<![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 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:25:59 -0500 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:25:59 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Evergreen Park Mayor Tells of West Nile Virus Survival]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:01:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mayor+sexton.jpg
Two years ago, Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton got flu-like systems that wouldn't go away. He continued to get weaker and his fever kept going up. It turned out to be a severe case of West Nile virus...

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<![CDATA[Why Did Ice Bucket Challenge Take Off?]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:54:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP908350358790.jpg
08/28/14: Maryilene Blondell from the Greater Chicago Chapter of the ALS Association talks about why donations have been pouring in.

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<![CDATA[Boston Marathon Dream Wedding]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:27:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/edt-KJWedding1.jpg
If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it.

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<![CDATA[Oak Lawn Woman is Cook County's First Case of West Nile]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:46:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/West-Nile-Virus-P4.jpg
Health officials said mosquito pools in 61 communities, as well as three dead birds, have tested positive for the virus.

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<![CDATA[Sam's Club Caesar Salads Recalled]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:28:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sams_club1.jpg
Honey, nuts and cheese top the list of the most expensive — and delicious — food heists.

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<![CDATA[Whole Foods Pulls Yogurt Over Sugar]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:35:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/whole+foods+yogurt+allegations.JPG
A 5-day-old New Jersey boy is in critical but stable condition after he stopped breathing suddenly over the weekend, possibly because of a bacterial infection, his parents]]>
<![CDATA[Sacramento Patient Tests Negative for Ebola]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:32:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ebola.jpg
Peanut and almond butters sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and other grocers are being voluntarily recalled because of possible salmonella contamination. There have been reports of four illnesses that may...

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<![CDATA[SoCal Man Shares ALS Reality]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:42:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ALSchallenge.JPG
A shoplifting suspect who identified himself as former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland managed to mislead law enforcement for nearly four weeks and will likely face additional charges after...

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<![CDATA[Groups Team Up to Help Fight Hunger]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:56:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008452368_1200x675_319342659506.jpg
The Greater Chicago Food Depository and The Growing Initiative are Making a Difference. They are growing fresh produce that will feed families that are battling going hungry at]]>
<![CDATA[Almond, Peanut Butter Recalled]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:04:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/100308-peanut-butter-attack.jpg
A Georgia-based meat company is recalling over 15,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets after reports surfaced that consumers found small pieces of plastic in the meat. Perdue Farms and the USDA's Food...

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<![CDATA[Conn. Man With ALS Takes Challenge]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:45:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/David+McClain+Edited.jpg
After taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a New Haven resident who suffers from the degenerative disease called out all his Facebook friends to complete the challenge and donate whether or not they choose...

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<![CDATA[Whole Foods Lied About Sugar in Yogurt: Lawsuit]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:39:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/whole_foods.JPG
Dog walkers who don’t clean up after their pets on one Brooklyn street could find themselves in for a surprise nastier than the messes their pooches leave behind, thanks to a group of fed-up...

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<![CDATA[MRSA Breaks Out Among Firefighter Trainees in New York]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:10:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/randalls+island+mrsa.jpg
Robin Williams' grieving daughter Zelda Williams is taking a timeout from Twitter and Instagram after users sent her unkind comments and altered photos of her dad, which were supposedly taken after the...]]>
<![CDATA[Georgia Firm Recalls 15K Pounds of Chicken Nuggets]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:40:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ApplegateRecall.jpg
A Georgia-based meat company is recalling over 15,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets after reports surfaced that consumers found small pieces of plastic in the meat. Perdue Farms and the USDA's Food...

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<![CDATA[Chicago Resources for Suicide Prevention]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:54:03 -0500
Use these resources if you or someone you know is in need of help.]]>
<![CDATA[Task Force Sounds Alarm About Heroin Use by Young People]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:20:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/heroin+genericEDIT.jpg
Long a scourge of the back alleys of American life, heroin is spreading across the country. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February only underscored a problem many American communities already were...

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<![CDATA[School Lunches Around the World]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:54:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/LunchPakistan2.jpg
Photographers captured the lunch fare for students in several countries earlier this month, showing a range of foods, customs, and nutritional standards.

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<![CDATA[Ebola Researcher Confident in Drug]]> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 11:26:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/inside-Ebola-lab-san-diego.jpg
A Tampa church cancelled a funeral service upon learning that the deceased was gay, NBC affiliate WFLA reported. Julie Atwood, the mother of Julion Evans, was told that holding her son's funeral in the...]]>
<![CDATA[9 Questions You Should Ask About the Drug "Molly"]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:00:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_191826866.jpg
A Tampa church cancelled a funeral service upon learning that the deceased was gay, NBC affiliate WFLA reported. Julie Atwood, the mother of Julion Evans, was told that holding her son's funeral in the...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Patient's One Direction Wish]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:21:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/6yo+cancer+patient.jpg
A woman accused of making it through airport security without a boarding pass and taking a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor trespassing charge...

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<![CDATA[Scientists Closer to Ebola Vaccine]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:23:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NIH+Scientists+Ebola+Vaccine+080614.jpg
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which claimed at least 887 lives, has many people wondering whether the virus could be spread through air travel.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Hospitals Ready for Ebola Virus]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:27:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/91e22e8c4dc1430bbdf0d26d3ff84c4a.jpg
8/5/2014: The ebola virus has not infiltrated Chicago, but local hospitals say the same precautions already in place would already work. NBC 5's Nesita Kwan reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Safety Study: Dangers of Texting and Walking ]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:56:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP080729033573.jpg
Researchers discovered teenagers are more at risk of getting hit by cars while distracted than any other demographic they have studied in the past.]]>
<![CDATA[Mass. Doctor Going to Fight Ebola]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 21:22:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Nahid+Bhadelia.jpg
Kent Brantly, the Texas doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, was given an experimental serum before he was flown to the U.S., said Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian aid group.

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<![CDATA[Officials: Chicago Water is Safe]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 15:28:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lake+michigan+generic.JPG
Officials with the Department of Water Management said Chicago's water supply continues to be safe to drink and use.]]>
<![CDATA[Lake Michigan Water Supply Re-Tested Amid Toledo Water Issue]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 12:19:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP67802778329.jpg
City officials are re-testing the Lake Michigan water supply after Saturday’s declaration that the Toledo, Ohio water supply from Lake Erie is unsafe to drink.

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<![CDATA[Group Names "Worst Restaurant Foods"]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:18:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cheesecake+factory_722.jpg
Burger King wants people to feel less guilty about gobbling up its french fries. The world's No. 2 hamburger chain is launching a new crinkle-cut french fry on Tuesday that it says has about 20 percent...

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<![CDATA[Highland Park Doctor Charged With MediPot Violation]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:54:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dr-joseph-starkman-web.jpg
Illinoisans hoping to make use of the state's fledgling medical marijuana law may risk their jobs if their employers opt to maintain or adopt zero-tolerance drug policies.

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<![CDATA[Feeling the Pain of Lightning Strikes, Again and Again]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:38:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/72814+Lightning.jpg
A thunderstorm hit the greater New York area July 2. See the stunning lightning photos captured by viewers and professional photographers.

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<![CDATA[Urban Garden Provides Jobs and Job Training In Englewood]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:19:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Growing+Farms.png
Growing Home's Wood Street Urban Farm has been Making A Difference in the Englewood community since 2007. This organic garden provides an opportunity for those who have a hard time find]]>
<![CDATA[Food For Thought: Drinking Coffee]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:47:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/coffee_generic_1.jpg
Sandy Goldberg discusses disease-fighting powers, downfalls and portion control when it comes to drinking coffee.

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<![CDATA[Chikungunya: What You Need to Know]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:40:24 -0500 Aedes aegypti mosquito.]]> Aedes aegypti mosquito.]]> http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/181*120/tlmd_virus_mortales_03.jpg
A person caught the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya in the United States this month, health officials say — marking the first time mosquitoes in the U.S. are believed to have spread

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<![CDATA[Babies Get Herpes After Ritual: DOH]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:10:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_Circumcision0906_722x406_2119014932.jpg
Two more infants were diagnosed with herpes in New York this month after undergoing ritual Jewish circumcisions, the Health Department says. In both cases, the infant boys were born to mothers with...]]>
<![CDATA[Fruit Sold at Trader Joe's, Costco Recalled]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:02:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/07-21-2014-peaches-recall.jpg
Wawona Packing Company, based in California's Central Valley, is recalling white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, and plum varieties. The whole fruits were all packed between June 1 and July 12,...

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