All About Asthma: Important Things to Know

Asthma is a common ailment—1 in 13 people in the United States have it according to the CDC. Over the past several years, the incidence of asthma has been increasing, too. Fortunately, asthma can be managed with proper prevention of triggers and medications.

SIU Medicine encourages you to become more informed about asthma so you'll know how to recognize it in yourself or your child and to seek appropriate treatment.

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When to Consider Tubes in Ears

Otitis media, more commonly called an ear infection, is an inflammation of the middle ear, the space behind the eardrum. It can be caused by either a virus or bacteria and results in fluid build-up in the middle ear. Ear pain and fever are the most common symptoms. Ear drainage, or fluid that leaks from the ear, can also occur if the eardrum ruptures. Children are affected more frequently than adults, and about 5 of every 6 children will have experienced at least one infection by their first birthday.

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Understanding Congenital Heart Defects

February is a time to focus on the heart—and not just for Valentine's Day. SIU Medicine joins with the American Heart Association to recognize February as American Heart Month and specifically, to raise awareness of a common health condition: congenital heart defects.

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Relieving Stress

"Stressful" might be a perfect adjective to describe our current lives. We’ve been through a lot in the past year. In fact, research from the American Psychological Association indicates that overall levels of stress in this country increased throughout the last year. 

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Is COVID-19 Antibody Testing Useful?

COVID-19 vaccinations are underway, a crucial step in the evolving effort to curb the spread and lethality of the global pandemic.

SIU Medicine wants our patients and the public to have confidence in the process. We encourage questions about your concerns and how to best protect against the virus. Sharing information will help the community stay safer and better informed.

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FAQs about Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & the COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is underway across the United States and around the world. Gaps in information to the public are common. In light of this, many individuals have some questions about whether a vaccination is appropriate.

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How Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Can Improve Quality of Life

Did you know the practice of acupuncture dates back to as far as 100 BC? Originating in China, this traditional Eastern medicine is also used regularly in the West by holistic healthcare practitioners. Our very own integrative medicine specialist Dr. Leslie Smith, MD, LAc, and licensed acupuncturist, Corry Meyer, LAc, use acupuncture along with other holistic techniques like cupping, herbal medicine, dietary counseling, and moxibustion to help our SIU Medicine patients heal from the inside out. In fact, we have a full Chinese herbal pharmacy in the Family Medicine department to make sure that our patients have access to safe, quality herbal medicine.

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