Take Care: All About Your Health

Take Care: All About Your Health

Alzheimer's disease may be easily misdiagnosed in the elderly

Millions of elderly people in the U.S. suffer from various forms of dementia, but new research suggests the dementia diagnosis, especially when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, isn’t always accurate.

Bariatric surgeon weighs in on latest comparison of weight-loss surgeries

Some interesting news for those considering weight-loss surgery:

Zinc: Latest study says it might shorten colds after all

Some folks reach for zinc supplements at the first sign of the sniffles in hope of heading off the worst effect of a cold or shortening how long it’s going to last.

Others just settle in with a box of Kleenex and let nature take its course.

Heart association issues new "real world" guidelines to help women fight heart disease

The American Heart Association released updated guidelines today to help women fight heart disease, and they’re based on what works best in the real world rather than a research setting, the organization says.

Need a quick Valentine's Day card? These are heart-healthy

Here’s a chance to send the special people in  your life a valentine today that says you care about their  health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a dozen free Valentine’s Day e-cards (check out the virtual hug and the dancing hearts!) available on this website: http://www2c.cdc.gov/ecards/index.asp?category=216

Make snow shoveling easier on your heart

If you’re about to bundle up head out with a shovel or snow blower, don't forget to keep these safety tips in mind for your heart's sake:

1. Don’t try to shovel the whole driveway at once. Take breaks to avoid over-stressing your heart. And pay attention to you you’re feeling during those breaks.

New dietary guidelines urging lower daily sodium intake

Americans are being urged to consume a lot less salt, switch to fat-free or low-fat dairy products and eat a variety of proteins — not just meat.

Dealing with creepy-crawly head lice

Most moms know that creeped-out feeling they get when a kid says, “My head itches.”

You hope it’s just dandruff while you lift your child’s hair and check for the presence of little parasitic insects — and mentally calculate how many loads of laundry you might be doing if this is going to require more than a bottle of Head & Shoulders.

Barriers to breastfeeding need to be removed, Surgeon General says

Women who want to breastfeed their babies face many obstacles — from no  private place at work to breastfeed or express milk (unless you count the restroom) to lack of understanding from family members when what they really need is is a little support — says Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.

Why Urbana congressman wanted to give health care reform bill the boot

Following is the statement of U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, an Urbana Republican, following his vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: