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Blog: Foot Check Tips

Chronic wounds keep millions of Americans from doing the activities that they love. Currently, 6.7 million people are living with a chronic wound. The Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center's team specially-trained in chronic wound management suggest the following foot check tips: If you have a wound that has not significantly improved read more

Blog: Colon Cancer Screenings

The terms “colon cancer” and “colorectal cancer” describe cancers of the colon and rectum. Colon cancer usually begins as a small, noncancerous clump of cells called a polyp. Over time, polyps may become cancerous, which is why it is best to detect them early and remove them before the disease read more

Blog: Staging Cancer

Cancer staging describes the severity of a person’s cancer. Doctors use cancer staging to plan the appropriate treatment and determine a patient’s prognosis. All cancers are staged when they are first diagnosed, called the clinical stage. After surgery or biopsy, cancer can be further studied and its pathologic stage can read more

Blog: Alcohol Awareness

Alcohol use disorder, or AUD, is a growing problem in the United States. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 17 million of Americans age 18 and older were diagnosed with an AUD in 2012. Drinking too much on a single occasion or over a period read more

Blog: Call 911 for chest pain


What’s the smartest thing to do if you’re having chest pain or other heart attack symptoms such as shortness of breath? Call 911 immediately to receive emergency care. In McHenry County, emergency heart care begins as soon as paramedics arrive at the scene of a heart attack. They perform an EKG read more

Blog: Is a Plant-Based Diet Best for a Healthy Heart?


Is a plant-based diet with no animal products including, meat, fish, dairy, eggs and limited oil best for a healthy heart? For a healthy heart the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends consuming a diet rich in: Vegetables and fruits Whole grains Low-fat dairy products Lean protein such as poultry and fish Legumes Nuts and non-tropical vegetable oils read more

Blog: Vaccinate Your Child Against the Measles


Centegra Health System and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly urge parents to have their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Vaccinate your child as soon as he or she reaches the recommended age, though it is never too late to get your child caught up to receive the full benefits of read more

Blog: World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day

The American Institute for Cancer Research offers 10 recommendations for cancer prevention. Researchers believe a third of the most common cancers in the U.S. can be prevented with lifestyle changes. Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) to no more than 18 ounces a week (cooked weight) read more

Blog: Laugh for the Health of It

National Belly Laugh Day

Today is Global Belly Laugh Day. At 1:24 pm smile, throw your arms in the air and let out a great big belly laugh. Remember the people, both past and present, in your life that you have laughed with and have helped you find the humor in a situation. Laughter is read more