| Oct 14, 2011
Dr. Anjum Usman, of Naperville, has been a star in the world of alternative treatments for autism for years, but now she's facing professional discipline for her approach to the frustrating disorder.
In prescribing chelation, a hormone modulator and...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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.&...
| 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...
| 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,...
| 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...