| Oct 17, 2012
In northwest Indiana, where I have raised vegetables for 20-odd years, mosquitoes flourish when rain fills the swamp pools in the backwaters of the Kankakee River.
In August 2004, those pools spawned a particularly righteous throng. One afternoon, they...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 5:31 PM
Zac Vawter, a 31-year-old amputee, aims to make medical history Sunday when he attempts to climb 103 stories to the top of the Willis Tower with his state-of-the-art bionic leg.
Researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago equipped Vawter...
| Nov 4, 2012
Zac Vawter, a 31-year-old amputee, aims to make medical history Sunday when he tries to climb 103 stories to the Skydeck of the Willis Tower with his state-of-the-art bionic leg.
Researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago equipped Vawter with...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 8:47 AM
Sen. Mark Kirk climbed more than three dozen flights of stairs in Willis Tower during a charity event Sunday, but his staff declined to say when the senator will return to Congress following a major stroke.
Kirk’s climb, his first public appearance...
| Jul 17, 2012
| 12:53 PM
Does a good cause inevitably lead to good architecture?
It's a touchy subject, especially when you're taking the measure of a building, like the new Ronald McDonald House in Chicago, which provides convenient, caring lodging for families that have a...
| Mar 14, 2012
Erin Feeney capped off her 19th birthday celebration with a huge accomplishment that still makes her smile.
For the first time in her life, she was able to blow out her birthday candle.
On Nov. 11 last year, when she turned 20, she did it again.
| Dec 15, 2012
| 4:55 PM
Over the 14 years since losing her right arm to a hollow-point bullet, Dana Burke was convinced she could feel herself pointing, pinching or waving as she motioned with the 5-inch-long limb the attack left behind.
Still, she had to relearn how to pull...
| Jul 27, 2012
| 3:35 PM
WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Kirk, who suffered a severe stroke in January, met Thursday with Rep. Judy Biggert, who said he is “back on his game” and even wisecracking about his treadmill — which he calls his “dreadmill.”...
| Jul 27, 2012
| 3:54 PM
Sen. Mark Kirk is sharing new information Friday about his recovery from a stroke.
"I am grateful to Dr. George Hornby, the physical therapists and other personnel of the walking research trial at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for helping me to...
| Aug 6, 2012
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk released a campaign-style video Sunday showing what he called the "very encouraging" progress he has made in his rehabilitation after suffering a stroke in January. But the Illinois Republican gave no timetable for his return to full...
| Aug 8, 2012
• Change positions every 20 or 30 minutes. Even if you don't want to get a standing desk, simply standing up can help. Sitting increases the pressure on the disks in your back, said Dr. Joel Press, medical director of the Spine and Sports...