| 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...
| Nov 11, 2009
| 9:51 AM
Depending on whom you ask, marijuana is a dangerous drug that should be kept illegal alongside heroin and PCP, or it's a miracle herb with a trove of medical benefits that the government is seeking to deny the public -- or something in between: a plant...
| Jan 27, 2010
| 7:41 AM
For the second time in five weeks, authorities on Tuesday swept two Chicago-area nursing homes for residents with outstanding arrest warrants, this time identifying 20 people wanted on charges ranging from assault to domestic battery to indecent exposure....
| Jan 11, 2010
If your doctor advised a treatment that involved leeches and bloodletting, you might take a second glance at that diploma on the wall. For the same reason, you should think twice about whom you see as a therapist, says a team of psychological researchers....
| Feb 1, 2010
If you've seen the television ad for the anti-germ spray MyClyns, you no doubt remember the pivotal scene: A mom and her two kids sit at a dinner table, the little boy coughs on his sister and mom heroically grabs the spray bottle of MyClyns. Against...
| Feb 19, 2010
| 7:42 AM
The final report of Gov. Pat Quinn's Nursing Home Safety Task Force, issued early Friday morning, for the first time sets out an urgent timetable and concrete road map for a sweeping overhaul of the state's troubled long-term care system.
| Feb 21, 2010
If you've seen the television ad for the anti-germ spray MyClyns, you no doubt remember the pivotal scene: A mom and her two kids sit at a dinner table, the little boy coughs on his sister, and mom heroically grabs the spray bottle of MyClyns. Against all...
| Feb 21, 2010
The decision to stop curative treatment and enter hospice is never easy, and it comes at a stressful time. Even once the decision is made, arranging for hospice care requires the acknowledgment of unpleasant realities, which doctors themselves may...
| 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...
| 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 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.