Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Study: Midlife obesity may spur risk for earlier Alzheimer's


Family Life: Mealtime can provide more than just nourishment

Family mealtimes are a key experience for a family whether they stop and think about it or not. With both parents and children having busy schedules, parents may worry what can they actually accomplish with a sit-down meal? The answer is a lot, actually.

Sandra Mason: The real culprit

A snort, a sneeze, followed by two sniffles. Ahhh, it's the call of the allergy sufferer.

With the telltale symptoms of sneezing, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes, an estimated 50 million people suffer each year from allergies.

Although people can be allergic to many different things (pet dander, work, mold and fragrances), flower pollen is a common allergen.

It's never too late

Olga Kotelko became an athlete late in life but she excelled, setting 37 track and field world records for her age group in her late 70s, 80s and 90s.

Kotelko, who died in 2014 at age 95, visited the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology in 2012 for a series of tests looking at her brain structure and function.

To Your Health: Wellness is an important part of the school year

By Irisha Clark 

Students are heading back to school this month. This means it is time for the annual physicals, vaccines, eye exams and dental checkups before the first day of school. All of these things are done to make sure our children are healthy and prevent any illnesses that may arise during the academic year.

Killeen names 5-member Carle Illinois College of Medicine transition team

URBANA — The head of the pathology department will chair a five-person Carle Illinois College of Medicine transition team.

In a mass email sent to staff Monday, University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen announced the members of the team that will be headed up by Greg Freund. 

It also includes:

As area suicides rise, so do prevention efforts

DANVILLE — This morning, Rachel Rice will drop off her 5-year-old son, Ethan, for his first day of kindergarten.

She's planning to send him to school with a small, framed copy of their family portrait that her son can pull out when he wants.

It was taken last September, just a few months before Ethan's dad, Jason Rice, took his life.


Two local adventurers traveled the Missouri River recently, paddling 340 miles from Kansas City to St. Charles, Mo. They were competing in the Missouri American Water MR 340 race, or the Missouri 340, which bills itself as the world's longest nonstop river race.

Steve Butler of Urbana and Nathan Willard of Mahomet completed the race, which started July 28.

The Health Reporter Is In: Aug. 6, 2015

Do you have a health-related question? Ask it here and Debra Pressey will get you an answer.

How much sugar can you eat and drink, healthwise?

Putting treatment on ice

Say you rolled your ankle playing basketball, or you have a chronically sore shoulder after a tennis match or softball game. Or maybe you strained a muscle during a run.

You know the prescribed treatment for minor aches and pains and injuries: RICE, or rest, ice, compression, elevation.

Don't reach for that ice pack just yet.