| Jun 15, 2011
| 5:34 PM
Federal environmental regulators on Wednesday declared that Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood violates tough new limits on brain-damaging lead in the air, part of a crackdown on polluters in the predominantly Latino, low-income enclave.
After monitoring lead...
| Jun 22, 2011
Wendy Schwartz, 35, survived ovarian cancer, but three years into a clean bill of health, she is almost out of money, underemployed and wishing she had known sooner about the legal rights that might have eased her struggle.
In hindsight, the former...
| Jun 29, 2011
Illinois' number of Hispanic women reporting that they were in fair or poor health was the highest in the nation, according to a 2009 study, and efforts are growing to figure out why.
Researchers want specifics on why 34.3 percent of Latino women in...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 4:14 AM
Women in large swaths of America are dying younger than they were a generation ago, reversing nearly a century of progress in public health and underscoring the rising toll of smoking and record obesity.
Nationwide, life expectancy for American men and...
| May 24, 2011
| 8:28 PM
When a team of activists wearing white hazmat suits showed up at a Chicago grocery store to protest the sale of genetically modified foods, they picked an unlikely target: Whole Foods Market.
Organic foods, by definition, can't knowingly contain...
| May 23, 2011
| 5:58 PM
Mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants is declining nationally after years of increases, prompted by laws in Illinois and more than a dozen other states that for the first time limited emissions of the toxic metal.
Now the Obama administration is...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 5:00 PM
In an unprecedented effort to improve medical care on the Southwest Side, the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, five private hospitals, and dozens of clinics and physician practices have agreed to cooperate in bolstering basic care for Medicaid...
| May 12, 2011
| 5:58 PM
Health care experts and some public officials are floating a radical idea as Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel prepares to take office: a full or partial merger of Chicago and Cook County's health departments.
Operating a single health department with broader...
| May 17, 2011
| 5:18 PM
Inadequate staffing levels and lax supervision led to a series of alleged sexual attacks on youth at a prominent Chicago psychiatric hospital, according to a new report released Tuesday by the state Department of Children and Family Services.
| May 25, 2011
Jackie Hudson, 46, of Chicago, works part time and is raising a child while she tries to control her diabetes. Her prescriptions cost the equivalent of a mortgage payment each month.
Hudson, who hasn't yet found full-time work, said she struggles to...
| Apr 27, 2011
When Kamela Beltran lost her third baby to yet another miscarriage, this one at 22 weeks of pregnancy, she was angry with God.
"I asked why. I didn't do drugs. I was married. I didn't have an abortion. Why is God doing this to me?" Beltran said.