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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), […]

New Thinking In A New Year

By Luke Dalfiume, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Co-Owner, John R. Day & Associates, Christian Psychological Associates I love every new year. I know that at some level it is just a psychological construct. However, each new year seems to be bursting with potential, and I get excited thinking about the possibilities for change and new […]

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 […]

The Truth About Skin Care

Submitted by Jennifer Solis, Owner, Bless These Brows In today’s world of non-stop information, there is a problem of information overload. When it comes to skin care, this can make it difficult to know what’s true and what’s not. Following are some inaccurate skin care beliefs and the facts you need to know. You Don’t […]

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 […]

Sleep Apnea and Women Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Submitted by Todd Gray, DDS, D.ASBA, Koala Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has generally been considered a men’s health issue. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, the ratio of men to women who come in to be evaluated for OSA is quite unbalanced. For every one woman diagnosed […]

The Wisdom of Preparedness

By Alexander Germanis In ancient Greece, the storyteller Aesop told a fable of a wise, industrious, hardworking ant and the ant’s neighbor: the frolicking, carefree grasshopper. When winter comes, the ant is prepared and well-stocked for the bitter season while the grasshopper is left begging for aid from the ant lest he perish. In later […]