<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Health News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/health http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago https://www.nbcchicago.comen-usMon, 20 Nov 2017 06:09:48 -0600Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:09:48 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[CTE Turned Ex-NFL Star From Top Lawyer to ‘Other Person']]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:54:12 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-822512332.jpg
After completing an NFL career that included two Super Bowls, Fred McNeill got an advanced law degree and practiced law. But within just a few years, he began to fall apart, losing his temper, losing his memory...

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<![CDATA[No Correlation Between Mental Health, Mass Shooting: Experts]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:03:20 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-874617738.jpg
Kevin Neal’s family knew he was mentally ill, but they never thought he would kill five people and attack an elementary school in rural northern California. But Neal committed both those acts on Tuesday, and it...

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<![CDATA[Owning a Dog May Help You Live Longer: Swedish Scientists]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:26:59 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2017-11-17+at+8.59.02+AM.png
According to a new study in Sweden, owning a dog could help you live longer. Scientists followed more than 3 million adults for 12 years.]]>
<![CDATA[CTE Found in Living Ex-NFL Player for 1st Time: Study]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:52:15 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_764021564440-Fred-McNeill-NFL-Player.jpg
The "unique pattern" of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the debilitating brain disease known as CTE, has been found for the first time in a patient before he died, NBC News reported.It was detected in...

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<![CDATA[Congress' Delay Risks Millions of Kids' Health Insurance]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:09:02 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pll_20171118_chip_russo_10_fc7316e06197590903fff4b9d54d55a9.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
The Children's Health Insurance Program covers annual check-ups and more medical procedures for nearly 9 million kids in low-income families, but congressional bickering is putting it at risk, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[American Scientists Try 1st Gene Editing in the Body]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:19:28 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/US-Zinc-Fingers-Protein-CR_1200x675_1097272387645.jpg
Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body, a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to try to cure a disease. The experiment was done on Monday in California on a patient...]]>
<![CDATA['Obamacare' Enrollment Is Up Over Same Period in 2016]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:03:12 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_budgetbattle0927_1500x845.jpg
The government has rolled back the amount of time to select a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act this year, but enrollment is already up over the same period last year. NBC's Tracie Potts reports.]]>
<![CDATA[CVS Blames Pharmacy Outages on 'Internal Network' Problems]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:21:18 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/CVS_1200x675.jpg
After a major system outages at CVS Health pharmacies due to an "internal network infrastructure issue," since Tuesday, CNBC reported. The cause is unknown according to a CVS spokesperson, CNBC reported.

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<![CDATA[How Law Enforcement Uses Narcan to Combat the Opioid Crisis]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:03:57 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+NARCAN+EXPLAINER+THUMB2.jpg
As the American opioid crisis reaches near epidemic levels, law enforcement agencies across the country are training their officers how to use Narcan to revive people who have overdosed.]]>
<![CDATA[Why Men Force Women to Watch Them Masturbate: Experts]]> Sat, 11 Nov 2017 22:24:54 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ckckck.jpg
Power, control, and a pathological desire to elicit fear all play into why a man might engage in exhibitionism, sex therapists say, in the wake of bombshell revelations against comedian Louis C.K.

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<![CDATA[How Sexual Harassment Damages a Person’s Health: Experts]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 23:15:42 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_110507143342.jpg
Sexual harassment not only have negative mental effects on victims and survivors, it can also have physical effects as well, experts tell NBC News Better.Dr. Colleen Cullen, a licensed clinical psychologist...

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<![CDATA[Narcan Explained: What Is It and How Do You Use It?]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:34:04 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+NARCAN+EXPLAINER+THUMB3.jpg
Ninety-one people in the U.S. die every day from opioid-related overdoses, but there’s a tool that can reverse the effects of an overdose that more and more law enforcement agencies and paramedics are now...]]>
<![CDATA[Frozen Green Beans Recalled in 12 States Over Listeria Risk]]> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:05:55 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/frozen-green-beans.jpg
Nature's Touch Frozen Foods has issued a voluntary recall of its Organic Fine Whole Green Beans because of possible contamination with a bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause infections.The...

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<![CDATA[Democrats Win Big With Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion]]> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:18:11 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Barack+Obama+Ralph+Northam+GettyImages-863220768.jpg
Barack Obama may not be running for anything these days, but his signature health care law was a big winner in Tuesday’s elections, as voters rebelled against Republican lawmakers who have blocked Obamacare's...

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<![CDATA[1 Reason Flu Vaccines Are So Lousy: They're Grown in Eggs]]> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:31:06 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/flu-shot.jpg
Last year's influenza vaccine reduced the number of flu-related visits to the doctor by 42 percent, and the vacine reduced a specific strain of flu virus by even less, according to the Centers for Disease...

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<![CDATA['Unusually Severe' Plague Sickens 1,800 in Madagascar]]> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:43:01 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/plague-cdc.jpg
More than 1,800 people in Madagascar have contracted plague in what the World Health Organization deemed an "unusually severe" outbreak, but it's unlikely to spread beyond the island, NBC News reported.The...

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<![CDATA[Safety Grades Released for Illinois Hospitals]]> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:39:03 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hospital+generic2.jpg
Illinois hospitals rank 26th nationwide when it comes to avoiding medical errors, injuries and infections, a new report released Tuesday finds.]]>
<![CDATA[Dark Chocolate Sold in 23 States Recalled for Undeclared Milk]]> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:55:54 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-56960813.jpg
A New York-based company is recalling a bunch of chocolate products, most of which were sold at Wegmans stores in nearly two dozen states, because they contain milk not declared on the list of ingredients, which...

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<![CDATA[Synthetic Opioids Rising as Deadly Overdoses Top 60K: CDC]]> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:51:31 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/fentanyl+painkiler.jpg
More than 60,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, and synthetic opioids played a larger role than ever, CNBC reported.Deaths from those extremely strong drugs, like fentanyl, increased fivefold, and...

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<![CDATA[President Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic a Public Health Emergency]]> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:07:58 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+TRUMP+OPIOID+SPEECH+THUMB.jpg
President Trump outlined the White House’s plans to curb the opioid epidemic, which he declared a nationwide public health emergency. Trump shared a personal anecdote about his late older brother, who told...]]>