| Oct 16, 2011
Ideas are bubbling that can help Chicago fix the dismaying lack of open space away from its park-rich lakefront.
New York is closing lightly trafficked local streets and turning them into temporary playgrounds. San Francisco is taking parking spaces...
| Jun 22, 2011
After 13 years of caring for her daughter, who woke up one morning when she was 5 with a headache and hasn't been able to walk or talk since, Pat Charleston has put her with about 300 others in a web registry of patients with mitochondrial diseases....
| Jul 4, 2011
At a time of rising concern over pathogens in produce, Congress is moving to eliminate the only national program that regularly screens U.S. fruits and vegetables for the type of E. coli that recently caused a deadly outbreak in Germany.
The House last...
| Jul 28, 2011
America undoubtedly has a big obesity problem.
With two-thirds of all U.S. adults classified as obese or overweight, public health officials warn that much of the population is at dangerously high risk of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic and...
| Aug 16, 2011
| 2:31 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers have found troubling signs that some doctors may be too quick to treat thyroid cancer patients with radioactive iodine, while others may be too slow.
The drug helps people with advanced tumors, but it is unclear if...
| Jul 6, 2011
Cases of pertussis, a contagious disease that can be deadly for babies, is on the rise across all age groups in the United States because many adolescents and adults don't realize they need a booster vaccine to stay immunized.
"I think the problem is...
| Jul 20, 2011
The moment you step into oppressive heat, the body senses life-threatening danger and starts fighting to keep things cool.
The heart beats faster as it increases the flow of blood to the skin, trying to keep critical internal organs from overheating. But...
| Mar 23, 2011
Prayer alone was no longer enough for Lisa Ballantine, who watched the families fill their baby bottles with murky river water that sickened and even killed their children.
After returning from a yearlong mission trip to the Dominican Republic in 2000,...
| Oct 19, 2011
| 11:14 AM
For most people, a morning cup of java isn't harmful. But if you rely on coffee to get you out of bed, to stave off midmorning headaches and to avoid the 3 p.m. crash, you may be hooked on one of the most popular drugs in the world.
Nearly 90 percent...
| Oct 4, 2011
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...
| Jul 13, 2011
Three area hospitals were recognized in a new nationwide survey for their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients.
The Human Rights Campaign's Healthcare Equality Index 2011, released last week, cited Advocate Illinois Masonic...
| Jun 18, 2011
| 1:24 AM
Clusters of children without their required vaccinations in about 200 Illinois schools are raising the chances of school-based outbreaks of serious preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough, a Tribune analysis of state data has found.