| 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...
| 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 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,...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 4:30 PM
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Do genes have an effect on how medications work? My husband can take certain kinds of medicine without any trouble. But if I take the same thing, I feel groggy all day. Could that difference be somehow related to our genetics?
| Oct 29, 2013
| 1:11 PM
Warning: Driving a truck for a living can be hazardous to your health — if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, researchers said Tuesday.
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in men, and in most cases it’s basically...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 6:45 PM
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved U.S. marketing of the drug dapagliflozin, the second of a new class of medications that aim to improve glycemic control in patients with Type 2 diabetes. The drug will be marketed under the name...
| 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-...