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Your Child’s Separation Anxiety and School

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As the school year approaches, your child may have some anxiety about going to school. This could happen even if your child is not going to school for the first time. The idea of new experiences away from their parents or other loved ones can be quite frightening for children. read more

The Power of Legumes

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What is a Legume? Legumes are a class of vegetables that include starchy beans, peas and lentils. Legumes are low in fat, contain no cholesterol and are high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. They are also high in fiber and protein. Some examples of legumes are black beans, garbanzo beans, read more

Multivitamins: Who needs them?

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There is a time and place for multivitamins, according to Tiffanie Young, a registered dietitian and director of the Centegra Healthy Living Institute. While vitamins do not contain energy, they do play an important role in metabolizing food for energy and acting as facilitators to help use energy correctly. However, read more

How to Be a Well-Informed Health Care User

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Taking the time to become a well-informed health care user is a matter of self-protection. The benefits of being an active health care user include better health, more effective health care and lower health costs. It takes time and patience, but the peace of mind is worth it. The following are read more

For Seniors: You Can Beat the Heat

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After age 65, your body can't adjust to changes in air temperature — especially heat — as quickly as it did when you were younger. That puts you at risk for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses. You also may be at greater risk for heat stroke if you have a chronic read more

McHenry County Healthy Community Survey

Centegra Health System encourages community members to participate in the 2016 McHenry County Healthy Community Survey. This anonymous online survey, which is available through Aug. 7, asks residents to share their health concerns and thoughts about health care in McHenry County. The survey serves as Centegra Health System’s Community Health Needs Assessment. The results of read more

New Hope for Alzheimer’s Disease

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No magic spell can prevent the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease on memory and thinking. And scientists have yet to find a pill that can cure it. But positive news is out there: Research is shedding light on ways to cut risk, and treatments are making life easier and more manageable read more

Mole Checks


Malignant melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that is more treatable when caught early. The best way to catch skin cancer is to see a dermatologist for regular skin exams and to perform monthly self-exams to look for changes in your skin moles. To perform the exam, stand in front read more

Enjoy Summer Produce with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Tomatoes XXII

Transform those ripe summer tomatoes into a savory sauce that works with everything from pasta to casseroles. Tomatoes are packed with vitamins A, C and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may help protect against prostate cancer. Onions, garlic and fresh herbs balance out the sweet flavor of plum tomatoes. Once read more

A Common Plastic Comes Under Scrutiny

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Polycarbonate plastic is long-lasting, impact-resistant, and clear, making it a perfect material for baby bottles, refillable water bottles, sippy cups, and many other food and beverage containers. It is also found in eyeglass lenses, compact discs, dental sealants, and plastic dinnerware. And, as a resin, it forms the protective lining read more