Friday, Aug 18


Is it safe to remove the glasses? Solar eclipse eye safety 101.

The Great American Eclipse is just days away, and although we've been told never to stare directly at the sun, who can resist the opportunity to watch this celestial spectacle? If you gaze without any means of protection, the results could…


‘You’re fearing for your life.' Passenger recalls CTA subway shooting

Chicago Tribune

A gunman standing on a Loop subway platform opened fire into a CTA train stopped at Jackson, wounding a man as panicked passengers scrambled for cover Thursday night, officials said. Some riders complained they got no clear instructions…


Blood test shows promise for early-stage cancer detection

Researchers had some success in assessing DNA fragments for colon, breast, ovarian and lung tumors in blood, possibly paving the way for a new test that could screen people for malignancies. (Getty Images). Dennis ThompsonHealthDay. A new…

Thursday, Aug 17


'Herd immunity' may be curbing U.S. Zika numbers

The number of Zika infections has dropped dramatically in Florida this summer, and scientists say herd immunity may be the reason why. In practical terms, herd immunity means that people traveling to the United States from South America…

Tuesday, Aug 15


CTA trains running again, three hours after man jumps into path of train at Fullerton

Chicago Tribune

Red, Brown and Purple line trains were stopped at the Fullerton station for three hours during the morning rush Tuesday after a man jumped into the path of a train in an apparent suicide, according to police and fire officials. The body of…


Pregnant women addicted to opioids face tough choices

Jennifer Kostoff had been in a heroin rehabilitation program for a little more than a week when a routine blood screen showed she was pregnant. Caregivers told her she would have to leave. She could be a liability. The inpatient center…

Marijuana may help ease nerve pain

As Illinois' medical marijuana program reaches full speed, cannabis-derived products are gaining in popularity. Margaret Howard speaks about the use of cannabis-derived massage oil at Renu Day Spa in Deerfield on June 21, 2017. (Stacey…

Monday, Aug 14


The deadly side of teen internet addiction in China

So when Liu Dongmei read about an Internet addiction treatment center in Fuyang city and the success stories it touted, she was hopeful it would help her son. This center promised gentler approaches, such as physical activity and…

Thursday, Aug 10


Drop in kids' ear infections linked to pneumococcal vaccine

American kids' ear infections dropped threefold over 10 years, compared to the 1980s, largely due to pneumococcal vaccines that protect against one type of bacteria that causes them, a new study suggests. However, the study, which tracked…

Wednesday, Aug 9


Instagram filters may offer snapshot of mental health

A new study found that depressed people often preferred Instagram's Inkwell filter, which turns a color image into black-and-white. (Zhang Peng / LightRocket / Getty Images). By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay. The photos you post on Instagram…

Tuesday, Aug 8


NASA issues safety warning as demand for solar eclipse glasses spikes

When it comes to viewing the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, it's hard to beat Southern Illinois, where the period of darkness will last longer than anywhere in the country. (Lori Rackl and Randi Stevenson / Chicago Tribune). James HalpinThe…


5 things parents need to know about HPV

Being a parent means looking out for your kids. When they were small it meant making sure they wore a helmet, crossed the street carefully and wore sunscreen. As they get older, the health challenges they face change. As they become…

Monday, Aug 7


Flesh-eating sea bugs attacked an Australian teen's legs: 'There was no stopping the bleeding.'

Sam Kanizay, 16, holding a jar with creatures in it speaks from a bed of a hospital where he is treated, in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. Kanizay walked out of the water with his feet and ankles covered in what looked like…

Friday, Aug 4


7 things to know about gene editing

Researchers used eggs from healthy females and the sperm of a man who carried a gene mutation that causes inherited hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. (Aug. 3, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR).


Bears training camp: Come for the fun, get kicked out when it rains

Here’s how Thursday was supposed to go: My football-loving son and I would hit the road early, drive to Bourbonnais, line up for an autograph pass, watch the Chicago Bears training camp, get a bunch of players’ autographs on his football,…


The Mediterranean diet works — but not if you're poor, a study finds

We've long heard that the Mediterranean Diet is how all of us should eat. The diet, inspired by the coastal cuisine of such countries as Greece, Italy and southern France, is characterized by its abundant portions of fruits and vegetables,…

Wednesday, Aug 2


3 reasons to go cashless

The dollar, the euro, the pound, the yen… the currency people use around the world has many different names, but it all shares something in common. Paper forms of currency are out and digital payments are in. The security and convenience…

Is your child protected from preventable illnesses at school?

Fall is an exciting time for kids — seeing old friends, getting to know new classmates, learning new skills and exploring classrooms. But with all this fun and interaction, it’s important to remember one of the best ways to keep your child…

Monday, Jul 31


'It takes a village': World Breastfeeding Week aims to highlight importance, need for support

The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months of a baby's life, with continued breast-feeding alongside solid foods up to at least 12 months of age. (Getty…


Internet searches on suicide went up after '13 Reasons Why'

The show is rated TV-MA, which means is may be unsuitable for children under 17. (May 1, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR). Madhumita MurgiaThe Washington Post. In the season finale of the popular…

Friday, Jul 28


Judge OKs Cook County soda tax, but start date is unclear

A look at the numbers behind Cook County's new soda tax. How will the tax work and how much will it cost consumers? (Phil Geib/Chicago Tribune). Greg TrotterContact ReporterChicago Tribune. Shoppers may see Cook County's penny-per-ounce ...

Thursday, Jul 27


Man's mammogram: One writer's experience getting a test usually done on women

When I arrived for my first mammogram it didn't take long for my sense of secrecy to shatter. Behind the counter were five young women, unoccupied and anxious to help. "Andrew Dalton, appointment for 8:45," I say. "What for?" one asks.…

Wednesday, Jul 26


Sperm concentration down 50 percent in certain parts of the world

The quality of sperm from men in North America, Europe and Australia has declined dramatically over the past 40 years, with a 52.4 percent drop in sperm concentration, according to a study published Tuesday. The research - the largest and…

Tuesday, Jul 25


Pressure mounts to curtail surgery on intersex children

On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch and InterACT — a group advocating for intersex youth — are releasing a detailed report assailing the practice and urging Congress to ban it. David CraryAssociated Press. Children whose sexual characteristics…

Monday, Jul 24


Breaking with tradition, Trumps have no plans to get 'first pet'

Socks the cat peers over the podium in the White House briefing room in Washington. Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1998 followed Bush's lead, with a children's book about family dog Buddy and cat Socks. "Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to…

Friday, Jul 21


Lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk, report says

Up to one-third of the world's dementia cases could be prevented by addressing factors such as education, hypertension, diet, hearing loss and depression over the course of a person's lifetime, according to a new report presented Thursday…

Thursday, Jul 20

Woman receives face transplant after being disfigured by gunshot wound

A gunshot wound to the face left a teenager with so much damage that for years doctors knew plastic surgery could only help so much to give her back a regular life. In May, the now-21-year-old woman joined the small but growing ranks of…

Wednesday, Jul 19


Special training plus medication helps advanced Alzheimer's patients: Study

People with advanced Alzheimer's can relearn some basic skills when they receive special training along with medication, a small study suggests. The research, which included 20 Alzheimer's patients, tested a program that combines…


After R. Kelly sex cult allegations, writers hold Hollywood accountable

If you read journalist Jim DeRogatis’ R. Kelly report Monday in Buzzfeed — and more than 2 million people did so far — take a moment to read some of the follow-up pieces that hold Hollywood accountable for turning a blind eye to the…

Monday, Jul 17


Disney name new Star Wars lands 'Galaxy's Edge'

Disney Parks isn't letting Han Solo or Luke Skywalker save the day at their new Star Wars-themed lands. "When you step in to the world, you're the hero," Chris Beatty, Disney Imagineer and executive director of the new expansions said.…