competition!

It’s time to prepare for the upcoming Bix 7 and Ragbrai, so Quad Cities foot experts Dr. Smith and Dr. Buckrop would like to share how to avoid, identify, and treat four of the most common training injuries to make sure you’ll truly perform at your best! Stress Fractures We recommend getting a new pair […]

Try Yoga to Soothe the Stress in Your Mind and the Tension in Your Body!

By Bertil Hjert Times are hard and they just seem to be getting harder! Every day, we hear more dire news about the economy, sinking stock prices, and mounting job losses. Everyone is worried that they will be the next victim. This stress can have damaging effects on your emotional and physical well being. Stress […]

Benefits of Friendships Appear to Last for Decades, Study Says

The benefits of friendships can last for decades, and I’ve got to tell you, some of the beneficial side effects are truly amazing. As it turns out, that neighborhood kid you used to chase around the park may actually have an impact on your health decades down the line. The latest research provides even more reason […]

Mr. Positive and Mr. Negative at the BIX

Submitted by Barb Park, PT, Back 2 Action Physical Therapy Have you seen some of the costumes people wear in our beloved BIX 7 road race? Been there, done that, but an experience twelve years ago still resonates in my memories… As I turned onto Kirkwood Boulevard, I came upon two young men wearing t-shirt […]

Intimacy After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Submitted by Mid-Illinois Hematology & Oncology LTD Sexual activity is a key component of healthy adult relationships, but for many men with prostate cancer, expressing this in the traditional sense is not always possible. Despite improved therapies, many men diagnosed with prostate cancer face erectile dysfunction as a side effect of some of the treatment […]

Flip-Flop Fans: The Hard, Cold Facts

Submitted by Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM, Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, P.C. It’s easy to understand why we all love flip-flops: They’re cute and comfy, keep your feet cool in warm weather, and are great for showing off that fab pedicure you just got. No matter how much you adore your flip-flops, it’s important to […]