<![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 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 07:37:16 -0600 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 07:37:16 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Analysis: Eateries With Most Failed Inspections]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:07:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Trinity-Bar-chicago-1.jpg
Nearly 50 licensed Chicago restaurants failed their health inspections at least three times each this year, a review of city data shows.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Patient Being Monitored for Ebola Discharged]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:36:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/117452510.jpg
The child had a fever during screening at the international terminal at O'Hare International Airport, officials said.

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<![CDATA[Great Foods You Aren't Eating]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:10:52 -0600 New York Times, there are 11 key foods that are good for us, but few of us eat. Topping the list is beets, a folate-rich vegetable.]]> New York Times, there are 11 key foods that are good for us, but few of us eat. Topping the list is beets, a folate-rich vegetable.]]> http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/16814158.jpg
These great health foods are hiding in plain site. Start eating more of them for a healthy boost.

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<![CDATA[Nurse: I Was Suspended for Refusing Flu Shot]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:29:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/flu+shot+generic.jpg
A Chicago nurse says he was suspended from his job for refusing to get a flu shot.

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<![CDATA[Arrests Made in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:19:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/barry-cadden-2012-hearing-FILE-getty-156385872.jpg
Arrests have been made in connection with the investigation into the New England Compounding Center following a deadly meningitis outbreak, according to the FBI. The 2012 outbreak, which killed more than...

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<![CDATA[Flu Outbreak Keeps Students and Staff Out Of Class]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:21:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/151262805.jpg
For a second day about 10 percent of the students in Oak Park School District have called in sick and school officials say the flu isn't the only disease to blame.

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<![CDATA[Healthy Foods That May Harm Your Teeth]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:11:30 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*160/105539843328093768751101411372522n.jpg
While a healthy diet is good for the body, some health foods may be harming teeth during consumption. Some raw and uncooked foods can cause mouth damage by chipping teeth or sticking between the teeth, which may...

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<![CDATA[10 Percent of School District Absent with Cold, Flu]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:15:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/2806690%281%29.jpg
Nearly 600 students and staff members at Oak Park Elementary School District 97 were absent Monday due to illness, prompting school officials to take extra measures in flu prevention.

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<![CDATA[Teen Celebrates Birthday by Giving To Others]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:12:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NADIA+HOWSE.png
Nadia Howse decided to celebrate her 16th birthday by Making A Difference. She delivered educational gifts and a check to the institution that saved her life 13 years ago, Rush University Medical...]]>
<![CDATA[Girl With Cancer Asks for Birthday Cards]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:34:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC-cards-for-Kali.jpg
A young girl battling cancer made a public plea for birthday cards, and people she doesn't even know really came through. Keith Garvin from NBC station KPRC in Houston reports.]]>
<![CDATA[New Hospital Gowns Offer Better Cover-Up]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:32:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC-hospital-gown.jpg
A new hospital gown developed by the Henry Ford Innovation Institute strives to take patient care and decency to an all new high. Dr. Frank McGeorge from NBC station WDIV in Detroit reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Suburban School Closes Due to Flu Outbreak]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:47:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Prepping+a+Flu+Shot+010714.jpg
Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park cancelled classes after a quarter of the student body called in sick with the flu, which hit earlier and harder this year.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Doctors Risk Lives in ISIS War Zone Hospitals]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:06:58 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/investigates+syria.jpg
They operate in the bleakest of conditions – often without electricity, proper medical supplies, and no anesthesia – as barrel bombs fall from the sky and missiles shake the ground.
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<![CDATA[Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain]]> Sat, 06 Dec 2014 11:44:32 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/holiday+eating.jpg
Sandy Goldberg, PhD, gives tips for avoiding those easy-to-gain extra pounds during the holiday season.

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<![CDATA[Pot-Growing Enterprise a Costly Endeavor]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:39:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/marijuana-leaf1.jpg
Think you’d like to try your hand as a grower in the state’s budding medical marijuana business? Better bring a boatload of money.
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<![CDATA[CDC: Flu Shots Less Effective]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:27:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Flu+Shot+immunization.jpg
Your flu shot may not be as effective as it should be this flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An advisory issued to doctors Wednesday noted that less than half of the...

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<![CDATA[Pot Dispensary Applicants Spend Thousands on a Gamble]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 10:28:34 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/medical-marijuana1.jpg
One of the more than 200 applicants trying to get a dispensary license said she's already spent more than $150,000. Phil Rogers reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Applications Flood in to Dispense Medical Marijuana]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:09:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mainPic.png
A total of 60 dispensaries will be licensed to fill prescriptions statewide, and 211 have applied so far.]]>
<![CDATA[Drug Overdose Deaths in U.S. Double: CDC]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:16:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/185590966.jpg
Drug overdose deaths more than doubled over the past decade, U.S. health officials announced in a report released Tuesday. Heroin-related deaths, in particular, more than tripled.

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<![CDATA[Heartbeat of Man Killed in Fire Lives On]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:01:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/heartbeat-3.jpg
The family of an organ donor hears their son's heart beating in the chest of the transplant recipient that it saved. Adrienne Broaddus from NBC station KARE in Minneapolis reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Officials Warn of Spike in Influenza-Like Illness in Cook County]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:15:30 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sick-Flu_generic.jpg
Cook County officials warned residents Tuesday about a spike in reports of influenza-like illness in the area.
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<![CDATA[3-D Printing Gives Chance to Little Girl Born With Heart Defect ]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:31:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/195*120/11-24-14_Heart-Defect-Surgery-Hensel.JPG
Esther Perez was born with heart defects that could have taken her young life, but thanks to a series of breakthrough procedures at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, the now-14-month-old little girl is...]]>
<![CDATA[Kid, 9, Bikes Cross-Country to Fight Cancer]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:27:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/C.J.+Burford.jpg
A 4th grader from North Carolina is riding for a reason. C.J. Burford is doing what he says he was called to do: ride across America for sick children. Laura Caso from NBC station WTLV reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Survives "Internal Decapitation"]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:21:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC-Internal-Decapitation.jpg
John Boyer was thrown from a vehicle and left with an injury that leaves most of its victims dead. Jonathan Gonzalez from NBC station KUSA in Denver reports.]]>
<![CDATA[More Than 90 Students Fall Ill at Northwest Suburban School]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:42:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/classroom-lock-generic.jpeg
A northwest suburban junior high school is warning parents after more than 90 students were reported sick Tuesday morning.

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<![CDATA[Hospital Fights Drug-Resistant Bugs]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:08:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000009721189_1200x675_360032323618.jpg
Lurie Children's Hospital is fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Its plan involves tracking and limiting the use of antibiotics among its patients. Nesita Kwan reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Nurses Demand Tougher Ebola Safety Precautions]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:03:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/illinois+nurses+ebola.jpg
From Hines VA Hospital in Maywood to Stroger Hospital in Chicago, registered nurses on Wednesday demanded tougher Ebola safety precautions in the nation's hospitals.

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<![CDATA[See the World's Smallest Pacemaker]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:11:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC-tiny-pacemaker.jpg
Pacemakers until now have required wires to connect to the heart, but with the the Micra there are no wires.]]>
<![CDATA[12 People Monitored For Ebola in Illinois]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 08:09:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ebola13.jpg
Twelve people are being monitored for Ebola symptoms in Illinois, the state's Department of Public Health confirmed Monday.]]>
<![CDATA[Officials Blame Norovirus After Dozens of Students Fell Ill]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:25:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/norovirus+generic.jpg
Cook County health officials say dozens of students at a suburban elementary school who became ill after what was believed to have been a flu outbreak, may not have been sickened by the flu at all.

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<![CDATA[Record Number of Booster Seats Are "Best Bets": IIHS]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:44:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/185*120/%5BNECN%5DB16x9N_PY-08MO_NS_HEALTH_MINUTE_BOOSTER_SEATS_CNNWS_NECN1500kMP4_640x416_2191472863.jpg
A record number of booster seats have earned the highest rating for safety belt fit from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Out of the 41 models the agency tested, 27 earned the "best bet"...]]>
<![CDATA[Flu Outbreak Closes Lyons Elementary School]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 18:48:30 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/flu5.jpg
Robinson Elementary, at 4431 Gage Ave., was closed due to "a large number of absences due to flu."

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<![CDATA[UofC Doctors Recount Fighting Ebola in Nigeria]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19:27:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000009550611_1200x675_353289283963.jpg
Two doctors from the University of Chicago traveled to the front lines of the Ebola epidemic in Nigeria -- where the virus was eradicated. They share their take on what Nigeria did right, and what still...]]>
<![CDATA[Study: Too Frequent Baths Could Be Bad for Babies' Skin]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 06:08:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/baby-bath-eczema.jpg
A recent study suggests that too many baths and lack of emollient therapy on newborns heightens the chance for babies of getting the disease eczema.

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<![CDATA[Experts Encourage Flu Shots, Despite Recent Shortage]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 20:21:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Walmart+Flu+Shot+012214.jpg
Health officials are starting to ramp up their efforts to get people in for flu shots, but a recent shortage in the vaccine is causing longer waits for some.

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<![CDATA[Meet The Biggest Loser's New Trainer]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 12:42:36 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000009515737_1200x675_351903299889.jpg
Jennifer Widerstrom shares her training and fitness philosophy with NBC Chicago's Marion Brooks.]]>
<![CDATA[Male Breast Cancer Continues to Rise]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:05:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000009467411_1200x675_349920835970.jpg
Although it is still rare, the incidence of male breast cancer continues to increase. For the families and the men affected they'll tell you maybe we need to re-think pink.]]>