| Feb 26, 2010
Can other communities copy the Grand Junction model of low-cost, high-quality, near-universal healthcare?
Some doctors in this Colorado city of just over 53,000 say yes, others no. But clearly, some parts could be replicated elsewhere.
The House of...
| Oct 22, 2009
An 18-year-old graduate of North County High School in Glen Burnie died Wednesday after a brief illness that friends on a Facebook page described as suspected swine flu.
In a letter to parents, the school describes Walter Brooks as a "dynamic presence"...
| Oct 22, 2009
The H1N1 vaccine has started rolling into the Lehigh Valley and hospitals are wasting no time giving shots to doctors, nurses and the most vulnerable members of the community.
Some health care providers began receiving initial shipments of the vaccine...
| Nov 2, 2009
Your employer cannot discriminate against you on the basis of your diabetes. Learn why, and what to do if you believe you're a victim of workplace discrimination.
Employment Protection for Diabetics
Some employers assume that people with chronic...
| Oct 26, 2009
Ask the average healthcare worker about the biggest problem in diabetes care today and he or she will probably tell you that it's getting patients to "control" their blood sugar levels.
The concept of control is rampant in healthcare. With puffed...
| 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:
| Oct 27, 2009
Frail and vulnerable residents of nursing homes throughout Illinois are being dosed with powerful psychotropic drugs, leading to tremors, dangerous lethargy and a higher risk of harmful falls or even death, a Tribune investigation has found.
| Oct 28, 2009
Delores Fleming's relatives tried to keep her in her house as long as they could. But her Alzheimer's disease made that impossible.
Placed in a nursing home near Decatur, Ill., she scored 23 out of 30 on a mental exam and was deemed to be "moderately...
| Jan 14, 2010
Can pretending to ride the subway, leaning into the turns and toppling fellow passengers, relieve stress?
Apparently, if the conductor is a certified laughter leader and the strap-hangers are willing to force a few laughs.
"Let's do subway! Lean to...
| Apr 19, 2009
Demonic attack -- now there's something that Hollywood animation crews have realized in vivid, awful detail in film after film. Check out the trailer for the new movie "The Haunting in Connecticut" and you'll see a perfect recent example. Shadowy figures,...
| Nov 9, 2009
Last month, a Palo Alto high school saw its fourth student suicide since May. Questions loom large: Why did this cluster of suicides happen, and how can the cycle be stopped?
Public health officials and scientists use the term "suicide contagion" to...