<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Health News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/health http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usFri, 09 Dec 2016 08:27:29 -0600Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:27:29 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Conjoined Twins Separated After 17-Hour Surgery in California]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:48:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/EvaErika.jpg
Erika and Eva Sandoval will be able to share the uncanny connection twins are said to have, but a grueling 17-hour surgery has ensured that they can soon do that safely.The 2-year-old twins from Antelope...

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<![CDATA[Grooming Linked to Increased Risk of STIs: Study]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:46:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/disposablerazorfeuerherd.jpg
Grooming pubic hair may be linked to an increased risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, according to a new study.The results did show participants who trimmed or shaved their pubic hair had...

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<![CDATA[Biden Emotional at Cancer Funding Bill Partly Named for Son]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:34:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16341007670452.jpg
A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for outgoing Vice President Joe Biden.The...

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<![CDATA[In 2015, Health Spending Surges in the U.S. ]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:00:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/170*120/AP_16320836144895-doctor.jpg
In 2015, Americans spent $3.2 trillion on medical expenses, up by 5.8 percent since 2014, NBC News reported.Experts say there are also indications that health spending increased because people sought...

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<![CDATA[Shkreli Belittles Students Who Recreated His $750 Drug]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:56:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/shkreli.jpg
Martin Shkreli, the infamous former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who hiked the price on a drug used by HIV patients from $13.50 to $750, is making news again. This time belittling a group of Australian students...

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<![CDATA[World AIDS Day 2016: Activists Urge Testing, Education]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:52:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_405806892642.jpg
Dec. 1 marks World AIDS Day. It's a time to remember over 35 million people who have died from the disease since the early-1980s. It's also a chance for health organizations and charities to raise awareness...

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<![CDATA[Texas Has Its First Local Zika Case]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:22:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg
Texas on Monday reported its first case of Zika virus that likely came from a mosquito bite within the state. Health officials say that the woman who was infected in Texas is a resident of Brownsville, located...

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<![CDATA[Millions May Be Misdiagnosed as Allergic to Penicillin]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:41:18 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pennicillin.jpg
Some 90 percent of those diagnosed with a penicillin allergy can actually tolerate the antibiotics, according to a study presented recently at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma...

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<![CDATA[Heinz Voluntarily Recalls Pork Gravy After Labeling Issue]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:57:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gravy-sm-1.jpg
Heinz is voluntarily recalling about 500 cases of its HomeStyle Bistro Au Jus Gravy because some jars have been mislabeled as Heinz Pork Gravy without mentioning it contains milk and soy.

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<![CDATA[Dementia Rates Might Be Declining, New Study Finds]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:40:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_460730682850-Alzheimers-poster.jpg
Rates of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia appear to have fallen considerably since 2000, and better education may be partly responsible, researchers reported Monday. Better treatment for diabetes

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<![CDATA[Sabra Recalls Hummus Products Over Listeria Concerns]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:31:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sabra-hummus.jpg
Sabra Dipping Company has issued a voluntary recall for a variety of its hummus products after Listeria monocytogenes was found at the Colonial Heights, Virginia-based company's manufacturing facility.The...

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<![CDATA[Insulin Prices Double Since 2012]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:15:30 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Insulin_Prices_Increase.jpg
Increases in insulin prices and a lack of generic options are forcing diabetic Americans to cut back on prescribed doses to stretch out their medication.

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<![CDATA[Major Grated Cheese Brands Hit by Nationwide Recall]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:19:30 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cento+4c+cheese+recall.jpg
Fears of salmonella contamination have led to the recall of major grated cheese brands nationwide. 4C Food Corp. has voluntarily recalled its 4C Grated Cheese, Homestyle Grated Cheese and Cento Grated...]]>
<![CDATA[Women Anxious About Future of Contraception Under Trump]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:59:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-566440215.jpg
More women are asking Planned Parenthood workers about access to birth control and other health care since Donald Trump was elected president, according to the organization's chief medical officer.

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<![CDATA[FDA Steps Up Warnings About Testosterone Use]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:38:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16159721727583-fda-generic.jpg
The FDA announced Tuesday that it is increasing warnings against testosterone and other steroids, NBC News reported.In addition to existing concerns about personality changes and other health issues, the drugs...

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<![CDATA[Infants, Parents Should Share Room: New Guidelines]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:35:11 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_sleepstandards1024_1920x1080.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released updated guidelines for new parents on infant sleep safety. Experts say room sharing could reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by half and...]]>
<![CDATA[Pediatrics Group Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:32:41 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-135280995.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines for parents with infants and young children in regard to screen usage.Children under 18 months should avoid screens, with the exception of...

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<![CDATA[New Advice: Parents Should Share Screentime with Kids]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:46:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_mediakids1020_1920x1080.jpg
Instead of playing a constant game of keep-away, parents are now encouraged to join the fun. Updated guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics on kids' media usage represents a shift to making moms...

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<![CDATA[Woman With Cancer: '#JuJuOnThatChemo']]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:21:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/chemo-dance-101916.PNG
A Texas woman is not letting cancer and chemo get her down. Ana-Alecia Ayala, who’s battling a rare form of uterine sarcoma, has joined the viral dance craze — and has a heartwarming message to shareIn...

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<![CDATA[Mom Shares Emotional Update After Conjoined Twins Separated]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:12:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/conjoined+twins+gofundme+thumb.png
Nicole McDonald has reluctantly documented her family's experience as her twin sons who were attached at the head faced their most difficult surgery yet last week. But if supporters of her family read anything...
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<![CDATA[Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Rates, Report Finds]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:42:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/strides6-PIC_0.jpg
Despite innovative technology for detection and treatment of breast cancer, black women continue to have the highest rate of mortality, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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<![CDATA[Moms Find Worms in Baby Formula]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:04:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_maggotformula1011_1500x845.jpg
A first-time mom says she found worms in a bottle of Similac baby formula that she fed her son. "Two ounces down I noticed the worms," said Taylor Seyler from Missouri. "Took it from his mouth, went and put...]]>