Take Care: All About Your Health (May 2011)

Coffee, the better health drink?

If you regard your daily coffee habit as a health vice, here's something to consider.

Earlier this spring, a Swedish study suggested drinking 1-5 cups of coffee a day was associated with a 22-25 percent lower stroke risk in women, compared with drinking less than one cup  a day.


How to avoid a case of swimmer's ear

Swimmers of any age can wind up with swimmer’s ear, an itchy, sometimes painful outer ear infection.

Each year in the U.S. these infections result in 2.4 million health care visits and $500 million in medical costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


FDA warning: Stop using swallowing aid SimplyThick

The Food and Drug Administration is urging parents and other baby care-givers not to feed a thickening product called SimplyThick to infants born before 37 weeks because it may cause a life-threatening condition.

This advice is based on reports of infants with necrotizing enterocolitis, a condition in which tissue in the intestines becomes inflamed and dies.


The connection between your house and your health

Did you know your own home can make you sick?

Radon, lead-based paint, mold, pests and safety hazards all contribute to diseases, accidents and deaths.

Here are  the  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's seven principles of a healthy home:


Free wellness workshop for women this week

Are you a woman interested in improving your health and better managing your stress?

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District says there’s still time to register to attend a free women’s wellness workshop being held in Champaign Thursday (May 19) evening.


Feds launch new plan to cut hepatitis

Could you have viral hepatitis and not know it? Millions of people in the U.S. are walking around with this disease unaware, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Saturday event: Focus on health reform impact on young adults

Here's  part of a news release on this event set for Saturday:


Lowering your stroke risk

May is the month devoted to stroke awareness, and one thing to be aware of is whether or not you’re at risk.

A handful of risk factors, like age, can’t be changed. But many of the conditions that raise the risk are actually within our own control.

Here is how the National Stroke Association divides the risk factors:


Blood clot risk higher if you're tall and obese

Being both tall AND obese can be a dangerous combination, according to a  new Norwegian study released  by the American Heart Association.


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