| 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.
| Jul 13, 2011
When Dr. Jeffrey Piccirillo moved to the small college town of Grinnell, Iowa, the Joliet surgeon had been sued multiple times over allegations of malpractice, personal injury and negligence. In 2003, less than a year earlier, he had filed for bankruptcy....
| 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 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...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 10:45 AM
A Naperville physician featured in a 2009 Tribune investigation into alternative treatments for autism has been charged by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation with “unprofessional, unethical and/or dishonorable conduct.&...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 8:00 AM
Our March 17, 2011, story about XMRV, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and how they likely aren't linked in the way many CFS sufferers had hoped, offers a cautionary tale about putting too much stake in a single scientific paper.
Every week, many medical...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 8:07 AM
REPOSTED FROM 2010: The subject presents a uniquely 21st century scenario, in which a single scientific paper drops and researchers and the disease community react in very different ways.
Scientists see the paper as an invitation to question –...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 22, 2009
Sara DiFucci says she vividly remembers the day a pediatrician said her daughter, then a preschooler, could wind up in a group home later in life. She was devastated.
"I thought my daughter was going to get married and go to college," DiFucci said. "That...