Take Care: All About Your Health

Take Care: All About Your Health

Shingles vaccine for 50-somethings

Zostavax, a live attenuated virus vaccine to prevent shingles, has been FDA-approved for people in their 50s.

It was originally approved in 2006 for people 60 and older.

Tuberculosis: Still a threat

Tuberculosis is a disease we don’t think about much these days, but there were 372 active cases of this contagious disease reported in Illinois last year.

No need right now for potassium iodide, health expert says

You may have read about the recent run on potassium iodide, a non-prescription drug that can protect the thyroid from exposure to high levels of radiation.

Want to get healthier? Walk your dog

 Want to improve your health with more physical activity? Dogs may help us with that more than we know.
A Michigan State University researcher found people who walked their dogs were 34 percent more likely to meet federal benchmarks of 150 minutes of physical activity a week.

25 Snacks for Kids that aren't junk food

In honor of National Nutrition Month, the American Dietetic Association has provided this list of healthy snack ideas for kids.

Some your children can make alone. Some need some help from mom and dad:

1. Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll it in crushed cereal and freeze.

New poll: Many are sleepy from late-night technology use

Nearly half – 43 percent — of Americans ages 13 to 64 report rarely or never getting a decent night’s sleep on week nights, and late-night use of technology may be the problem, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Another drug warning for current/future expectant moms

If you have migraine headaches or epilepsy AND you are or plan to get  pregnant, take note of this drug warning:

Pregnant or trying? Important news about opiod pain medications

Opiod pain-killers such as codeine, oxycodone or hydrocodone can boost the risk of birth defects if they’re taken just before or early in pregnancy, according to a new government study.

Pediatricians issue new advice on managing fever in kids

How important is it for a child to maintain a “normal” temperature? Not as important as it is for a child to be comfortable, pediatricians say.

Law needed to keep kids and teens out of tanning salons, pediatrics organization says

Skin cancer continues to rise, and children and teens need to be kept out of tanning salons for their own protection, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.