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Healthier You

A simple way to keep the flu away

You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu shot. Unfortunately, some people think that getting a flu vaccine is too much trouble or costs too much. Or they are sure that a flu shot will make them sick or make them more likely to read more

Woodstock mother, daughter beat breast cancer with help from Centegra team

Woodstock native Jill Flores and her mother, Laurie Freund-Dina, encourage women to get their annual mammogram screenings. That’s because their mammograms at Centegra Gavers Breast Center saved both their lives. At age 41, Flores had her second-ever mammogram screening, which revealed a lump in her left breast. Six months later, Freund-Dina read more

Fall foods for a healthy diet

The fall season is a great time to experiment with various tasty and nutrient-dense foods. Apples, pumpkins and sweet potatoes may be autumn’s most familiar produce, but pears, pine nuts and pomegranates are equally delicious and healthy. Apples One medium apple contains 70 calories, 5 grams of fiber, zero fat and polyphenols read more

Here’s to you quitting smoking

Whether you’ve been smoking for five years or 20, quitting now can lead to a longer, healthier life. John Guido, MD, an independent radiologist on the medical staff at Centegra Health System, offers insight into what health changes occur after a person quits smoking: 20 minutes: Your heart rate and blood read more

6 strategies to conquer test anxiety

Being nervous before a test is normal; however, feelings of self-doubt and worry that interfere with your test performance and make you miserable are not. Test anxiety is a type of performance anxiety that can bring on physical symptoms such as headache, nausea, excessive sweating and light-headedness. It also can cause read more

Preventing kidney stones

The best treatment for kidney stones is to avoid getting them in the first place. If you've had a kidney stone in the past, you are likely to form another. That's why prevention is important. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says the therapy your health read more

Head lice in children

Head lice are tiny parasitic bugs that can infest the skin. They live on people’s heads and feed on their blood. Head lice can cause intense itching. Head lice are very contagious. They spread from person to person by close body contact, and by shared clothes and other personal items. These read more

Fibromyalgia: Everything you need to know

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain in muscles and soft tissues all over the body. It is an ongoing (chronic) condition. It can affect your neck, shoulders, back, chest, hips, buttocks, arms and legs. The pain may be worse in the morning and evening. Sometimes, the pain may last read more

Bone spurs are a thorny problem

If you wonder what that stabbing pain is in your heel, it may be a bone spur. Bone spur is a general term used to describe a knobby, abnormal bone growth. Bone spurs are also known as osteophytes. Scientists believe bone spurs happen because of osteoarthritis or when the body tries read more