<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Health News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/health http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usSun, 24 Sep 2017 00:20:24 -0500Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:20:24 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[CVS to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to 7-Day Supply]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:27:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cvsgeneric_1200x675.jpg
CVS Pharmacy will limit opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply for certain conditions, becoming the first national retail chain to restrict how many pain pills doctors can give patients, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Why Do College Kids Think Backpacks Can Save a Drunk Friend?]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:37:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/drunk_pack_stock_image.jpg
In the final hours of his life, Tim Piazza lay on a couch in a Penn State frat house barely conscious and occasionally vomiting from alcohol poisoning and serious internal injuries.Twice on a night of...

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<![CDATA['Scam': Kimmel Slams 'Kimmel Test' Senator's Bill]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:02:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kimmel-Cassidy.jpg
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel sounded off on Tuesday to blast Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy for his part in crafting the latest GOP health care proposal that, Kimmel said, goes against the promises the senator had...

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<![CDATA[Infected Puppies Put 9 in Hospital, Sicken 30 More]]> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:22:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-55656729.jpg
Puppies carrying a common germ have infected 39 people and put nine of them into the hospital, federal health officials told NBC News.The cases are all linked to puppies sold in seven states by the pet...

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<![CDATA[FDA Recalls Pacemakers Over Fear of Hackers]]> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:32:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/drvisit_1200x675.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration is recalling 465,000 pacemakers to be uploaded with new secure software after discovering cyber-security vulnerabilities in its system which would essentially allow a hacker...

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<![CDATA[Trump Administration Cuts Funding to Teen Pregnancy Programs]]> Fri, 25 Aug 2017 05:24:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-3155076.jpg
The U.S. has experienced a drastic drop in teen pregnancies, which many hail as proof of the effectiveness of an Obama-era federal grant program, NBC News reported.Started in 2010, the Teen Pregnancy...

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<![CDATA[Parents Add Drug Tests to Back-to-School Routines]]> Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:30:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_drugtests0823_1500x845.jpg
Parents, worried about drug abuse and the country's rising opioid epidemic, are adding drug tests to their child's back-to-school routines this fall in places like Cincinnati, Ohio.]]>
<![CDATA[Backyard Chickens, Ducks Linked to Salmonella Cases: CDC]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:36:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CHICKENS6.jpg
Recent salmonella outbreaks may be linked to backyard poultry, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In an outbreak advisory released Monday, the CDC said there have been 961 cases in...

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<![CDATA[Signs of Potential Eye Damage After Watching Eclipse: Expert]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:20:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-835902046.jpg
Experts have long warned that watching a solar eclipse without proper eyewear can lead to potential damage in your eyes. But what might that damage look like?

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<![CDATA[Teen Overdose Death Rate Doubles]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:21:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_teenoverdoses0816_1500x845.jpg
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a steep increase in fatal drug overdoses involving teenagers ages 15 - 19 since 2015 after years of decline. Deaths from fatal drug overdoses]]>
<![CDATA[If Trump Cuts Obamacare Subsidies, Premiums Will Spike: CBO]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:45:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17206719818863.jpg
The Congressional Budget Office says Obamacare premiums will increase by 20 percent next year and by 25 percent in 2020 — if President Donald Trump ends key federal subsidies to the program.The CBO report...

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<![CDATA[Apple, Aetna Meeting to Bring Apple Watch to Aetna: Sources]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:25:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/applewatchcolorful-1200x675.jpg
Apple and Aetna held secret meetings last week to bring Apple's health- and fitness-tracking device, Apple Watch, to Aetna customers, according to three sources who spoke with CNBC.

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<![CDATA[Looking into the Future: Online Eye Exams]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:12:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MD02F_1200x675_1022508099586.jpg
An online eye exam that you can take on a computer, in the comfort of your home. Seems like the perfect solution for busy people who may not have time to see the eye doctor. Yet, the increasingly popular...]]>
<![CDATA[5 Die After Being Fitted With Obesity Devices, FDA Says]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:16:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cms794.jpg
At least five people have died after receiving gastric balloons to help them lose weight, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. It’s unclear whether the balloons or the surgery to implant them could...

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<![CDATA[1 in 3 Cancer Patients Face Unexpected Costs: Study]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:34:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-08-10+at+11.30.52+AM.png
A Duke University study found more than a third of cancer patients with health insurance faced out-of-pocket costs that were more than they expected. Researchers say patients with unexpected costs are less...]]>
<![CDATA[The Freshman 15 Is a Myth]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:19:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/freshman15.jpg
Incoming college students have long feared the freshman 15, the alleged 15 pound weight gain common among first year students. But studies suggest this concept is nothing more than a myth, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Lawsuit: CVS Charges More for Drugs Paid for With Insurance]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 05:16:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cvsgeneric_1200x675.jpg
A California woman sued CVS Health Corporation Monday, accusing the company of charging customers more when they use insurance to pay for certain generic prescriptions, NBC News reported.Megan Schultz...

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<![CDATA[Americans’ Use of Alcohol Is on the Rise: Study]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:36:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_ALCOHOL_INCREASE_080917-150230034019500001.jpg
A new study has found an 11 percent increase in alcohol use among Americans between 2002 and 2012. There was an even bigger jump in high-risk drinking and alcohol-use disorders.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Hospital Named Among Best in US]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:05:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/northwestern+hospital+generic+emergency+room.jpg
A Chicago hospital has once again been named among the best in the nation, according to the newest ranking from U.S. News & World Report.]]>
<![CDATA[Opioid Overdoses Have Been Higher Than Thought: Study]]> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:40:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17171822298733-hypodermic-needles-syringes-everywhere-.jpg
Deaths from heroin and opioid overdoses may have been underreported by more than 20 percent, according to a new study from the University of Virginia.Researchers looking into the nation's deadly drug overdose...

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<![CDATA[Transgender Medical Center Opens For Kids]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 07:53:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_transgenderclinic0802_1500x845.jpg
Transgender kids in the St. Louis, Missouri, area now have somewhere to go for medical care and counseling. A transgender medical center opened Tuesday, and it's the first of its kind in the region. The medical]]>
<![CDATA[Amrita Protein Bars Recalled for Listeria Risk]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 05:43:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/necn+recall+generic.jpg
A brand of protein bars has been recalled by its manufacturer because it may be contaminated with listeria.Amrita Health Foods, which is based in Pleasantville, New York, voluntarily recalled a limited number...

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<![CDATA[Glitter iPhone Cases Recalled for Burn Risk]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:05:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/iphone-cases.jpg
Decorative iPhone cases sold at Victoria's Secret, Nordstrom Rack and other stores have been recalled by their manufacturer because a liquid glitter inside the cases can cause skin irritation and chemical...

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<![CDATA[1 in 3 Americans Took Prescription Opioids in 2015: Survey]]> Tue, 01 Aug 2017 12:31:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lucha+opioides.jpeg
About one in three Americans used prescription opioid painkillers like OxyContin or Vicodin in 2015, according to a survey released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NBC News reported.The NIDA...

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<![CDATA[Xtreme Eating Awards: 2017's Calorie-Filled Recipients]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:18:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chillis+Ultimate+Smokehouse+Combo.jpg
Most people won't consider eating five bacon double cheeseburgers from Burger King, but that's the calorie equivalent of one Buffalo Wild Wings Cheese Curd Bacon Burger with fries.That's just one of the...

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