| 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...
| Aug 21, 2010
"Adrenal fatigue" is the sort of diagnosis that might hit home during a late-night Internet search. Do you, for example, have trouble waking up in the morning without caffeine? Do you crave salty foods? Do people seem a lot more irritating than in the...
| Jan 14, 2010
The economic downturn is busting wallets and bursting waistlines as consumers shift their eating habits to help their budgets.
With unemployment in the double digits, consumers who find themselves increasingly strapped have turned to cheaper means to...
| Aug 21, 2009
Once summer hits, many kids want to spend all day, every day playing outside. In addition to wearing cool clothing, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses, it's important to send kids outdoors with enough water to drink to avoid becoming dehydrated....
| 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...
| Jun 24, 2010
| 2:37 PM
Way to go, all you planet-saving shoppers who've made the switch to reusable bags! But consider:
"Reusable" doesn't mean "self-cleaning."
Researchers at the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University queried shoppers headed into grocery stores in...
| Jul 10, 2009
Have you and your spouse stopped having sex? Are you using the right protection to avoid serious illness? Are you happy at work? What about your financial situation? Strapped for cash?
You must -- MUST -- divulge these and other personal aspects of...