Take Care: All About Your Health

Take Care: All About Your Health

Sleep preference can predict MLB pitcher performance

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and maybe a better Major League Baseball pitcher.

Subway Salmonella outbreak growing

The Salmonella outbreak connected to some Subway restaurants in Illinois has grown to 60 confirmed cases.

Higher cigarette tax could help reduce smoking, study suggests

Could raising the tax on cigarettes prompt more smokers with drug, alcohol and mental disorders to quit?

Public pool water: What's in yours?

There's often a lot more in swimming pool water than chemicals, and it's not a good topic for the dinner table.

After a government report last week found one out of eight public pools unfit for swimming, health experts advise people heading to pool openings this holiday weekend to dive in with caution.

Fry an egg, not yourself

Happy “Don’t Fry Day.”

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention and the American Cancer Society designate the Friday before Memorial Day to issue an annual warning to everybody headed out to picnics, pools and their own back yards: Think about sun protection.

Here are their sun-safety tips:

New FDA warning about weight-loss drugs Alli and Xenical

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a new warning about a potential side effect for people taking the weight-loss drugs Alli and Xenical: liver failure.

Teach kids to swim, pediatricians urge

The American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its policy on swim lessons for small children, and says new evidence shows kids ages 1-4 may be less likely to drown if they have had formal swimming lessons.

New study sheds light on why breastfeeding is better

It’s the choice of every new parent: Breastfeeding or formula?

Pediatricians advise breastfeeding for the health advantages it offers both mom and baby, and now Sharon Donovan, a University of Illinois nutrition professor, can shed some light on exactly how breast milk works to help protect infants from diseases.

New risks found for statin users

People taking statins to lower their cholesterol may face a higher risk for liver dysfunction, acute kidney failure, myopathy (muscle disease) and cataracts, British researchers found in a study involving more than 2 million people ages 30-84.

Statins such as Crestor and Lipitor are used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease for some patients at risk.

The high cost of treating Alzheimer's disease

A new report looking at the cost of treating Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. projects a national crisis that is worsening by the day and driving huge cost increases in government health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.