<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Health News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:57:16 -0500 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:57:16 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[WATCH: New Anti-Smoking Ads Highlight Pain, Suffering]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:51:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-generic-73160938.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is introducing a new installment of its anti-smoking campaign to help smokers stop lighting up.

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<![CDATA[Level of Risk Not Yet Clear in Kraft Recall: FDA]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:43:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kraft-macaroni-120331317-%281%29.jpg
One day after a major Kraft Macaroni and Cheese recall, the federal agency in charge of much of the nation’s food supply says it still has not determined the level of risk to consumers.

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<![CDATA[Poison Center Calls About Kids Hit 1.3 Million: Report]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:56:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/medicine-cabinet.jpg
Poison centers across the country get more than 1,100 calls everyday that relate to children poisoned by medicine, a new report said.]]>
<![CDATA[Mom Fights MS With Body Building]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:27:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web-vod-bodybuilding-mom-ms.jpg
A diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis isn't slowing down Wendy Bordewisch. Megan Pringle from NBC station WBAL in Baltimore reports.

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<![CDATA[Many On-Campus Residents Lack Measles Vaccination Records]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:21:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/176*120/491404053.jpg
More than a third of Illinois’ colleges and universities allow a large number of students who have no proof of being vaccinated for measles to live on their campuses.]]>
<![CDATA[Youth in Rural Areas Have Higher Suicide Rate, Study Says]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 14:10:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ambulance19.jpg
A new Ohio State University study has found that adolescents and young adults living in rural areas are more likely to commit suicide than those in cities. The study analyzed suicides among people ages 10 to 24...]]>
<![CDATA[Blue Bell Recalls Ice Cream Treats]]> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 23:04:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ice-cream-stock-79772399.jpg
The FDA issued a consumer advisory about some Texas-made Blue Bell ice cream products Friday, after three patients who had eaten the ice cream in a Kansas hospital died of a foodborne illness. The illnesses...

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<![CDATA["We're Related": 8-Way Kidney Swap]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:40:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kidney_Transplant_CT.jpg
Donors and recipients involved in a groundbreaking eight-way kidney swap in Connecticut came face to face for the first time Thursday, greeting each other with hugs, tears and laughter.]]>
<![CDATA[Ebola-Infected Worker Arrives in US]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:18:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NIHClinic.jpg
An American healthcare worker infected with Ebola in West Africa arrived at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland Friday morning. The patient was admitted to the NIH Clinical Center's Special...

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<![CDATA[Promising New Autism Research]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:32:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/autism6.jpg
A blood-based measure could lead to a clinical test that could spot signs of autism in boys just 1 or 2 years old, a new study has found, a finding that could help children with autism get the help they...

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<![CDATA[Burger King Drops Soft Drinks From Kids' Meals]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:26:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/burger-king-thumb-82504247.jpg
Burger King is no longer promoting soft drinks on its kids' meal menus. "We have removed fountain drinks from our kids' menu boards and they are no longer merchandised as part of kids' meals," the company...

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<![CDATA[Dunkin' Drops Food-Coloring Additive]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:16:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dunkin-donuts-AP110727023936.jpg
Dunkin’ Donuts is removing a food-coloring ingredient from their powdered sugar goods, the brand announced Thursday.

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<![CDATA["Top 10 Tips" for Medical Marijuana Patients]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:01:13 -0500 Illinois Department of Public Health has created a "Top 10" list of tips for people applying for medical marijuana cards. Scroll through to see what they recommend.]]> Illinois Department of Public Health has created a "Top 10" list of tips for people applying for medical marijuana cards. Scroll through to see what they recommend.]]> http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/medical+marijuana+stock+capsule+cannabis+prescription+note+bottle+stethoscope.jpg
The Illinois Department of Public Health released its top 10 tips for people applying for medical marijuana cards.

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<![CDATA["Wake-Up Call": Study Reveals Magnitude of Memory Loss]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:47:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/alzheimers-149679784.jpg
A new study from the federal CDC shows that about 4 million American households include at least one adult with worsening memory loss

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<![CDATA[Pot: "The Conservative Thing To Do"?]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:53:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000011320220_1200x675_408074819728.jpg
A Texas state lawmaker proposes legalizing marijuana, saying "God didn't make a mistake the government needs to fix when he made marijuana." Valerie Kilgore from NBC station KETK reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Lasers Target Mosquitoes]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:12:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Yellow+Fever+Mosquito.jpg
A new high-tech bug zapper identifies certain types of mosquitoes, then shoots them out of the air with low-power lasers. Glenn Farley from NBC station KING reports.

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<![CDATA[Thousands of Bassinets, Cradles Recalled Due to Suffocation Risk]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:46:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bassinet-recall.jpg
Fall and suffocation hazards prompted the recall of thousands of two-in-one bassinets. Dream on Me recalled nearly 13,000 two-in-one bassinet to cradle products after learning that the wire supports on the sides...

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<![CDATA[Plague-Carrying Flea Found on NYC Rats: Study]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:41:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/101214rats.jpg
The type of flea that spread the bubonic plague across Europe in the 1300s, killing millions of people, lives in NYC, according to a study published in a medical journal. Cornell University researchers...

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<![CDATA[Brain Surgeons Use 3-D Technology]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:07:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/generic-brain2.jpg
A breakthrough technology called Surgical Theater is allowing brain surgeons at UCLA’s Neurosurgery Center, for the first time, to look inside the heads of their patients before they go under the knife. Doctors

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<![CDATA[Mother Denied Potentially Life-Saving Medical Device by Insurance]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:36:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NBC5INV-insulin-pump.jpg
A suburban mother living with Type 1 Diabetes said she is being denied a potentially life-saving medical device by her insurance provider.]]>
<![CDATA[New App Lets Patients Receive Diagnosis Through Phone]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:57:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Liberty11P0228_1200x675_406144067928.jpg
Patients can video call with a licensed doctor in their area with a few quick taps of their fingers.]]>
<![CDATA["Biggest Loser" Winner Visits NBC 5]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:22:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Toma-Dobrosavljevic.jpg
Addison's Toma Dobrosavljevic dishes on the show, the behind-the-scenes drama, relationships he's made and what's next for him.]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Body Bags Are Getting Bigger]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:56:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/NC_bigbodybags.jpg
With more than one third of U.S. adults overweight, coroners are having problems with standard body bags sizes being too small.]]>
<![CDATA[Lake County Warns of Possible Measles Exposure]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:33:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/doctor-generic1.jpg
One day after public health officials announced a 15th person has been diagnosed with measles in Cook County, the Lake County Health Department warned residents about the potential for exposure.

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<![CDATA[Anthem Breach Affects 215,000 Blue Cross Members in Ill.]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:27:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/doctor_generic_health.jpg
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois said around 215,000 members’ personal information was compromised in a data breach at Anthem, Inc. this month.]]>
<![CDATA[Hand Washing Dishes May Prevent Allergies: Study]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:24:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dishwashingAllergy-529008409.jpg
Washing dishes might be the best chore for a kid. Doing dishes by hand instead of using a dishwasher might prevent or reduce allergies in children, according to a Swedish study published in the journal...

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<![CDATA[Study Finds Obesity, Diabetes Link]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:26:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/UC-San-Diego-generic_6.jpg
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, believe they have discovered the "root cause" of Type 2 diabetes — a molecular link between obesity and diabetes that may lead to new...

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<![CDATA[Study Examines Peanut Allergy]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:45:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/peanut+butter+recall.jpg
A new study argues that the key to preventing peanut allergies in children may lie in early and regular exposure to the food, The Associated Press reported. Researchers tracked 640 children under age 1 who were...]]>
<![CDATA[New Rules to Combat "Superbugs"]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 02:35:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web_superbug_gordon_5p_1200x675_401693763890.jpg
New procedures for cleaning a medical device used in some exams will prevent the "superbug" from spreading to anyone else after it led to two deaths and six other infections, doctors and administrators at Ronald...]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Warning: Traces of Peanuts Found in Cumin]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:52:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cumin-86069470.jpg
Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice — a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies.

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