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Health
8:03 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Eating Turkey Can Improve Health In Long Run

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Eating turkey leftovers may better your long-term health. That’s according to Medical News Today

Turkey helps keep insulin levels stable after meals. It also contains selenium--studies suggest the mineral may decrease the risk of prostate, lung, skin and other cancers.

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Health
7:55 am
Fri November 28, 2014

New Drug Strips Cancer Of 'Camouflage' Ability

A drug that makes most cancers more vulnerable to the body's immune system may mark a new era in treatment. That’s according to a study published in the journal Nature.

The medicine strips cancer cells of the "camouflage" they use to evade attack by the immune system.

In the study, some patients totally recovered from terminal bladder cancer.

Thanksgiving
7:13 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Think About Food Safety This Thanksgiving

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Families planning a turkey dinner tomorrow should think about food safety. The Illinois health department says it's important to give a frozen turkey enough time to thaw thoroughly before cooking.

Thawing in the refrigerator takes about 24 hours for every four to five pounds and thawing in cold water takes about 30 minutes per pound.

That means a 20- to 24-pound turkey can take five or six days to thaw in the refrigerator. It takes 10 to 12 hours to thaw in cold water.

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Health
7:31 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Working Non-Traditional Shifts Dulls Your Brain

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Working non-traditional hours can prematurely age the brain and dull intellectual ability. That's according to a study in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Scientists say a decade of shifts aged workers' brains by more than six years and took five years to reverse its effects. Disrupting body clocks come with other risks to shift workers, including breast cancer and obesity.

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Health
7:51 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Milk May Not Make Bones Stronger, But May Age You Faster

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Milk may not be as effective as experts thought in preventing bone fracture and maintaining bone health.

That's according to a recent study in the British Medical Journal.

Researchers found that sugars in milk may lead to increased mortality in men and women.

However, the authors say the study is observational and not meant to draw causal conclusions.

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Health
7:13 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Cold Sore Virus Linked To Higher Alzheimer's Risk

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The virus that causes cold sores may be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.

That's according to two studies in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia. Researchers found being a carrier for cold sores, or herpes simplex virus, almost doubled a person's risk in developing Alzheimer's.

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Your Health
12:34 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

How Healthy Is Your County? Check Out This Interactive Survey

Credit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Four counties in northern Illinois are ranked among the healthiest 20 of the state's 102 counties.

That's according to a survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It allows you to measure health outcomes and factors in every U.S. county. It also lets you compare data from one county to another.

For example, if you wanted to know the number of primary care physicians per resident, there's an answer. By the way, the ratio for DeKalb County is 1 doctor per 2,910 residents. For Winnebago County it's 1 per 1,367 residents.

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Health Rankings
12:18 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Area counties top annual Health Rankings list

Northern Illinois county Health Outcomes rankings ranged from 1 to 73 out of 102 counties in the state in the Third Annual County Health Rankings released Tuesday.

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Health
5:18 am
Thu March 15, 2012

New Evidence Links Life in the Womb and Obesity

New evidence suggests environmental factors in the womb could lead to  increased body weight in later years. The research appears  in the journal Plos One.  Scientists found changes around the DNA at birth which may result from a mother's diet or exposure to pollution or stress. These changes were linked to a higher Body Mass Index in children around the age of nine.

Full Story from BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17234033