| Oct 13, 2013
We Americans like to think of ourselves as animal lovers. But is this claim true? One way to answer this question is to follow the money. According to government, industry and interest group stats, we spend about $50 billion on our pets annually and...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 4:50 PM
Less than three months after he was arrested for assaulting a police officer at the University of Chicago, 26-year-old "MasterChef" finalist Josh Marks was found fatally shot Friday night in a suicide, authorities said.
Police responded to a call of a...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 5:08 AM
An award-winning psychology professor and the central Illinois university where he works say he will continue to teach there despite a news report that he was institutionalized as a teenager after killing three family members in Texas.
A story last week...
| Aug 9, 2013
On the morning of July 8, a psychology professor and department chair at a small Midwestern university received an email signed "Ann Marie Ludlow."
She wrote that she was planning to continue her long-abandoned undergraduate course work in psychology...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Did the public really need to know prof's awful secret from the 1960s? Friday's print column, below, revises and expands upon an earlier blog post, comments about which are the first to appear below On the morning of July 8,......
| Aug 20, 2013
| 3:34 PM
A blood test can tell you if you’ve got HIV, high cholesterol or certain kinds of cancer. Now scientists are trying to create a blood test that would reveal whether someone was about to commit suicide.
“Individuals at risk often choose not...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 2:28 PM
Artwork Jamal once remarked that he not only sang the blues, he lived the blues. Someday, his history of hard luck and ill health may be spun into verse. But the powerful, deep-voiced Los Angeles native will sing no more.
Jamal, 47, died Aug. 6 from...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Q: My daughter has schizophrenia. The psychiatrist at her mental health center prescribed an antipsychotic drug. I know some of these drugs increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease. What sort of clinical monitoring do you advise?
| Oct 4, 2013
| 9:27 PM
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will allow children in California to have more than two legal parents, a measure opposed by some conservative groups as an attack on the traditional family.
Sen. Mark Leno (D-San...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Q: What is catatonia? Can it be treated?
A: Catatonia is a disorder of motor functioning. It was first described in 1874. By the turn of the 20th century, an influential psychiatrist named Emil Kraepelin had linked it to schizophrenia.
As a result, it's...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 6:33 PM
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart warned about the dangers of sending mentally ill people to jail in a nationally televised Sunday interview.
Dart, appearing on the CBS news magazine "60 Minutes," called jails and prisons "the new insane asylums" and said...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Unaware, you'd never guess Robert Lepage and Pedro Pires' "Triptych" was derived from a stage work, as there's nothing remotely theatrical left in this highly cinematic spinoff from longtime Canadian multimedia innovator LePage's nearly nine-hour live...