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Nearly half of all US adults have high blood pressure under new guidelines
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Program addresses alcoholism among seniors
STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — If Vicki Burkhow were younger, she'd be drunk by now.

It's 2 p.m., a time of day when she was intoxicated for much of her life. Those were the days when she lost her job, was jailed for drunken driving, and "pretty much drank myself to death."

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New opera examines California Gold Rush
NEW YORK (AP) — Move over Puccini, and make way for the Girls.

A new opera by American composer John Adams aims to tell the true story of California’s Gold Rush, capturing the excitement but also the greed, brutality and racism that followed the quest for instant riches as prospectors from all over the world flocked to the Sierra Nevada in the early 1850s.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Memorial holding lung cancer awareness event
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will host a free community event to inform and educate people about lung cancer on Thursday, November 16, at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI), 228 W. Miller St.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

St. Mary's Hospital hosting driver safety program
 DECATUR — Cars, traffic rules, driving conditions and the roads we travel every day change constantly. Keep your knowledge and driving skills up-to-date and you’ll feel more confident on the road.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

DAR to learn about quilts in history and politics
MORRISONVILLE — The November meeting of the Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR will be held Saturday, November 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Morrisonville.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Veteran volunteer program provides vet-to-vet visits to dying fellow veterans
PANA — Quad County Home Health & Hospice, located at 8 Huber St. Pana provides services to four counties, Christian, Shelby, Fayette and Montgomery Counties.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Some docs say global warming taking a toll on health
WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is hurting people’s health a bit more than previously thought, but there’s hope that the Earth — and populations — can heal if the planet kicks its coal habit, a group of doctors and other experts said.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Graduation
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County TRIAD held its Sportsmans Raffle drawing at their Senior Police Academy graduation luncheon recently. Pictured is guest speaker Greg King, chief division counsel for the Springfield office of the FBI drawing the winning tickets, assisted by Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile. First place winner was Joe Girrulat, second place was Gary Carter and third place was Jim Olive.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Daring, victorious WWI Australian battle reenacted in Israel on centennial
BEERSHEBA, Israel (AP) — A century to the day after Australian horsemen broke through Ottoman defenses in a daring First World War victory, nearly two hundred re-enactors, including descendants of the soldiers who fought that day, were participating today in a memorial to those killed in a battle that helped turn the tide of the war and shape the modern Middle Eas
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

FDA approves better vaccine against shingles virus
(AP) U.S. regulators have approved a new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Aging Dept. assists seniors on Medicare enrollment
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department on Aging’s (IDoA) Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is reminding seniors of the free counseling assistance available to Medicare-eligible individuals and their caregivers during Medicare Open Enrollment occurring October 15 through December 7.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Memorial School Third Graders Send Halloween Cards
TAYLORVILLE — Miss McCallister's third grade class at Memorial Elementary School has been working hard on a writing unit. They completed the unit by making Halloween cards for the residents at Meadow Manor.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

NerdWallet: How to buy the last house you'll ever buy
(NerdWallet via AP) — My husband and I bought what we thought was a starter home 20 years ago. Now we think of it as our “forever” home, where we plan to retire and live out the rest of our days.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Life's Journey participates in Walk to End Alzheimer's
 DECATUR — Life's Journey Senior Living in Taylorville participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on October 6, 2017, held in Decatur, Illinois. Life's Journey staff, families and residents helped to raise $560.00 at the Fall Carnival held for the Alzheimer's Association which makes the team members of the Champion Club. Like thousands of caregivers and families they hope that one day a cure for Alzheimer's will be found.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

FDA okays continuous blood sugar monitor
(AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the first continuous blood sugar monitor for diabetics that doesn’t need backup finger prick tests.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Seeing hope: FDA panel considers gene therapy for blindness
(AP) — A girl saw her mother’s face for the first time. A boy tore through the aisles of Target, marveling at toys he never knew existed. A teen walked onto a stage and watched the stunned expressions of celebrity judges as he wowed “America’s Got Talent.”
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Music good for the soul and for the lungs, too
MORRIS, Ill. (AP) — The Diagnostic and Rehabilitative Center of Morris Hospital has a variety of machines to work out patients’ muscles including one you might not expect — a harmonica.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Recent wave of World War II memoirs may also be the last
NEW YORK (AP) — Don Stratton, one of the few remaining surviving veterans from the bombing of Pearl Harbor, had been holding on to his memories for more than 70 years.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Will cancer immune therapy work for everyone?
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dennis Lyon was a genetic train wreck. Cancer was ravaging his liver, lungs, bones and brain, and tests showed so many tumor mutations that drugs targeting one or two wouldn’t do much good. It seemed like very bad news, yet his doctors were encouraged.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wanted: 1 million people for unprecedented study on genes, habits, health
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact — and to finally customize ways to prevent and treat disease.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

FDA okays Glaxo's inhaler, 1st to combine 3 meds
(AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first inhaler that combines three medicines to ease breathing in patients with emphysema or chronic bronchitis.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Disability Expo set for Oct. 23-24 in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Assistive Technology Program is sponsoring a Statewide disAbility Expo in Springfield at the BOS Convention Center on Monday October 23 and Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The hours for the Expo are 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DMH announces free prostate cancer screening
DECATUR — Free prostate cancer screenings will be offered on Friday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cancer Care Center of Decatur, 210 W. McKinley Ave. in Decatur.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

St. Mary's hosting AARP driver safety program
DECATUR — Cars, traffic rules, driving conditions and the roads we travel every day change constantly. Keep your knowledge and driving skills up-to-date and you’ll feel more confident on the road.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How children dressed in Lincoln's Time program
SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has obtained an amazing trove of documents that trace one southern Illinois family’s history, from arriving in America to surviving fires and floods to suffering tragic losses in war.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trove of documents traces Illinois family's history
SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has obtained an amazing trove of documents that trace one southern Illinois family’s history, from arriving in America to surviving fires and floods to suffering tragic losses in war.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Age matters when screening for cervical cancer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting checked for cervical cancer isn’t one-size-fits-all: Millions of women may soon have to decide between a routine Pap or a newer test that detects if they have a cancer-causing virus.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

MS patients with respiratory infections risk relapse
URBANA, Ill. — For most of us, the flu is just the flu. We suffer through it for several days, and eventually bounce back. But for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological diseases, the flu can trigger a cascade of immune responses that result in a full-blown relapse of the disease. In a recent study from the University of Illinois, researchers shed light on what may be happening in the brains of MS patients during upper respiratory infections.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Celebrities and loved ones remember Jerry Lewis
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The life of famed comedian Jerry Lewis was celebrated in Las Vegas, where host Tony Orlando told funny stories in an event that was more joyous than gloomy, as the comic would have wanted.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Credit bureaus ease the deep pain of medical debt for a few
(NerdWallet via AP) — Too many Americans have bad credit because of unpaid medical bills. That’s not likely to change any time soon, despite two reforms in how those bills will be reported to the credit bureaus.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New drug reduces heart attacks, but is that enough?
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — So-so results for a new type of cholesterol drug have left Merck in a quandary: Does the company try to bring it to market or scrap it?
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Medicare to foot the bill for supervised treadmill exercise therapy for leg pain
CHICAGO (AP) — Three times a week, Rita Driscoll steps onto a treadmill at a Minnesota hospital under the eye of a rehab therapist. She walks until it hurts — pushing her limits, walking faster and adding steeper inclines.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017











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