Health Beat

Poison Peril

National Poison Prevention Week is March 15-21

Year after year, millions of accidental poisonings happen in the United States – the majority of them affecting children. A poison is any substance that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, by the wrong person… [Read More]


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March 2-8 Is National Sleep Awareness Week

After a long day of work and activity, we can hardly wait for bedtime. But for some, falling asleep can be elusive and stressful.  At some point in their lives, most people experience difficulty in falling asleep. National Sleep Awareness Week… [Read More]


American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

February, American Heart Month, is a time to spread awareness of the dangers of heart disease and recommit to prevention, reducing risks and helping our patients live longer, healthier lives. Hundreds of thousands of patients and families are devastated each… [Read More]


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December is Safe Toys and Celebrations Month

Toys are supposed to be fun and part of a child’s development. Each year though, many children are treated in hospital emergency room for toy-related injuries. As the holidays approach, parents and caregivers should be aware of the dangers of… [Read More]


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National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 7–14

Influenza (the flu) can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Flu viruses are constantly changing. Each flu season, different flu viruses can spread, and they can affect people differently based on differences in… [Read More]


Great American Smokeout

November 20 is Great American Smokeout Day

November 20 is the day designated annually by the American Cancer Society as the “Great American Smokeout”, which was inaugurated in 1976 to inspire and encourage smokers to quit for one day. Now, 44.2 percent of the 45.3 million Americans… [Read More]


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CountyCare offers access to free early breast cancer screening

Black women 65 percent more likely to die of breast cancer; Leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic women African-American women are 55 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women, according to the American Cancer Society,… [Read More]


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Do You Have a Back-to-School Safety Checklist?

Families are already back in the school routine, but it is good to check that proper precautions are taken to keep “safety first” on everyone’s mind. On the Way to School Before you cross the street, stop and look ALL ways… [Read More]


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September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month

African Americans and Hispanics at Heightened Risk for High Cholesterol and Heart Disease September marks National Cholesterol Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to test cholesterol levels and learn more about staying healthy. According to the American Heart Association,… [Read More]


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September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Early diagnosis key to sickle cell treatment One in 12 African Americans have sickle cell trait By Drs. Lilly Mathew, Lisa Giordano, and Dipti Dighe Pediatric Hematologists at Cook County Health & Hospitals System September marks the beginning of the… [Read More]