• How Serious is Cirrhosis?

    January 27, 2023
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) works closely with Loyola University School of Medicine to support research about cirrhosis of the liver. By doing so, we help doctors anticipate and treat the growing number of cases they now see...
  • Pregnancy with Gestational Diabetes

    January 25, 2023
    Angela R. had her first child when she was 21. Fifteen years later, she learned she was expecting her second at the age of 36. While her first pregnancy went smoothly, a complication rose its head 25 weeks into her second. Gestational diabetes. &ldqu...
  • Cancer and Pregnancy: 5 Things You Need to Know

    January 20, 2023
    Baby showers, gift registries, nursery decorations, baby names and routine doctor’s visits. They are all things women expecting a child focus on. It’s a time of excitement and planning for the future. Cancer is the last thing a ...
  • What Does Your Thyroid Do?

    January 20, 2023
    Everyone is born with a thyroid. It’s the “butterfly-shaped” gland in the lower front part of your neck. It sits right below the Adam’s Apple. The thyroid gland makes two hormones – T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxin...
  • Health Insurance and Pregnancy: The Basics

    January 19, 2023
    Having a baby is life changing. While babies are a blessing, they also cost money – even before they're born. That’s why it’s important to have health insurance before and after you become pregnant. With health insurance maternity b...
  • Are You Prepared for Earthquakes?

    January 18, 2023
    How do you prepare for the unexpected? What do you do when something you hoped you’d never experience suddenly happens? While an earthquake can happen anywhere, there some parts of the United States that have a higher risk. People in Alaska, Ca....
  • Detox Diets: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    January 17, 2023
    You’ve likely heard about detox diets. They may be trendy, but there isn’t much proof that detox diets rid the body of toxins. How do detox diets work? Most include a period of fasting (not eating). Afterward, individuals follo...
  • Women, Plan for a Year of Wellness

    January 17, 2023
    Is getting organized on your list of to-dos? What about healthy living? Why not combine the two? Use a calendar or scheduling app to plan your health and wellness appointments right now. Preventive care is an important part of living a long, healthy...
  • Fall and Wintertime Skin Care: How to Prevent and Treat Dry Skin

    January 17, 2023
    The leaves are falling, the holidays are just around the corner. So is something else. Itchy skin. Yep, as the seasons change, so does your skin. The skin routine you use in the summer may not work so well in the fall and winter when humidity dr...
  • Why Meningitis Travels Fast and How You Can Prevent It

    January 16, 2023
    If you lived on campus during your college years, chances are your school required a meningitis vaccine. With good reason. The disease is common among children and young adults. Close contact in school classrooms, daycare centers and dorms are perfec...
  • The Benefits of Being Bilingual

    January 16, 2023
    Nearly 60 million people in the United States speak more than one language. That means a growing number of children are growing up in bilingual households. Christina R. was one of them. Early on she knew she used different languages to speak with...
  • Memory Loss, When to Seek Help

    January 15, 2023
    Most adults experience some form of memory loss as they age. You might misplace your keys or forget an appointment. These kinds of memory lapses don’t need to signal alarm. Alzheimer’s disease is different. A form of dementia (memor...
  • Kids and Sports Concussions: Things to Know

    January 13, 2023
    We all know that a concussion can be serious, but many of us don’t know its symptoms. Do you know what to do if your child gets one? Young children, teenagers and young adults have a higher risk because their brains are still developing. ...
  • Wellness ‘U’: Tips for Cutting Down on Binge Drinking

    January 12, 2023
    College is all about studying until your brain hurts, figuring out your future, making life-long friends – and drinking? Drinking alcohol has become one of the most popular ways college students unwind. In fact, almost 54% of college students a....
  • Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

    January 10, 2023
    Over the last decade, new cases of Type 2 diabetes have decreased – except in one important age group. Among people younger than 20 years old, Type 2 diabetes has risen significantly. All told, more than 37 million Americans have diabetes. The ....