Take Care: All About Your Health (March 2012)

Take Care: All About Your Health (March 2012)

Free health services today in Champaign

The Illinois Department of Public Health is offering free health care services today (March 23) from noon to 2 p.m. at two locations in Champaign.

Included will be HIV and STD testing and counseling, basic health screenings for men and women such as blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings, and first aid.

New TB at record low in Illinois, but state still ranks high for new cases

New tuberculosis cases were at an all-time low in Illinois last year, but the state still had the fifth-highest number of cases in the nation, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Take charge of the sodium in your diet

Before you go grocery shopping this weekend for the week ahead, here’s something to consider: Next week is World Salt Awareness Week, which is all about focusing on the fact that most of us have way too much sodium in our diets.

Heart surgery survival chances better if you're married

If you’re going to undergo heart surgery, your survival chances are better if you’re married, a new study shows.

Published in the March issue of Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the study found married adults who undergo heart surgery  are more than three times as likely to survive the next three months as single people.

Family poison prevention tips

Sometimes it's easy to forget that the medicines we keep in our homes can be both helpful and dangerous.

Don't lose sleep over change to daylight savings time

Many night owls know all too well the switch to daylight savings time coming up Sunday is toughest on them.

People who stay up late can have a hard time trying to get to sleep earlier than usual, while earlybirds have a tougher time handling the return to standard time in the fall, sleep doctors say.

Protect yourself from a nasty superbug

You’re probably beginning to hear more about the rapid rise of sickness from Clostridium difficile or “C. diff,” a bacterial infection also known as the diarrhea germ.

The symptoms range from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon and intestines, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Age of first colon cancer screening should depend on your risk, new guidance says

The American College of Physicians has issued a new guidance statement for colorectal cancer screening, and at least part of it contains a message many older adults are already hearing from their doctors: