Take Care: All About Your Health (March 2011)

Take Care: All About Your Health (March 2011)

Accountable Care Organizations: On the horizon for Medicare patients

Proposed new rules were issued today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provide incentives for hospitals, doctors and other health care providers to coordinate care  of Medicare patients through new Accountable Care Organizations.

Restaurant portion control: picture a baseball

When restaurants serve you enough dinner  for two or three people, you may take one look at your plate and decide to take some food home with you before you even start eating.

But with all that food in front of you, how do you know what the appropriate serving size on your plate should really be?

Quitline for smokers now open nights & weekends

Nicotine cravings don't always come on weekdays or before 7 p.m.

So if you're trying to quit smoking, you’ll get some extra help from the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, which has added weekend hours for the first time and expanded its daily hours of operation until 11 p.m.

Shingles vaccine for 50-somethings

Zostavax, a live attenuated virus vaccine to prevent shingles, has been FDA-approved for people in their 50s.

It was originally approved in 2006 for people 60 and older.

Tuberculosis: Still a threat

Tuberculosis is a disease we don’t think about much these days, but there were 372 active cases of this contagious disease reported in Illinois last year.

No need right now for potassium iodide, health expert says

You may have read about the recent run on potassium iodide, a non-prescription drug that can protect the thyroid from exposure to high levels of radiation.

Want to get healthier? Walk your dog

 Want to improve your health with more physical activity? Dogs may help us with that more than we know.
A Michigan State University researcher found people who walked their dogs were 34 percent more likely to meet federal benchmarks of 150 minutes of physical activity a week.

25 Snacks for Kids that aren't junk food

In honor of National Nutrition Month, the American Dietetic Association has provided this list of healthy snack ideas for kids.

Some your children can make alone. Some need some help from mom and dad:

1. Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll it in crushed cereal and freeze.

New poll: Many are sleepy from late-night technology use

Nearly half – 43 percent — of Americans ages 13 to 64 report rarely or never getting a decent night’s sleep on week nights, and late-night use of technology may be the problem, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Another drug warning for current/future expectant moms

If you have migraine headaches or epilepsy AND you are or plan to get  pregnant, take note of this drug warning: