| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Cuban author José Manuel Prieto's playful and fascinating book, “Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia,” is, according to Prieto's narrator, an encyclopedia-style guide to a book the narrator is planning to write about a man named Thelonious Monk...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 4:03 PM
When Sheryl Sandberg was pregnant with her first child, she was a senior executive at Google. She had gained a lot of weight — 70 pounds — and suffered nausea throughout the pregnancy. Google's parking lots were vast, and she would lumber...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 7:43 PM
Several years ago, my daughter, who is now 7, drew a picture of the gym where she was taking gymnastics. My main impression of this gym was that it smelled of dirty socks and that it was a hectic place. But how did my preschooler see it? Her drawing...
| Dec 23, 2011
A scientific paper embraced by many chronic fatigue syndrome patients as a ray of hope has been retracted after a tumultuous year that included allegations of data manipulation and felony charges involving stolen property against the study's lead...
| Oct 3, 2011
| 4:47 PM
The journal that published a high-profile paper linking chronic fatigue syndrome to a retrovirus is now investigating allegations that a figure in that report was manipulated.
The appearance in Science of the 2009 paper caused an immediate sensation...
| Dec 12, 2011
More than a dozen physicians involved with the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy have run into trouble with federal regulators, state medical boards and even, in some cases, the law:
•Dr. L. Terry Chappell, testified at Rep. Dan Burton's 1999...
| Oct 14, 2011
Dr. Anjum Usman, of Naperville, has been a star in the world of alternative treatments for autism for years, but now she's facing professional discipline for her approach to the frustrating disorder.
In prescribing chelation, a hormone modulator and...
| Dec 12, 2011
With $30 million of taxpayer money, researchers set out to conduct one of the largest studies ever of an alternative medical treatment, a controversial therapy for coronary artery disease.
The project was marred with problems from beginning to end....
| Jul 9, 2012
| 9:59 AM
A physician featured in a Tribune story about the dubious diagnosis and risky treatment of chronic Lyme disease has been indicted on federal charges of health care fraud and filing false tax returns, according to court records.
Dr. Carol Ann Ryser, who...
| Feb 25, 2012
| 1:22 PM
Chubby, pink and anesthetized into unconsciousness and paralysis, 16-week-old Ian Lund was a small bump under blue drapes on an operating table at University of Chicago Medicine. Perched above him was a robot, with arms like a three-legged spider.
| Jan 6, 2012
Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. -- many of them children -- were coming down with whooping cough each year when vaccines against "this menace," as one newspaper called it, were introduced in the 1930s and 1940s.
"Childhood Cough Is Given...
| Jan 6, 2012
Whooping cough, or pertussis, infects babies, children and adults and looks a lot like the common cold at first — runny nose, sneezing and a mild cough or fever, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After one to two...