| 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...
| Oct 26, 2009
Does it make sense to offer cancer screenings to older adults? Experts' opinions vary. The Tribune asked several leading organizations to describe their policies for people considered to be low risk, without symptoms of potential illness:
| Jun 14, 2010
| 2:08 PM
While summer vacations symbolize fun and quality time together for families, they can frequently be strained with unplanned health problems.
As any parent knows, traveling with kids can be challenging enough without any extra surprises. So rather than...
| Nov 23, 2009
Binge eating was long seen by psychiatrists as an unusual symptom of major depression or an anxiety disorder. After all, it seemed sometimes to lessen or yield to antidepressants and psychotherapy -- both aimed primarily at treating depression or anxiety....
| Oct 7, 2009
A growing threat for food-borne illnesses comes attractively packaged, is stunningly convenient and is increasingly popular with shoppers looking for healthy meals: ready-to-eat leafy greens that make putting together a green salad as easy as opening a...
| Dec 7, 2009
"Don't you wish you had just slapped her in the hospital?" a good friend asked me after my daughter had recovered from a four-year battle with anorexia.
It was hard for me to hear that -- she had successfully recovered and yet I was still criticized....
| Nov 14, 2009
Long after the painful stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea associated with tainted food are over, many people suffer long-term health effects, mostly unrecognized, that are the result of food-borne pathogens. These lingering effects -- premature death,...
| May 25, 2010
| 7:07 PM
Sometime before 3:09 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2009, Jamal Miller began to tear the bedsheet in his room at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles.
The stocky 16-year-old tied the sheet to a sock and tied the sock around the metal bar at the top of his bunk...
| 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...
| Feb 10, 2010
After years of research, professional infighting and maneuvering from various interest groups, the nation's psychiatrists Tuesday unveiled proposed changes to the manual used to diagnose and treat mental disorders around the world.
The draft document,...
| Dec 14, 2009
The folks on your shopping list are likely an eclectic mix, with various interests and opinions and points of view. But all of them have some interest in some aspect of health -- if not their own, certainly a loved one's. By no small coincidence, the...