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Dr. Mona House Call: 2013: A year in health

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Elected officials and celebrities gave way to many of 2013's biggest health stories.

President Barack Obama's namesake for healthcare reform, "Obamacare," was both revered for its groundbreaking attempt to provide health insurance to many uninsured Americans, and reviled for its failing website that was supposed to sign up the uninsured.

Another politician and the world's first public health mayor, as some call New York City's Mike Bloomberg, continued to pass controversial initiatives promoting health. Bloomberg limited sodas to 16-ounces, raised the purchase age for cigarettes and required children older than six months who attend daycare or preschool programs to get a flu vaccination.

From Hollywood, actor Angelina Jolie captivated her adoring public by removing both her breasts after genetic testing. Tom Hanks admitted he graduated to full-blown diabetes after struggling with pre-diabetes for years. And Catherine Zeta-Jones entered treatment for bipolar disease.

In national news, obesity was declared a disease by the American Medical Association, and brain deficits, dementia and depression linked to concussions and other head injuries put the National Football League on the defensive. They ultimately agreed to pay more than $700 million to settle health lawsuits.

Marijuana ignited controversial debate as Illinois and New Hampshire joined 18 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing it for medical use.

Here in Illinois, Gov. Quinn banned people younger than 18 from using tanning beds.

At the tail end of the year, new guidelines were put in place to treat high blood pressure by exempting some older people from treatment.

Finally, the New Year sees bit of controversy over new guidelines to use a risk calculator to determine which patients with high cholesterol to treat.

The focus for the new few days, however, may be on how to get rid of those hangovers. Loyola University Medical Center physicians offered a few tips for how to prevent, and treat, those New Year's Eve hangovers. Physicians broke down the tips by the following:

Before the party:

- Plan to drink moderately, set a maximum number of drinks

- To prevent inflammation, take anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or Aleve

 

During the party

- Eat first

- Drink slowly

- Drink water after every alcoholic beverage

- Take a vitamin B supplement

 

After the party

- Get as much sleep as possible

 

The morning after

- Take another vitamin B supplement

- Drink more water

- Exercise

 

What doesn't work, physicians said, is coffee and the "hair of the dog" notion, more alcohol will just make you feel worse.

The best advice for staying in good health and up to date on health trends, as always, is educate yourself and then see your own doctor for customized guidance.

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