Health

  • coronavirus 23 hours ago

    Coronavirus Spreads in China Week Before Lunar New Year

    Nearly 300 people have been infected by the coronavirus, with new cases reported in China’s capital and other nearby countries. China is scrambling to contain the contagious strain amid heavy travel for Lunar Near Year.

  • Health Jan 19

    US to Screen Airline Passengers From China for New Illness

    U.S. health officials announced Friday that they will begin screening airline passengers arriving from central China for a new virus that has sickened dozens and killed two, prompting worries about a new international outbreak.

  • alcohol Jan 14

    US Drinks More Alcohol Now Than Just Before Prohibition

    Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted. What’s more, it’s been rising for two decades, and it’s not clear when it will fall again. That’s the picture painted by federal health statistics, which show a rise in per-person consumption and increases in emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths tied to drinking. The stats aren’t all bad....

  • wellness Jan 5

    9 Science-Backed Wellness Trends From the Last Decade That We’re Taking Into the 2020s

    How we take care of our bodies, minds and health evolves over time for a number of reasons. While some of those changes get forgotten (like low-fat everything and shake weights, thank goodness), some health trends gain attention because there’s science behind them and we’re better off for adopting them. Here are a few such wellness trends that came into vogue...

  • exercise Jan 4

    Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It’s Catching on

    Grace Brown’s schedule at West Potomac High School in northern Virginia is filled with all the usual academics, and she’s packed in Latin, chorus and piano as extras. What she can’t cram into the 8:10 a.m. – 2:55 p.m. school day is gym class. So she’s taking that one minus the gym, and on her own time. The 14-year-old...

  • Legionnaires Dec 31, 2019

    Legionnaires’ Case Identified at Quincy Veterans Home

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration is investigating a case of Legionnaires’ diseases at the veterans home in Quincy, the site of 13 deaths from the malady starting with a 2015 outbreak. The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and the Illinois Department of Public Health are reviewing the case of the resident with the flu-like illness. Officials say the resident of the…

  • Health Dec 30, 2019

    Baby Gets $2.1M Life-Saving Injection

    An Arkansas infant born with a life-threatening genetic disorder has received a multi-million dollar treatment that could save her. It’s also a big milestone since she’s the first baby in the state that had the pricey one-time injection paid for by insurance.

  • Counting calories Dec 20, 2019

    What If You Knew a Cookie Would Take 20 Minutes to Run Off?

    Would you put down that bag of chips if you saw it had 170 calories? What if the label said it would take 16 minutes of running to burn off those calories? Health experts for years have pushed for clearer food labeling to empower people to make better choices. In the U.S., a recent regulation requires calorie counts on packages…

  • Health Dec 16, 2019

    Kaiser’s Mental Health Professionals Strike in California

    The union representing mental health professionals at Kaiser Permanente facilities in Riverside County and across the state plan to hit the picket lines Monday for a five-day strike amid a continued labor standoff.

  • Health Dec 9, 2019

    Intermittent Fasting: What It Is And What Experts Recommend You Do

    Intermittent Fasting has become a popular way to lose weight by paying attention to when you eat instead of what you eat. NBC 5’s Lauren Petty has the details.

  • Cannabis Podcast Dec 9, 2019

    NBC 5 Breaks Down Cannabis in Illinois in New Podcast

    NBC 5 Investigates spent months unpacking information about the upcoming legalization of recreational cannabis and is unleashing that research in a new podcast. Phil Rogers reports.

  • Health Dec 10, 2019

    Intermittent Fasting: What It Is And What Experts Recommend You Do

    Intermittent Fasting has become a popular way to lose weight by paying attention to when you eat instead of what you eat.

  • Health Dec 6, 2019

    Flesh-Eating Bacteria Linked to Black Tar Heroin Kills 7 in San Diego

    A flesh-eating bacteria linked to the use of black tar heroin has killed at least seven people over the past two months in the San Diego area, prompting health authorities to alert law enforcement and other officials in California. Nine people who injected black tar heroin between Oct. 2 and Nov. 24 were hospitalized with severe myonecrosis, a soft-tissue infection…

  • Marijuana Dec 4, 2019

    Willie Nelson Says He Stopped Smoking Pot to ‘Take Better Care’ of Himself

    America’s proudest pothead has decided to hang up his joint. Willie Nelson, the country music luminary whose name is practically synonymous with lighting up, said in a recent interview that he has stopped smoking marijuana due to breathing issues. “I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days...

  • diabetes Dec 3, 2019

    How to Manage Diabetes and Holiday Eating

    When faced with the abundance of holiday food, managing blood sugar levels may be more of a challenge for diabetics but that doesn’t mean they have to miss out on the holiday cheer. Health experts show us how it’s possible to enjoy holiday meals while maintaining blood sugar levels.

  • Oct 25, 2019

    How Worried Should Parents Be About Heavy Metals in Baby Food?

    If you’re the parent of a baby, a study out last week may have left you nervous about all the food you put in your little one’s mouth. The new report from a consumer advocacy group found that 95 percent of 168 commercial baby foods tested contained toxic heavy metals, including lead, arsenic, mercury and cadmium, and one in four...

  • Mar 31, 2019

    Irvin Gets Clean Bill Of Health After Cancer Scare

    According to a post published by Michael Irvin on his Instagram account, the Hall of Famer does not have throat cancer.

  • Mar 7, 2019

    Stroke Prevention Tips: Don’t Think You’re Too Healthy

    The death of “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Luke Perry this week from a massive stroke at the age of 52 is drawing attention to the risks for men of all ages. Men under 65 tend to fall behind other demographic groups in treatment and control of risk factors, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Strokes...

  • Feb 26, 2019

    House Targets Family Separations in First Trump Subpoena

    A House committee voted Tuesday to subpoena Trump administration officials over family separations at the southern border, the first issued in the new Congress as Democrats have promised to hold the administration aggressively to count. The decision by the Oversight Committee will compel the heads of Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services to deliver documents to lawmakers.

  • Feb 2, 2019

    US Sees Limitations on Reuniting Migrant Families

    The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed. The administration outlined its position in a court-ordered response to a government watchdog report last month that found many more migrant children may...

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