<![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-usThu, 25 May 2017 19:13:01 -0500Thu, 25 May 2017 19:13:01 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[How the GOP Bill Could Affect 'Essential Health Benefits']]> Thu, 25 May 2017 11:42:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Congressional-Budget-Office-HR-1628.jpg
If the Republican health reform plan becomes law, states trying to save money on health insurance are likely to seek cuts on services like maternity care, mental health and dentist visits for kids, the...

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<![CDATA[How to Identify Heat Stroke]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 16:26:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_HEAT_STROKE_GUIDE_052417_1-149557390684400001.jpg
With summer here, it's important to know the dangers of high temperatures. Heat stroke can be dangerous. Here are some ways you can identify heat stroke and what you should do when you see some of its symptoms.]]>
<![CDATA[Researchers Discover 40 More Genes for Intelligence ]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 15:30:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/brain_1200x675.jpg
Instead, it shows that intelligence is possibly even more complex than anyone thought, and not easily explained. And it means specially designed smart babies are not in anyone's near future.The study...

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<![CDATA[Kids Under 1 Shouldn't Drink Fruit Juice: Pediatrician Org.]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 17:20:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/217*120/juicegeneric.jpg
Fruit juice, long recommended as a source of vitamin C for children, has no nutritional value for kids under one year old and isn't as good as fresh fruit for other kids, according to a leading pediatrician...

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<![CDATA[Consumer Reports Ranks Top Sunscreens of 2017]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 07:17:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-200535755-001.jpg
If you think all sunscreens are created equal, think again.Consumer Reports has released its annual list of top sunscreens as well as a warning about the SPF number on some bottles: If you put too much...

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<![CDATA[Common Lead Test May Be Wrong, FDA and CDC Say]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 14:10:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/206*120/AP_551526133025.jpg
As NBC News reports, many children and pregnant women may need to get new lead tests because one of the most common lab tests may have given falsely low readings, the Food and Drug Administration said...

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<![CDATA[Caffeine Overdose Killed South Carolina Teen: Coroner]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 17:07:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-571245571.jpg
A 16-year-old South Carolina boy who collapsed in a classroom had so much caffeine ove a two-hour span that it killed him, a medical examiner said Monday. Davis Allen Cripe died April 26 at Palmetto Health...

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<![CDATA[Patients Beg for Pricey Drugs on Facebook Black Market]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 15:28:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-141926979.jpg
Desperate patients are swapping pricey pharmaceutical drugs on Facebook, NBC News reported.NBC News searched Facebook and found postings to trade insulins, EpiPens, asthma inhalers and other prescription...

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<![CDATA[Study Identifies Root Cause of Gray, Balding Hair]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 08:51:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gray+hair+study+ut+southwestern.jpg
Scientists in North Texas have identified the cells that cause hair to turn gray and to go bald – findings that could one day help identify possible treatments.Researchers from the University of Texas...

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<![CDATA[Senate Group Draws Fire for Lack of Women Working on Health Care]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 14:36:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mcconnell-gop-senate.jpg
The core group of 13 Republican senators tasked with crafting health care legislation to repeal Obamacare is under fire for not including any women senators, NBC News reports.Some Republican women, like

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<![CDATA[Family Seeks Help After Suburban Boy's Rare Diagnosis]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 12:32:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/189*120/boy+scouts+sky+5+resize.jpg
When Brandon Carp’s parents took him to a doctor for swelling in his face, they thought he simply had a sinus infection.
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<![CDATA[Life Expectancy Varies by 20 Years Across US Counties]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 09:10:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/america-life-expectancy-jama-study.jpg
Americans' life expectancy varies by nearly a generation across counties in the United States, according to a new study, from a high of 87 years in Colorado's ski country to a low of 66 years in southwest South...

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<![CDATA[New Testing Method Revolutionizes Allergy Identification]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 12:28:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/232*120/Screen+Shot+2017-05-08+at+1.22.10+PM.png
A new finger prick test can identify more than 100 allergens, revolutionizing the more laborious methods currently in use.Dr. Janet Pate with Nurture Pediatrics in Bellaire, Texas says that until now the...]]>
<![CDATA[Measles Outbreak Caused by Vaccine Skeptics: Health Depts.]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 21:06:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/177*120/measlesminnesota_1200x675.jpg
An outbreak of measles in Minnesota has led to 44 infected people, nearly all of them children, the Minnesota department of health says. Eleven kids are in the hospital and more cases of measles are expected...

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<![CDATA[Cook County Officials Warn of Spike in Deaths From New Drug]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 19:26:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/drug+needles.png
More than 40 people have died so far this year in Cook County due to a powerful new drug, according to the medical examiner’s office.

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<![CDATA[Gray Death: The New Killer Drug in the War Against Opioids]]> Sat, 06 May 2017 06:15:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gray-death.jpg
Ominously named Gray Death, the killer drug cocktail is making headlines in the ongoing war against the national opioid crisis, NBC News reported.What exactly is Gray Death? Start with heroin.

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<![CDATA[How to Protect Yourself From Surge in Lyme Disease Ticks]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 10:17:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Lyme-Disease-Tick.jpg
The Center for Disease Control has predicted a surge in the number of Lyme-carrying ticks in the Northeast and Midwest from April through the beginning of the summer.]]>
<![CDATA[Olympic Medalists Raise Awareness About Kids' Mental Health]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 21:05:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/20170504+Phelps+and+Schmitt+2.jpg
Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Thursday to raise awareness about children’s mental health.

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<![CDATA[5 Myths About Quitting Sugar, Debunked]]> Mon, 01 May 2017 11:56:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519743196-sugar.jpg
A lot of people vow to quit sugar as the weather warms up, but as NBC News' Better team discovered, it's easier said than done to make it 10 days without the sweet stuff.People hold some several misconceptions...

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