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Health Capsules: June 7

Nearly 25 million American adults and children currently are living with asthma – and its incidence has been increasing in recent years, resulting in millions of emergency room visits and missed days of work and school.

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Mature Focus: June 7

Brain boost Blueberries are a known “superfood,” delivering significant amounts of disease-fighting antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. Recently, another item was added to the list of blueberries’ potential health benefits by researchers at the University of Exeter in England, where a small study connected drinking concentrated blueberry juice with improvements in brain function for older people. In the study, 26 healthy people aged 65-77 either drank about an ounce of concentrated blueberry juice every day for 12 weeks or were given a placebo. The concentrate delivered the equivalent of just over 8 ounces of blueberries. People who ate more than ...

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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


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 is required and is available online at www. bjcstcharlescounty.org or by calling (636) 928-9355.

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