| Jun 12, 2011
| 9:24 PM
Just as Chicago consumers get the hang of reusable grocery bags, a new movement has sprouted to make local grocery shopping even greener: reusable containers.
Called BYOC — bring your own container — by its fans, the process involves carrying...
| Jan 3, 2011
| 4:27 PM
Apartment complexes in the Baltimore region are raising rents as a muted economic recovery and a foreclosure crisis have discouraged homeownership — and added to the ranks of renters.
Rental costs rose more than 6 percent to about $1,120 in the...
| Oct 11, 2010
You're stuffed up, you're sniffling — but is it an allergy or is it a cold?
It's not always easy to tell, even for someone like Dr. Kevin Lunde, an otolaryngologist at Baylor Plano hospital in Texas.
"At times, I have performed allergy testing...
| Sep 5, 2010
The new federal health care law is bringing additional demands by insurance companies that doctors and hospitals be held to higher quality standards.
While this push by insurers on quality implies that consumers will get better care because doctors and...
| Feb 2, 2011
When Arthur Massei learned that the new health law would cut his tax break for buying medicine, he enlisted in a broad, well-financed corporate lobbying campaign to repeal the provision.
Massei is one of an estimated 30 million Americans who use pre-...
| Dec 28, 2010
A week before Christmas, Judy Powelson was awaiting her son's first visit home in nine months with a mix of excitement and trepidation.
Earlier in the year, the 17-year-old's mental illness had spiraled out of control to the point that he attacked her,...
| Sep 30, 2010
| 3:45 PM
There may be few pregnancy nightmares worse than finding a lump in one’s breast, given the dueling fears that if it’s cancer, treatment could harm the developing fetus, while delay and pregnancy hormones could fuel a tumor’s growth....
| 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...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 3:30 AM
Six Flags unveiled its 2012 lineup of new roller coasters, thrill rides, water slides and live shows at the amusement park chain's 12 North American locations.
> Photos: New attractions coming to Six Flags parks in 2012
New Six Flags President and Chief...
| Jul 5, 2011
It's the height of wedding season, and brides are getting ready to say "I do." Why not make your special day truly unique by finding, say, a giant elephant to stroll you down the aisle? Sound a bit odd? According to 1-800-Registry(1800registry.com)...
| Jul 6, 2011
Nationwide, the age-65-and-older population increased by 15 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to a recent Brookings Institution analysis of 2010 Census Bureau data. But many major U.S. cities are aging much faster than that. Some 31 metro areas,...