| 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...
| Aug 8, 2012
Terri and Joe Sparks were thrilled to learn they were expecting twins eight years ago but worried about exposing the future newborns to germs from their menagerie of dogs and cats.
Terri's obstetrician, however, told the two pet lovers what a recent...
| 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...
| Aug 1, 2012
The best way to reduce risk for osteoporosis — a thinning and weakening of the bones — seems to be the subject of ongoing debate. This month brought a fresh round of questions after a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine...
| 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...
| Aug 16, 2011
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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...
| Apr 27, 2011
Claire Broome was at home, going through her usual routine, when she lost her footing, fell and fractured her hip.
"I sat down to put my pants on, and when I stood up I went sailing," said Broome, 79, of Oak Park, who was wearing only knee-high socks...
| Dec 26, 2010
More than 25 years ago, an announcement was made that a doctor from the National Cancer Institute had isolated the virus that caused acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. That same announcement said that a vaccine for AIDS would be available for...
| Apr 27, 2011
The thought of forgoing reading because of her rapidly deteriorating eyesight terrified Joan Retzlaff after suffering complications from her wet macular degeneration.
The condition — a chronic eye disease that affects the central field of vision ...