| Oct 6, 2011
| 7:27 AM
It's the time of year once again for body aches, intense coughing and fever — common symptoms of seasonal flu. But the good news is that more and more people are getting flu shots, guarding them against complications that could land them in the...
| Nov 14, 2011
| 5:41 PM
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The American Medical Association threw its support behind government efforts to ensure the supply of lifesaving medicines but stopped short of recommending financial penalties against drug companies.
The influential doctors' lobby...
| 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...
| 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 17, 2011
| 5:18 PM
Inadequate staffing levels and lax supervision led to a series of alleged sexual attacks on youth at a prominent Chicago psychiatric hospital, according to a new report released Tuesday by the state Department of Children and Family Services.
| May 8, 2011
| 6:24 AM
Dawn Cofiell was adamantly opposed to delivering her son Donovan by cesarean section three years ago, but a complication made it unavoidable.
The experience was so smooth, pain-free and convenient that she surprised her doctor with requests to plan the...
| Apr 27, 2011
When Kamela Beltran lost her third baby to yet another miscarriage, this one at 22 weeks of pregnancy, she was angry with God.
"I asked why. I didn't do drugs. I was married. I didn't have an abortion. Why is God doing this to me?" Beltran said.
| Nov 9, 2011
When a series of whooping cough cases spread through a northwest suburban high school this fall, school officials knew they had to act quickly to try to stem the outbreak.
Cleaning crews at Cary-Grove High School scrubbed down and repeatedly sanitized...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 1, 2010
If you're not already convinced that eating sensibly can help prevent a heart attack, consider this: a new study by researchers at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs just revealed that eating an unusually large or heavy meal can trigger one.