Take Care: All About Your Health (September 2011)

Families paying 9 percent more for health coverage

If you’ve been feeling especially pinched by the cost of your health insurance premiums this year, here’s why: Nationally, people covered by employer group plans paid a much sharper increase this year than last year, according to the annual Employer Health Benefits survey done by the Kaiser Family Foundation  and the Health Research & Educational Trust.


Illinois ranks 30th in brain health

When it comes to brain health, Illinois doesn’t exactly shine — at least according to a new state-by-state ranking.

America’s Brain Health Index released it’s 2011 rankings Thursday, and took Illinois down a notch — from 29th in 2009, to 30th this year.


More than half of uninsured women don't get info on reconstruction surgery

Reconstruction surgery can help a woman who’s been through breast cancer  permanently regain the shape of her breasts, and it’s best to talk to a surgeon about this before undergoing a mastectomy, according to the American Cancer Society.


Report: Taxpayers are subsidizing junk food

Childhood obesity rates have tripled over the past three decades, fueled, in part, by a ready supply of junk food. And taxpayers are overwhelmingly fueling commodity crops winding up in junk food, according to an Illinois consumer activist organization.


About apple juice and arsenic

The debate over whether apple juice is safe to drink continues this week.


Pandemic film opens Friday

The new film Contagion, a fictional drama about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and national and international  partners  responding to an  infectious respiratory disease outbreak, opens at theaters Friday.


Know the signs of ovarian cancer

One in 67 women will get the potentially deadly ovarian cancer, and sometimes it’s found too late.

The best chance of survival is early treatment, which depends on finding the cancer early, so make yourself aware of the early warning signs, the Illinois Department of Public Health advises.


Antibiotics over-prescribed for kids, CDC says

Children with upper respiratory infections don’t usually need antibiotics, but all too often they wind up taking these drugs anyway, according to a government study.


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