| Sep 20, 2010
When my son was 4, I tried giving him nutritional supplements to make up for his appalling diet. I mixed fish oil into his orange juice. I let him eat candylike gummy multivitamins. And I stirred a chocolate powder containing 31 fruit and vegetable...
| Oct 18, 2010
| 9:13 PM
Follow drug company money in Illinois, and it leads to the psychiatry department at Rush University Medical Center, a prominent headache clinic on the North Side of Chicago, a busy suburban urology practice and a psychiatric hospital accused of...
| Sep 22, 2010
The earlier a girl gets her first period, the greater her risk of developing breast cancer later in life. That's because cancer risk rises the longer a woman's breast tissue is exposed to estrogens released during her menstrual cycle, so fewer...
| Aug 9, 2010
As the world's most-prescribed class of medications, statins indisputably qualify for the commercial distinction of "blockbuster." About 24 million Americans take the drugs — marketed under such commercial names as Pravachol, Mevacor, Lipitor, Zocor...
| Sep 22, 2010
| 3:22 PM
Val Lucier is a male breast cancer survivor. He considers himself lucky that he detected his cancer at Stage 3B — an advanced stage in which cancer has spread into lymph nodes, and at which a patient's chance of surviving the cancer five years...
| Sep 23, 2010
Caught early, breast cancer is easily treatable and survivable. As in all types of cancer, breast cancer diagnoses are broken down into stages. Each stage is based on whether or not — or how far — the cancer cells have spread. Each stage...
| Aug 6, 2010
After a miscarriage, the time a woman should wait before trying for another pregnancy is controversial. Some practitioners believe that there should be no wait time; the World Health Organization encourages women to wait at least six months.
| 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...
| Oct 11, 2010
| 3:20 PM
A 4-year-old boy with severe developmental disabilities died in his nursing facility when he had difficulty breathing and no one heard the alarm on his monitor. Three weeks later, a 4-year-old girldied at the home in an almost identical way.
| Sep 22, 2010
Where it was once believed too much soy in a diet could increase the risk of developing breast cancer, newer findings suggest high-soy diets can reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence and death. The contradiction, in part, is prompting some health...
| Mar 14, 2011
Once a woman becomes visibly pregnant, it isn't long before she's being asked extremely personal questions by complete strangers:
"Are you going to have an epidural or go natural?
"You're not drinking alcohol, are you?"
"Have you tried ginger for...