Health News, Staying Healthy, and Promoting Wellness | NBC Chicago

Health News

Monday, Apr 18, 2016 at 01:55 PM CDT

Theranos CEO 'Devastated' About Blood Test Issues

Theranos CEO 'Devastated' About Blood Test Issues

Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of blood-testing company Theranos, said she was "devastated" after an inspection found "critical violations" at her California lab, raising questions about an accuracy of...

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 04:39 PM CDT

Zika Virus Mutation May Explain Spread, Birth Defects: Study

Zika Virus Mutation May Explain Spread, Birth Defects: Study

Researchers hope genetic mutations they found in the Zika virus may explain why it seems to be causing birth defects, according to NBC News. The current virus strain comes from one that circulated in Asia, the...

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 at 08:31 PM CDT

Parasites May Help Stomach & Bowel Diseases

Parasites May Help Stomach & Bowel Diseases

Researchers believe they’ve figured out that worm-like parasites may help stomach and bowel diseases, NBC News reports. "Our findings are among the first to link parasites and bacteria to the origin of...

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 at 10:28 PM CDT

CDC Confirms Male-to-Male Sexual Transmission of Zika

CDC Confirms Male-to-Male Sexual Transmission of Zika

A Dallas man who contracted Zika in Venezuela transferred it to a male sexual partner after returning home in January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Thursday. The case was identified...

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 at 05:13 PM CDT

CDC: Zika Definitely Causes Severe Birth Defects

CDC: Zika Definitely Causes Severe Birth Defects

Confirming the worst fears of many pregnant women in the United States and Latin America, U.S. health officials said Wednesday there is no longer any doubt the Zika virus causes babies to be born with abnormally...

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 at 03:28 PM CDT

De Niro Defends Support for Anti-Vaccine Film

De Niro Defends Support for Anti-Vaccine Film

Actor Robert De Niro defended Wednesday the controversial anti-vaccine documentary "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe" that he pulled from this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Speaking on NBC's "Today" show he...

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 at 05:54 AM CDT

Napster Co-Founder Gives $250M to Cancer Research

Napster Co-Founder Gives $250M to Cancer Research

A project to speed development of cancer-fighting drugs that harness the immune system has academic and drug industry researchers collaborating and sharing their findings like never before. The newly created...

Thursday, Apr 7, 2016 at 08:26 PM CDT

Teens With Sleep Issues Take Dangerous Risks: CDC

Teens With Sleep Issues Take Dangerous Risks: CDC

High school students who get too little sleep — or too much — are also more likely to drive drunk or take other risks. That's the finding of a government survey of more than 50,000 high school...

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016 at 04:58 PM CDT

Diabetes Rises Fourfold Over Last 25 Years: WHO

Diabetes Rises Fourfold Over Last 25 Years: WHO

The World Health Organization says excessive weight, obesity, aging and population growth drove a nearly fourfold increase in worldwide cases of diabetes over the last quarter-century, affecting 422 million...

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016 at 08:29 AM CDT

Allergan, Pfizer Call Off Proposed $160B Merger

Allergan, Pfizer Call Off Proposed $160B Merger

The biggest U.S.-based drugmaker, Pfizer Inc., will stay put thanks to aggressive new Treasury Department rules that succeeded in blocking Pfizer from acquiring rival Allergan and moving to Ireland — at least on...

What's New
Get Our App
Stay in the know where ever you go with the NBCChicago news app. Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out