| Aug 24, 2011
With new findings on emerging contaminants, lead and hexavalent chromium in local tap water, it's natural for Chicago-area residents to wonder if they should be filtering the water they drink.
And, if so, what filter should they use?
| Aug 24, 2011
The state is moving to rescind the licenses of 37 doctors and other health care workers under a new law that bans from their professions workers convicted of sex crimes or violent acts — even as the measure is challenged in court.
All told, 20...
| May 19, 2011
| 7:41 PM
When Jennifer Quinn springs into the air at Xtreme Trampolines, the 35-year-old feels like a kid again.
"It's a really fun place," she said of the Carol Stream warehouse, where the public can jump around on trampolines stitched together like a giant...
| Apr 20, 2011
| 4:58 PM
Jackie Gill stood confidently at the front of the classroom, her PowerPoint presentation cued and ready to go with slides of hormones, sperm and fallopian tubes.
"Boys and girls, are you excited that I'm here today?" she asked the giggling seventh-...
| Mar 23, 2011
The revelation this month that a Palatine shop apparently has been performing body piercings for years without proper state registration underscores that it could take more time before the growing industry is largely in compliance with the 2007 law,...
| Jun 28, 2011
| 7:39 PM
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed into law sweeping reforms designed to safeguard thousands of children and adults with developmental disabilities who live in nursing facilities.
The new laws, sparked by a Tribune investigation, call for...
| Jan 24, 2011
Until Bryan Le Blanc's 93-year-old mother died earlier this month, she had spent the last four years of her life in the Alzheimer's unit at Maryhaven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in north suburban Glenview.
Over the last two years, Le Blanc saw...
| Jun 15, 2011
Newborns today are more likely to be breast-fed than were babies from generations in the recent past, experts say.
But the sight of a mom breast-feeding her hungry baby in a public space — even discreetly — is still unacceptable to some and...
| Apr 17, 2012
| 2:35 PM
Each week a nutritionist from the University of Maryland Medical Center provides a post on nutrition topics for The Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog (baltimoresun.com/pictureofhealth). This week, Faith Hicks weighs in on encouraging kids to eat...
| Aug 5, 2011
Though Chicago and other cities have long reported that lead levels in their water meet federal standards, regulators and scientists worry testing methods used for two decades could significantly underestimate consumers' exposure to the toxic metal....
| Aug 11, 2011
| 8:20 AM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An overcrowded ER does not seem to delay patients in getting an emergency procedure to stop a heart attack in progress -- at least at one U.S. hospital, a new study finds.
Over the past couple of decades, the number of...