| Oct 12, 2011
For Halloween revelers, turning their eyes from blue to otherworldly with over-the-counter, decorative contact lenses may enhance holiday fun, but health experts warn these devices can lead to serious vision-threatening problems.
According to the Food...
| Sep 14, 2011
They've heard it before and they will hear it again, said Lambda Legal help desk manager Cheryl Angelaccio: "People tell us they're unable to visit their longtime partners in the hospital or they're sent away by the patients' relatives."
| May 4, 2011
Ray Vanco is a shy, unassuming teenager from Orland Park who would be quite content if strangers never knew his name or face.
He preferred to roam the United Center halls with his best friend than sit in his seat between periods of a recent Blackhawks...
| Sep 21, 2011
Cindy Kolick had to quit the professional theater, her passion for 30 years, after dementia symptoms made navigating the stage difficult.
At age 52, she was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer's disease six years ago, nearly a decade after the first...
| Jul 27, 2011
Eric Lentz and his wife, Deanna Hallagan, used to joke that if they ever won the lottery, they would open a camp for troubled teens. The camp dream came true, but under far different circumstances.
Within months of being diagnosed with stage 4 colon...
| Nov 28, 2010
We've all seen the kids in their skinny jeans and baggy plaids slouching their way to school, nearly collapsing from the weight of those insanely giant backpacks.
How many moms and dads on any given school day lift those jammed school bags and say, "What...
| Sep 1, 2010
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You've been bad. Very bad. You know it, and you told me so.
You've crammed your purse with way too much "stuff"— you had another more expressive word for it — and now you've got the exhaustion, sore shoulders and aching back to prove it.
| Aug 24, 2011
When VJ Sleight’s breast cancer returned last year, she wondered if the unusual recurrence – 23 years after her original diagnosis -- had anything to do with the controversial hCG diet that she had repeatedly followed.
| Sep 27, 2011
At least three dozen doctors in Illinois received payments and perks exceeding $100,000 from drug companies between 2009 and early 2011, according to an updated database that now includes information from a dozen pharmaceutical firms.
Doctors in the...
| Oct 18, 2010
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Follow drug company money in Illinois, and it leads to the psychiatry department at Rush University Medical Center, a prominent headache clinic on the North Side of Chicago, a busy suburban urology practice and a psychiatric hospital accused of...
| Jun 14, 2011
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In an unprecedented effort to improve medical care on the Southwest Side, the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, five private hospitals, and dozens of clinics and physician practices have agreed to cooperate in bolstering basic care for Medicaid...
| Oct 20, 2010
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Many Chicago-area hospitals that screen for and treat breast cancer cannot prove they are meeting several widely accepted quality standards, according to a first-of-its-kind study set to be released Thursday.
The Chicago Breast Cancer Quality Consortium,...