| 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...
| Apr 26, 2011
| 1:13 AM
On Dr. Joseph Mercola's popular website, women are warned against getting mammograms to screen for breast cancer.
Instead, the Chicago-area physician touts thermograms — digital images of skin surface temperatures — as an early detection tool...
| Apr 28, 2011
| 7:10 PM
Manufacturers of foods pitched most heavily to kids -- breakfast cereals, snacks, carbonated beverages and restaurant fare -- should develop and reformulate their offerings to cut salt, added sugars and saturated fat and ensure they contribute...
| May 2, 2011
| 11:22 AM
Dumb ideas are often infectious — especially in the world of politics. Lawmakers in several states, for example, are considering legislation similar to a foolhardy bill that the Maryland legislature passed last month that could itself actually...
| 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...
| May 12, 2011
| 5:58 PM
Health care experts and some public officials are floating a radical idea as Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel prepares to take office: a full or partial merger of Chicago and Cook County's health departments.
Operating a single health department with broader...
| May 20, 2011
| 3:27 PM
Former Burbank Police Capt. Janice Lowers walked in memory of her mother and two former colleagues, and to celebrate the fight for survival of two dear friends. Laureen Endoso did it as a tribute to her late husband, Kenny, who lost his battle with cancer...
| May 23, 2011
| 7:38 PM
Steady exposure to the electromagnetic radiation given off by cellphones during use may disrupt fetal development, disturb memory and weaken the barrier that protects the brain from environmental toxins, says a welter of new research being presented...
| Aug 1, 2011
Dr. Howard Bauchner sees a bright future for the Journal of the American Medical Association — but it might be one read on a smartphone, or in a foreign language.
Bauchner, an energetic 59-year-old who plays basketball against 20-somethings and...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 1:22 PM
I don't believe the World Health Organization's "assumption" (and really, that's all you can call it, given their deeply flawed so-called "study") that cell phone use causes anything, other than a self-centered attitude in public. The same charges they...
| Jun 12, 2011
| 9:24 PM
Just as Chicago consumers get the hang of reusable grocery bags, a new movement has sprouted to make local grocery shopping even greener: reusable containers.
Called BYOC — bring your own container — by its fans, the process involves carrying...