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SIU's Healthy Dose blog shares health information and gives tips on a variety of topics—from weight loss to skin care to getting better sleep.

Take a break from the pool; get your kids ready for school

Have a child entering pre-k, kindergarten, sixth or ninth grade this year? Be sure you have an appointment set up for a back-to-school physical before school starts. 

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Don't let your July 4th fun go up in flames

Warm weather, barbeques and celebrating our independence is all a part of summer. One of the best parts of the 4th of July is watching the sky light up with a beautiful array of colors, sparkles and shapes. Even though the firework displays are stunning, they can be very dangerous if proper precautions are not taken.

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Could a glass of wine a night increase your cancer risk?

Could your happy hour beverages be increasing your cancer risk? According to a recent study from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research, as little as 10 grams of alcohol per day—that’s a small glass of wine, 8 ounces of beer or a shot of a harder liquor—can increase your risk of breast cancer.

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This year, the Midwest is thick with ticks

According to the Chicago Tribune, the tick population is spreading, most notably in the Midwest and Northeast. Experts cite myriad reasons for this, particularly climate change. As we see more and more of these creepy crawlers, it's extra important to exercise prevention.

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Bringing balance back: Ear cells regenerated in mammals

New research by scientists at the University of Washington and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine indicates that the hair cells involved with balance—called vestibular cells—may also be replenished in mammals. This could have implications for restoring damaged cells in humans.

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Is it heat stroke or heat exhaustion?

While heat stroke and heat exhaustion both exist on a spectrum, the illnesses manifest themselves quite differently, and one could be fatal. Do you know the differences? 

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ThinkFirst and have a safe summer

With warm weather comes a host of exciting outdoor activities: swimming, boating, biking, road trips, fireworks and camping to name a few. But, when precautions aren’t taken, many of these activities can also end in injury. One group at SIU School of Medicine makes it their mission to prevent that. 

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Suicide prevention: 13 reasons to seek help

With the popularity and subsequent controversies surrounding Netflix's 13 Reasons Why, suicide among teens and young people is a topic of a lot of conversation across the board. But while the subjective fiction of the show can mean many things to many individuals, there is one reality no one can deny: suicide is a problem, and those suffering with suicidal thoughts need and deserve care and treatment.

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What is tetralogy of fallot?

Last week, Jimmy Kimmel made a tearful and heartfelt announcement. His newborn son, Billy, was born with a heart condition. We talked to Ramzi Nicolas, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, division director of pediatric and fetal cardiology, and associate chair of pediatric specialty services at SIU School of Medicine about Billy Kimmel's condition and what exactly it is.

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For many, birth control improves quality of life

In a recent study out of Sweden, researchers found a correlation between oral contraceptives and a lower quality of life. But for many women, the opposite is true.

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Want your relationship to move forward? Go back to the beginning

How to save your relationship by remembering what brought you together in the first place.

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Immunizations: A matter of life and death

Parenting is a minefield, one littered with harmless myths and lethal falsehoods that could blow up spectacularly without warning. One of the most pervasive and deadly is the idea that vaccines cause autism. No matter how many experts debunk the myth, well-intentioned parents continue to step on this landmine in higher numbers than we’ve seen in our lifetimes. And when that happens? Boom.

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7 things you need to know about infertility

Babies are everywhere. A trip to the mall or a quick scroll of any given Facebook news feed will tell you that. But for every adorable photo op (or less-adorable TMI post about baby bodily fluids) there’s another story—the story of those who’d give anything to have a baby of their own but, for whatever reason, can’t.

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