<![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 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:16:14 -0600 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:16:14 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Officials Warn of Spike in Influenza-Like Illness in Cook County]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:15:30 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sick-Flu_generic.jpg
Cook County officials warned residents Tuesday about a spike in reports of influenza-like illness in the area.
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<![CDATA[3-D Printing Gives Chance to Little Girl Born With Heart Defect ]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:50:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/195*120/11-24-14_Heart-Defect-Surgery-Hensel.JPG
Esther Perez was born with heart defects that could have taken her young life, but thanks to a series of breakthrough procedures at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, the now-14-month-old little girl is...]]>
<![CDATA[Kid, 9, Bikes Cross-Country to Fight Cancer]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:27:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/C.J.+Burford.jpg
A 4th grader from North Carolina is riding for a reason. C.J. Burford is doing what he says he was called to do: ride across America for sick children. Laura Caso from NBC station WTLV reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Survives "Internal Decapitation"]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:21:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC-Internal-Decapitation.jpg
John Boyer was thrown from a vehicle and left with an injury that leaves most of its victims dead. Jonathan Gonzalez from NBC station KUSA in Denver reports.]]>
<![CDATA[More Than 90 Students Fall Ill at Northwest Suburban School]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:42:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/classroom-lock-generic.jpeg
A northwest suburban junior high school is warning parents after more than 90 students were reported sick Tuesday morning.

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<![CDATA[Hospital Fights Drug-Resistant Bugs]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:08:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000009721189_1200x675_360032323618.jpg
Lurie Children's Hospital is fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Its plan involves tracking and limiting the use of antibiotics among its patients. Nesita Kwan reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Nurses Demand Tougher Ebola Safety Precautions]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:03:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/illinois+nurses+ebola.jpg
From Hines VA Hospital in Maywood to Stroger Hospital in Chicago, registered nurses on Wednesday demanded tougher Ebola safety precautions in the nation's hospitals.

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<![CDATA[See the World's Smallest Pacemaker]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:11:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC-tiny-pacemaker.jpg
Pacemakers until now have required wires to connect to the heart, but with the the Micra there are no wires.]]>
<![CDATA[12 People Monitored For Ebola in Illinois]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 08:09:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ebola13.jpg
Twelve people are being monitored for Ebola symptoms in Illinois, the state's Department of Public Health confirmed Monday.]]>
<![CDATA[Officials Blame Norovirus After Dozens of Students Fell Ill]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:25:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/norovirus+generic.jpg
Cook County health officials say dozens of students at a suburban elementary school who became ill after what was believed to have been a flu outbreak, may not have been sickened by the flu at all.

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<![CDATA[Record Number of Booster Seats Are "Best Bets": IIHS]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:44:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/185*120/%5BNECN%5DB16x9N_PY-08MO_NS_HEALTH_MINUTE_BOOSTER_SEATS_CNNWS_NECN1500kMP4_640x416_2191472863.jpg
A record number of booster seats have earned the highest rating for safety belt fit from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Out of the 41 models the agency tested, 27 earned the "best bet"...]]>
<![CDATA[Flu Outbreak Closes Lyons Elementary School]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 18:48:30 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/flu5.jpg
Robinson Elementary, at 4431 Gage Ave., was closed due to "a large number of absences due to flu."

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<![CDATA[UofC Doctors Recount Fighting Ebola in Nigeria]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19:27:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000009550611_1200x675_353289283963.jpg
Two doctors from the University of Chicago traveled to the front lines of the Ebola epidemic in Nigeria -- where the virus was eradicated. They share their take on what Nigeria did right, and what still...]]>
<![CDATA[Study: Too Frequent Baths Could Be Bad for Babies' Skin]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 06:08:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/baby-bath-eczema.jpg
A recent study suggests that too many baths and lack of emollient therapy on newborns heightens the chance for babies of getting the disease eczema.

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<![CDATA[Experts Encourage Flu Shots, Despite Recent Shortage]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 20:21:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Walmart+Flu+Shot+012214.jpg
Health officials are starting to ramp up their efforts to get people in for flu shots, but a recent shortage in the vaccine is causing longer waits for some.

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<![CDATA[Meet The Biggest Loser's New Trainer]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 12:42:36 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000009515737_1200x675_351903299889.jpg
Jennifer Widerstrom shares her training and fitness philosophy with NBC Chicago's Marion Brooks.]]>
<![CDATA[Male Breast Cancer Continues to Rise]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:05:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000009467411_1200x675_349920835970.jpg
Although it is still rare, the incidence of male breast cancer continues to increase. For the families and the men affected they'll tell you maybe we need to re-think pink.]]>
<![CDATA[Journalist Returning From Liberia Being Monitored in Chicago]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:58:55 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/dipaola+ebola+monitoring.jpg
A freelance journalist reporting in Liberia returned to Chicago nine days ago, but he says it wasn’t until he did a radio interview Wednesday that he was contacted by Chicago health officials about his travels.]]>
<![CDATA[Nurse Prepares to Travel to Help Ebola Patients]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:35:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/229*120/larry+turner.jpg
A nurse from the South Side of Chicago is preparing to travel to West Africa to treat Ebola patients.]]>
<![CDATA[Buzz Kill? Fireball Whiskey Recalled in Europe]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:26:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/fireball+image.jpg
Fireball has been recalled in Finland, Sweden and Norway for excessive amounts of an ingredient allowable for sale in the U.S.]]>
<![CDATA[Nurse Steps Out, Slams Quarantine]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:01:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kaci-Hickox.jpg
Nurse Kaci Hickox, who recently returned from treating Ebola victims in West Africa and has challenged the legality of a quarantine, spoke outside of her Maine home after health officials announced they...]]>
<![CDATA[Advocates Question Ebola Quarantine]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:45:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000009401207_1200x675_348497475724.jpg
Advocates looking for volunteers to help those suffering in Ebola-stricken countries in Western Africa are concerned a mandatory quarantine will deter volunteers from wanting to help. Nesita Kwan reports.]]>
<![CDATA["The Martha Stewart of Marijuana"]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:44:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/6086cece1b1849ee9e44a75c6187d8ae.jpg
A Beverly Hills mom has started a crowdfunding website, Canna-dabba-do, in hopes to help bring medical marijuana to the masses. Cheryl Shuman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, Shuman was given...]]>
<![CDATA[More than 31,000 Pounds of Chicken Products Recalled]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:55:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bell-evans-chicken.jpg
Food may be contaminated with Staphylococcal bacteria, which may cause stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

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<![CDATA[State: Travelers from Western Africa Subject to Quarantine]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:50:09 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/493339009.jpg
Airline passengers who had any contact with Ebola patients in three West African countries will be placed in a 21-day quarantine.

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<![CDATA["Miracle Oil" Cures Girl's Seizures]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:03:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Glut+1+medicinal+oil.jpg
A North Texas family is touting a "miracle oil" and praising researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas for healing their little girl, who was having chronic seizures.

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<![CDATA[Mobilizing for Possible Ebola Cases in Chicago]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:42:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000009352015_1200x675_346465347639.jpg
10/22/2014: Doctors at Rush University Medical Center were ready when they got word possible Ebola patients were headed their way. Today, they showed how and where the patients were examined.]]>
<![CDATA[Child Passenger From Liberia Being Tested for Ebola]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:34:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_file_ebola_cdc.jpg
A child traveling from Liberia is being tested for Ebola and remains in isolation in Chicago after he and an adult became ill on separate flights that landed Tuesday at O’Hare International Airport.
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<![CDATA[U of I Among Leaders in Sexual Health Rankings]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:19:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/b073afb87f204207b22b3e0de947d8ba.jpg
Condom maker Trojan is out with its annual list of 140 campuses and the sexual health resources available to students.
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<![CDATA[Photos Show Hospitals Unprepared for Ebola]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:40:17 -0600 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 17:20:41 -0600 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 17:12:49 -0600 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 06:04:24 -0600 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 14:24:32 -0600 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 17:21:33 -0600 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 19:12:05 -0600 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 13:47:41 -0600 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 21:47:20 -0600 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.]]>