Take Care: All About Your Health

Take Care: All About Your Health

Got a foot concern? Call, post or tweet a podiatrist on Jan. 26

Calluses, heel pain, achilles tendonites ... If you’ve got a question about the care and health of your feet, here’s your chance to get an answer from a podiatrist free of charge:

Talking about health disparities on MLK day

A government report on health disparities and inequities released Jan. 14 seems like a fitting topic on a holiday remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Health disparities are differences in health outcomes among different groups of people that may  reflect their race, income, gender and economic circumstances.

More than 1,000 sign up for Illinois' new high-risk health insurance coverage

More than 1,000 people have signed up for the state’s new high-risk health insurance pool that went into effect at the start of the new year, according to the Illinois Department of Insurance.

FDA limits acetaminophen in prescription drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking drug makers to limit the amount of acetaminophen they include in prescription combination drugs to a maximum of 325 mg. per pill.

The FDA also wants prescription drugs to include a box warning about the risk of liver injury when taking this pain and fever-reducing medication.

Shingles vaccine benefits older adults

Older adults who are vaccinated for shingles have about half the chance of getting this painful condition as those who aren’t vaccinated, according to a study published Jan. 12 in the Journal of the American Medial Association.

And nobody wants to get shingles, a painful skin rash also known also known as herpes zoster.

Parents and kids: learn together to eat right

If getting more healthful meals on the table is one of your goals this year, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District can help.

British Medical Journal calling vaccine-autism link study a fraud

For parents who fear those childhood vaccines: British Medical Journal is reporting the since-retracted Andrew Wakefield study linking the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to autism was a fraud.

The MMR-autism report was published in 1998 in the medical journal, Lancett, and has since been credited for frightening parents about the vaccine.

Five free whole health lectures

Want to give yourself a wellness boost?

Parkland College will offer five free lunch-time  whole health lectures during the spring semester, starting Jan. 11  at the Business Training & Community Education building,  1315 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign.  Just bring  your own lunch.

Each lecture is from noon -1 p.m. Here's the schedule:

Late-phase clinical trial to start for personalized MS treatment using patient's own cells

Opexa Therapeutics is preparing to start late-phase clinical trials on its drug candidate, Tovaxin, a personalized T-cell vaccine intended to be a first-line treatment for multiple sclerosis.

Healthy New Year's resolutions for kids

It’s only Jan. 3, and I’ve already spoken with three adults this year who have resolved to lose weight.

Adults love New Year’s resolutions (till our lists are forgotten about Jan. 15) but you rarely see kids making them.