| 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,...
| Dec 14, 2010
| 12:35 PM
The U.S.-raised animals we eat consumed about 29 million pounds of antibiotics in the last year alone, according to a first-ever Food and Drug Administration accounting of antimicrobial drug use by the American livestock industry.
The release of the...
| Jan 19, 2011
Newborn Jolee Kuehl spent 40 days at the University of Chicago Medical Center, 14 of them on a ventilator, after catching whooping cough from her mother at just 15 days old.
"I was misdiagnosed with bronchitis after Jolee's birth," said Crista Kuehl, 28,...
| Nov 22, 2010
| 8:19 PM
As a person living with Type 1 diabetes, Angie Hashemi-Rad must prick her fingers and give herself insulin every day to stay alive. But nothing irritates her more than having people mistakenly assume she has Type 2 diabetes — and then suggest she...
| Jan 4, 2011
Republican opponents of food safety legislation are already promising a fight over its funding, even before it becomes law.
President Barack Obama was scheduled to sign the bill on Tuesday. It allows the Food and Drug Administration to increase...
| 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...
| May 22, 2011
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Antonitsa Vlahoulis knew as she slipped into unconsciousness on the operating room table that her surgeon would choose which medical device she would receive to fix her leaky heart valve.
But when a warranty card arrived in the mail for the device...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 2:38 PM
Your doctor just wants to run a few tests. But when your bloodwork comes back, you're told the results are "out of the normal range."
Should you be alarmed?
Laboratory testing is a critical and often mysterious aspect of health care. An estimated 60...
| Jun 8, 2011
Tomas Rivera feels fortunate. He found a dentist in the Englewood neighborhood that his 6-year-old son adores.
"It's hard to find a good doctor. We got lucky with him," Rivera said.
It hasn't been easy. When the economy slowed, Rivera, 36, lost the...
| Dec 12, 2011
Hailey Davis, of far northwest suburban Huntley, went to the doctor's office hoping to get medication to stop her cough and runny nose.
She learned she didn't have the flu or a common cold. After a few doctor visits in late September, Davis, 18, was...
| Dec 14, 2011
Friends and relatives caring for lung cancer patients have a new resource to turn to after the recent launch of a 24-hour online service for caregivers by LUNGevity Foundation, the country's largest lung cancer organization.
The foundation in late...