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December is Safe Toys and Celebrations Month

Toys are supposed to be fun and part of a child’s development. Each year though, many children are treated in hospital emergency room for toy-related injuries. As the holidays approach, parents and caregivers should be aware of the dangers of… [Read More]


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National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 7–14

Influenza (the flu) can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Flu viruses are constantly changing. Each flu season, different flu viruses can spread, and they can affect people differently based on differences in… [Read More]


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November 20 is Great American Smokeout Day

November 20 is the day designated annually by the American Cancer Society as the “Great American Smokeout”, which was inaugurated in 1976 to inspire and encourage smokers to quit for one day. Now, 44.2 percent of the 45.3 million Americans… [Read More]


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CountyCare offers access to free early breast cancer screening

Black women 65 percent more likely to die of breast cancer; Leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic women African-American women are 55 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women, according to the American Cancer Society,… [Read More]


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Do You Have a Back-to-School Safety Checklist?

Families are already back in the school routine, but it is good to check that proper precautions are taken to keep “safety first” on everyone’s mind. On the Way to School Before you cross the street, stop and look ALL ways… [Read More]


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September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month

African Americans and Hispanics at Heightened Risk for High Cholesterol and Heart Disease September marks National Cholesterol Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to test cholesterol levels and learn more about staying healthy. According to the American Heart Association,… [Read More]


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September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Early diagnosis key to sickle cell treatment One in 12 African Americans have sickle cell trait By Drs. Lilly Mathew, Lisa Giordano, and Dipti Dighe Pediatric Hematologists at Cook County Health & Hospitals System September marks the beginning of the… [Read More]


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Eye Clinic Opens at Provident Hospital on August 25th

The Cook County Health and Hospitals System’s Division of Ophthalmology is proud to announce the opening of their Eye Clinic at Provident Hospital on August 25. The clinic will provide expertise in state of the art surgical and medical ophthalmic… [Read More]


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August is Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss as we age, but they are treatable. A cataract happens when the eye’s lens becomes cloudy. The lens must be clear in order to focus light properly onto the retina. For many,… [Read More]


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Take Steps to Stay Safe In and Around Water

Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States More than one in five fatal drowning victims are children younger than 14. (Source: Centers for… [Read More]