Wednesday, Oct 18


Bipartisan deal on Obamacare subsidies stalls amid GOP opposition

Chicago Tribune

Trump, who had cut off the cost-sharing payments last week, appeared to endorse the deal. (Oct. 17, 2017). Sean Sullivan, Juliet Eilperin and Amy GoldsteinWashington Post. Yet another last-ditch effort to tackle the nation's health care…

Monday, Oct 16


#MeToo campaign proves scope of sexual harassment, flaw in Mayim Bialik's op-ed

I was going to write a dispute of Mayim Bialik's problematic sexual harassment op-ed, but tens of thousands of women and men beat me to it with two simple, terrible words: Me too. The one-two gut punch populated social media feeds for most…

Friday, Oct 13


Daylong #WomenBoycottTwitter campaign is largely symbolic and sorely needed

Rose McGowan emerged from a brief suspension on Twitter on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, after accusing film mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape. Weinstein's representative says the producer denies he engaged in "any nonconsensual contact." (Richard…

Thursday, Oct 12


With pop tax repealed, Preckwinkle says up to commissioners to fix budget

Cook County commissioners on Wednesday finished the job and repealed the short-lived pop tax, but Board President Toni Preckwinkle suggested afterward that their work is just beginning. Soda drinkers won’t have to pay the much-reviled tax…

Wednesday, Oct 11


It's International Day of the Girl: Let's make some noise (and progress)

Malala Yousafzai speaks during the Goalkeepers Conference hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Sept. 20, 2017, in New York. (Julio Cortez / AP). Heidi StevensContact ReporterBalancing Act. If I had my way, my kids would get…


Cook County pop tax one step away from repeal after 15-1 test vote

The Cook County pop tax is headed for repeal after commissioners overwhelmingly signaled their intent to do away with it, marking a big win for soda companies and store owners after both sides spent millions of dollars to sway public…

Tuesday, Oct 10


This one simple thing can help keep urinary tract infections at bay

Adding more water to your daily routine can help lower the risk of urinary tract infections, according to researchers. (Getty Images). Karen PallaritoHealthDay. Drinking plenty of water each day may have an unexpected benefit — staving off…


After monthslong search, man charged with shoving stranger onto CTA subway tracks

Chicago Tribune / News

Chicago police released video on Sept. 8, 2017, of a suspect who allegedly pushed a man onto CTA tracks Aug. 1 as he was waiting for a Blue Line train downtown. The man was not seriously injured. (Chicago Police Department). Katherine ...

Friday, Oct 6

Las Vegas gunman booked Chicago hotel rooms overlooking Lollapalooza: sources

The mystery over mass shooter Stephen Paddock deepened Thursday with news he rented rooms at Chicago's Blackstone Hotel overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park in August, two months before he opened fire at a country…

Monday, Oct 2


Study questions placenta eating, citing potential harm

You may have heard that some new mothers choose to eat their own placenta after childbirth. But there's no indication the trendy practice offers any health benefits, and some evidence it could prove dangerous, new research suggests. After…

After eyeball tattoo, model is partially blind, in 'excruciating' pain

The Harris Poll surveyed 2,225 U.S. adults on tattoos. Here are the results. (July 14, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR). Amy B. WangThe Washington Post. Purple is Catt Gallinger's favorite color.…

Friday, Sep 29


Rauner signs controversial abortion bill, angering conservatives

A somber Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed into law a controversial measure to expand taxpayer-subsidized abortions, drawing unusually sharp criticism from fellow Republicans who accused him of breaking his promise to veto the bill.…


50+: Can these be the best years of your life?


“You can be one of those people who live in the past and relive the glory days, but I’m living the best days of my life now,” said Bill, a police chief, father of four children and grandfather of two grandchildren. Bill isn’t living…

Thursday, Sep 28


How life changes — again — when cancer recurs

Psychiatrist Uzma Yunus is interviewed Thursday, July 13, 2017 in her Glenview home. She has stage four cancer and has become an advocate for women with cancer. (Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune). Darcel RockettContact ReporterChicago Tribune.


Megyn Kelly asks Jane Fonda about plastic surgery; schooling ensues

Megyn Kelly's awkward on-air exchange with Jane Fonda is a reminder to focus on more than women's appearance. (Charles Sykes/Invision). Heidi StevensContact ReporterBalancing Act. If we learn just one thing from “Megyn Kelly Today,” the…

Wednesday, Sep 27


Teen suicide is hard to predict. Some experts are turning to machines for help.

In any given week, Ben Crotte, a behavioral health therapist at Children's Home of Cincinnati, speaks to dozens of students in need of an outlet. Their challenges run the adolescent gamut, from minor stress about an upcoming test to severe…

STDs hit all-time high in US

Chicago Tribune / News

More than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the U.S. in 2016. (Getty Images). HealthDay. New cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States reached an all-time high in 2016, federal health…

Monday, Sep 25


Dog blood banks save pets' lives. But are the donors protected?

A website for a Texas-based company that provides canine blood products for veterinary transfusions nationally says it sources its blood "primarily from volunteer donors" and aims to "operate in a completely ethical, humane manner." But an…

Saturday, Sep 23


Life Lynn DeKlyen, baby whose mother chose giving birth over chemo, has died

The headaches began in March. The couple didn't think much of them - until Carrie DeKlyen began vomiting. An initial scan showed a mass in her brain. More tests showed that it was a form of cancer, possibly lymphoma, but treatable. But a…

Tuesday, Sep 19


Today's teens are putting of sex, dating and drinking

When 17-year-old Quattro Musser hangs out with friends, they don't drink beer or cruise around in cars with their dates. Rather, they stick to G-rated activities such as rock-climbing or talking about books. They are in good company,…

Monday, Sep 18


Caring at home for a child with cancer can leave family members with risky tasks

Angela Cooper arrived home from work to discover that her daughter's temperature had spiked to 102 degrees, a sign that the teenager, who has cancer, had a potentially deadly bloodstream infection. As Cooper rushed her daughter to the…

Sunday, Sep 17

Trump golf ball tweet should earn unanimous rebuke from congressional women

Donald Trump retweeting a gif that shows him hitting Hillary Clinton in the back with a golf ball shouldn't be brushed off as the latest shenanigans from a Twitter-happy good ol' boy. It should be the last straw. (Evan Vucci / AP). Heidi…

Friday, Sep 15


Hillary Clinton used 'alternate nostril breathing' after election loss. You should, too.

Hillary Clinton revealed this week that she turned to an esoteric breathing technique popular among yogis to heal from her devastating election loss. She has spoken in the past about using meditation and yoga for calm and balance. During…

Attorney General Lisa Madigan won't seek re-election in 2018

Chicago Tribune

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, left, during a press conference, along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, on Aug. 29, 2017. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune). Rick Pearson and Kim…

Thursday, Sep 14


Selena Gomez's kidney transplant: Young, minority women disproportionately affected by lupus

In the world of celebrities, there are diseases such as HIV/AIDS and breast cancer that are very "popular" and well understood, thanks to years of fundraising and awareness campaigns by stars. And there are those diseases that are less so.…

Wednesday, Sep 13


Why parents should care that porn showed up on Ted Cruz's Twitter page

Ted Cruz's Twitter account briefly liked a hardcore pornography video Monday. His spokeswoman, Catherine Black, later said the offensive tweet was removed by Cruz's staff. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP). Heidi StevensContact ReporterBalancing…


Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

A nurse practitioner prepares a flu vaccination in Rockville, Md. A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies suggests that women who received back-to-back flu shots between 2010 and 2012 _ after a new swine flu vaccine came out _ more often had…

Panel changes HPV test and pap guidelines for women over 30

An influential U.S. panel of health experts is boosting support for the HPV test as a routine part of cervical cancer screening. The independent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which issues closely heeded guidelines on a…

Monday, Sep 11


Standard treatment for melanoma could soon change

In a head-to-head comparison of two immunotherapy drugs used to prevent relapse in certain patients with advanced melanoma, one treatment was the clear winner - and it's not the one that most people get. The international study, released…


Michigan mom who refused chemotherapy so she could give birth has died

This October 2013 family photo shows Carrie DeKlyen and husband Nick DeKlyen in Grand Rapids, Mich. Carrie DeKlyen sacrificed the chance to prolong her life to give birth to her sixth child. Doctors removed Carrie's feeding and breathing…