Health and Science

Smartphones can cut your kid’s sleep, layer on the pounds

By Priyam Vora

Sleepy kids may have a hard time hitting the basketball court or focusing on their homework. And the source of their problems may radiate from the digital world of their smartphones!

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston recently reported that the “blue light” glow from using smartphones and other electronic devices too close to bedtime can make it difficult to fall asleep.  But the same study shows that this lack of sleep in kids can result in increasing risks of obesity during  adolescence. Continue reading

VIDEO: Get Covered Illinois lures millennials into health coverage with humor

By Melissa Schenkman

The deadline for getting health insurance to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act is fast approaching. While enrollment may not be on the radar of healthy millennials, Get Covered Illinois is educating them about the importance of having health insurance and having a little fun in the process.

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VIDEO: Going green can help save the green in your wallet

by Grace Eleyae

Making a home more energy efficient can benefit both your conscience and your check book, according to recent data released by the Illinois Association of Energy Raters. Smaller changes like replacing shower heads with their low-flow counterparts can significantly reduce monthly operating costs, and larger investments like adding solar panels can increase the value of your home up to 10 percent. Continue reading

VIDEO: Illinois PIRG campaigns to get McDonald’s to purchase antibiotic-free meat

By Tanni Deb

Many factory-farmed animals receive antibiotics for growth production and to avoid the spread of illnesses. While this may seem to be a good idea, it can actually be dangerous for humans who eat meat raised with this drug. Illinois PIRG, a public interest research group, has started a campaign to get McDonald’s, a global leader of hamburgers, to stop the overuse of antibiotics.

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Tragic disease passes legacy to kids

By Jamie Friedlander

Anthony Martinez, 26, was in high school when he started noticing some changes in his mother’s personality. Kathleen Eannotti was always a neat freak and the house was always spotless. Now she was acting out of character, hoarding, becoming irrational and getting angry at inanimate objects. Continue reading

VIDEO: Safety tips help keep horseback riders from injury

by Beth Lawrence

Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe was in the hospital recently after he was thrown from a horse while vacationing in Tanzania. McAuliffe was admitted for a punctured lung and seven broken ribs and remained hospitalized for three nights before returning to work. Injuries like his are not uncommon for horseback riders. A riding instructor provides some tips so you can stay safe around horses.

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First measles case confirmed in Illinois

By Margaret Anderson

Measles, a disease once eradicated in the United States, but recently emerged at Disneyland, is now in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health revealed Tuesday.

The patient, who has not been identified, became ill in mid-January and is now in recovery, said Melaney Arnold, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Continue reading

VIDEO: Booties “pawtect” pets from cold and ice-melting salt

By Tanni Deb

Walking your dog during winter can be painful for your pet because the snow and salt on the streets can torment its paws. Dr. Linnea Olson, a veterinarian at the Burnham Park Animal Hospital, says boots are a great way to protect not just animals’ feet, but they also have added benefits for their health.

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Revving up your winter run for safety

By Shanley Chien

As temperatures drop, so do the number of people running outdoors. People increasingly move their workouts to the gyms or other safe havens from Chiberia, but dedicated runners willing to brave freezing temperatures to clock in the miles should consider a few extra safety tips.

Liliana Zecker, associate professor of language and literacy at DePaul University and an avid Evanston runner, refuses to let cold temperatures prevent her from doing what she loves. Continue reading

Measles numbers on the rise from Disneyland exposure

By Shanley Chien

The measles outbreak originating from people exposed to the virus at Disneyland over the holiday season is still spreading,  though there are no confirmed cases in Illinois associated with the theme park exposure.

The recent measles outbreak linked to the Disneyland exposure over the holiday season came on the heels of the country’s worst year of reported cases since the measles was declared eradicated in 2000. Continue reading