| May 30, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Of the many powers mothers wield, few are more extraordinary than the power to nudge a child's health prospects in one direction or another simply by having incubated that child in her womb. Research is uncovering more and more instances in which a...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 5:36 AM
Heat played a role in the death of a 70-year-old west suburban woman found dead Sunday, the Cook County medical examiner's office said Monday.
Elizabeth Darlinger, of the 1400 block of North 45th Avenue in Stone Park, was pronounced dead at her home...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 4:09 PM
After a decade of rancorous debate over the risks and benefits of menopausal hormone therapy, experts from more than a dozen top medical organizations worldwide have finally come to something resembling a consensus. What did they decide, and why are women...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 1:12 PM
When Chicago singer Jimmy Damon died on April 27, his 75th birthday, this city lost a performer like none other.
For though Chicago has nurtured such eminent male vocalists as Joe Williams, Johnny Hartman, Nat "King" Cole and Frank D'Rone – and...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 3:44 PM
Hormone replacement therapy has plummeted among U.S. women since the Women’s Health Initiative cut short its Estrogen Plus Progestin Trial in 2002, when study results revealed that women who took the two-hormone therapy suffered adverse effects...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it OK to give my teenage daughter melatonin to help her sleep better? I've read that it's a safe alternative to sleep medicines.
ANSWER: Although melatonin has been shown to be useful for treating sleep problems in adults, it has not...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 11:19 AM
Dear Pharmacist: I met you at a book signing and you said something that stuck. You told me that if I have allergies, fatigue and multiple chemical sensitivities that I may have a methylation difficulty. You also told me not to take green coffee bean...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 9:00 AM
John O’Hara was not a nice man, but he was, for a while, one hell of a great writer.
Many years ago (decades actually), I got so hooked on O’Hara that I read everything he had written that I could find. As brilliant and precise as were...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 6:00 PM
When I was growing up, tea was something I was given by my mother and grandmother as a cure for colds. "Drink some hot tea, and you will feel better. I guarantee it." My choices were pretty simple, Tetley or Lipton.
Today, food stores stock scores of...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 5:33 PM
Just in time for the summer cocktail season, there's a research finding that offers a new recipe for excessive alcohol consumption. Let's call this cocktail a Tension Burner and ask the barman to go easy on the dopamine. First ingredient: stress hormones;...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 3:00 AM
A report last week by the federal Food and Drug Administration that menthol-flavored cigarettes pose a greater risk to public health than ordinary cigarettes signals that the agency may finally be prepared to regulate their sale or perhaps ban them...