Take Care: All About Your Health

Take Care: All About Your Health

Study finds healthier snack idea for kids

Snacking can pile weight on kids. But eliminating snacks can be impractical and even backfire, says a new study that suggests parents can instead help reduce kids’ snack calories by substituting high-nutrient dense snacks such as a combination of vegetables and cheese.

Bounce house accidents on the rise

Those big inflatables that seem to pop up at so many backyard parties and carnivals may look like they could cushion any fall, but an increasing number of kids are getting hurt on them and winding up in the emergency room, a new study published Nov. 26 in the journal Pediatrics has found.

Secondhand smoke at airports risky, government study says

If your holiday plans include air travel, you might be interested in knowing whether the airports you’ll be spending time in are smoke-free.

A government study released Nov. 20 found air pollution from secondhand smoke that is directly outside designated smoking areas at airports is five times higher than it is in smoke-free airports.

Women can wait 3-5 years for Pap test

Women, that annual cervical cancer screening is no longer necessary,  the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says.

The Real Bears soda-bashing video and a contest to enter your own

Following the release of its controversial video, The Real Bears — which links a family of sick and obese polar bears with their soda-drinking habit —  the Center for Science in the Public Interest is now running a contest inviting people to submit their own original kick-soda videos.

How to sneak winter squash into mac and cheese

Winter squash is good for us.

We love our mac and cheese.

Dietician Kristina Adams put the two together and created a family-friendly, fall recipe she calls Squashed Mac 'n' cheese.  And check out the health benefits:

Active video gaming could help couch potato kids, study finds

Kids playing some active video games actually are getting some exercise benefit, a British study has found.

Warning signs of Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, affects as many as 5 million people in the U.S. This week — which includes World Alzheimer’s Day on Sept. 21 — may be as good a time as any to take a minute and look at Alzheimer’s warning signs.

It’s typically a disease of older adults, but it can strike younger people too.

Cost of family health coverage up 4 percent this year

The cost of health insurance through employers continued to rise this year — 3 percent for single employee coverage and 4 percent for those on family coverage — according to the a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Educational Trust.

Employers were surveyed January through May for this year's annual Employer Health Benefits survey.

Pain-killers raise risks for heart attack survivors

People who have had a heart attack face serious health risks if they take common pain-killers such as ibuprofen, a new study warns.