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(Dr. Michael Shaw, Doug Jordan/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP). FILE - This 2011 electron microscope image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows H3N2 influenza virions. In January 2019, the flu season was s... (Dr. Michael Shaw, Doug Jordan/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP). FILE - This 2011 electron microscope image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows H3N2 influenza virions. In January 2019, the flu season was s...

Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade

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US flu season drags on, becoming the longest in recent history. More>>

New York outbreaks drive US measles count up to 626

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILE - This March 27, 2019 file photo shows a sign explaining the local state of emergency because of a measles outbreak at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. Outbreaks in New York state continue to drive... (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILE - This March 27, 2019 file photo shows a sign explaining the local state of emergency because of a measles outbreak at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. Outbreaks in New York state continue to drive...
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New York outbreaks continue to drive US measles cases up toward levels not seen in 25 years. More>>

Americans getting more inactive, computers partly to blame

(Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP). FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2018 file photo, students work on computers at an elementary school in Beaver, Utah. According to a study published on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Americans are becoming increasingly sed... (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP). FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2018 file photo, students work on computers at an elementary school in Beaver, Utah. According to a study published on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Americans are becoming increasingly sed...
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New study shows Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary, computer use partly to blame. More>>

SSM Health introduces new Medical Laboratory Technician program Video included

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MT. VERNON (WSIL) -- Officials at SSM Health hope you'll take advantage of an open house to learn more about a new program they're offering.

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FDA OKs 1st generic nasal spray of overdose reversal drug

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US regulators have approved the 1st generic nasal spray version of the overdose reversing drug Narcan. More>>

Drug Take Back scheduled for April 27

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WSIL -- If you've got a lot of expired medications, your opportunity to safely get rid of them is coming up.

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US awards $350M in research funds to fight opioid epidemic

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U.S. health officials award $350 million to states struggling with opioid epidemic with goal of cutting overdose deaths by 40%. More>>

Study: Genetic test predicts middle-aged obesity risk

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan). FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, two overweight women tour the World Trade Center in New York. A study published by the journal Cell on Thursday, April 18, 2019 suggests that a genetic test can identify newbor... (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan). FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, two overweight women tour the World Trade Center in New York. A study published by the journal Cell on Thursday, April 18, 2019 suggests that a genetic test can identify newbor...
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Scientists say a genetic test can identify newborns at heightened risk of becoming severely obese by middle age, possibly giving time for interventions designed to head off that fate. More>>

Recall of blood pressure drug losartan expanded

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(CNN) -- If you take blood pressure medicine, you'll want to double-check your bottle. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has expanded its recall of losartan potassium and losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets. 

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New Therapy may help with Post Traumatic Stress

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(CNN) – . The technique is called Accelerated Resolution Therapy, or ART, and it involves using eye movements to desensitize a person to a memory. 

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Seniors will get a chance to 'go wild' Video included

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MARION (WSIL) -- An event aimed at keeping seniors active and learning something new returns in May. 

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McConnell proposes national minimum age of 21 for tobacco

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally, rating the health initiative as one of his top priorities.

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Correction: CBD Goes Mainstream story

(Jean Pieri/Pioneer Press via AP, File). FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, a customer tries a free sample of a pain cream that contains cannabidiol (CBD) for her arthritis at Minnesota Hempdropz in Maplewood, Minn. Mainstream retailers are leap... (Jean Pieri/Pioneer Press via AP, File). FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, a customer tries a free sample of a pain cream that contains cannabidiol (CBD) for her arthritis at Minnesota Hempdropz in Maplewood, Minn. Mainstream retailers are leap...
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Retailers are taking advantage of the booming CBD industry even as its legal status and health benefits remain murky. More>>

Senior's weakness for scams may be warning sign of dementia

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this May 19, 2015, file photo, a doctor points to PET scan results that are part of a study on Alzheimer's disease at a hospital in Washington. Scientists know that long before the memory problems of Alzheimer's b... (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this May 19, 2015, file photo, a doctor points to PET scan results that are part of a study on Alzheimer's disease at a hospital in Washington. Scientists know that long before the memory problems of Alzheimer's b...
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Researchers: Seniors who aren't on guard against scams also might be at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. More>>

US measles count up to 555, with most new cases in New York

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILE - In this March 27, 2019, file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that U.S. meas... (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILE - In this March 27, 2019, file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that U.S. meas...
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US measles cases have surged again, and at this pace will set a record for most illnesses in 25 years. More>>

Study finds diabetes drug may prevent, slow kidney disease

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli). FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 file photo, a patient undergoes dialysis at a clinic in Sacramento, Calif. Results of a study released on Sunday, April 14, 2019 show that the diabetes drug Invokana has been shown to h... (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli). FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 file photo, a patient undergoes dialysis at a clinic in Sacramento, Calif. Results of a study released on Sunday, April 14, 2019 show that the diabetes drug Invokana has been shown to h...
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A new study shows that a drug used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes also can help prevent or slow kidney disease. More>>

Ben & Jerry's voluntary recall

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WSIL -- If you like Ben & Jerry's, you may want to check your freezer if you are allergic to nuts.

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SIU professor receives grant to destroy cancer stem cells Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Researchers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are working to find a cure for cancer thanks to a $158,000 grant from a private foundation.

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Swallowed toys, coins, batteries spark rise in tot ER visits

(Bruce Lipsky/The Florida Times-Union via AP). FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 file photo, a lawyer holds a battery that was removed from a toddler's esophagus at a news conference in Jacksonville, Fla. A study published Friday, April 12, 2019 ... (Bruce Lipsky/The Florida Times-Union via AP). FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 file photo, a lawyer holds a battery that was removed from a toddler's esophagus at a news conference in Jacksonville, Fla. A study published Friday, April 12, 2019 ...
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Toys, coins and batteries are among objects that increasing numbers of U.S. children are swallowing, often requiring emergency treatment to remove. More>>

Herbal supplement kratom is tied to more US deaths

(AP Photo/Mary Esch, File). FILE - This Sept. 27, 2017 file photo shows kratom capsules in Albany, N.Y. A U.S. government report released Thursday, April 11, 2019 said the herbal supplement was a cause in 91 overdose deaths in 27 states. (AP Photo/Mary Esch, File). FILE - This Sept. 27, 2017 file photo shows kratom capsules in Albany, N.Y. A U.S. government report released Thursday, April 11, 2019 said the herbal supplement was a cause in 91 overdose deaths in 27 states.
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US health officials say overdose deaths involving an herbal supplement are more common than previously reported. More>>

Brain scans may reveal concussion damage in living athletes

(The New England Journal of Medicine via AP). This image provided by The New England Journal of Medicine in April 2019 shows an illustration based on brain scans from former NFL players. As a group, they were found to have higher levels of an abnormal ... (The New England Journal of Medicine via AP). This image provided by The New England Journal of Medicine in April 2019 shows an illustration based on brain scans from former NFL players. As a group, they were found to have higher levels of an abnormal ...
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Experimental brain scans show promise as a way to check living athletes for signs of a degenerative brain disease linked to frequent head blows. More>>

Woman lived to 99 with most organs on wrong side of body

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A woman in Oregon lived to age 99 with all her internal organs except or her heart on the wrong side. More>>

Brain zaps boost memory in people over 60, study finds

(Rob Reinhart/Boston University via AP). This Friday, April 5, 2019 photo provided by Boston University shows a cap that administers electrical stimulation and monitors brain waves for a visual working memory test at one of the school's laboratories. A... (Rob Reinhart/Boston University via AP). This Friday, April 5, 2019 photo provided by Boston University shows a cap that administers electrical stimulation and monitors brain waves for a visual working memory test at one of the school's laboratories. A...
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Zapping the brains of people over 60 with a mild electrical current improved a form of memory, making them perform like people in their 20s. More>>

US warns docs not to abruptly halt opioid pain treatment

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FDA warns doctors about risks of abruptly halting opioid prescribing to patients dependent on powerful drugs. More>>

Telemedicine tied to more antibiotics for kids, study finds

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli). FILE - In this Friday, July 8, 2016 photo, a pharmacist holds a bottle of the antibiotic doxycycline hyclate in Sacramento, Calif. According to a study released on Monday, April 8, 2019, sniffling, coughing kids who were se... (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli). FILE - In this Friday, July 8, 2016 photo, a pharmacist holds a bottle of the antibiotic doxycycline hyclate in Sacramento, Calif. According to a study released on Monday, April 8, 2019, sniffling, coughing kids who were se...
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A new study finds coughing kids seen via telemedicine visits are more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than children who went to a doctor's office or clinic. More>>

Vaccine wars: Social media battle outbreak of bogus claims

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILE- In this March 27, 2019, file photo, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines sit in a cooler at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. In social media’s battle against misinformation, bogus claims about the ... (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILE- In this March 27, 2019, file photo, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines sit in a cooler at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. In social media’s battle against misinformation, bogus claims about the ...
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Like health officials facing outbreaks of disease, internet companies are trying to contain bad information about vaccines. More>>

Ingredient in whitening strips is harmful to deep layer of teeth, research says

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(CNN) Hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in over-the-counter whitening strips, may be harmful to the layer under the enamel of teeth, according to research presented Tuesday at a scientific meeting.

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Illinois has 154 cases of potentially deadly fungal disease

State health officials say Illinois has 154 confirmed cases of a rapidly spreading and potentially deadly fungal disease. More>>

Why Exercise Is Essential for Treating and Preventing Osteoporosis Video included

If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis, adding exercise to your treatment regimen may seem a little daunting—and counterintuitive. You may be thinking: If my bones are fragile, shouldn’t I be *avoiding* physical activity? More>>

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