<![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 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:03:34 -0500 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:03:34 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![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
Working out may not be enough to burn off the calories some of these restaurants are dishing out.]]>
<![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
No licenses have been issued for growing or dispensing cannabis and no physician certification forms will be available until next month.

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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 day after a lightning storm killed a one man and injured others on a California beach, survivors describe pain, vision and hearing problems and other long-term affects

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<![CDATA[Urban Garden Provides Jobs and Job Training In Englewood]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:51:53 -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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<![CDATA[Indiana Residents Test Positive for Painful Mosquito Virus]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:29:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP702217698660.jpg
A painful virus passed on by mosquitoes typically found in the Caribbean and Central America has made its way to Indiana.

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<![CDATA[Double Fatal Stabbing Prompts Hospital Lockdown]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:11:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/methodist-hospital.jpg
Lockdown at Methodist Hospital in Merrillville lifted at 5 a.m. after suspect taken into custody, officials say.

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<![CDATA[Hospital Lockdown Lifted Following "Possible Threat"]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:05:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mt.-sinai-hospital-chi-2.jpg
Police on Thursday morning responded to Mount Sinai Hospital on Chicago's west side after the facility reportedly received a threatening phone call.

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<![CDATA[Long Lines at Pot Farmers Market]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 05:56:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/mm+farmers+market+noon.jpg
A large number of people were spending their Fourth of July in line to a unique kind of farmers market in Los Angeles. The featured product: medical marijuana. Some people reported waiting up to...]]>
<![CDATA[LA Pot Dispensary Farmers Market]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:09:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/medical+marijuana+stock+cannabis.jpg
For some Los Angeles residents, the 4th of July weekend will be a chance to stock up on marijuana. Patients eligible to use medical marijuana will be able to buy the drug directly from growers at a...

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<![CDATA[3D Mammograms Offer Sharper Results]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:34:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obamacare-mammograms.jpg
New technologies could help resolve some of the controversy around breast-cancer screening — potentially improving the accuracy of scans that detect the cancer. NBC 5's Nesita Kwan reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Whooping Cough Epidemic in Calif.]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:42:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/whooping+cough+vaccine.jpg
The number of whooping cough cases in California has officially reached epidemic proportions, the California Department of Public Health reported. Whooping cough, known to doctors as pertussis, has experienced...

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<![CDATA[The Health Benefits of Drinking Wine Explained]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:48:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/edtAP1011180117961.jpg
After a long day, a glass of wine may help ease some tension. But did you know it could also help your health? One glass of red wine could actually improve your memory.

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<![CDATA[Medical Pot Bill Inspired by Girl]]> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 19:57:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP204780883216.jpg
An 11-year-old girl who suffers from epileptic seizures is the inspiration behind a bill in Florida that would allow parents to treat their epileptic children with marijuana. Florida

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<![CDATA[Formerly Conjoined Twins to Go Home]]> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 05:56:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ezell+Twins+06.JPG
The formerly-conjoined Ezell twins are sharing an exciting milestone -- they'll soon be headed home for good. Mom Jenni Ezell said Emmett and Owen are going home on Wednesday. The babies were once...

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<![CDATA[Interfaith House Heals Homeless Community]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:12:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/INTERFAITH+HOUSE.png
Interfaith House provides a healing environment for the homeless of Chicago. They have been Making A Difference since 1994 by changing over 7,000 lives. NBC 5's Art Norman reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Quinn Signs Law Requiring Students Learn CPR]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:18:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/CPR+demo.jpg
HB3724 also requires students to get trained on automated external defibrillators.]]>
<![CDATA[NJ Baby Latest to Die in Nap Nanny]]> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 03:54:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/edt-AP31966872310.jpg
An 8-month-old baby girl in New Jersey is the latest child to die in the recalled infant recliner known as the Nap Nanny. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the Hopatcong baby was secured into the chair...

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<![CDATA[Chicago Ranks 15 in Annual List of Fittest Cities]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 11:51:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Gym-workout-weights-generic.jpg
The metropolitan area ranked 15 in the annual American Fitness Index, identifying the healthiest and fittest areas in the United States.]]>
<![CDATA[T-Shirt Company Keeps Disabled Veterans On The Move]]> Mon, 26 May 2014 10:48:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000007341207_1200x675_266201667763.jpg
The Oscar Mike T-shirt company was founded by Noah Currier, a Marine veteran who was left paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident. He is making a difference by helping disabled veterans get...]]>
<![CDATA[LA Residents Show No Signs of MERS After Exposure: Officials]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 14:51:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP13061817965.jpg
At least 16 people in Los Angeles County who were exposed to MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, on a flight from Florida showed no signs of having contracted the virus, health officials said...

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<![CDATA[Target, Trader Joe's Hummus Recalled Over Listeria Concerns]]> Thu, 22 May 2014 16:46:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP517020972850.jpg
Lansal, Inc. issued a voluntary recall Thursday of more than seven tons of hummus sold at Target and Trader Joe's stores across the country because of concerns about a possible listeria contamination.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Resident Tests Positive for MERS]]> Mon, 19 May 2014 05:56:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP13061817965.jpg
An Illinois resident who had contact with an Indiana MERS patient has tested positive for the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Local health officials said the Illinois resident...

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<![CDATA[Loyola Performs Five Lung Transplants In One Day]]> Fri, 16 May 2014 05:56:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Loyola_lung_transplants.jpg
On any given day, five lung transplant surgeries are performed in hospitals across the country, but last week Loyola University Medical Center performed five of the surgeries in one day.]]>
<![CDATA[Airports Post MERS Warning Signs]]> Thu, 15 May 2014 00:45:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MERS_sign.jpg
MERS health warning signs are popping up at airports across the country to alert travelers about the threat of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. NBC5’s Nesita Kwan reports.]]>