• Creating an Asthma-Friendly School

    July 27, 2021
    More than six million children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma in the United States. An asthma attack can happen anywhere – even at school. What can parents and schools do to ensure these students are safe and ready to learn? The Americ...
  • How Preventive Exams Are Used to Detect Cervical Cancer in Women

    July 26, 2021
    We’ve all heard the old proverb: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Translated, it simply means catching health issues early is best. Many preventive services covered under your health plan help you do just that. Three&...
  • Your Child’s Asthma Care: Build a Team

    July 23, 2021
    They say it takes a village to raise a child. When the child has asthma, it takes a “village” of health experts. This health team will help your child manage their symptoms and live a normal, active life. Good communication with your chil...
  • Seven Facts About Hepatitis C

    July 22, 2021
    You’ve probably heard about Hepatitis C in the news. It’s the most common bloodborne infection in the United States. Because it can be easily spread, it has sparked fear and worry in some people. We’re here to help people understand...
  • Good Gum Care May Help Manage Diabetes

    July 21, 2021
    If you have diabetes, it affects your whole body – including your mouth. Don’t skip regular dental checkups. Along with managing your blood sugar levels, dental care helps you keep both your body and mouth healthy. Gum Disease and Blood S...
  • How Serious is Cirrhosis?

    July 20, 2021
    Over the years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has worked closely with Loyola University School of Medicine to support research about cirrhosis of the liver. By doing so, we can help doctors anticipate and treat the growing number...
  • Prevent Gum Disease for a Healthy Heart

    July 19, 2021
    What do your gums and your heart have in common? Studies show people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to have heart disease. With gum disease, inflammation not only puts the mouth at risk, but can be a danger to the heart. Links have also...
  • Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

    July 16, 2021
    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 34 million Americans – just over o...
  • Preventing Decay with Dental Sealants

    July 15, 2021
    Tooth decay is the most common ongoing childhood disease in the United States. Nearly half of all children between six and 11 years old have cavities. Tooth decay can be stopped with good oral care. Beefing up good oral care is a tool parents ap...
  • Proper Oral Care for You and Your Baby

    July 14, 2021
    Pregnancy and welcoming a newborn baby are two of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. Along with all the plans and preparations you’re making now, don’t forget to keep up with good dental care. As an expectant mother, a healt...
  • Only You Can Prevent Gum Disease

    July 13, 2021
    The world may see your friendly smile, but what’s going on behind it? The inside of your mouth is home to millions of bacteria. Along with tooth decay, gum disease can boost your risk for tooth loss and serious illnesses if not kept in check. G....
  • Preventing Stroke in Women of All Ages

    July 12, 2021
    Stroke can happen in an instant, and it can be a life-altering event. It inspires a fair amount of fear and worry in many. And for good reason. A stroke can strike anyone—no matter your age, ethnicity, or sex. There is no typical stroke victim...
  • Ways to Fit In Fitness

    July 9, 2021
    It isn’t hard to think up a reason to skip a workout. Many of us do it. The “B” word is a great excuse. “I’m busy.” Yes, when we find ourselves in a time crunch, exercise often gets the boot. Who has an...
  • On a Roll: Bike Share Programs Expand Across the Country

    July 8, 2021
    Bike sharing is on a roll in cities from Chicago to Houston. Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) helps supporting bicycles and bike stations across the country. What makes these programs so popular? Bike share programs like Houston BCycle ...
  • Mindful Eating with Diabetes

    July 7, 2021
    Learning to be more mindful can help us calmly think through situations rather than be reactive. For individuals diagnosed with diabetes , the principles of mindfulness may even help them practice better self-care. What is mindfulness? It is being...