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Cancer survival rates improving

Death rates from cancer are on the decline for men, women and children, and for all major racial and ethnic groups, according to the most recent Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.

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Electrical safety: knowledge is power

To mark Electrical Safety Month in May, experts from the Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, which powers more than 60,000 homes and businesses in St. Charles, Lincoln, Pike and Warren counties, recently shared some important information about electrical hazards in the home and how to avoid them.

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Area hospitals receive top marks for safety

Three hospitals in the St. Charles County area received “A” safety grades for spring 2017 from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit dedicated to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. healthcare system. Progress West Hospital, SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital-Lake Saint Louis and SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital-St. Charles were awarded top marks

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Health Capsules: Free health screenings

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Free health screenings are offered on Wednesday, May 10 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Progress West Hospital, 2 Progress Point Parkway in O’Fallon, in Conference Room B. Screenings include lung function and blood pressure checks, cholesterol lipid panel, glucose panel, body composition analysis and body mass index [BMI] calculation.  Participants should fast for at least 10 hours prior to screening. Preregistration ...

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More genetic contributors to autism identified

New research from the ongoing Autism Speaks MSSNG project – the world’s largest autism genome sequencing program, which was launched in 2014 through a collaboration between Autism Speaks and Google – recently identified an additional 18 genetic variations that appear to increase the risk of autism.

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Low ‘good’ cholesterol common in young heart attack patients

A high level of “bad” cholesterol, or LDL-C,  has long been considered a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes, because it indicates that arteries may be clogged with dangerous deposits called plaque. However, a recent small study found that men under the age of 45, and women under 50, who suffer heart attacks are far more likely to have abnormally low HDL-C, ...

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Opioids and kids

Use of opioids by young people, both accidental and otherwise, resulted in more than 188,000 calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers from January 2000 through December 2015, averaging one call every 45 minutes, according to a newly published study. Overall, most of the opioid exposures leading to those calls occurred among children younger than five years of age [60 percent] ...

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