Not so long ago, if people felt ill during cold and flu season, many would opt for a “hot toddy” drink or an aspirin to help them sleep and heal. These days, many people reach for over-the-counter drugs (OTC) to try and “kill the ill.” Be careful, though: taking new medications can be risky if … more
You wake up one morning with nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. You realize it must be caused by the past-its-prime chicken you ate last night. More than likely, you have food poisoning. This extremely common illness is caused by eating contaminated food. It is estimated that one in six Americans will suffer from a case … more
What is National Recovery Month?
September 2020 is the 31st anniversary of National Recovery Month (NRM), created to raise awareness on the treatment and care for people with substance abuse and other mental health disorders. A key goal of NRM is to remind us that treatment can enable those with mental and/or substance use disorder (SUD) to live healthy and rewarding lives. At its best, NRM is a celebration of lives in recovery. It is also a reminder to help those in need, this month and every month of the year. (more…)
If you’ve spent time with babies and youngsters, you know they tend to stick everything in their mouths—or even noses! This is part of how they explore and learn, but it’s nothing to sneeze at (pun intended). Certain items can be dangerous or toxic. Plus, kids might do the darnedest things, but adolescents and adults … more
Midwesterners wait all year for summer—and now it’s in full swing! Before you embrace what nature has to offer, check out our list of what’s harmless and what should only be admired from afar!
All around Illinois – and throughout the world – people have adapted their eating habits to stay-at-home orders created in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Family meals are now commonplace. With the additional cooking duties, experienced home cooks are becoming amateur chefs and non-cookers are becoming accomplished home cooks. (Source: TheChoppingBlock.com) But new (and … more
TV, radio, internet and social media messages on keeping areas clean, disinfecting surfaces and handwashing frequently to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus are unceasing. Sometimes it is easy to get confused on what to do and how far to push the envelope with cleaning. Over the past several weeks, the Illinois Poison Center … more
Who wants chocolate, candy, cookies and brownies? Most toddlers enjoy sweet treats, and consider them a sign of good times ahead. Yet, with the legalization and decriminalization of cannabis products in Illinois, as of Jan. 1, there is in increased risk of unintentional exposure for young children, especially with edible cannabis products that are commonly … more
Since December 2009, our 283 blog posts have garnered nearly 1.4 million page views from 224 countries. Pretty impressive! To commemorate the 10th anniversary of our blog, I’ve chosen my favorite blog post for each year.