Take Care: All About Your Health

Writing through breast cancer (and a poem)

Fear, anxiety, depression, anger ... Nia Klein felt them all when she was going through breast cancer five years ago.

A part-time faculty member at Parkland College, Klein found solace in writing about her feelings, and now she’s helping other women do the same through a support group called Write to Heal.


Protect yourself from hepatitis

Today is World Hepatitis Day, devoted to raising awareness of hepatitis B and hepatitis C.


Asthma and high-fat meals don't mix, researchers say

People with asthma may want to rethink those fast food meals.

Australian researchers found people with asthma suffered increased airway inflammation just hours after eating a high-fat meal. Plus, they found, a high-fat meal interfered with the response of a common asthma medication, albuterol, according to the American Thoracic Society.


Poll: What ER docs think of health care reform

What will health care reform legislation do for hospital emergency room patients?


Learn to be safe the fun way: Free safety fair June 5

Safety-minded families might want to mark their calendars for the 14th annual Playing it Safe! safety fair at the Champaign County Fairgrounds June 5.

This event, sponsored by Carle and Safe Kids Champaign County, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and all the activities are free. Lunch, consisting of hotdogs and chips, is also free for the first 1,500 people in line.


Eating cheese may offer health benefits for the elderly

Want to preserve your immune system longer? New research suggests eating probiotic cheese can help.

In a study published in FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology, Finnish researchers set out to see if healthy older adults in a nursing home who ate probiotic cheese every day would experience a boost in their immune systems.


Eating more bran linked to fewer deaths for diabetics

A diet rich in bran has been linked to significantly lower death rates in women with diabetes, according to a study published online Monday in Circulation: The Journal of the American Heart Association.


Kids and better bone health

With so many childhood illnesses out there, few parents probably worry about their kids getting the same disease frail grannies get.


The risk of teen drivers

Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers, and one local teacher can pin a lot of the risk on gadget use.

“Distraction is a major problem right now,” said Chris Wagner, who teaches driver’s ed at Rantoul Township High School.


Pondering the pill at 50

The pill turns 50 this weekend.

But a half-century after birth control pills were FDA-approved, Planned Parenthood says too many women continue to lack access to them.


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