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Outsmarting Poisonous Plants

Outsmarting Poisonous Plants

First comes the itching, then a red rash and finally blisters. These symptoms of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac can ruin summer plans. Watch a video to help you identify these plants so you can avoid their special kind of misery, and get treatment tips.

Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a Heat Advisory, in effect today from noon to 7 p.m.

Most heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn the symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one shows signs of having a heat-related illness.

Please Wear Your Life Jacket

Please Wear Your Life Jacket

The best way to lower your risk of drowning is to wear a life jacket, so please wear it for those who love you.

8 Danger Zones for Teen Drivers

8 Danger Zones for Teen Drivers

Six teens a day are killed in car crashes. Make sure your young driver is aware of the leading causes of teen crashes. Then use a parent-teen driving agreement to put rules in place that will help your teen stay safe.

Be Safe, Steer Clear of BUI

Be Safe, Steer Clear of BUI

With summer boating season here, Lake Regional Emergency Department is reminding everyone of the dangers of mixing boating and alcohol.

“Alcohol and boating are a dangerous, sometimes fatal, combination,” said Mariah Swinker, R.N., the trauma nurse coordinator for Lake Regional. “Every summer, our Emergency Department employees see the grim consequences of boating under the influence.”

Find Your Perfect Baby Name

Find Your Perfect Baby Name

How popular is your favorite baby name?

See where your favorite names rank today and how their popularity has changed throughout time. Also, take a quiz to find your perfect baby name, and see the Top 10 names for boys and girls in 2016.

Traveling? Check Medications Before You Go

Traveling? Check Medications Before You Go

Clothes packed? Check. Vehicle inspected? Check. Medications all set? Double check.

Before heading out on vacation, make sure you think through all of your medication needs.

Get Ready to Grill Safely

Get Ready to Grill Safely

Summer grilling season is here! Consider using a meat thermometer to ensure your food is cooked at the right temperature to kill germs. This simple step may help you and your family avoid potential food borne illnesses.

Flavorful, Fruit-infused Water

Flavorful, Fruit-infused Water

“Staying hydrated is a key to wellness,” said Lake Regional Registered Dietitian Wendy Castle, MPH, R.D., L.D., CDE. “Water is an excellent choice for health, but what if you want some flavor? It can be hard to find a flavored beverage without a lot of added sugars or non-calorie sweeteners. So make your own! One way to quench your thirst is to add sliced fruit to water to create a flavor-bursting, fruit-infused drink.”

Help for Jogger's Heel

Help for Jogger's Heel

Running may give you a high, but down low at the soles of your feet, it’s a different story.

“Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot injuries that runners experience,” says Lake Regional Podiatrist Cody Fox, DPM, FACFAS. “It’s so common that it’s also known as ‘jogger’s heel.’ It occurs when the ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes is torn or inflamed.”