Take Care: All About Your Health (April 2012)

Take Care: All About Your Health (April 2012)

Immunization for next school year

The school year is nearing an end, but state health officials are urging parents to think about making appointments now for immunizations that will be required for the next school year.

No evidence of link between gum disease/heart disease

There’s no evidence to support the popular belief that unhealthy gums increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, the American Heart Association said today.

Gum and heart disease share some common risk factors — such as smoking, age and diabetes — so they can occur in the same person.

Beware of bats with rabies

 Watch out for bats, and not the kind your kids are swinging in the back yard.

Since the weather has warmed up to the 70s and 80s, bats of the winged kind are becoming active and they’re the primary carrier of rabies in Illinois, according to the state Department of Public Health.