| Nov 2, 2012
| 2:32 PM
Flesh-eating bacteria might sound like something from a science fiction movie or an episode of "The Twilight Zone."
But it isn't make believe. Instead, it's a real-life horror story — one where a micro-organism enters the body through an open wound...
| Jun 16, 2012
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sharply criticized Advocate Health Care, the state's largest health system, for enrolling emergency room patients in a clinical trial without their permission.
In a warning letter made public this week, the FDA...
| Jun 16, 2012
| 5:54 PM
MISHAWAKA -- When Jackie Nisley had late-night talks with her father 10 years ago about someday walking her down the aisle, it may have seemed more like a distant dream.
Jackie, 16 at the time, was battling cancer and, after a recent staph infection, the...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 2:54 PM
A South Side woman with multiple health issues has died after a traffic crash in the Chatham neighborhood last November, authorities said today.
Kim Ware, 41, of the 5700 block of South Indiana Avenue, was pronounced dead at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday at the...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 3:20 PM
You are in constant pain. The doctor you trust recommends surgery. The procedure is common, and you expect to be out of the hospital in a day, but something goes horribly wrong, and you end up in a coma for 3 weeks.
When you wake up,...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 5:23 AM
A man sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing a man during a home invasion in 1998 died of blood poisoning and the so-called flesh-eating bacteria, an autopsy has found.
Robert J. Turner, 32, died Friday at the University of Illinois Medical Center...
| Sep 20, 2012
She could speak only with her eyes.
But Lia Lee's life bridged worlds and changed American medicine.
Lia, the subject of Anne Fadiman's 1997 book "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," died Aug. 31 in Sacramento at the age of 30, after living...
| Feb 8, 2012
If all goes well for award-winning Plainfield inventor Matt Reavill, his new device will help save lives, decrease health care costs — and employ disabled veterans to boot.
Reavill won a prestigious contest in London late last year called the...
| Feb 6, 2012
| 4:47 PM
There are many ways a child can react to a parent falling seriously ill.
Fear and anxiety are typical. Anger isn't unusual.
But for one Griswold family, a life-threatening illness offered a young boy an unusual opportunity to take control and learn both...
| Aug 12, 2012
Local hospitals are working hard to be safer places for patients. Representatives of the three major health systems on the Peninsula, independently of each other, describe it as a "culture shift" in progress.
The drivers behind enhanced accountability...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 12:46 PM
The following recall has been announced:
DETAILS: Foam Pumpkin Turkey Craft Kits imported by Jo-Ann Stores Inc. of Hudson, Ohio, and manufactured by Ningbo Golden Time Gifts and Crafts of China; sold exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric and...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 7:11 PM
A 19-year-old man shot in the knee earlier this month died after he developed an infection while being treated, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
His death was ruled a homicide.
Darrell Austin, of the 9500 block of South...