| Sep 29, 2013
| 10:15 AM
When neurobiologist David H. Hubel accepted his Nobel Prize in 1981, it had only been a couple of decades since he and his research partner danced in front of an anesthetized cat.
Hubel and Torsten N. Wiesel were measuring electrical activity in...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 7:26 AM
Lisa Rutledge's husband has been a truck driver for years, and he always calls when it's time to hit the road.
When she didn't hear from him Monday morning, she knew something was wrong and began to panic.
Turns out her husband Tim Rutledge, who was...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 1:05 PM
When it comes to helping people live healthier lives, sometimes the pen – or keyboard – is mightier than the scalpel. If you enjoy working with facts and figures and work well by yourself, a career as a cancer registrar might be right for you....
| Oct 5, 2013
If you’ve ever gone to the doctor to be checked for an eyesight problem, chances are you saw an ophthalmic assistant or technician before your final consultation with the ophthalmologist. The range of work for these support personnel runs from...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 9:25 AM
A career helping people with breathing problems offers respiratory therapists rewarding work, good pay and a chance to use their own decision-making skills. Earning an associate’s degree in respiratory care, you can find work at hospitals, clinics,...
| Dec 5, 2013
Those who aren't depressed sometimes wonder why those who are won't just snap out of it. However, depression is a serious illness that comes in many forms and is caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, biological and psychological factors....
| Nov 20, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Chronic pain can push people to make irrational choices. Desperate to relieve pain, the distressed patient can be convinced to try just about anything. However, making the wrong choice can delay appropriate treatment, cause...
| Oct 26, 2013
Hundreds of people filed into a West Town church to hear a once-silent 19-ton organ roar back to life. There were Methodists from Chicago's South Side, Roman Catholics from across the city and suburbs and musicians from around the world.
As the 87-year-...
| Oct 6, 2013
As much as we're fascinated by the art of Henry Darger — the self-taught artist whose life's work was discovered in his Chicago apartment after his death in 1973 — it has always made us more than a wee bit queasy. His thousands of drawings,...
| Sep 29, 2013
I had two New Year's resolutions in 2011: to read Leo Tolstoy's “Anna Karenina” and Marcel Proust's “In Search of Lost Time.” “Anna” was completed by Jan. 25 — just when our lives turned into a 24-hour TV marathon...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 10:30 AM
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What causes thyroid nodules? Does having them mean I'm at risk for thyroid cancer?
ANSWER: There are a variety of reasons why thyroid nodules may develop. In most cases, however, these nodules are benign, and the risk for developing...