| Jul 7, 2010
On September 13, 1848, an explosion sent a tamping iron through the head of Mr. Phineas Gage, a railway construction gang foreman. Miraculously, Gage recovered, even though most of the front of the left side of his brain was destroyed. But Gage's...
| Apr 16, 2010
As far as Dr. Joseph Mercola is concerned, Vitamin D is the magic bullet we've all been looking for. A lack of this wonder nutrient, the controversial natural health advocate says, can set the stage for no fewer than 33 disorders, including autism,...
| Jun 21, 2010
| 8:35 PM
War broke out on the day Rina Ranalli and her husband told their 12-year-old anorexic daughter the strict new house rules: three meals and three snacks a day.
Initially, their bright and previously sweet-natured girl cried, screamed insults and raged....
| May 31, 2010
At the height of the recession last year, Deanna Ross was busy training the newly unemployed and others how to form support groups to cope with mental illness in these stressful times.
Then Ross lost her own job as a regional field worker at the National...
| Mar 11, 2010
Need an extra push to quit smoking? Next time grab your iPhone instead of a cigarette.
There are more than 60 apps to help smokers kick the habit. Look for apps to help you go cold turkey, apps that double as subliminal tools, even apps with...
| 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...