<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Health News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/health http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usSun, 28 Aug 2016 09:06:19 -0500Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:06:19 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Obama: Americans at Risk Because of Zika Funding Delay]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:47:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-594886094-news.jpg
President Barack Obama urged Congress to make Zika funding its first priority after members return from a seven-week summer break, saying the delay is putting Americans at risk.

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<![CDATA['They Know She Cares': Michelle Obama's School Nutrition Legacy]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:28:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-491569906.jpg
Fried chicken nuggets, chicken fingers, and patties are the thing of the past at Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. Healthier options have been on the menu thanks to Michelle Obama's healthy school lunch...

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<![CDATA[Newborn Affected by Zika Stayed Infected for 2 Months ]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:07:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ZikaBaby-AP_272141986039.jpg
Doctors said a Brazilian baby with brain damage caused by the Zika virus stayed infected for more than two months after his birth, NBC News reported. The baby already had brain damage from the virus, which can...

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<![CDATA[McDonald's Recalls 29M Wristband Toys Following Burns]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:33:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/StepIt.jpg
McDonald's is recalling approximately 29 million "Step-It" activity wristbands distributed across the country in their "Happy Meals" following more than 70 reports that children suffered skin irritation...

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<![CDATA[Parasite Found in Arizona Swimming Pools]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:19:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/459418465.jpg
More than 100 people in Maricopa County, Arizona, have become infected with a parasite officials believe was in at least 20 pools in the community, NBC News reported. Cryptosporidium, or “Crypto,” causes...

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<![CDATA[Fentanyl Deaths Jump 636% in Philly]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 13:27:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Girl+Overdose+Kensington+Street.jpg
A disturbing 636 percent increase in overdoses from the medical-grade opioid fentanyl in Philadelphia has city health officials warning medical professionals and the public about the increased pervasiveness...

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<![CDATA[EpiPen's 400 Percent Price Hike Has Parents Scrambling]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:10:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_epipens0617_1920x1080.jpg
Doctors and patients say the pharmaceutical company Mylan has increased the prices for an EpiPen — the portable device that can stop a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction — from around $100 in 2008 to...

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<![CDATA[4 New Zika Cases in Florida]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 23:42:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16189023693858.jpg
The number of cases of Zika has risen in Miami-Dade County one day following a suspected case of non-travel related Zika in Palm Beach County.Governor Rick Scott announced Tuesday four new locally transmitted...

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<![CDATA[Md. Hospital Clearing Out NICU]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:20:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/080916+prince+georges+hospital+center.jpg
Prince George's Hospital Center in Maryland is clearing babies from its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after three babies tested positive for a bacteria that can cause a potentially deadly infection.Two...

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<![CDATA[Zika Baby Death in Houston-Area]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 17:48:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Anuncian_vacunas_contra_el_Zika.jpg
Texas health officials confirmed Tuesday that an infant who passed away shortly after birth in Harris County had microcephaly linked to the Zika virus.The mother was infected with Zika while traveling in Latin...]]>
<![CDATA['Success Kid' Meme Helps Raise $100K for Dad's New Kidney]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 10:38:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/success+kid.jpg
A photo of 9-year-old Sammy Griner may very well have saved his father's life. When Sammy was a baby, his mom snapped a photo of him looking adorably determined, spawning the wildly popular "Success Kid"

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<![CDATA[Zika Fight Progress in Miami: Gov.]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 10:57:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/080416+rick+scott+wynwood+zika.jpg
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and top officials with the Centers for Disease Control made a stop in South Florida Thursday to visit the epicenter of Miami-Dade's fight against the Zika virus, which they said is going...

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<![CDATA[Mom Donates 131 Gallons of Breast Milk After Baby Dies]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 16:00:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_breastmilk0804_1500x845.jpg
An Omaha mother donates a record amount of breast milk to other mothers in need to honor her late son.]]>
<![CDATA[46 Cases of Zika Virus Reported in Illinois: Officials]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 22:39:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Anuncian_vacunas_contra_el_Zika.jpg
Pregnant women are among nearly four dozen cases of the Zika virus reported in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health said Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[33 US Service Members Contracted Zika Overseas: Pentagon]]> Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:26:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16189023693858.jpg
The Pentagon says 33 U.S. service members, including one who is pregnant, have contracted the Zika virus overseas, NBC News reported. Officials would not say where the service members were posted, but...

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<![CDATA[Airlines' Zika Refund Policies]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 20:54:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/080216+reagan+airport+dca.jpg
As federal officials warn pregnant women to avoid travel to a part of Miami because of the spread of the Zika virus, some airlines are offering Zika-related refunds. The CDC says pregnant women should...

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<![CDATA[Starbucks Recalls Stainless Steel Straw]]> Wed, 03 Aug 2016 06:28:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/recalled-starbucks-straw.jpg
Starbucks announced that it is recalling a stainless steel beverage straw for being too rigid and posing a risk of injury.The company received four reports of children getting cuts in their mouths while...]]>
<![CDATA['Xtreme Eating' Awards: Unhealthiest Chain Meals in US]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:42:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-564988703.jpg
A Whole Hog Burger at Uno Pizzeria & Grill is no diet food. Loaded with hamburger, sausage, bacon, prosciutto, pepperoni, four types of cheese, garlic mayo, and pickles and a side of fries, it will set you back...

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<![CDATA[Puppy Swallows Rubber Duckies]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 08:49:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_duckdog0729_1920x1080.jpg
An Oklahoma puppy undergoes emergency surgery after swallowing several rubber duckies. [warning: graphic footage]

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<![CDATA[Girl, 1, to Get Life-Saving Surgery]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:18:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sandy+diaz+hospital.jpg
A 1-year-old Queens girl born with a giant life-threatening tumor on her face will undergo surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital this week to remove the huge mass, which, if left untreated, could cause the child...

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<![CDATA[New Mobile Unit Saves Lives of Stroke Patients ]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:49:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MobileStroke0727_MP4-146971814986100001.jpg
A new mobile stroke unit in ambulances in Colorado is saving stroke patients' lives, allowing them to get treatment before arriving at the hospital.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Donates Kidney to Friend: Video]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:48:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/graham+kidney.jpg
Born with a rare disease and just days away from kidney failure, Fort Worth nurse Danny Kolzow is getting a lifeline from a longtime friend. Graham McMillan is donating one of his kidneys to Kolzow.

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<![CDATA[FDA Reconsiders Gay Blood Ban]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 03:25:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Blood+donation-539869134.jpg
Facing increased pressure from Democrats in Congress, the Food and Drug Administration began to officially reconsider its policy limiting blood donations from gay and bisexual men on Tuesday, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Ice Bucket Challenge Leads to Disease Discovery: Paper]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:11:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/today-ice-bucket-challenge-140715-06.blocks_desktop_medium.jpg
The ice bucket challenge became a phenomenon in the of summer 2014, and the boost in funding it brought about helped lead to a significant discovery in the study of the ALS disease, according to a paper...

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<![CDATA[FDA Strengthens Warning on Powerful Antibiotics]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:46:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-1170747.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration strengthened warnings on a class of antibiotics, calling it too strong to be used for sinus infections, bronchitis and simple urinary tract infections.Fluoroquinolones,...

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<![CDATA[5 Myths About Leaving Kids in Cars]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:38:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/Generic+Sun+Generic+Sunset+Generic+Hot+Generic+Heat+Wave.JPG
Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children. And no matter how impossible it may seem, even the best of parents can forget a child in the backseat of their car.

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<![CDATA[Girl Takes Cancer Fight to DC]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:27:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sadie+Keller.jpg
A North Texas girl is taking her cancer fight to Washington, D.C.Nine-year-old Sadie Keller is battling leukemia. For the last year NBC 5 has covered how she video-blogged her cancer treatment and raised more...

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<![CDATA['Drunkorexia' Common Among College Students: Study]]> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:07:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BeerDrinking-GettyImages-144235968.jpg
Almost a third of college students say they’ve taken part in practices dubbed “drunkorexia,” according to a recent study, NBC News reported. That’s the name for behaviors such as skipping meals or heavy...

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<![CDATA[Surgery Successfully Cures Epileptic Patients]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:59:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_epilepsy0720_1920x1080.jpg
Doctors in Houston, Texas, are using a new procedure to eliminate seizures in many epilepsy patients. KPRC's Haley Hernandez reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Helping Teens With Autism Learn to Drive]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:42:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_driveautism0718_1920x1080.jpg
Researchers are working on ways to help autistic teens learn to drive. NBC's Erika Edwards reports.]]>