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'You can't be lonely and be a healthy person.' How seniors can combat isolation

Kathy Seguin is an older adult — she really dislikes labels such as senior citizen and elder orphan — who was a prime candidate for the kind of isolation that increasingly is considered injurious to mental and physical health and a…

Monday, Dec 11


Viral bullying video captures Captain America's attention — will it hold ours?

Keaton Jones is a Knoxville, Tenn. middle schooler whose tearful video about being bullied was viewed more than 20 million times by Monday morning. (YouTube). Heidi StevensContact ReporterBalancing Act. I hope Keaton Jones goes to that…


Parkinson's disease progression can be slowed with vigorous exercise, study shows

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Geoffrey Rogers, who has Parkinson's disease, was part of a study about how high-intensity exercise affects the progression of the disease. (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune). Ese OlumhenseChicago Tribune. His friends noticed the tremor…

Wednesday, Dec 6


Flu vaccine may be only 10 percent effective this year, experts say

Here are some things to know about the once-a-year rite of flu vaccination. (Baltimore Sun video). Elizabeth DonaldBelleville News-Democrat (TNS). This year's flu season may be rougher than usual, as early reports show the vaccine is only…

Monday, Dec 4


Sniffing out the best allergy treatment

Seasonal allergies make life miserable for millions of Americans. So, in a bid to ease some of that discomfort, experts from two leading groups of allergists created a task force that has just issued new practice guidelines on the best…

Friday, Dec 1


Ex-Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn pleads guilty, is cooperating in Trump campaign probe

Chicago Tribune

Michael Flynn, the retired general who campaigned at Donald Trump's side and then served as his first national security adviser, pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about reaching out to the Russians on Trump's behalf and said…

Wednesday, Nov 29


Controversial MS treatment found to be ineffective

The main proponent of a controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis now has declared the therapy to be worthless. For nearly a decade, Italian researcher Dr. Paolo Zamboni investigated inadequate blood flow as a potential cause of MS…

Monday, Nov 27


Hand of Fate toasts Illinois' 200th with bicentennial beer

The official beer of Illinois’ bicentennial will, naturally, taste like Illinois. The beer, whose name will be announced at the bicentennial kickoff at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield on Dec. 3, is made…

Wednesday, Nov 22


Chicago airports among busiest in US over holidays. Experts say arrive way early.

The Department of Aviation is encouraging passengers to arrive at least two hours before their departure time for domestic flights, three hours early for international. (Scott Olson / Getty Images). Associated Press. Nearly 2 million…


Report: Industry hid decades-old study showing sugar's unhealthy effects

A new report accuses the sugar industry of burying evidence that its product could cause harmful health effects. (Getty Images). Dennis ThompsonHealthDay. Big Sugar seems to have copied the Big Tobacco playbook, a new report contends. More…

Tuesday, Nov 21


When treating infertility, vitamin D levels may be key

Research suggests that low vitamin D levels may hamper a woman's chances of having a baby after assisted reproductive technology, but experts said there's no proof that vitamin D supplements would improve her odds. Research suggests that…

Monday, Nov 20


Boy dies of cancer after receiving outpouring of Christmas cards he wished for

A 9-year-old Maine boy with cancer has died a week after his wish for a Christmas celebration was fulfilled. Jacob Thompson's family announced on social media that he died Sunday at Maine Medical Center in Portland. His family thanked…


Pricey ER tests for chest pain often unnecessary

ER doctors frequently use pricey but unnecessary tests to determine whether people with chest pain are having a heart attack, a new study reveals. Results show that patients don't do any better when CT scans or treadmill stress tests are…

Napping on the job may be a game changer for our sleep-deprived nation

President Donald Trump prides himself on getting by with just four or five hours of sleep at night, which leaves him plenty of time early in the morning to scan cable TV news and tweet before going to work. During last year's rough-and…

Saturday, Nov 18


What's behind that Al Franken photo?

Here’s what I see when I look at that Al Franken photo: I see a guy marking his territory. I see a guy making sure we know this woman doesn’t belong here, not really. I see a guy playing to other guys, who do belong. I see a guy with a…

Friday, Nov 17


Want to live longer? Get a dog

Having a dog can bring a lot of love into your life. It could also make it last a little longer. A group of academics from Uppsala University in Sweden analyzed the health records of 3.4 million people in that northern European country,…

Thursday, Nov 16


At egg freezing parties, women sip wine, chat about postponing motherhood

Dominika Martinez, 35, who decided to freeze embryos with her husband after getting married last year, attends an "egg social." (Anna Gorman/KHN). Anna GormanKaiser Health News. Your grandma hosted Tupperware parties. Your mom attended…

Wednesday, Nov 15


What's behind the blowback over Blake Shelton's Sexiest Man Alive title?

Blake Shelton is People's Sexiest Man Alive, and Twitter is having none of it. “I have a head of broccoli in my fridge that's sexier than Blake Shelton.” “Forget the fact that Idris Elba should've obviously won. I can even think of like 5…


FDA warns of injury, death with herbal supplement kratom

Federal health authorities are warning about reports of injury, addiction and death with a herbal supplement that has been promoted as an alternative to opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs. The supplement, kratom, made from a…

Friday, Nov 10


Widow meets man who received husband's face in transplant

Chicago Tribune

Andy Sandness is healing from one of the rarest surgeries in the world — a face transplant, the first at the Mayo Clinic. (Feb. 17, 2017). Kyle PotterAssociated Press. Standing in a stately Mayo Clinic library, Lilly Ross reached out and…


Why do women get all attractive if they don't want to be harassed? Glad you asked

The grassroots social media campaign was inspired by a viral post (credited originally to a tweet from actress Alyssa Milano) that reads: “If all the women and men who have been sexually harassed, assaulted or abused wrote 'me too' as a…

Thursday, Nov 9


Why sexual harassment claims against Jeffrey Tambor hit especially hard

If you had asked me Sunday who my favorite actor was, I would have told you it was Jeffrey Tambor. Ask me today, and it’s a totally different story. I loved the “Transparent" star because he built his career on roles that aimed at gender…


Diana Nyad's essay on high school swim coach's sexual assaults is a gut-wrenching wakeup call

Chicago Tribune

Swimming legend Diana Nyad, who swam 110.86 miles from Cuba to Florida at age 64, penned an absolutely breathtaking op-ed Thursday about being repeatedly sexually assaulted by her swim coach at Pine Crest high school in Fort Lauderdale.


Returning from war, some vets have a hard time starting a family

Chicago Tribune

When Chris Lynd encountered health issues after serving in the military, he thought his benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs would cover his medical treatments. So he and his wife, Caitlyn, were surprised when those benefits…

Wednesday, Nov 8

Dead babies in church: We can't be a nation that keeps looking the other way

A small memorial sits along the road near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Tuesday in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On Nov. 5, Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people, including babies, during the church's Sunday service. …

Tuesday, Nov 7


Basic pain pills are as effective as opioids, study finds

Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with broken bones and sprains and found…

Saturday, Nov 4


Megyn Kelly, 'Hamilton' song: 2 videos, 1 powerful message about sexual harassment

Before you get too deep into your Monday, take a few moments for two videos: First, an adaption of a “Hamilton” song, revised to address sexual assault and performed by the Chicago cast of the musical spoof “Spamilton.” The actors…

Wednesday, Nov 1


'A Bad Moms Christmas' gives its characters a rare and precious gift: Moms

Of all the things that bug me about the princess fairy tales that Disney spoon-feeds to little girls, the lack of moms bugs me the most. Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Elsa and Anna — all motherless. The beautiful,…


Komen Chicago gala ignites the fight against breast cancer

Susan G. Komen Chicago hosted its second annual Ignite the Fight Gala at the Westin River North on Oct. 21 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Celebrating 20 years of funding research and providing breast health services for the…

Tuesday, Oct 31


The 6 worst things men have said about sexual harassment in just one month

The one-two gut punch populated social media feeds for most of Sunday, inspired by a viral post (credited originally to a tweet from actress Alyssa Milano) that reads: “If all the women and men who have been sexually harassed, assaulted or…