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  • On painkillers? Talk to your doctor before trying to get pregnant Feb 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    More than one-fourth of women who might become pregnant are getting prescriptions for opiod painkillers, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, that can cause birth defects and other serious problems early in pregnancy, according to a report released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.These common opiod medications are typically prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain, and they can also be found in some prescription cough medicines. But taking them early in pregnancy is dangerous.

  • The rise of the avocado, America’s new favorite fruit Feb 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    America is in love with avocados.The country’s appetite for the creamy versatile fruit (yes, avocados are fruit) has grown just about every year for the past 15 years.

  • Veterans presentation: Feb 6, 2015 5:31 PM
    Military veterans who faced drug and alcohol problems and found a different way to live their lives will be telling their stories on Feb. 16 in Gurnee during a free presentation open to the public and entitled, “Veterans in Recovery.” The program is 6 to 8 p.m. at the Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O’Plaine Road.

  • Headed to Caribbean? What to know about mosquito virus there Feb 6, 2015 4:09 PM
    What to know about mosquito virus sickening travelers in Caribbean and other tropical climes

  • Going 'Wild' on your first long hike? Consider your feet Feb 5, 2015 6:00 AM
    A big, bad pair of hiking boots and the bloody hurt they inflicted on Cheryl Strayed's feet were co-stars in her book “Wild,” as they were for Reese Witherspoon in the popular movie adaptation. A newbie to thru-hiking, Strayed's story of her 1,100-mile trek has not only boosted her profile but also reinforced the importance to novices of protecting and supporting their feet.

  • Constable: Ebola is not what devastated this Elgin couple Feb 6, 2015 5:28 AM
    Once confined to Africa, Asia, Europe and a few island locales,the mosquito-borne illness chikungunya now is in the United States. Ted and Michelle Rosener of Elgin, who picked up the bug on vacation in Jamaica, know how bad it can be. “On a scale of zero to 10, it's a 12 easy, and you could add a zero after that,” says Michelle Roesner.

  • Veterans discuss drugs, alcohol: Feb 5, 2015 6:24 PM
    Military veterans who faced drug and alcohol problems and found a different way to live their lives will be telling their stories on Feb. 16 in Gurnee during a free presentation open to the public and entitled, “Veterans in Recovery.”

  • Why you should, and shouldn’t, worry about measles Feb 4, 2015 7:07 PM
    Measles has become relatively rare in the United States, thanks to very effective vaccine. A recent outbreak tied to Disneyland has shown that even among some doctors, knowledge of the once-common illness is spotty. Some questions and answers about a still-dangerous disease that’s re-emerged as a leading public health concern:

  • Some questions and answers about measles at work Feb 4, 2015 11:18 AM
    A boss who's worried about an outbreak of measles in the workplace needs to tread lightly. Reports of a growing number of measles cases have employers wondering what they should be doing. But federal and state laws can limit their ability to require workers to be vaccinated. And it may be risky to even ask staffers whether they've gotten a measles or other type of vaccination.

  • Disneyland measles outbreak isn’t largest in recent memory Feb 4, 2015 7:06 PM
    The largest U.S. measles outbreak in recent history isn’t the one that started in December at Disneyland. It happened months earlier in Ohio’s Amish country, where 383 people fell ill after unvaccinated Amish missionaries traveled to the Philippines and returned with the virus.

  • Plane with seven sick passengers returns to O’Hare Feb 3, 2015 12:09 PM
    Ear pain and nausea caused a United Flight from Chicago to Denver to turn around and head back to O'Hare International Airport. Seven passengers reporting illness were treated.

  • UK nears making babies from DNA of 3 people Feb 3, 2015 6:46 PM
    Britain moved Tuesday toward allowing scientists to create humans from the DNA of three people. News: The technology aims to liberate future generations from inherited diseases, but critics say it crosses a fundamental scientific boundary and could lead to “designer babies.”

  • How to help young kids when they have a cold Feb 2, 2015 5:45 AM
    Q: My 5-year-old daughter has a bad cold, but her pediatrician doesn’t want me to give her over-the-counter cold medication. What can I do to help her feel better?

  • Where in suburbs Rauner granted medical marijuana licenses Feb 2, 2015 10:17 PM
    Illinois medical marijuana dispensaries got the green light Monday when Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the winners of licenses to sell the drug. Here are the suburban licensees.

  • Your health: Laughing gas becoming more popular during labor Feb 2, 2015 5:45 AM
    A Minneapolis mom who wanted a natural birth was more than 13 hours into labor when she felt she wasn’t going to make it without something to take the edge off the pain. But rather than asking for an epidural or narcotics, she begged for laughing gas.Though nitrous oxide has long been used in European countries and Canada, the gas is now making a resurgence in the U.S., according to medical experts.

  • Cure for slow golf play cure found at equipment show: Lacrosse on a bike Feb 2, 2015 5:45 AM
    The overseers of the game of golf are trying to figure out how to stop the flow of people leaving — about 1 million put their clubs away since 2009, according to the National Golf Foundation. Slow play — four hours, 22 minutes per round on average — has been identified as a culprit by the U.S. Golf Association. Could FlingGolf or Golf Bikes be the answer to their problems?

  • No schuss, no fuss: Cross-country skiing is a great workout Feb 2, 2015 7:02 AM
    Cross-country can be very exhausting — especially if you're trying to go as fast as you can for as long as you can, like those lunatics at the Olympics. But another way to think of it is as a fantastic, full-body workout, one that gives you an avenue for outdoor exercise during cold weather and, really, is only as “brutal” as you want to make it. Another way to think of it is as — dare I say? — fun.

  • Snowy Super Shuffle in Geneva draws dedicated runners Feb 2, 2015 5:31 AM
    You won't often see a snowplow lead the way of a 5K race. But that was the case Sunday as hundreds of runners and walkers braved blizzard conditions for the Super Shuffle 5K run in Geneva. "We have had a lot worse," said Traci Wicks, the Geneva Park District's marketing and public relations director.

  • Building a better flu vaccine than this year’s debacle Feb 1, 2015 7:00 AM
    With this season’s flu vaccine protecting only one in 4 people, scientists are working on new manufacturing techniques and virus-killing methods to update the creaky, 80-year-old process now used to inoculate the population.

  • Study: Imaginary exercise can keep casted muscles strong Feb 1, 2015 7:00 AM
    Have you ever broken a bone and had to immobilize a limb in a cast? Do you remember how weak your muscles were once the cast was cut off? A new study indicates that imagination can be a useful tool in retaining muscle strength despite immobilization.

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