<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Health News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:52:10 -0500 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:52:10 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Photos Show Hospitals Unprepared for Ebola]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:40:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kwan+photo+investigate+edit.jpg
On any given day in America’s acute care hospitals, about one in 25 patients contracts a healthcare-related infection, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control.]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm: City Prepared to Handle Ebola If It Comes Here]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:20:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd_alcalde_rahm_emanuel1.JPG
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city of Chicago is prepared to handle the Ebola virus, should it surface in the city.

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<![CDATA[Ebola Hotline Activated in Illinois]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:12:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/telephone+generic.jpg
Illinois residents with questions about Ebola will now have access to answers.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Hospital Prepares for Potential Ebola Patients]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:04:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/217*120/rush+ebola+drill.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may designate Chicago hospitals for treatment of potential patients with the Ebola virus in the city.]]>
<![CDATA[Plainclothes Man by Ebola Nurse ID]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:24:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/No-PPE-Man.jpg
As a team boarded Dallas Ebola patient Amber Vinson onto an airplane bound for an Atlanta treatment center Wednesday, a man wearing slacks, a button-down shirt and sunglasses stood out on the tarmac. While three

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Detail Ebola Prevention in Chicago]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:21:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ebola-training-san-diego-10.jpg
News of a second Dallas health care worker testing positive for Ebola has prompted officials in Chicago to take extra precautions.]]>
<![CDATA[Nurses Express Concerns Over Ebola Preparedness]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:12:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP968232748518.jpg
With so many questions still unanswered after a Dallas nurse, who treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, tested positive for the virus, nurses across the country are concerned over hospital preparedness.

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<![CDATA[Liberian Woman Detained, Isolated at Kenosha County Jail]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:47:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/file-ebola-cdc.jpg
The woman was not showing any signs of Ebola, according to a report by WITI-TV in Milwaukee, but was isolated out of an abundance of caution because Liberia is among the African countries hardest hit by...
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<![CDATA[120 Students Out Sick At Indiana Elementary School]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:47:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/205*120/Peifer_elementary.jpg
More than 100 students at an Indiana elementary school were out sick Wednesday because of what health officials believe is a viral infection.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Marathon Organizers Prepared for Ebola ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 01:27:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000009143099_1200x675_338815555959.jpg
Officials say a plan is in place to deal with all communicable diseases.]]>
<![CDATA[Ebola in America]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:14:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/456608446.jpg
The first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States sparked immediate concerns about who may have been exposed and helped shed light on how the potentially deadly virus is, and isn't, spread.

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<![CDATA[Enterovirus-D68 Outbreak]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:13:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/x-ray-ENTEROVIRUS-VO---00002324.jpg
A deadly outbreak of an uncommon virus, enterovirus-D68, has made children across the country ill and has left some hospitalized.

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<![CDATA[Patient at Christ Medical Center Doesn't Have Ebola]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:41:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ebola+Virus+10714.jpg
A patient who checked into Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with flu-like symptoms and who claimed to have recently traveled to Africa does not have Ebola, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Researchers Seek Ebola Vaccine]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 02:00:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/205*120/UIC_researchers_ebola.jpg
Vaccine could be fast-tracked and made available before Thanksgiving.]]>
<![CDATA[Journalist With Ebola Optimistic]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 23:01:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ashoka+Mukpo+Raw.jpg
The mother of NBC News freelance photojournalist Ashoka Mukpo says that her son and his doctors are optimistic about his chances of recovering from the deadly virus. In a phone interview with New England Cable...]]>
<![CDATA[Naperville Hospital Formulates Ebola Virus Plan]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 22:35:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/205*120/Nesita_ebola.jpg
Edward Hospital formulates extensive plan due to proximity to O'Hare International Airport.]]>
<![CDATA[Skokie Group Operates Mission School in Ebola-Ravaged Liberia]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 06:58:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/205*120/Ebola_orphans.jpg
Organization faces dilemma as Liberian health officials try to find places for orphaned children.]]>
<![CDATA[University of Illinois Hospital Nurses Authorize Strike]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:15:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/205*120/U_Illinois_hospital.jpg
Nurses could go on strike on Oct. 21 when contract extension expires.]]>
<![CDATA[W. Africa Travelers Warned on Ebola]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:05:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP645337997349.jpg
All people traveling to the United States from countries with Ebola are being warned as of Wednesday about the potentially deadly virus' symptoms, and how it is spread. The

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<![CDATA[CDC Confirms 1st U.S. Ebola Case]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:03:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ebola-dallas.jpg
The first case of the Ebola virus diagnosed in the United States has been confirmed in Dallas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday. A spokesperson for Texas Health...

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<![CDATA[Dallas Ambulance Crew Who Brought Ebola Patient to Hospital Is Quarantined]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:03:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Fire-Rescue-Vehicle.jpg
The Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulance crew who transported the man infected with Ebola to the hospital has been quarantined, according to the City of Dallas. The number of people in the DFR crew...

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<![CDATA[How Is Ebola Spread?]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:30:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/456202288.jpg
The first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States immediately sparked concerns about who may have been exposed, and helped shed light on how the potentially deadly virus is, and isn't, spread....

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<![CDATA[Boy Losing His Sight Travels to See Northern Lights]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:26:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_northernlightsboy0930_1500x845.jpg
Young boy travels to Alaska to view Northern Lights and nature before he goes blind. Blake Essig reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Enterovirus Confirmed in N. Texas ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:26:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Enterovirus1.jpg
Several cases of Enterovirus-D68 have been confirmed in North Texas after test results came back positive from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Dallas County Health and...

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<![CDATA[Graham Elliot Provides Meal Tips for Marathoners]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:05:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Graham_Elliot_new.jpg
This purveyor of tasty creations who recently lost a bunch of weight, will show runners how to cook on Wednesday evening.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Records First West Nile Virus Deaths of 2014]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:51:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/210*120/bb82f013a5e54a7cbed54729d2487f36.jpg
Health officials say West Nile virus threat remains until first hard freeze.]]>
<![CDATA[Crestwood Seeks to Settle Contaminated Water Suits]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:01:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/crestwood+water+2.jpg
Crestwood Mayor Lou Presta said the village will pay a $50,000 fine but admit no guilt.
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<![CDATA[Doctor Infected With Ebola Expected to Make Full Recovery]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:03:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Sacra+1.jpg
Dr. Rick Sacra, the Massachusetts aid worker who contracted Ebola in West Africa, is now expected to make a full recovery, according to the doctors treating him at the Nebraska Medical Center in

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<![CDATA[CDC Confirms Case of Enterovirus in Connecticut]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:44:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/yale+new+haven+children+hospital+2.jpg
A mysterious respiratory illness that has hospitalized children in several states has surfaced in Connecticut, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed. Doctors at Yale-New Haven...

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<![CDATA[Cases of Enterovirus Confirmed in NY, NJ, CT: Officials]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:50:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CDC-generic.jpg
Authorities have confirmed a case of enterovirus EV-D68 in New Jersey, the first case documented in the Garden State and the latest in an outbreak of the potentially severe respiratory illness, according to the...

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<![CDATA[Scientists Develop First Blood Test to Diagnose Adult Depression]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:31:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/northwestern+scientist+depression.jpg
Northwestern Medicine scientists in Chicago have developed a blood test to diagnose major depression in adults, marking the first such test to objectively and scientifically diagnose the disorder.

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