| Sep 12, 2012
| 5:58 PM
A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the popular antibiotic azithromycin raised the risk of irregular heart rhythms in some users.
Azithromycin, often sold in a five-day dose known as a Z-Pak, is part of the...
| Jan 25, 2011
| 5:13 PM
Girl Scout Cookies, whose ordering season finished last week in the Chicago area, came with an extra pledge this year.
For the first time ever, the scouts could promise that the majority of the cookies on the order form — five of eight varieties ...
| Feb 16, 2011
Marla Kalish, 58, of Highland Park, started experiencing chest pressure five years ago during her morning tennis matches. When she slowed down, the pressure would always dissipate, so she chalked it up to acid reflux.
"I didn't really pause too much or...
| Feb 16, 2011
About 9:30 a.m. Oct. 28, Westchester resident Shirley Grant went into full cardiac arrest and was taken to the emergency room at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.
"I don't remember anything about that day," said Grant, 66, a registered nurse, mother of two...
| Jan 27, 2011
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some black Americans have a gene that protects them from heart disease, researchers said on Thursday.
About a quarter of African-Americans carry the protective gene, and if they are lucky enough to have two copies, one from each...
| Nov 22, 2010
| 8:19 PM
As a person living with Type 1 diabetes, Angie Hashemi-Rad must prick her fingers and give herself insulin every day to stay alive. But nothing irritates her more than having people mistakenly assume she has Type 2 diabetes — and then suggest she...
| Jun 26, 2013
As a teen, Scott Damiani got adults to place bets for him at a horse track. He wagered instead of studying, losing college scholarships when his grades plummeted. Over the years, he maxed out 14 credit cards, sold his house to pay debts and kept betting....
| Sep 13, 2010
The best medicine for a longer, healthier life may be the support of family and friends: That's the conclusion of an exhaustive July report looking at studies over three decades on social relationships and mortality.
People with adequate social...
| Mar 9, 2011
| 12:53 PM
In the past several years, many doctors have advanced the notion that it's safest to start hormone therapy soon after menopause, when women are most eager to find relief from hot flashes, mood swings and insomnia.
And indeed, there's good evidence that...
| Feb 28, 2011
| 1:31 PM
It's not nice to call someone fat. That's a simple rule of thumb, repeated by parents of small children everywhere. For physicians, however, it's a social nicety that must be set aside if they are to act in the best interests of an overweight or obese ...
| Mar 1, 2011
Q: I'm a 58-year-old woman with osteoporosis. I take calcium supplements with vitamin D. Should I stop calcium supplements and vitamin D in light of the new heart and stroke warnings?
A: You likely need the supplements unless you're getting enough...