Take Care: All About Your Health

Take Care: All About Your Health

Guest blogger shares what it's like to live with celiac disease

You've probably seen some gluten-free products at the grocery store, but people with celiac disease who are rely on them face more challenges trying to grocery shop and eat without getting sick than most of us could ever imagine.

A skin cancer self-exam guide from dermatologists

Would you know skin cancer if you saw it? Current estimates are that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetimes, but most people don’t recognize this disease and are unaware of the risk, dermatologists say.

Jogging extends your life, study finds

Good news for joggers and something to think about for those who don’t run: Regular jogging at a “slow or average” pace can extend your life, a Danish study found.

Immunization for next school year

The school year is nearing an end, but state health officials are urging parents to think about making appointments now for immunizations that will be required for the next school year.

No evidence of link between gum disease/heart disease

There’s no evidence to support the popular belief that unhealthy gums increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, the American Heart Association said today.

Gum and heart disease share some common risk factors — such as smoking, age and diabetes — so they can occur in the same person.

Beware of bats with rabies

 Watch out for bats, and not the kind your kids are swinging in the back yard.

Since the weather has warmed up to the 70s and 80s, bats of the winged kind are becoming active and they’re the primary carrier of rabies in Illinois, according to the state Department of Public Health.

Free health services today in Champaign

The Illinois Department of Public Health is offering free health care services today (March 23) from noon to 2 p.m. at two locations in Champaign.

Included will be HIV and STD testing and counseling, basic health screenings for men and women such as blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings, and first aid.

New TB at record low in Illinois, but state still ranks high for new cases

New tuberculosis cases were at an all-time low in Illinois last year, but the state still had the fifth-highest number of cases in the nation, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Take charge of the sodium in your diet

Before you go grocery shopping this weekend for the week ahead, here’s something to consider: Next week is World Salt Awareness Week, which is all about focusing on the fact that most of us have way too much sodium in our diets.

Heart surgery survival chances better if you're married

If you’re going to undergo heart surgery, your survival chances are better if you’re married, a new study shows.

Published in the March issue of Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the study found married adults who undergo heart surgery  are more than three times as likely to survive the next three months as single people.