Take Care: All About Your Health

Take Care: All About Your Health

Lowering your stroke risk

May is the month devoted to stroke awareness, and one thing to be aware of is whether or not you’re at risk.

A handful of risk factors, like age, can’t be changed. But many of the conditions that raise the risk are actually within our own control.

Here is how the National Stroke Association divides the risk factors:

Blood clot risk higher if you're tall and obese

Being both tall AND obese can be a dangerous combination, according to a  new Norwegian study released  by the American Heart Association.

Don't rely on hand sanitizers to prevent MRSA

f you rely on hand sanitizers to protect you from the superbug MRSA and a variety of other dreadful infections, be aware that these products might be giving you a false sense of security.

Patients with do-not-resuscitate orders at higher risk for poor surgery outcomes

The use of do-not-resuscitate orders is increasing, and patients who sign them are increasing the odds that they’ll die even if they're having non-emergency surgery, according to a report published online today by Archives of Surgery.

Coming our way Oct. 24: Food Day

You’ve heard of Earth Day. Now coming our way Oct. 24 for the first time is Food Day. 

Adult-size ATVs aren't safe for kids, doctor group warns

All terrain vehicles are getting bigger, faster and more powerful, and kids are suffering a disproportionate number of ATV injuries, according to the American  Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

The organization issued a warning this week, saying adult-sized ATVs aren’t safe for kids

Aspirin could lower pancreatic cancer risk

Taking aspirin at least once a month could significantly decrease the risk of getting pancreatic cancer, a new study suggests.

Research led by Xiang-Lin Tan, an M.D. Ph.D research fellow at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting held April 2-6.

Accountable Care Organizations: On the horizon for Medicare patients

Proposed new rules were issued today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provide incentives for hospitals, doctors and other health care providers to coordinate care  of Medicare patients through new Accountable Care Organizations.

Restaurant portion control: picture a baseball

When restaurants serve you enough dinner  for two or three people, you may take one look at your plate and decide to take some food home with you before you even start eating.

But with all that food in front of you, how do you know what the appropriate serving size on your plate should really be?

Quitline for smokers now open nights & weekends

Nicotine cravings don't always come on weekdays or before 7 p.m.

So if you're trying to quit smoking, you’ll get some extra help from the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, which has added weekend hours for the first time and expanded its daily hours of operation until 11 p.m.