<![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 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:09:54 -0500 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:09:54 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Northern Illinois University Student Diagnosed With Mumps]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:10:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/GettyImages-481681423.jpg
Health officials have reported a Northern Illinois University student has a confirmed case of mumps.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Doctors Spoof 'Game of Thrones' in Flu Shot Video]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:36:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/209*120/flu+vaccine+generic.jpg
Winter is coming. It may be commonly known as a Game of Thrones reference, but Chicago doctors are using the popular phrase to warn residents of the upcoming flu season.]]>
<![CDATA[More Than 70 Overdose Cases Reported in Chicago in 72 Hours]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:23:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-487311038.jpg
Chicago authorities are investigating what's behind a spike in heroin overdoses on the city's West Side.

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<![CDATA[Health Experts Say This Year's Flu Shot Will be Different]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:28:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/flu+shot+generic.jpg
Even though doctors don’t anticipate flu season to hit its peak until January, health experts say it could hit at any time and are warning people to get their flu shots early.

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<![CDATA[Ancient Virus May Cause ALS: Study]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:49:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-548553939.jpg
A virus that has been in our DNA for millions of years may be resurfacing in the form of ALS, scientists reported Thursday. The discovery may lead scientists to finding a treatment for the incurable...

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<![CDATA[How Search for Kidney Went Viral]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:12:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/209*120/kidney.PNG
Jenna Franks’ family painted a sign reading, "Daughter needs kidney type O" along with her email address, which started gaining traction on social media. KNBC4 interviewed Franks two years ago. As of Wednesday,

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<![CDATA[Cancer-Stricken Goalie's Mom Wants Artificial Turf Answers]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 07:12:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/150928-austen-everett-cancer-turf-mbm_713006b65cf4de66ca10582b1e2f5e87.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
University of Miami athlete Austen Everett died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012. Her mother said it was soon after that, as she found out about even more sick players, that she came to believe that...

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<![CDATA[Flavored Tobacco Lures Kids, CDC Says]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:51:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-487318591.jpg
Kids who smoke, vape or chew tobacco are flocking to the flavored varieties, a new government report shows. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a quarter of high school students...

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<![CDATA[Walgreens Prescriptions Delayed Across U.S.]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 06:50:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/walgreens+sign+edit.jpg
Walgreens customers across the U.S. may find it difficult to get prescriptions in the company’s stores this week.]]>
<![CDATA[Infographic Claims to Show Body's Reaction to Eating Big Mac]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:34:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/burger8.jpg
McDonald’s Big Mac is not exactly known for being the “healthy” food choice, but a new report claims to show just what happens to those who eat the popular fast food menu item.

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<![CDATA[Scientists Find New Virus in Blood]]> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:23:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/209*120/AP_070525034503.jpg
Scientists have found a new virus that can be transmitted by blood transfusions and other blood-based products, NBC News reported. They’re calling the new virus human hepegivirus-1 (HHpgV-1). The virus bears a...

<![CDATA[Clinton Proposes $250 Monthly Cap on Prescriptions]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:31:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_684583625361.jpg
To stop measures of what she called "price gouging" by pharmaceutical companies, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposed a $250 monthly cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs. Clinton...

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<![CDATA[Drug CEO Who Hiked Pill Price Has History of Serious 'Harassment']]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 20:27:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-120822891.jpg
The pharmaceutical company boss who jacked up the price of the drug Daraprim 5,500 percent overnight allegedly has a history of "harassment" to a former employee, according to court documents.

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<![CDATA[Medical Study Exposes Number of Incorrect or Late Diagnosis]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:03:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg
Most Americans will get a wrong or late diagnosis in their lifetimes, a new report finds — often with devastating effects, NBC News reports. It's almost impossible to quantify, but the problem is serious,...

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<![CDATA[Drug That Fights Complications of AIDS and Cancer Goes From $13.50 to $750]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:06:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/martin-GettyImages-120822895.jpg
The price of a popular drug that treats life-threatening parasitic infections has increased 5,000 percent, bringing the annual cost of treatment to hundreds of thousands of dollars for some patients. Daraprim...

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<![CDATA[Sex Doesn't Cause Heart Attacks: Researchers]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:30:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_262391987828+%281%29.jpg
German researchers say there’s nothing that links sexual activity with triggering heart attacks, NBC News reported. Researchers at Ulm University in Germany led a small study and said the data they’ve collected...

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<![CDATA[3-D Printed Implant Supports Damaged Chest]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 19:41:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/3d-printed-sternum-illustration.jpg
A cancer patient recovered well from a surgery involving a 3-D printed titanium sternum and rib cage placed in his chest, according to a research organization in Australia. The Commonwealth Scientific...

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<![CDATA[FDA Fast Tracks Trial Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 11:52:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453480600.jpg
ZMapp, an experimental drug being tested against Ebola, has won fast-track status to get quicker Food and Drug Administration approval, NBC News reported. The drug, which made headlines when some high-profile...

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<![CDATA[Study Reveals the Germiest Spots on Airplanes, Airports]]> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:04:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-138789588.jpg
A new study finds airports and commercial airliners are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria, NBC News reported. Website Travelmath.com sent microbiologists to five airports and onto four airplanes and asked...

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<![CDATA[2nd Person Dies From Cucumbers]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:59:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/052911+cucumbers+ecoli.jpg
One person in Texas has died after eating a cucumber contaminated with salmonella, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. This is the second reported case of a person dying from tainted...

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<![CDATA[Tainted Cucumbers Recalled]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 22:24:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/052911+cucumbers+ecoli.jpg
A San Diego-based produce company has recalled garden cucumbers believed to be the source of a Salmonella outbreak that killed one Southern California woman and sickened 285 people from 27 states. The cucumbers...

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<![CDATA[Chipotle Linked to Norovirus]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 19:31:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/150824-chipotle-restaurant-simi-valley.jpg
Health officials believe a food-borne illness that sickened dozens of customers at a Southern California Chipotle is Norovirus. About 80 restaurant customers and 18 restaurant employees reported symptoms of...

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<![CDATA[Diabetes Drugs Can Cause Severe Joint Pain: FDA]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:47:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-166272621.jpg
Certain diabetes drugs can cause severe and disabling joint pain, the Food and Drug Administration warned patients on Friday. "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the type 2 diabetes...

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<![CDATA[3 Generations Linked by Single Womb After Transplant]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:19:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BoyWombTransplant.jpg
For one family in Sweden, a pioneering procedure has led to a baby being born from the same womb that nurtured his mother, uniting three generations. The new mother, who lost her own uterus to cancer in her 20s,...]]>
<![CDATA[McDonald's, Tyson Cut Ties With Farm After Undercover Video]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:44:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/167*120/51122973.jpg
McDonald's and the fast food chain's supplier Tyson Foods have cut ties with a Tennessee chicken farm after an animal rights group released what it claims is undercover footage of mistreated chickens. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clothes Carry Germs Into Newborn ICU: Study]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:46:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/566440057.jpg
Parents and other people who come to visit babies in the newborn intensive care unit are sometimes carrying a potentially deadly germ on their clothing, researchers report. They found respiratory syncytial virus...

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<![CDATA[FDA: Eggless Spread Doesn't Cut It as Mayo]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:19:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/just-mayo-AP_541645552391.jpg
A vegan spread called Just Mayo isn't actually mayonnaise, according to U.S. regulators, because it doesn't actually have eggs in it. Hampton Creek, the company behind the spread, was issued a warning letter on...

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<![CDATA[Souping: Hollywood's Latest Health Craze]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:30:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/US-CA-Soup-CR_1200x675_507529283654.jpg
Health conscious Californians are abandoning their juice makers for the humble soup, which has been reinvented into the latest wellness trend.]]>
<![CDATA[Coffee Aids Colon Cancer Recovery, Study Finds]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 21:45:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/coffee-generic-edit.jpg
Colon cancer patients who enjoy a few cups of coffee a day appear to survive their cancer better and are less likely to die early than non-coffee drinkers, researchers reported Monday. It's the latest in...

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