Take Care: All About Your Health

School lunches rolling out with nutrition boost

If you’ve been dismayed by what your kids get for lunch at school — foods with too much  sugar and fat — you’re in for a surprise this year.


FTC beginning refunds for Disney and Marvel Hero kids' vitamins

If you bought your kids Disney or Marvel Hero gummy or tablet vitamins in recent years, you may be entitled to a refund, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

The FTC is providing refunds through a $2.1 million settlement with a vitamin maker, NBTY Inc. and two subsidiaries.


5-Second Rule is Just "Folklore"

How many times have you dropped food on the floor or spilled part of dinner on the table, quickly picked it up and eaten it anyway after telling yourself nothing is going to pick up germs in five seconds?

You might want to seriously rethink the five-second rule, a Loyola University doctor advises.


Health officials warn about another tickborne illness

Tick bites usually bring the thought of possible Lyme disease to mind. But anyone planning to travel to the upper Midwest of New England this summer should also be on the lookout for another potentially severe tickborne illness common in some of those states, babesiosis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Thursday.


Five summer poison dangers to avoid

The Illinois Poison Control Center says its hotline calls go up 20 percent during the summer, and that’s largely due to five summer outdoor hazards.

Here’s the list:

1. Sunscreen accidentally swallowed or licked off hands by kids after it’s been applied. Sunscreen is minimally toxic, but it should only be applied to children by adults and kept out of kids’ reach.


HIV testing awareness day: know your status

Have you thought about getting an HIV test lately?

About 20 percent of the 1.3 million Americans living with HIV don’t know they’re infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National HIV Testing Awareness Day today is all about reminding everyone that knowing your HIV status is a good idea.


Loneliness and living alone can be health hazards

Loneliness can hurt at any age, but for older adults it can be lethal.

In a study of people over 60, loneliness was associated with a higher risk of death and functional decline in daily living activities, upper extremity tasks and stair-climbing,


Kids as physically active as their friends are, study finds

How much do your kids’ friendships matter when it comes to how physically active they are?

A lot, according to a new study done by Vanderbilt University and published in the journal Pediatrics, June 2012.


Coffee drinkers less likely to die of some major diseases

The coffee many of us enjoy may be doing more than helping wake us up in the morning.

A large National Institutes of Health study found older adults who drink coffee were less likely to die from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries, accidents, diabetes and infections.


Living near highway raises death risk for heart attack survivors

Living near a major roadway in the U.S. raises the risk of death from all causes for heart attack survivors, according to a study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.


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