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Asthma drug tied to nightmares, depression

The asthma medication Singulair (montelukast) appears linked to neuropsychiatric side effects, such as depression, aggression, nightmares and headaches, according to a new review by Dutch researchers.

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Illinois health care exchange rates could increase by 2018

A report from an Illinois agency says residents who buy insurance on the state's health care exchange could see rate increases for the lowest-priced plans by 2018. More>>

32 Illinois counties get grant money for emergency centers

Emergency management agencies in 32 counties will be getting thousands of dollars each to beef up their emergency operations centers. More>>

House Call: Pediatric rehab Video included

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WSIL -- September is pediatric cancer awareness month and a common treatment for children involves physical therapy to overcome effects of radiation and chemotherapy.     

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Selena Gomez's kidney transplant puts lupus center stage

When pop star Selena Gomez revealed Thursday that she had a kidney transplant, she put the autoimmune disease lupus in the spotlight.

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Smoking, poor diet lead global death causes

Tobacco caused 7.1 million deaths worldwide in 2016, and poor diet was associated with 1 in 5 deaths, according to a new report.

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Increasing salt intake tied to diabetes risk

High levels of salt consumption may increase an adult's risk of developing diabetes, researchers say.

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How to choose the right nursing home Video included

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WSIL -- The shocking deaths of eight people at a Florida nursing home this week, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, raises questions about the safety of nursing homes across the country. 

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Nerve 'zap' treatment could be alternative to CPAP for sleep apnea

People with more serious cases of sleep apnea may get lasting relief from an implanted nerve stimulator, a new study finds.

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Doctors urge people to get flu shots Video included

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WSIL -- With flu season around the corner, doctors urge people to get their flu shots. 

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Widening waistlines may raise women's cancer risk

Excess belly fat increases older women's risk of some cancers, new research suggests.

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Take a stand against sitting too much

Days spent sitting for hours may increase your risk for an early death no matter how much you exercise, researchers say.

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Guinea pigs harbor a hidden health hazard

Been looking for a reason to turn down your child's pleas for a pet Guinea pig? Dutch researchers say the rodents may carry germs tied to serious pneumonia.

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'Cancer pen' could help surgeons spot tumor cells in seconds

A new "cancer pen" promises to help surgeons immediately detect and completely remove cancerous tumor tissue, without having to send samples off to a lab for testing while the patient languishes on the table.

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Could the Zika virus help battle a deadly brain cancer?

The Zika virus is well known for causing devastating brain defects in fetuses. But what if scientists could use that ability to do something good?

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Is dementia declining among older Americans?

Here's some good news for America's seniors: The rates of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia have dropped significantly over the last decade or so, a new study shows.

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Take the back pain out of backpacks

Backpacks can mean backaches for schoolchildren, but an orthopedic surgeon has advice for parents and kids about how to keep soreness at bay.

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E-cigs may help smokers quit, but...

E-cigarettes can help smokers quit, but only if they discard tobacco in favor of vaping nearly every day, a new study suggests.

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The Healthinista set for the Women's Health Conference

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CARTERVILLE -- The 31st annual Southern Illinois Women's Health Conference returns later this month.

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Sleepless nights do no favors for your heart

Poor sleep won't simply leave you bleary-eyed. It's also linked with stroke and reduced blood supply to the heart, a new study suggests.

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As temperatures fall, heart attacks may rise

If the cold weather makes you shiver, your blood vessels and heart may be quivering, too -- and that may be enough to trigger a heart attack in some people, new research suggests.

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Undiagnosed heart condition 'AFib' may be common, study suggests

Many people at risk for atrial fibrillation probably do have the irregular heart rhythm but have not been diagnosed, a new study reports.

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How to fight fall allergies

People who suffer from allergies may start sneezing and wheezing in the fall, but there are things they can do to ease their seasonal misery.

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A shot of caffeine may speed wake-up after anesthesia

Caffeine may help patients wake up more quickly after general anesthesia, an animal study suggests.

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Skeletons give clues to Americans' rising arthritis rates

Rates of knee osteoarthritis have doubled in the United States since the 1940s, but it's not just because Americans are living longer and weigh more, a new study suggests.

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Kidney disease may boost risk of abnormal heartbeat

People with failing kidneys are at increased risk of developing a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm, a new report suggests.

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Deaths from colon cancer up among younger white Americans

Colon cancer is claiming the lives of more younger, white Americans, a troubling new report shows.

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Can video game playing cost you gray matter?

A new study suggests -- but doesn't prove -- that certain players of action video games may lose gray matter in a part of the brain that's linked to mental illness.

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Eclipse Eye Safety

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WSIL-TV -- When viewing a solar eclipse you must keep safety first.  The American Astronomical Society offers the following advise for viewing a solar eclipse: The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun. 

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What diabetics need to know about over-the-counter meds

It can be tough for people with diabetes to choose appropriate over-the-counter medicines for a cold, cough or headache, a pharmacist explains.

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Generic eye drops for seniors could save millions of dollars a year

Prescribing generic drugs for seniors' eye problems could save the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars a year, a new study suggests.

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House Call: Back to school sleep schedules

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WSIL -- In just a few weeks students all over the region head back to school. Doctors say now is the time to get them into a sleeping routine.

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Treatment costs can be another blow to cancer patients

The emotional and physical costs of cancer can be staggering. But the financial side of cancer is also a great burden, with many patients in the United States struggling to pay for treatment, new research reveals.

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Noninvasive brain test may pinpoint type of dementia

Distinguishing Alzheimer's disease from another common form of dementia may get easier using a new, noninvasive technique, researchers say.

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Even a one-minute run might help a woman's bones

Just a minute or two of running every day could strengthen your bones, new research suggests.

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Here's why a soda with that burger is especially fattening

Combining a sugary soda with your burger or fried chicken can really prime your body to pack on more pounds, a new study suggests.

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House Call: Signs and symptoms of dementia

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CARBONDALE -- A growing number of people in this country are being diagnosed with dementia.  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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