Take Care: All About Your Health

Retreat may help ease heart disease-related depression

People who have serious heart disease and are feeling depressed about the future may benefit from something medicine can’t offer — a non-denominational spiritual retreat, a University of Michigan Health System study found.


Non-stick cooking sprays & canned soups among worst with misleading food labels

Food labels can be deceiving, and the worst offenders may surprise you, according to a non-profit health advocacy group pushing the Food and Drug Administration to define more realistic service sizes.


Hepatitis: a killer of 1 million a year

Are you at risk for hepatitis? Could you possibly have it and not know it?

Today, July 28, is World Hepatitis Day, intended to consider those questions and think about protecting yourself and others from hepatitis, a chronic inflammation of the liver.


Looking on the bright side could reduce stroke risk

People with a more positive outlook on life may have a lower stroke risk, a new study suggests.


What restaurant gives you 59 grams of saturated fat in one piece of cake

Love to eat out? Center for Science in the Public Interest has released its picks for this year’s “Xtreme Eating” Awards  in its Nutrition Action Newsletter, and I think just reading the way they were described made me want to go home and have a salad.
 


A few more things to know about Andrew Myers

The challenge in writing about 14-year-old Andrew Myers of Hoopeston and his heart transplant is there just wasn’t enough room for all the interesting stuff about him in today’s print story.

Here are a few details about him that I had to leave out.

His mother, Melissa Myers, says:


Common STD turning up in more older women

A Johns Hopkins infectious disease expert is advising sexually active women over age 40 to be screened for a common STD, trichomonas.

New evidence has found this infection is more than twice as common  in this age group than previously believed, according to a Johns Hopkins news release.


1 in 3 Americans skipping colorectal screening

One in three Americans aren’t up to date with their recommended colorectal cancer screening, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC report found colorectal screening increased overall, from 52 percent in 2002 to 65 percent in 2010, with nearly two-thirds of Americans who needed to be screened having the test by 2010.


Missing periods and you're not pregnant: learn more

Girls and women who stop having monthly periods – and can rule out pregnancy as the reason — might want to check out a new online fact sheet from The Hormone Foundation.


Most kids not showering before getting into pools

Few people would swallow pool water on purpose, or tell their kids it's fine to have a few sips!

But a University of Michigan study has found a disconnect between what parents know about pool water, and what most are actually doing to help keep it healthier for swimming.


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