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Ask the doctors: Limiting online time helpful for teens

Q: I read that spending too many hours on social media is linked to an increase in teen depression and suicidal thoughts. I worry about my … Read more

Over-the-counter antihistamine a good first step in combating seasonal allergies

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: For years, my son, now 14, has had seasonal allergies, but he's never been formally tested. Every spring, he takes an over-the-counter antihistamine each morning, and his symptoms always have gone away for the most part. This spring, that's not the case. Read more

Over-the-counter remedies usually can control teen acne

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My teenage daughter's hair has become oily over the past couple of months, and it's causing a lot of small pimples in her hairline and on her forehead. What could cause this change in her hair-- it was always on the dry side until recently-- and what's the best way to treat acne on the scalp? Read more

The war against childhood cancer: Who's winning?

Every day, the terrifying reality of a cancer diagnosis changes a child's life. But as technology and treatments improve, many more children could be able to call themselves survivors. Read more

Equine-assisted therapy may help autism, PTSD and pain. Why isn't it used more?

Belle Swersey knows firsthand how therapeutic horseback riding can be. The 7-year-old girl, who is in remission from a rare type of muscle cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma, has been using equine therapy to help ease her pain for the past 2½ years. Read more

State reports 1st human case of West Nile virus

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Wednesday reported the state's first confirmed human case of West Nile vir… Read more


Central Illinois people no longer have to clean their gutters

Skip gutter cleaning this summer.


Reverse mortgages: Too good to be true?

Important information residents of Central Illinois need to know before they decide.

When does a sinus infection need antibiotics?

Q: I experience occasional bouts of sinus pressure and am never sure when I need antibiotics. How can I tell when it is a bacterial infection? A: Your sinuses are moist air spaces between the eyes and behind the forehead, nose and cheeks. Read more


Liposuction doesn't guarantee stable weight over time. --THE MEDICINE CABINET: ASK THE HARVARD EXPERTS. When does a sinus infection need antibiotics? Read more

Atypical brain development observed in preschoolers with ADHD symptoms

Courtesy of National Institute of Health. According to researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health, children as young as 4 years old with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may have significant differences in brain structure, compared to children without such... Read more

How couples can share long-term-care benefits

Q: How does a shared-benefit rider for long-term-care insurance work? Does it cost more than regular coverage? A: One of the big unknowns with long-term-care insurance is predicting how long you'll need benefits. Read more

Comparing ghee to butter; new ruby chocolate

Q: Is ghee a healthier alternative to butter? A: Ghee, a type of clarified butter, which originated in India, has been used in Indian cooking and ayurvedic medicine for centuries. And now it is growing in popularity in the U.S. as a "health tonic." Read more