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home : lifestyle : health   July 22, 2014

Journey for teen with rare disease not over
AP photo/Journal Star, Fred ZwickyMelissa Ruhl rests at her West Peoria home with her daughters, Shelby Ruhl, 9, (left) and Maddison Harmon, 16, the day before heading back to Texas Children’s Hospital for an experimental treatment. Diagnosed at age 2, Maddison endured 10 months of chemotherapy for the neurodegenerative cancer called Langerhans cell histiocytosis. The condition resurfaced again more than a year ago, and she currently is undergoing an experimental treatment at the Texas hospital to battle the disease. The family is coping with mounting travel costs with three visits planned this year.
AP photo/Journal Star, Fred Zwicky
Melissa Ruhl rests at her West Peoria home with her daughters, Shelby Ruhl, 9, (left) and Maddison Harmon, 16, the day before heading back to Texas Children’s Hospital for an experimental treatment. Diagnosed at age 2, Maddison endured 10 months of chemotherapy for the neurodegenerative cancer called Langerhans cell histiocytosis. The condition resurfaced again more than a year ago, and she currently is undergoing an experimental treatment at the Texas hospital to battle the disease. The family is coping with mounting travel costs with three visits planned this year.
At 16, Maddison Harmon knows that normalcy isn’t easily defined. Diagnosed with a rare disease at age 2, she’s spent her adolescence dealing with the neurodegenerative effects of Langerhans cell histiocytosis and an accompanying 10 months of chemotherapy. The long-term effects of the disease include hearing loss and poor coordination. She wore a hearing aid, but stopped because of teasing, and struggles with basic motor skills such as catching a ball.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The aftermath of West Nile: 'Except for the fact I can't walk, I'm not in bad shape'
It was the organist at St. Patrick’s Church in La Salle who noticed it first.
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gender a health inequality?
Women with heart failure are less likely to get a special kind of pacemaker than men, but more likely to benefit from the device, a government analysis suggests. The findings come from the first study of its kind conducted by researchers at the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has done similar analyses of prescription drugs, but not of medical devices, said lead author Dr. David Strauss, an FDA medical officer.
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Is legal pot safe to eat?

The marijuana in those pot brownies isn’t the only thing that can potentially make consumers sick. The industry and regulators are taking a closer look at how pot-infused edibles are actually made. The thriving edible marijuana industry in Colorado is preparing for new testing requirements — due to take in effect in October — to make sure the products are safe to eat and drink.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Flip flops: Foot friend or foe

Simple in design and inexpensive in price, flip-flops may seem like the perfect footwear as the temperature rises, but experts warn against them. The American Podiatric Medical Association warns that the lightweight sandals can increase the likelihood of experiencing tendinitis, stress fractures and other injuries. “The biggest thing is it doesn’t offer the foot a lot of support,” said Dr. Larry Ketner, a Peru podiatrist.


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