| Jan 2, 2013
| 12:57 PM
This is your brain on sugar — for real. Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating.
After drinking a fructose...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 10:57 AM
A Yale University endrocrinologist named Robert Sherwin was part of a study indicating high-fructose corn syrup may be blocking our brains ability to tell whether we're hungry or not.
Since there's so much of the corn syrup in processed foods, the...
| Dec 22, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Jesús García saw no reason to be afraid of death.
"It's not good to fear anything," he once said. "Death is always around, but you've got to laugh at death."
After leaving the hospital that afternoon in early May, he boarded the bus at Vermont and...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 8:55 PM
Call it kismet.
Cristy and Rick Spooner of Rancho Santa Margarita finally learned two and a half weeks ago that two of their three daughters have a rare genetic disorder, a diagnosis for which they waited more than a decade. All it took was reconnecting...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 4:39 AM
Bariatric surgeon David Salzberg can reel off a list of life-threatening problems associated with morbid obesity. They include diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, joint pain, depression and elevated rates of cancer.
"Twenty percent of...
| Nov 11, 2012
| 9:53 PM
To understand where Mackenzie Keplin's life is at now, you have to go back to February, when doctors discovered a football-sized tumor growing in her stomach and pressing against her organs.
Keplin, who was then a 17-year-old senior at Central High...
| Nov 12, 2012
| 1:12 PM
Wearing a black pencil skirt revealing a 10-inch scar that goes through her knee Lorri Winter walks across the room with swagger showing what she playfully calls her "America's Next Top Model" walk.
Three months following knee replacement surgery swagger...
| Jan 8, 2012
| 9:35 PM
Josh McRoberts expects to return within the week...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 4:35 PM
THE NURSE IS IN By Chris Hammerlund DEAR CHRIS: Settle a bet I have with my husband. He says love might be a good thing …...
| Feb 10, 2012
| 10:30 AM
In a little more than two weeks, Silver Cross Hospital will move in to a new facility in New Lenox and leave behind the Joliet …...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Northwest Community Hospital got a boost from Nicor Gas this week when the company sent more than $78,000 back to the hospital in a rebate …...
| Aug 30, 2011
| 4:44 PM
Eighteen months after they have returned from a war zone, soldiers bear an unmistakable sign of emotional trauma deep inside their brains. But in most, a key node of the brain's fear circuitry returns to normal, perhaps keeping mental illness such as...