| Nov 9, 2010
The health-care overhaul has taken some of the flex out of flexible spending accounts, which let workers pay medical expenses with pretax dollars. Starting in January, you'll no longer be able to use your FSA for over-the-counter drugs and medicines...
| May 11, 2011
A Chicago-based health and social service agency that works with the city's Asian community plans to announce Thursday a new effort to get more Asians to stop smoking.
Asian Human Services has implemented smoking-cessation workshops to counsel those...
| Dec 27, 2010
Think saccharin is unsafe? You may want to think again.
Saccharin was first identified as a hazardous, potentially cancer-causing chemical by the Food and Drug Administration in the 1970s. But since that time it has slowly been exonerated by state and...
| Oct 21, 2010
When Oakland, Calif., mom Patricia Miranda's oldest son, Eduardo, was declared overweight and diagnosed with high cholesterol at age 5, she knew something about the family's eating habits had to change. But she didn't know where to start.
"I never got...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 3:36 PM
St. Joseph Medical Center tapped a veteran health care manager Friday to replace its president and chief executive, who resigned two weeks ago without explanation.
Charles W. Neumann comes to St. Joseph via FTI Consultants, a firm that specializes in...
| Aug 14, 2011
Among the hundreds of drastic and unproven weight loss plans, the controversial hCG diet may take the cake.
Discredited by researchers in the 1970s, the near-starvation diet restricts followers to 500 calories a day for six weeks. At the same time,...
| Jan 21, 2011
| 9:25 AM
GENEVA (Reuters) - Governments must work with industry to restrict advertising of foods high in salt, sugar and dangerous fats targeted at children to tackle an epidemic of obesity and other diseases, health officials said on Friday.
The call is part...
| Nov 15, 2010
Web-savvy consumers use online rating services to review restaurants, rant about hairdressers, praise carpenters and even assess their college professors. So why shouldn't patients rate their doctors?
While more than 30 different online services now...
| Apr 24, 2011
| 5:11 PM
At 3:15 p.m. on a weekday, the busy eighth floor of Chicago's St. Joseph Hospital is buzzing with noise. Alarms beep incessantly. The elevator dings each time the doors open. During the shift change, the "cocktail party effect" kicks in; people talk...
| Mar 25, 2011
| 7:09 AM
At more than 220 pounds, Christina Martinez knew her lifestyle had to change dramatically if she wanted to improve her health, so she started taking aerobics classes.
A rigorous, five-days-a-week workout routine helped her drop 42 pounds and lower her...
| Sep 9, 2011
Both Java Monster Loca Moca and Starbucks mocha-flavored Doubleshot energy drinks come in brown 15-ounce cans. They both offer caffeine, B vitamins and "energy" in the form of guarana and ginseng.
But one is marketed as a food/beverage and the other as a...