| Jun 17, 2009
Executives of three of the nation's largest health insurers told federal lawmakers in Washington on Tuesday that they would continue canceling medical coverage for some sick policyholders, despite withering criticism from Republican and Democratic members...
| Nov 5, 2009
State senators will hold a hearing Thursday in Chicago to examine ways to improve safety at nursing homes, where a high number of felons with mental illness has led to reports of assaults, rape and even murder.
Legislators will hear testimony from...
| Sep 12, 2009
Cram college students into close quarters -- the shared restrooms, the group dining, the TV lounges where a steamy bag of microwave popcorn becomes communal property -- and dorm living can suddenly become a daily exercise in dodging illness.
With what is...
| Nov 10, 2009
Inside Chicago's Maxwell Manor nursing home, Dr. Michael Reinstein's patients suffered from side effects so severe that they trembled, hallucinated or lost control of their bladders.
Staffers told state investigators that so many patients were...
| Sep 18, 2009
In the prologue to "Nothing Was the Same," Kay Redfield Jamison writes, "It has been said that grief is a kind of madness. I disagree. There is a sanity to grief, in its just proportion of emotion to cause, that madness does not have."
| Sep 22, 2009
The flu tends to come on suddenly -- you're fine in the morning and aching and shivering that night -- while a cold usually develops gradually over the course of two or three days. Flu usually causes a fever and aches; a cold usually doesn't. Other...
| Oct 2, 2009
Aging takes a lot out of people.
There are the physical demands - the aches and pains, the illnesses, the cost - of passing 70-plus birthdays. Now comes Tamara McClintock Greenberg to point out that our rapidly aging population has a host of mental...
| Sep 21, 2009
I fully agree with Richard Wexler when he writes in his Sept. 16 Times Op-Ed article, “L.A.’s beleaguered foster care kids,” that the recent tragic deaths of two young children at the hands of their caregivers should not lead to a "knee-...
| Oct 6, 2009
Ben Alexander spent nearly every waking minute playing the video game World of Warcraft. As a result, he flunked out of the University of Iowa.
Alexander, 19, needed help to break an addiction he calls as destructive as alcohol or drugs. He found it in...
| Sep 30, 2009
Hobbled since childhood by a series of ailments, Troy Warfield walks with a crooked gait on plastic leg braces. At 41, he is blind in one eye, his spine is twisted by disease and his fingers are curled by severe arthritis. Warfield said he also suffers...