| Mar 25, 2011
| 7:35 AM
When Ginny Russo goes into labor sometime at the end of May, her first call will be to her doctor. Her second: to the researchers who want to collect her baby's placenta, umbilical cord blood and first dirty diaper.
They're part of the same crew that,...
| Mar 18, 2011
| 4:05 PM
A nursing home fire early today that sent one resident to the hospital for smoke inhalation was set by a mentally ill housemate who had lived at the facility for many years, according to an official at the facility.
Patrick O’Brien, administrator...
| Mar 18, 2011
| 5:17 PM
Reece LoCicero, the 5-year-old La Crescenta Elementary School kindergarten student suffering from an undiagnosed illness, has been accepted into an elite research program at the National Institutes of Health, officials confirmed Friday.
The child and...
| Mar 23, 2011
Prayer alone was no longer enough for Lisa Ballantine, who watched the families fill their baby bottles with murky river water that sickened and even killed their children.
After returning from a yearlong mission trip to the Dominican Republic in 2000,...
| 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...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 2:54 PM
The city Inspector General's Office today criticized the Chicago Department of Public Health for failing to correct several deficiencies in its inventory management uncovered more than two years ago.
The problems with tracking vaccine, drug, and clinical...
| 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...