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More pro athletes are taking time off to be with their families in the delivery room. Yet Major League Baseball remains the only one of the four major professional leagues in North America to have a standardized paternity leave policy. The NFL, NBA and NHL leave the matter up to individual players and their teams. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hangry? Snack might help avoid fight with spouse ]]> Lead story image

A quick candy bar prevent major fights between husbands and wives. That’s because low blood sugar can make spouses touchy, researchers propose. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:04:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ At-home mothers on the rise, new research shows ]]>

NEW YORK — More women are staying at home full time to raise their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday. Factors cited by Pew to explain the increase include more immigrant mothers, who tend to stay home with children in greater numbers than U.S.-born moms; more women unable to find work; and ambivalence about the impact of working mothers on young children. The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29 percent in 2012, the study found. That’s up from a low of 23 percent at the turn of the … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:38:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kosher Coke bubbles up for Passover ]]> Lead story image

Kosher Coke. It’s the real thing. The weekend before Passover begins, it flies off the shelves at stores such as Hungarian Kosher Foods in Skokie. For Passover, which begins Monday evening and ends April 22, Coca-Cola produces limited batches of its soft drink in accordance with kosher standards — using a blended natural sweetener derived in part from sugar cane instead of high fructose syrup made from corn, which is forbidden during Passover because it is considered a leavening agent. But even people who aren’t Jewish pour out in droves to pick up the limited kosher bottles. “At Passover, we … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:36:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Glenview doctor, sanctioned for improper prescribing, tops list of Illinois docs profiting from Medicare ]]>

Before he found himself in hot water with state and federal watchdogs, Dr. Rakesh Jagetia was paid almost $20,000 for each Medicare patient he saw in 2012, for a total of nearly $5.3 million — the most, by far, paid to any Illinois doctor by Medicare. That was revealed this past week when the federal government for the first time released data on services provided by — and money paid to — 880,000 health professionals in 2012 who took care of patients under the Medicare Part B program. In 2012, the data show, about $77.4 billion was paid out nationwide. … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:10:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Math may help whittle away jet lag ]]>

WASHINGTON — Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it’s possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help. Doctors have long said exposure to light is key. But how much, and when? “If you get light in the wrong time or wrong way, it’ll send you the wrong direction,” said University of Michigan math professor Daniel Forger, who led the research published this week. A master biological clock, called a circadian rhythm, regulates when we … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Males can be victims of sexual assault too ]]> Lead story image

A new study published in the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity found that 43 percent of high school and college-age men report they have experienced “unwanted sexual contact.” ]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:53:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober: Study ]]> Lead story image

CHICAGO (AP) — A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found. The sober app studied joins a host of others that serve as electronic shoulder angels, featuring a variety of options for trying to prevent alcoholics and drug addicts from relapsing. Adults released from in-patient alcoholism treatment centers who got free sober smartphones reported fewer drinking days and more overall abstinence than those who got the usual follow-up support. The results were based on … ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:40:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hockey moms go from the bench to the ice ]]> Lead story image

After a decade of watching her kids have all the fun, hockey mom Camy Gould went from the stands to the ice when she decided to play women’s hockey. ]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 02:11:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chronic stress can slow the healing process ]]> Lead story image

Q. My husband, 70, broke his ankle two years ago, and he still limps around in pain that keeps him awake at night. He’s always under a lot of stress, so I was wondering, could stress be why he isn’t healing properly? A. Many factors, such as weight, poor nutrition, lack of exercise or physical therapy, and especially chronic stress, can contribute to a slow-healing ankle. Studies on skin repair following surgery show that stress slows down wound healing by as much as 40 percent. We also know that stress can worsen asthma, cardiovascular and heart disease, obesity, diabetes headaches, … ]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:58:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Make sure expectations are clear before moving in together ]]> Lead story image

If you want a wedding in your future, living together doesn’t have to preclude that. Here are some things to keep in mind. ]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:02:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ New car smell may be enjoyable, but risky ]]> Lead story image

Q. I’m ready for a new car, but someone just told me that “new car smell” is actually toxic. Is that true? Should I get a used car? A. That was a fairly big problem in the not-so-distant past, but car manufacturers today are taking steps to make sure your new car is as clean on the inside as it is outside. Here’s the health story. In 2006, consumer watchdog groups started testing the air inside new cars. It turned out that off-gassing (evaporation of volatile chemicals) from flame retardants, adhesives, sealers, chemical softeners, lubricants, paints, carpeting and interior leather … ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:00:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Push on as Obamacare deadline approaches ]]> Lead story image

Workers who help people find health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are making the final push as the March 31 deadline for signing up approaches. ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:09:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Work on timing so your arrivals are at same time ]]> Lead story image

Sexual pleasure is not created equal. Think of it this way: If men are like microwaves, women are more like slow cookers. ]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:24:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ With food allergies, ‘constant vigilance’ and educating others are musts ]]> Lead story image

One in 13 U.S. children suffers from food allergies, and the numbers are growing, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. In fact, food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. ]]> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:47:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ The cool trend of ‘vaping’ is not without health risks ]]> Lead story image

Their 16-year-old daughter thinks ‘vaping’ is cool. It may be trendy, but is it a health risk as well? ]]> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:52:08 -0500