| 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...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 9:59 AM
A physician featured in a Tribune story about the dubious diagnosis and risky treatment of chronic Lyme disease has been indicted on federal charges of health care fraud and filing false tax returns, according to court records.
Dr. Carol Ann Ryser, who...
| 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...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 2:13 PM
As I was looking for a long-ago Trib Nation post that explained our approach to releasing information to put readers in touch with sympathetic story subjects, I found a trove of interesting articles past.
There were eighty-eight pages of our blog, at...
| 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.
| May 16, 2010
Ten years ago, Dr. Bob Chase would have laughed if someone had told him common infections could be eliminated in hospitals' intensive care units.
"I would have said that's ridiculous, not possible," he said. "As a physician, I was trained to believe...
| Dec 20, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Contamination is a likely explanation for scientific data that seemed to link a retrovirus and other mouse viruses to chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer, according to four papers published Monday in the journal Retrovirology.
The papers provide...
| Apr 26, 2011
| 1:13 AM
On Dr. Joseph Mercola's popular website, women are warned against getting mammograms to screen for breast cancer.
Instead, the Chicago-area physician touts thermograms — digital images of skin surface temperatures — as an early detection tool...
| Jul 26, 2010
| 3:11 PM
Pharmacies are halting sales of OSR#1, a compound marketed as a dietary supplement to parents of children with autism, six weeks after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called the product an unapproved new drug.
Several pharmacists told the Chicago...
| Aug 4, 2010
| 6:55 PM
(Click on "What we found" to read the original Tribune investigation.)
Lake County's DNA doubts
What we found: In December 2008, the Tribune detailed how Lake County prosecutors were pressing ahead on three cases, including one against Jerry Hobbs,...