Take Care: All About Your Health

Take Care: All About Your Health

Health insurers would have to justify premium hikes of 10 percent or more

Premiums for family health coverage have risen 131 percent over the past 11 years, but new federal regulations could help control future increases that are deemed unreasonable.

The regulations proposed Tuesday by the Obama administration would require insurers to disclose and justify premium increases of 10 percent of more, starting next year.

Researchers find another advantage to breastfeeding

Doctors already know breastfeeding brings important heatlh benefits to both mother and baby. Now, new research suggests there are also academic benefits for children who are breastfed  for at least their first six months of life.

More 8th graders are using marijuana

Teen-age use of marijuana is up —  especially among eighth-graders.

In fact, the number of eighth-graders who admitted to using an illicit drug in the past year rose to 16 percent, compared to 14.5 percent the previous year.

One in six Americans sickened by food illnesses a year

About 48 million Americans — one out of six — get sick every year from foodborne illnesses, according to new government estimates.

Those sicknesses result in 128,000 people hospitalized and 3,000 deaths.

Kids will eat low-sugar cereals, study finds

My daughter loves cereal for dessert, and when I look at how much sugar is in her favorite kinds, it’s easy to see why.

But here’s news for parents who think their kids won’t eat lower-sugar cereals:

The latest Grim Reaper report is out

Fewer Americans are dying of strokes, but some other diseases (among them lower respiratory diseases, high blood pressure and Alzheimer’s disease) are taking a  bigger toll, according to new government statistics

The (sometimes deadly) racial gap in vaccinations

Flu and pneumonia shot opportunities are readily available, but millions of elderly people — especially minorities — are missing out.

And given that about 90 percent of influenza deaths occur among folks 65 and older, that’s a missed opportunity Americans need to consider, according to the American Lung Association.

29 and holding: Illinois' health ranking no better, no worse

In a new report evaluating each state’s healthiness, Illinois lands right about in the middle as the 29th healthiest state in the union.

That’s the same ranking the state held last year, so we didn't get any worse but we didn't improve, either.

Gay, lesbian and bisexual teens are punished more

Gay, lesbian and bisexual adolescents are more likely to be punished than other youths, a Yale University study published Monday found.

In fact, lesbian, gay and bisexual youths were about 40 percent more likely than other teens to be punished by police, courts and school authorities, researchers found.

Study finds genetic link to infidelity and one-night stands

Is it possible for a spouse or partner to be unfaithful and still love you?

A study done at Binghampton University, State University of New York, suggests there may be a genetic factor behind infidelity, and it’s the same gene related to such sensation-seeking behavior as alcohol use and gambling.