<![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 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:41:53 -0600 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:41:53 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[New Voice for Mass. Teen]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:17:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Max+Plansky+112515.jpg
We all have unique voices - with their pitches and their tones, they belong to us. But for Max Plansky, a Massachusetts teen who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant, the voice he uses is not...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves New, Boosted Flu Vaccine]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:25:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/flue-shot.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new type of flu vaccine called Fluad that uses a compound to help stimulate the patient’s immune system, NBC News reported. Fluad contains MF59, an adjuvant made out...

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<![CDATA[Teen's Flesh-Eating Bacteria Fight]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:44:12 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/giancarlo+gil+flesh+eating+bacteria+recovery+1124+2.jpg
The mother of a San Diego-area teenager fighting for his life against a flesh-eating bacteria thanked the community Tuesday for their support, saying the family was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love.

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<![CDATA[Modified Mosquitos Block Malaria]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:00:41 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_432922569679.jpg
Southern California scientists have created a genetically modified batch of mosquitoes capable of blocking malaria, a development that could help eradicate the disease, UC San Diego officials announced...

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<![CDATA[UnitedHealth May Withdraw From Obamacare]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:15:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/UnitedHealth-AP_580078387860.jpg
Experts are divided over Thursday’s news that the No. 1 U.S. health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, might withdraw from health exchanges mandated by so-called Obamacare legislation, NBC News reported. The company...

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<![CDATA[Will Nation's Top Health Insurer Kill Obamacare?]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 02:19:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-Website-AP_249581118509.jpg
Thursday's news that the No. 1 U.S. health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, might withdraw from the health insurance exchanges mandated by so-called Obamacare legislation divided experts into two camps.

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<![CDATA[Heroin Vaccine Research]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 16:49:11 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Generic+Heroin+Needles.jpg
Recovering addicts may have a new tool helping them stay on track as a heroin vaccine enters a preclinical phase. The National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) awarded researchers...]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago-Area Health Officials Encourage Flu Shots]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:07:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/flu+shot+generic.jpg
Health officials are telling Illinois residents to get their flu shots soon rather than later after the state’s first flu cases of the season were reported.

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<![CDATA[Uber Rolls Out On-Demand Flu Vaccinations]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 03:08:41 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/UberFlu-Health+Photos+3.jpg
Haven't gotten your flu shot yet? Between long work hours, household responsibilities, errands and child care, making a trip to the doctor's office or local pharmacy for that flu shot doesn't seem too...

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<![CDATA[NIH's Last 50 Chimpanzees Are Retiring]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 05:18:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ChimpsAP_421866916958.jpg
The National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday that the last 50 chimpanzees set aside for federal medical research will be retired, NBC News reported. The chimpanzees, which are kept at three facilities...

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<![CDATA[Home Abortions Rise After Texas Law Closes Clinics: Study]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:50:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-2758562.jpg
A Texas law aimed at restricting abortions, which took effect in 2013, has led to more women trying to end a pregnancy on their own, while the number of clinical procedures in the state has declined, according...

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<![CDATA[Woman Aims to Brighten Cancer Patients' Visits]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:20:29 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rooms+that+rock+2.jpg
During a routine visit to her doctor six years ago, Nancy Ballard walked, by chance, into a chemotherapy treatment room. What she saw began her on a mission that is helping thousands of cancer patients a year.
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<![CDATA[Tyson Recalls Over 52,000 Pounds of Cooked Chicken Wings]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:01:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/tyson-anytizers-recall.jpg
Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling about 52,486 pounds of chicken wing products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Tuesday. Consumers who contacted Tyson Foods Inc....

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<![CDATA[Engineers Make Girl New Hand]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:05:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/crop-sophie-top.jpg
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's CITRIS lab are working hard to create low-cost, customizable prosthetics made from 3-D printers, according to the engineering department’s magazine. For an

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<![CDATA[Daily Pills Protect People Against HIV: Study]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:58:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_120510048917.jpg
People who took a daily pill to protect against HIV were protected aganist the virus but caught other sexually transmitted diseases through unprotected sex, researchers reported on Monday.

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<![CDATA[New Survey Method Finds More Kids With Autism]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:35:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Autism-AP_197615588239.jpg
A new government survey finds that more than 2 percent of U.S. kids have been diagnosed with autism — or 1 in 45 children aged 3 and older, NBC News reported. That seems like a startling increase from the last...

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<![CDATA[SpaghettiOs Recalled Due to Choking Hazard]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:57:12 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SpaghettiOs-Recall-111215.jpg
The Campbell Soup Company is voluntarily recalling 355,000 cans of SpaghettiOs due to a potential choking hazard.

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<![CDATA[Uterus Transplant Trials Underway For Infertile Women]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:13:09 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-524811211.jpg
A health clinic is spearheading a trial of uterus transplants for women with an infertility disorder. The transplant, unlike a heart or liver transplants, will be temporary. After the women give birth to one or...

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<![CDATA[Senators Call for 'Independent' Crumb Rubber Turf Study]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 08:02:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Crumb_Rubber_Turf.jpg
Two senators have urged federal officials to lead an "independent investigation into the health risks of crumb rubber" turf, a surface made of recycled tires used on playgrounds and athletic fields across...

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<![CDATA[SJ Restaurant Allowed to Reopen]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:15:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Mariscos+San+Juan.jpg
The San Jose restaurant that was ground zero for last month's Shigella outbreak reopened Thursday afternoon. The Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health gave the green-light to Mariscos San...

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<![CDATA[Nearly Half of Pregnant American Women Put on Too Much Weight]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 16:34:34 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-558948623-%281%29.jpg
Nearly half of U.S. women gain too much weight while they're pregnant, and another 20 percent don't put on enough, federal health experts reported Thursday. Fewer than a third of pregnant women put on the right...

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<![CDATA[New HIV Pill Delivers 4 Drugs in 1 Daily Dose]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 16:01:18 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-531390989.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new daily drug that delivers four different HIV medications in one dose. The pill combines four HIV drugs: elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir...

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<![CDATA[Tapeworm Transmits Cancer Cells to Man]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 08:39:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1316392.jpg
Tapeworms get inside people, lay their eggs, and cause symptoms such as diarrhea and weakness. And they can infest a body for a lifetime. But doctors were stunned to find out they can do something worse: infect...

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<![CDATA[DEA Finds Heroin Use Skyrocketing]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 13:24:55 -0600 > on February 6, 2014 in Burlington, Vermont.]]> > on February 6, 2014 in Burlington, Vermont.]]> http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-467512357.jpg
The growth in abuse of heroin is now considered the number one drug threat by the nation's police, overtaking methamphetamine, according to a new survey by the Drug Enforcement Administration, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[FDA Acts to Shut Down Tobacco Sales at Stores That Sell to Minors]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 23:56:30 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_791184962081.jpg
The Food and Drug Association is taking aim at eight shops that have repeatedly sold tobacco products to kids under 18, NBC News reports. The stores — in New Jersey, Michigan, Missouri, Maryland and Illinois —...

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<![CDATA[Could Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs Hurt a Flu Shot's Effect?]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:34:11 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462668561.jpg
A popular cholesterol-lowering drug, taken by about 28 percent of U.S. adults over 40 and 48 percent of those over 75, may interfere with the effectiveness of flu vaccines, researchers report. Two studies...

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<![CDATA[Two-Thirds of World Has Herpes Virus: WHO]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:34:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-122375454-herpes-coldsore.jpg
Two-thirds of the world's population — 3.7 billion people — has the incurable herpes virus, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The virus is known to cause cold sores, but it can also cause sores on...

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<![CDATA[Fundraiser to Help Girl Born With Heart Outside Chest]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 07:22:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/102815+Virsaviya+Borun.jpg
A six-year-old girl, born with her heart outside of her chest, needs help paying for life-saving surgery. Virsaviya comes across like any other little girl, but there's something special about her, "My heart is...

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<![CDATA[WHO: TB Now Kills as Many People as AIDS]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 11:57:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_120324112412.jpg
The number of tuberculosis cases has fallen by 18 percent since 2000, but the completely curable infection now kills as least as many every year as the AIDS virus, the World Health Organization said Wednesday...

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<![CDATA[WHO Report: Do You Have to Stop Eating Processed Meat?]]> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 10:06:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bacon-may-caude-cancer.jpg
A new report by the World Health Organization declaring that processed meat, like bacon, hot dogs and corned beef, causes cancer — and that red meat probably does, too — has the meat industry furious and...

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<![CDATA[Report Finds Human DNA in Hot Dogs]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 05:13:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-82045422.jpg
A company that uses genomic analysis technology to get information on the contents of food has found an unusual additive in a very small percentage of hot dogs: human DNA. The report found 2 percent of 345 hot...

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<![CDATA[Congress Asks EPA if Rubber Turf Is Safe]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 02:18:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AstroTurf1.jpg
Washington lawmakers are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to weigh in on whether crumb rubber used in artificial turf fields in thousands of schools, parks and stadiums is safe for young athletes...

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<![CDATA[Big Concern Over Stomach Bug]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 21:28:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Shigella-bacteria.jpg
The mutant stomach bug that’s reportedly sickened more than 100 people in the Bay Area, sending at least a dozen to the ICU, is well known to international travelers who have experienced stomach issues but...

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<![CDATA[Marijuana Use Doubles in U.S., But So Do Problems]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 14:44:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453996936.jpg
Marijuana use has more than doubled in the U.S. since the beginning of the century — but so have problems for users, including addiction, researchers reported Wednesday. Bridget Grant of the National Institute...

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<![CDATA[No Alcohol During Pregnancy Is Safe: U.S. Pediatricians]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:44:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-169371462AlcoholPregnancy.jpg
Women who are pregnant should abstain from alcohol completely, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The report, “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders,” in the November 2015 issue...

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<![CDATA[Drug Firms Reap Billions by Paying Rivals: Critics]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 06:04:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pills-generic-01-GettyImages-137165920-%281%29.jpg
Sharp overnight increases in the cost of prescription drugs are not the only pharmaceutical industry practice that adds billions of dollars to the price that consumers pay for their medicines. Pharmaceutical...

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