Here are our favorite health stories for Feburary with the latest information you need to know about staying healthy.
Heavy drinking in middle age speeds cognitive decline, study finds
Middle-aged men who consume an average of more than 2½ alcoholic drinks per day accelerate the rate at which their memories decline by almost six years over a 10-year span, says a new study. Link to story.
Heart of a fighter
Edward Hospital cardiac patient Leon Lasota has a long story of survival to tell — scarlet fever, three years in a concentration camp, and most recently, aortic stenosis.Link to story.
How inactivity changes the brain
Being sedentary appears to alter the brain in ways that may affect heart health, a new study found. Link to story.
FDA: Acetaminophen doses over 325 mg might lead to liver damage
You're in pain after surgery, and your doctor prescribes you Vicodin, or maybe Percocet. But when you get home, the pain hasn't subsided and you decide to pop some Extra Strength Tylenol. Unknowingly, you may have just taken more of the drug acetaminophen than is safe. Link to story.
Medicare taps DuPage-Edward venture to manage patients, find savings
The federal government has tapped an organization backed by DuPage Medical Group Ltd. and Edward Hospital & Health Services to manage the health of about 50,000 Medicare beneficiaries under an arrangement designed to create incentives to cut costs. Link to story.