<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Health News]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:05:17 -0600 Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:05:17 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Zika Scare Reopens Abortion Debate in Brazil]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:51:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BrazilPregnantZika-AP_757089715997.jpg
Fears over the Zika virus are reopening the debate over abortion in Brazil, where the procedure is illegal under most cases, NBC News reported. Brazilian bishops opposed a petition seeking to expand abortion...

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<![CDATA[Company Testing Diabetes Cure]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:27:27 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Diabetes+cure+web+img-PIC_0.jpg
A San Diego biotech company believes it has found a possible cure for Type 1 diabetes. The La Jolla-based company, ViaCyte, in conjunction with Johnson & Johnson, is testing a stem cell treatment to cure those...

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<![CDATA[CDC's Warning for Women About Alcohol Sparks Backlash]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:17:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/beer+drinking+generic.jpg
A warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meant to caution women about the risks of drinking and pregnancy has set off a firestorm of outrage, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Experts Left With More Questions About Zika ]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:00:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ZikaLab-GettyImages-506977656.jpg
For decades, the Zika virus has seemed harmless. But with more birth defects in Brazil and the possibility of transmission through sexual contact, health experts are now trying to answer more questions about the...

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<![CDATA['I Could Feel Him There': Mom Listens to Son's Donated Heart Beat ]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 07:50:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/221*120/Screen-Shot-2016-02-03-at-8.48.46-AM.jpg
Three years after her 7-month-old son Lukas tragically died, Heather Clark was able to hear his donated heart beat once again inside a little girl. Holding a stethoscope to 4-year-old Jordan Drake's chest, the...

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<![CDATA[Need to Know: Zika Virus Spreads in Americas]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:27:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The spread of the Zika virus has caused worldwide concern. Health officials think Zika might be connected to the rise in a birth defects in the Americas, though it has not yet been proven, and have labeled...

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<![CDATA[What You Need to Know: Zika Virus Spreads in Americas]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:23:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/AP_88799403079.jpg
The spreading of the Zika virus has caused worldwide concern. Health officials think Zika might be connected to the rise in a birth defects in the Americas, though it has not yet been proven, and have labeled...

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<![CDATA[Prozac for Down Syndrome Babies]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 07:51:29 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Prozac-GettyImages-169371347.jpg
A University of Texas Southwestern study will see if giving unborn babies with Down syndrome Prozac in the womb will help improve brain functioning. Dr. Carol Tamminga, who is leading the study at UTSW,...

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<![CDATA[Norovirus Outbreak Sickens Dozens at Chicago Retirement Community]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:23:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/breakers_norovirus.jpg
A norovirus outbreak has sickened dozens of people at a Chicago retirement home.]]>
<![CDATA[Pregnant Woman Has Zika: NYC]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 04:01:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_256601441416.jpg
A pregnant woman was diagnosed with Zika virus after visiting a country stricken with the mosquito-borne illness that may cause birth defects, New York City health officials say.

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<![CDATA['Silent Killer': Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:23:14 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/012516_A_coproblems1JH_70.jpg
At least six people died from carbon monoxide poisoning since a massive snowstorm swept through the East Coast last week. The deaths included 23-year-old Sasha Bonilla, a New Jersey mother, and her 1-year...

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<![CDATA[Brazil Revises Birth Defect Count in Zika Investigation]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:01:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/zika+virus1.jpg
Brazil’s Health Ministry reported fewer confirmed cases of a rare brain defect that may be tied to the Zika virus, NBC News reported. In new figures released Wednesday, only 270 of 4,180 suspected cases...]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Virus Spreads to 20 Latin American Countries]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 19:49:18 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ZikaBrazil-AP_324390883298.jpg
The Zika virus has now spread to 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries, NBC News reported. The virus is now spreading locally in Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana...

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<![CDATA[Senators Ask WH to 'Spearhead' Study of Crumb Rubber Turf]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:55:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Crumb_Rubber_Turf.jpg
Two senators have asked President Barack Obama to launch a "comprehensive" study into the potential health risks posed by "crumb rubber" turf, a surface made of recycled tires used on playgrounds and athletic...

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<![CDATA[HPV Raises Risk of Head & Neck Cancers: Study]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:17:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/HPVVaccine-AP_701393247962.jpg
The human papillomavirus (HPV) increases the chances of head and neck cancer by at least seven times, according to a new study, NBC News reported. The study, conducted by researchers at Albert Einstein College...

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<![CDATA[Mom's '24 Hours Postpartum' Selfie Goes Viral]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:25:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/erica-andrews-instagram-tease.jpg
"This is what 24 hours postpartum looks like. Baby in sling. Skin to skin. Adult diapers. And a rosy glow," wrote Erica Andrews in an Instagram caption alongside a picture of her with her now 13-day old...

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<![CDATA[Two Pregnant Women in Illinois Test Positive for Zika Virus]]> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:43:56 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Zika-Mosquitoes-AP_100665838820.jpg
Two pregnant Illinois residents have tested positive for the Zika virus, prompting a warning from the Illinois Department of Public Health for anyone traveling abroad.

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<![CDATA[Patient Forges Friendship by Posting Adele Lyrics at Hospital]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:02:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AdelePhoto.jpg
Cystic fibrosis patient posts "Hello" lyrics in hospital window, starting a friendship with workers across the street.]]>
<![CDATA[1 Brain-Dead, 5 Hospitalized in France Clinical Trial]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 13:52:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_118589362326.jpg
A clinical trial in France left one volunteer brain-dead and five others hospitalized, French officials said Friday, NBC News reported. All volunteers participating in the trial at the privately-licensed...

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<![CDATA[Officials Consider Travel Warning as Zika Virus Spreads]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:43:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ZikaVirus-AP_454991380590.jpg
U.S. health officials are considering a travel warning about a virus spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean that experts say could cause a catastrophic birth defect, NBC News reported. "We are in the...

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<![CDATA[Time Right for Obama's Ambitious Cancer 'Moonshot': Experts]]> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:02:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/JoeBidenCancer-AP_865714559233.jpg
Cancer experts are applauding President Barack Obama’s ambitious “moonshot” to cure the disease, saying it’s a good time to do it. Obama announced the initiative Tuesday night during his State of the Union...

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<![CDATA[Perrigo Recalls Children's Cough Syrup Over Overdose Risk]]> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:08:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Coughrecall.jpg
Perrigo Company said Monday it's recalling two flavors of its children's liquid cough medicine because of a potential overdose risk. The recall includes two batches of children's guaifenesin grape liquid...

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<![CDATA[Texas Traveler Diagnosed with Zika Virus: CDC]]> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 23:11:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mosquito-AP_334068230276.jpg
A traveler in Houston has been diagnosed with a little-known mosquito-borne virus after returning from a trip to Latin America, health officials say. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...

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<![CDATA[GE Healthcare Moving Global Headquarters to Chicago]]> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:40:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/207*120/GettyImages-92158828.jpg
GE Healthcare announced Monday the company is moving its global headquarters from the U.K to Chicago.

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<![CDATA[FDA Bans Chemicals Found in Pizza Boxes, Fast Food Packaging]]> Fri, 08 Jan 2016 17:44:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sadasd.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration has banned chemicals that are used in pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, and fast-food packaging.

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<![CDATA[New Dietary Guidelines: Cut Added Sugar, Eat More Veggies]]> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 08:33:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-176501052.jpg
Added sugar in food and drink should be limited to no more than 10 percent of daily calories, according to new federal guidelines released Thursday, NBC News reported. The new dietary recommendations,...

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<![CDATA[Stem Cells Show Promise For Hearts]]> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:13:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_heartdisease0106_1500x845.jpg
Scientists at Osaka University are hard at work using stem cells to treat severe heart problems.]]>
<![CDATA[E-Cigarette Ads Target Millions of Kids: CDC]]> Tue, 05 Jan 2016 12:52:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_34020085243.jpg
E-cigarette makers are spending tens of millions of dollars on advertising their products and their message is getting across, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Teens are vaping by the millions now...

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<![CDATA[Could Sugar Fuel the Growth of Cancer?]]> Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:40:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sugar_teaspoon_generic.jpg
Does sugar fuel the growth of cancer? Researchers have been studying what sugar does to the body. One type of sugar in particular has provided a possible link from sugar to cancer.

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