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  • How to manage your child’s headaches Sep 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    In a comprehensive article in Pediatrics in Review, Dr. Heidi Blume reports that in any given year, 58 percent of children will complain of some type of headache. Tension headache, often described as an episode of “band-like” or tightening pain, is the most common type of childhood headache.

  • Be aware of poisons in your house, take steps to keep them away from young children Sep 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    “What is poison and what does it taste like?” asked a young patron at Grayslake Library.

  • House calls: Effort to improve care for frail Medicare patients may also save money Sep 1, 2014 5:45 AM
    Ten or 12 times a year, Beatrice Adams’ daughter would race her frail mother to the emergency room for high blood pressure or pain from a list of chronic illnesses. Then Adams found a doctor who makes house calls, and the 89-year-old hasn’t needed ER care in the nearly two years since.The old-fashioned house call is starting to make a comeback as part of an effort to improve care for some of Medicare’s most frail and expensive patients. While it may sound like a luxury, bringing team-based primary care into the homes of patients like Adams, according to a new study, actually could save Medicare money by keeping them from needing pricier specialty or hospital care.

  • Your health: Study finds breakfast may not be crucial Sep 1, 2014 6:15 AM
    It has long been hailed as the most important meal of the day, vital for getting the body going and preventing overeating later on. But breakfast may not be so vital after all, if new research is to be believed. Contrary to popular belief, the study found the first meal of the day had little impact on snacking or portion sizes later in the day. It also had no effect on metabolism.

  • Want to keep your home, independence as you age? Prevent falls Sep 1, 2014 5:45 AM
    Falls are a significant danger as we age. They cause serious injuries that can limit mobility, diminish quality of life and increase risk of premature death. They also are eminently preventable. The ease with which you can decrease someone’s risk of falling makes it a “public health no-brainer,” said Rita Wong, a professor of physical therapy at Marymount University in Arlington, Va.

  • Would you wear a FitBit so your boss could track your weight loss? Sep 1, 2014 3:53 PM
    Companies, facing rising health expenses, are increasingly buying or subsidizing fitness-tracking devices to encourage employees and their dependents to be more fit. The tactic may reduce corporate health-care costs by encouraging healthier lifestyles, even as companies must overcome a creepy factor and concerns from privacy advocates.

  • CDC: e-cigarettes more cause youths to smoke Sep 1, 2014 7:00 AM
    Adolescents who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to smoke conventional cigarettes, according to a study released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Study: Action-packed TV might make you snack more Sep 1, 2014 4:23 PM
    Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That’s the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show.

  • U.S. eating habits improve a bit — except among poor Sep 1, 2014 4:14 PM
    Americans’ eating habits have improved — except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found. On an index of healthy eating where a perfect score is 110, U.S. adults averaged just 40 points in 1999-2000, climbing steadily to 47 points in 2009-10, the study found.

  • 3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling Sep 2, 2014 10:35 AM
    Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling.

  • Patients to start applying for medical marijuana Tuesday Sep 1, 2014 4:07 PM
    One unanswered question about a new state law legalizing medical marijuana is just how many Illinois residents will actually ask for permission to use it. The extent of the demand should start to become clearer on Tuesday.

  • Naperville woman’s pillowcase project helping young Edward hospital patients Aug 30, 2014 7:35 AM
    Pediatric hospital rooms at Edward Hospital in Naperville are becoming brighter one piece of bed linen at a time. A Naperville woman, her twin sister and a friend are sewing roughly 60 pillowcases a month and giving them to the hospital in a project they call KaLaCares. “We both loved the idea of making a difference, even if only for a moment, in a child’s life,” said Karen Butz of Naperville, who started the pillowcase project with her sister, Laura Seyfarth of Mill Valley, California.

  • Study: Novel heart drug a ‘breakthrough’ Aug 30, 2014 5:19 PM
    During the 27-month study, the Novartis drug cut the chances of dying of heart-related causes by 20 percent and for any reason by 16 percent, compared to the older drug. It also reduced the risk of being hospitalized for heart failure by 21 percent.

  • Sex educator’s tips for parents on having The Talk Aug 29, 2014 6:00 AM
    One of the first things Al Vernacchio does in his high school Sexuality and Society class is stand at a podium in a sweater vest and tie surrounded by a wall packed with slogans: RESIST HOMOPHOBIA. FIGHT SEXISM. ENJOY LIFE. Vernacchio has been in the sex education field for more than 20 years. He’s seen the rise of the abstinence movement, the digital revolution and the impact on teens of parents who don’t know how to get the sex conversation started.

  • Senegal confirms its first case of Ebola Aug 29, 2014 8:39 AM
    Senegal has recorded its first case of Ebola in an outbreak that is ravaging its West African neighbors, the Ministry of Health said Friday. The infected person is a young man from Guinea, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters.

  • Anti-drug event planned Aug 29, 2014 5:44 PM
    Stand Strong, a community coalition dedicated to keeping Stevenson High School students drug- and alcohol-free, is sponsoring a panel discussion entitled “Not My Kid?!” from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the school, Two Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire.

  • U of I among colleges screening some students for Ebola Aug 29, 2014 8:39 AM
    The roughly 30 Nigerian students expected at the University of Illinois will be pulled aside for a temperature check and private Ebola discussion when they arrive at the health center for mandatory immunization paperwork and tuberculosis screening, said Dr. Robert Palinkas, the center’s director. “Parents are comforted to know that there is a screening process, that we are alert for it, that we are prepared for it,” Palinkas said.

  • Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls Aug 28, 2014 6:54 PM
    Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it’s not some kind of warped practical joke. The experiment is among techniques being studied to prevent falls, the leading cause of injury in older adults. Falls in the elderly cost $30 billion yearly to treat and can send them spiraling into poor health and disability.

  • Naperville family helps show that germs travel, and that’s OK Aug 29, 2014 6:02 AM
    Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it’s covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you’ll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint to the doorknobs, countertops and floors in your new house, too. In fact, researchers who studied seven families in Illinois, Washington and California could easily match up who lived where using their microscopic roommates, almost like CSI for germs.

  • U.S. to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week Aug 28, 2014 1:52 PM
    Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that it is launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agency’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline.

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