Why It's Important to Get the Flu Shot This Year (And Every Year)

Do you and your family get the flu shot every year? It's a simple, affordable and safe way to boost your family's protection and reduce the risk of spreading the flu, which costs the United States billions of dollars every year in direct medical expenses and lost wages, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Why You Should Incorporate Apples Into Your Diet This Fall

I honestly love all things fall, especially this year, when it means the long COVID-restricted summer of 2020 is over. When I was a student, fall was my favorite time of year because I knew I’d be learning something new – starting new classes, making new friends. I love the bonfires, football and colorful leaves and even the crisp, cool nights.

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COVID-19 vs. Influenza: Are you ready for cold, flu and COVID Season?

Did you know cold and flu season in America could last as long as October through May? With the season’s arrival, it is clear that the coronavirus pandemic has made things quite a bit different this time around.

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Take Heart: Know The Warning Signs of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

World Heart Day is September 29. SIU Medicine encourages you to celebrate World Heart Day with some simple but effective acts to improve your health. Schedule a check-up with your doctor, do something heart-healthy (such as exercising or making a whole foods, nutrient-dense meal), or talk to your loved ones about the warning signs and risk factors of unhealthy heart conditions, collectively known as cardiovascular disease.

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Prostatitis and Prostate Cancer

SIU Medicine attracts some of the area’s most highly trained physicians in a range of medical fields, including urology. Among the many services our urology staff provides, prostate health screenings are some of the most effective and potentially life-saving. We encourage men to talk to their doctors about when and how they should be screened for prostate cancer, prostatitis and other conditions affecting their prostate health.

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Understanding PCOS: Signs, Causes, and Treatment

Have you heard of polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS for short? This condition affects a surprising number of women of childbearing age—about 1 in 10, in fact. However, even younger girls can be diagnosed. PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility and it can cause a number of other troubling issues for women and girls affected by it. 

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The Pros and Cons of Hand Sanitizer

This spring, hand sanitizer became one of the most sought-after products in the world. The spread of COVID-19 prompted the spike as consumers and health care workers alike looked for the germ-killing gel. But is it deserving of all the hype? An SIU School of Medicine microbiome expert weighs in with some pros and cons.

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