| Jan 6, 2012
| 8:36 AM
One especially fascinating aspect of my job is sifting through medical history, something I was more than happy to do for my story on the resurgence of reported cases of whooping cough in Illinois and across the nation. You can find that story, which...
| Jan 12, 2012
"Engineered Doomsday." "Mutant Bird Flu." These may sound like the names of disaster movies, but they are headlines on recent news reports about experiments involving the H5N1 influenza virus.
The H5N1 virus is known as a "bird flu" because it mainly...
| Dec 12, 2011
With $30 million of taxpayer money, researchers set out to conduct one of the largest studies ever of an alternative medical treatment, a controversial therapy for coronary artery disease.
The project was marred with problems from beginning to end....
| Dec 12, 2011
More than a dozen physicians involved with the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy have run into trouble with federal regulators, state medical boards and even, in some cases, the law:
•Dr. L. Terry Chappell, testified at Rep. Dan Burton's 1999...
| Dec 11, 2011
Thanks to a $374,000 taxpayer-funded grant, we now know that inhaling lemon and lavender scents doesn't do a lot for our ability to heal a wound. With $666,000 in federal research money, scientists examined whether distant prayer could heal AIDS. It could...
| Dec 11, 2011
Energy healers say they can detect and channel a "universal energy" and even manipulate this energy within another person.
Science has not proved that this energy exists, that anybody can detect it or manipulate it, or that it has anything to do with...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 8:08 AM
On Sunday and Monday of this week, we published a series examining 12 years of spending at one of the centers at the National Institutes of Health -- the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, also known as NCCAM.
Sen. Tom Harkin...
| Dec 23, 2011
A scientific paper embraced by many chronic fatigue syndrome patients as a ray of hope has been retracted after a tumultuous year that included allegations of data manipulation and felony charges involving stolen property against the study's lead...
| Jun 18, 2011
| 1:24 AM
Clusters of children without their required vaccinations in about 200 Illinois schools are raising the chances of school-based outbreaks of serious preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough, a Tribune analysis of state data has found.
| Jan 30, 2012
The recent series of articles by Trine Tsouderos in the Los Angeles Times misrepresents the scientific contributions and future research agenda of the National Institutes of Health and its National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine ["New...
| Feb 25, 2012
| 1:22 PM
Chubby, pink and anesthetized into unconsciousness and paralysis, 16-week-old Ian Lund was a small bump under blue drapes on an operating table at University of Chicago Medicine. Perched above him was a robot, with arms like a three-legged spider.