Thursday, May 24


How much does it cost to save a life? Sometimes treating cancer means going broke

The last thing John and Danielle Parli were worried about when doctors told them a cancerous tumor was wrapped around their daughter Emma’s kidney, liver and heart was how much it would cost to save their little girl’s life. “My main point…


As Starbucks gears up for training, here's why 'implicit bias' can be good, bad or very bad

Five women calling themselves the Sisters in the Fairway, new members of the Grandview Golf Club in York, Penn., were playing the first holes April 21, when they were accused of moving too slowly, and urged to leave and give up their…

Tuesday, May 22


Unnecessary and accidental use of ADHD drugs on the rise, study finds

An American Academy of Pediatrics study published Monday revealed that the rate of adolescent exposure to ADHD medication reported to U.S. poison control centers increased 71.2 percent from 2000 to 2011, with a 6.2 percent decrease from…

Monday, May 21


Suicide rates for black children twice that of white children, new data show

African American children are taking their lives at roughly twice the rate of their white counterparts, according to a new study that shows a widening gap between the two groups. The 2001-2015 data, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics,…


Racing against cancer: New efforts to save lives with early detection

Cancer is sneaky. It hides. It disguises itself. It stays silent as it grows and invades other tissues. Evading detection, cancer does its deadly work as the window of opportunity to destroy it gradually closes. This year more than 1.7…


Yes, President Trump, there is a difference between HIV and HPV. Here's a handy tipsheet

In the early days of his presidency, Donald Trump famously declared that “nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated.” At the time, he was talking about health insurance. But perhaps he was also thinking about two potentially life…

Saturday, May 19


Egg-freezing regrets: Half of women who undergo the procedure have some remorse

Patrick T. Fallon for The Washington Post. Ariana Eunjung ChaThe Washington Post When 26-year-old Rita Ora announced recently that she had frozen her eggs, she joined a long list of celebrities touting the procedure. "I wanted to be safe,"…

Friday, May 18


Saudi Arabia said to detain women's rights advocates who challenged driving ban

Chicago Tribune

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have detained at least five prominent human-rights activists, including women who for years campaigned to win Saudi women the right to drive, according to people with knowledge of the arrests. The detentions…


Amid heated debate, city approves plan for Obama Presidential Center

Chicago Tribune / News

After more than seven hours of emotional and passionate testimony from hundreds of residents, community activists and elected officials, the Chicago Plan Commission voted overwhelmingly to approve the Obama Presidential Center on Thursday…

Thursday, May 17


'Things could have gone much worse': Charges filed against ex-student accused of exchanging gunfire with cop at Dixon High School

Chicago Tribune

A school resource police officer is being lauded as a hero for intervening when a former student at Dixon High School opened fire Wednesday morning near the school gym where students were gathered for a graduation rehearsal, authorities…

Yanny or Laurel? It's all in your brain

A fiery debate erupted on social media this week, prompting many to ask friends, family members, co-workers and themselves this question: “Yanny or Laurel?” The brief, one-word audio recording posted on Twitter and Reddit went viral,…

Wednesday, May 16


More men with low-risk prostate cancer are rejecting aggressive treatment, new study suggests

A sea change is occurring among men with low-risk prostate cancer: Increasing numbers are avoiding immediate surgery or radiation and are opting instead for close monitoring of the disease to see whether it worsens. The shift is sharply…

Monday, May 14


Rauner proposes reinstating Illinois death penalty in cases of mass killings, police slayings

Chicago Tribune / News

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday proposed reinstating the death penalty in Illinois for mass killers and people who slay law enforcement officers as part of his rewrite of a gun control bill. The death penalty provision would create…

Saturday, May 12


Why kids and teens may face far more anxiety these days

When it comes to treating anxiety in children and teens, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are the bane of therapists' work. "With (social media), it's all about the self-image -- who's 'liking' them, who's watching them, who clicked on…

Friday, May 11


Liam and Emma lead top baby names in US in 2017, with Melania rising

Emma and Liam were the most frequently chosen baby names for 2017.


Teens are drinking more sports drinks. Experts say that's not a good thing.

The campaign by public health advocates against sugar-sweetened sodas may have had an unintended consequence: Teens are drinking more sugar-sweetened sports drinks. Drinks shown in advertisements being consumed by impossibly fit athletes…

Thursday, May 10

'We want to make our voices heard:' Women battle FDA over contraceptive device they say made them sick

Chicago Tribune

At 26, Dara Leinfelder had a toddler and two babies in diapers. After she and her then-boyfriend agreed they were done having children, the Bolingbrook mother considered options for permanent birth control. At her gynecologist’s office in…

Wednesday, May 9

Time in a sauna linked to lower stroke risk

Older adults who like to bask in the heat of a sauna may be less likely to suffer a stroke, a new study suggests. The study, of more than 1,600 Finnish adults, found that those who hit the sauna at least four times a week were about 60…

Amazon Alexa's 'magic word' update aims to make young users more polite

The demands started almost immediately: “Alexa, tell me a joke.” “Alexa, tell me what the weather's like.” “Alexa, play 'Despacito.'” When Chicagoan Heather Durham's three young daughters first started using Alexa, Amazon's virtual…


Reputed gang member charged in Friday shooting of ATF agent; brother also arrested on drug charges

Reputed gang member Ernesto Godinez slipped out of his Back of the Yards home in the predawn darkness Friday and cut through a gangway about a block away from where undercover federal agents were working a gang investigation, authorities…

Sunday, May 6


3 black teens were finalists in a NASA competition. Then hackers spewing racism tried to ruin their odds.

India Skinner, from left, Mikayla Sharrieff and Bria Snell, 11th-graders from the District of Columbia, are finalists in a NASA youth science competition. India Skinner, from left, Mikayla Sharrieff and Bria Snell, 11th-graders from the…

Thursday, May 3


After hostage incidents, proposed law would protect nurses from violence

Chicago Tribune

The audience listens to Illinois state Rep. Margo McDermed speak at a rally in front of the Kane County Sheriff's Office in St. Charles on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. The event aimed to raise awareness about violence in hospitals The audience…

Wednesday, May 2


Facebook is building a dating app - but in many ways, it already is one

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on May 1, 2018. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on May 1,…


Diseases spread by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas more than tripled in the U.S.

Clockwise from top left: The deer tick, which transmits Lyme disease; the American dog tick, which transmits Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia; the Culex pipiens mosquito, which transmits West Nile virus; and the Aedes aegypti…

Tuesday, May 1


A scientist just turned 104. His birthday wish is to die.

Champagne bubbles danced in fancy glasses and birthday candles burned atop a cheesecake marking 104 years of a long and accomplished life. David Goodall listened quietly as his loved ones started to sing. Then he took a breath, made a wish…

Saturday, Apr 28


Autism is becoming more common, and better diagnosis of minorities may be why

Megan Krail helps a 4-year-old boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder practice trick-or-treating at The University of Texas at Dallas' Callier Center for Communication Disorders preschool class in Dallas. Megan Krail helps a 4-year-old boy with…

Friday, Apr 27


Bill to require hospitals to make trained providers available for sex assault patients passes Illinois House

Chicago Tribune / News

At Swedish Covenant Hospital, one room is designated to treat sexual assault patients. Proposed legislation would require hospitals change the way they treat sexual assault patients in emergency rooms. At Swedish Covenant Hospital, one…


Golden State Killer case was cold for years. Oak Park native Michelle McNamara kept the story alive.

Oak Park native Michelle McNamara researched the Golden State Killer for years. She even wrote a New York Times best-selling book about the man who raped and murdered dozens from 1976 to 1986 in Southern California, “I'll Be Gone in the…


We know 'who the real Bill Cosby was,' prosecutor says after comedian convicted in sexual assault retrial

Chicago Tribune

Bill Cosby has been found guilty of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004 in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. After decades of whispers, lawsuits, investigations and close calls — and a multitude of women who lost hope…

Thursday, Apr 26


Veteran receives experimental penis transplant after 'unspoken injury of war'

From left, Dr. Gerald Brandacher, Dr. W.P. Andrew Lee, Dr. Richard Redett, Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Carisa Cooney and Dr. Damon Cooney discuss the world's first total penis and scrotum transplant, performed…