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Healthy heart in 20s, better brain in 40s?

Folks with heart-healthy habits in their 20s tend to have larger, healthier brains in their 40s -- brains that may be better prepared to withstand the ravages of aging, a new study reports.

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'Tough Like Teddy' event for Sambursky family Video included

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CARBONDALE --  SIU Hall of Fame Quarterback Joel Sambursky and his family recently welcomed a baby boy to the world, but Theodore was born with some health complications.  

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Summer Health workshop coming to Carbondale Video included

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CARBONDALE -- The heat is on and you can learn more about natural ways to protect yourself. There's a summer health workshop Tuesday, July 25 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. at Dayemi Health Center in Carbondale.  

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Create your own quit-smoking plan

Smokers who quit before their 50th birthday can cut in half their risk of dying over the following 15 years, according to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston

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Williamson Co. Relay for Life: Wish Upon a Cure Video included

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MARION -- Hundreds of people will put their best foot forward this Saturday night (July 22) in an effort to raise money and awareness for cancer research.  

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Not all plant foods are equal

For years, the mantra has been that eating lots of fruits, vegetables and grains will ward off heart disease, but a new study suggests that choosing the wrong ones may backfire.

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Sound sleep may help you junk the junk food

Get a good night's sleep and junk food may have less appeal at the end of a tough day.

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One social hour a week can help someone with dementia

Just a slight increase in social interaction benefits older adults with dementia and lowers health care costs, a new British study suggests.

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Keep yourself and your neighbors safe during heat Video included

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WSIL -- While it may seem like common sense to stay safe during heat and humidity, experts remind us not only to take care of ourselves but our neighbors as well.

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Viagra might make for a safer, more effective stent

It's worked wonders for men battling erectile dysfunction, and now early research suggests that Viagra -- when added to artery-opening stents -- might cut a patient's odds for clots.

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Keep your summer cookouts safe

Backyard barbecues are a seasonal staple, but summer heat makes it extra important to keep food safety in mind.

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Is shingles tied to heart, stroke risk?

Shingles may be tied to an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.

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Is your child's 'penicillin allergy' real?

Many children suspected of being allergic to the inexpensive, first-line antibiotic penicillin actually aren't, new research indicates.

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Heat deaths in U.S. cities could jump 10-fold if climate change isn't slowed

America's exit from the Paris climate change agreement will lead to more punishing summer heat waves and thousands of additional heat-related deaths each year in major U.S. cities, a new report claims.

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Health tip: when adults offer kids food

Well-meaning family and friends may push your children to clean the plate or offer dessert as a reward, but those aren't the messages you want to send.

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Bye-bye flu shot, hello patch?

An experimental flu vaccine patch with dissolving microneedles appears safe and effective, a preliminary study shows.

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Could shift work damage your DNA?

When people work the night shift, their bodies might have less capacity to repair everyday damage to cells' DNA, a small study hints.

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Boozing can age you right down to your cells

The more you booze it up, the more your cells age, increasing your risk for age-related health problems like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia, a new study suggests.

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Can smartphone use bring on carpal tunnel syndrome?

People who spend lots of time on their smartphones may be scrolling, tapping and swiping their way to carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful wrist and hand disorder.

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Could you raise a 'no-diaper' baby?

Environmentally conscious parents have long struggled with the fact that their baby's dirty diapers wind up in landfills, but what option do they have?

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Do older dads produce brainy boys?

In a finding that might bring older Dads some peace of mind about their sons' future job prospects, a new study shows these kids are more likely to be "geeks."

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Could certain hair dyes, relaxers raise breast cancer risk?

The safety of hair products has been debated for years. Now, new research suggests that black women who use dark hair dyes face a higher risk of breast cancer, while chemical relaxers and straighteners boost the odds in white women

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Restaurant Report Card, June 19, 2017

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 WSIL -- El Paisano in Carbondale received an 83. The Jackson County inspector noted 14 violations.

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High-intensity exercise may be bad for the bowels

When it comes to stomach discomfort during exercise, forget that old adage "no pain, no gain." New research suggests that excessive strenuous exercise may lead to gut damage.

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Can coffee, tea protect the liver from 'western' diet?

Regularly drinking coffee or herbal tea may help prevent chronic liver disease, new research suggests.

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Flu shot falls short more often for obese people: study

A flu shot is the best way to avoid getting sick, but new research reveals the vaccine doesn't work as well for people who are obese.

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New drugs show promise as first to prevent migraine

A host of new drugs that appear to prevent migraine headaches are in the final stages of testing and approval in the United States.

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Guard against this little-known swimming danger

An electric shock is an often overlooked threat to swimmers, a safety expert warns.

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Even moderate drinking may dull the aging brain

People who drink at even moderate levels may see some of their mental skills slip faster as they age, a new study suggests.

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Is white bread ok for some people?

For years, you probably have been told that wheat bread is far better for you than its white counterpart, but a small, new study suggests that maxim may not hold true for everyone.

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When a divorce turns bitter, kids' immune systems may pay a price

An unfriendly divorce can raise a child's risk of colds in adulthood, a new study suggests.

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Drug helps fight breast tumors tied to 'cancer genes'

A twice-daily pill could help some advanced breast cancer patients avoid or delay follow-up sessions of chemotherapy, a new clinical trial reports.

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Marijuana may make your gums go to pot

Frequent pot smokers might be dooming themselves to diseased gums, a new study suggests.

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Drug Xeloda prolongs survival for some breast cancer patients

A drug called Xeloda can extend the lives of some women whose breast cancer is not wiped out by standard treatment, a new clinical trial finds.

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KidneyMobile returns to southern Illinois

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WSIL -- The KidneyMobile returns to southern Illinois the week of June 5. The Diabetes Today Resource group is behind the effort.  

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Meth addicts' hearts may improve if they quit

Methamphetamine users who quit the drug may get a break: New research suggests it's possible to reverse heart damage with proper medical treatment.

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Eye problems may be tied to Zika, lab study suggests

Scientists exploring how the Zika virus passes from pregnant monkeys to their fetuses believe the infection may be more dangerous to human pregnancies than previously believed.

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5 food groups to jump-start nutrition

Most Americans still don't eat enough nutrient-rich foods from key groups including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy, according to federal health statistics.

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Hospital 'baby boxes' may help prevent SIDS in newborns

Child care experts say it's dangerous for infants to sleep in the same bed with their parents. Now, researchers report that "baby boxes" and parent education can help reduce the unsafe practice.

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House Call: Risk factors for a stroke

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CARBONDALE -- Stroke is the third leading cause of death in this country. An estimated 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year and more than 140,000 patients die as a result. 

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Jeep Jam returns for Hospice of Southern Illinois

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WSIL -- Hospice of Southern Illinois is hitting the road for its latest fundraiser. The second annual Jeep Jam Poker run is Saturday, June 17.  

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House Call: New procedure cuts stroke risk

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CARBONDALE -- May is stroke awareness month and a leading cause is carotid artery disease from blockages in the neck.  

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House Call: Signs & symptoms of a stroke

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WSIL -- May is Stroke Awareness Month. Doctors say remember the acronym F.A.S.T.  

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House Call: Walk the Block event coming Thursday

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SALINE COUNTY -- People in our region will soon be walking the block to support National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. 

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Program that grants kids' wishes looking for volunteers

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EVANSVILLE, IN -- You've probably heard of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. But there is a more localized group granting wishes for hundreds of children around the region.  

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Alabama boy reacts to seeing new eye

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ALABAMA -- An Alabama boy battling a form of eye cancer recently received a prosthetic eye, and his parents caught his reaction on camera. 

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Color Fun Run benefits Autism Society of SI

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CARBONDALE -- Mark your calendars for April 15. No your taxes aren't due that day that's April 18 this year. It's the Autism Society of Southern Illinois' Color Fun Run.     

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Wear purple to support pancreatic cancer awareness

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WSIL -- November 17 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day.

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Scare up some Halloween safety

There's no trick to staying safe on Halloween, safety experts say.

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Injectors to fight allergic reactions under Rauner's review

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CHICAGO (AP) - A bill is awaiting action from Gov. Bruce Rauner that would give Illinois police training and authorization to carry epinephrine auto-injectors to help with severe allergic reactions.

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Data: Many Illinois schools cut back on physical education

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CHICAGO (AP) - Data released by the Illinois State Board of Education show many schools in the state have cut back on days of physical education on class schedules.

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Food for Thought: Serving up pie for Thanksgiving

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WSIL -- Thanksgiving is around the corner and one of the favorite parts of the meal is dessert.  

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Double-digit leaps in insurance prices in parts of Illinois

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CHICAGO (AP) - Insurance prices in parts of Illinois are spiking by more than 20 percent on the marketplace that's a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's health overhaul. More>>

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