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Chicago Doctors Risk Lives in ISIS War Zone Hospitals

Chicago Doctors Risk Lives in ISIS War Zone Hospitals

They operate in the bleakest of conditions – often without electricity, proper medical supplies, and no anesthesia –... Watch »

Dec 9, 2014
Common Chemical Linked to Higher Blood Pressure

Common Chemical Linked to Higher Blood Pressure

The chemical BPA, an ingredient in plastics often used in food containers and beverage can linings, might... Read »

Dec 8, 2014
Billionaire Paul Allen Pledges $100M for Cell Science

Billionaire Paul Allen Pledges $100M for Cell Science

Software billionaire Paul Allen says he's committed $100 million to create a new institute to study human cell... Read »

Dec 8, 2014
Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Sandy Goldberg, PhD, gives tips for avoiding those easy-to-gain extra pounds during the holiday season. Watch »

Dec 6, 2014
Unproven Stem Cell Treatment Faces Controversy

Unproven Stem Cell Treatment Faces Controversy

An NBC News investigation found that some patients are turning to a controversial stem cell therapy that many... Watch »

Dec 6, 2014
Pot-Growing Enterprise a Costly Endeavor

Pot-Growing Enterprise a Costly Endeavor

Think you’d like to try your hand as a grower in the state’s budding medical marijuana business? Better bring a... Watch »

Dec 4, 2014
CDC: Flu Shot Less Effective Due to Virus Mutation

CDC: Flu Shot Less Effective Due to Virus Mutation

Your flu shot may not be as effective as it should be this flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control... Watch »

Dec 4, 2014
8 Percent of Americans Depressed, Few Treated: Study

8 Percent of Americans Depressed, Few Treated: Study

Nearly eight percent of Americans have depression, but only about a third of those are receiving treatment for it... Read »

Dec 3, 2014
Pot Dispensary Applicants Spend Thousands on a Gamble

Pot Dispensary Applicants Spend Thousands on a Gamble

One of the more than 200 applicants trying to get a dispensary license said she's already spent more than $150,000. Watch »

Dec 3, 2014
Applications Flood in to Dispense Medical Marijuana

Applications Flood in to Dispense Medical Marijuana

A total of 60 dispensaries will be licensed to fill prescriptions statewide, and 211 have applied so far. Watch »

Dec 3, 2014
Hershey Considers Replacing Corn Syrup With Sugar

Hershey Considers Replacing Corn Syrup With Sugar

Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar. Read »

Dec 3, 2014
Chicago Reports Steady Decline in New HIV Cases

Chicago Reports Steady Decline in New HIV Cases

The report, released by the Chicago Department of Public Health to coincide with World AIDS Day, cited a 41 percent... Read »

Dec 3, 2014
Drug Overdose Deaths in U.S. Double: CDC

Drug Overdose Deaths in U.S. Double: CDC

Drug overdose deaths more than doubled over the past decade, U.S. health officials announced in a report released... Read »

Dec 2, 2014
Circumcision Benefits Outweigh the Risks, CDC Says

Circumcision Benefits Outweigh the Risks, CDC Says

U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical... Read »

Dec 2, 2014
Too Many Infants Still Sleep With Blankets: Study

Too Many Infants Still Sleep With Blankets: Study

Too many U.S. infants sleep with blankets, pillows or other unsafe bedding that may lead to suffocation or sudden... Read »

Dec 1, 2014
Heartbeat of Man Killed in Fire Lives On

Heartbeat of Man Killed in Fire Lives On

The family of an organ donor hears their son's heart beating in the chest of the transplant recipient that it saved.... Watch »

Nov 26, 2014
Officials Warn of Spike in Influenza-Like Illness in Cook County

Officials Warn of Spike in Influenza-Like Illness in Cook County

Cook County officials warned residents Tuesday about a spike in reports of influenza-like illness in the area. Read »

Nov 25, 2014
3-D Printing Gives Chance to Little Girl Born With Heart Defect

3-D Printing Gives Chance to Little Girl Born With Heart Defect

Esther Perez was born with heart defects that could have taken her young life, but thanks to a series of... Watch »

Nov 26, 2014
From Pizza to Popcorn, Calorie Counts Headed for Menus

From Pizza to Popcorn, Calorie Counts Headed for Menus

Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu... Read »

Nov 25, 2014
Illinois Suspends Ebola Hotline as Interest Fades

Illinois Suspends Ebola Hotline as Interest Fades

Illinois health officials have suspended a telephone hotline about the Ebola virus because the number of calls to it... Read »

Nov 25, 2014

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