| Apr 12, 2009
The world is divided into two categories: those who get the flu, and those who don't. Not only did I fall into the former, but it happened a week before my scheduled departure for Taiwan and Hong Kong. "Nobody goes to Hong Kong with the flu," my husband,...
| Sep 12, 2009
Cram college students into close quarters -- the shared restrooms, the group dining, the TV lounges where a steamy bag of microwave popcorn becomes communal property -- and dorm living can suddenly become a daily exercise in dodging illness.
With what is...
| Sep 18, 2009
In the prologue to "Nothing Was the Same," Kay Redfield Jamison writes, "It has been said that grief is a kind of madness. I disagree. There is a sanity to grief, in its just proportion of emotion to cause, that madness does not have."
| Sep 22, 2009
The flu tends to come on suddenly -- you're fine in the morning and aching and shivering that night -- while a cold usually develops gradually over the course of two or three days. Flu usually causes a fever and aches; a cold usually doesn't. Other...
| Oct 6, 2009
Ben Alexander spent nearly every waking minute playing the video game World of Warcraft. As a result, he flunked out of the University of Iowa.
Alexander, 19, needed help to break an addiction he calls as destructive as alcohol or drugs. He found it in...
| Sep 30, 2009
Hobbled since childhood by a series of ailments, Troy Warfield walks with a crooked gait on plastic leg braces. At 41, he is blind in one eye, his spine is twisted by disease and his fingers are curled by severe arthritis. Warfield said he also suffers...
| Sep 30, 2009
Tammy Reed, the 28-year-old mother of a toddler, is not given to belief in conspiracy theories and is not the type to be rattled by the phrase "pandemic flu." The Menifee, Calif., resident is the kind of mom who gathers a good deal of her medical...
| Oct 1, 2009
When Christopher Shelton moved into Maplewood Care nursing home in Elgin, he was just 21 years old and a violent rap sheet testified to his explosive temper.
Though in the prime of life, he had a disability that qualified him for nursing home care:...
| Oct 2, 2009
Mononucleosis, the curse of high school and college students, doesn't have to bring social and academic lives to a screeching halt, researchers say. Instead, the disease can be treated to shorten the duration of the illness and reduce the chance of...
| Oct 3, 2009
With the traditional start of the flu season upon us this weekend, 27 states are already reporting widespread activity of the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus, with the rest reporting more limited activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...
| 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...