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Pediatricians urge IUDs or implants for teen girls

CHICAGO | Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants — long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends.

September 29, 2014 8:15 am

No practicing on patients: New docs get boot camp

CHICAGO | First-day jitters come with any new job but when the work involves pushing needles into strangers' bellies, stitching up gaping wounds or even delivering babies, that debut can be especially nerve-wracking — for everyone involved.

July 08, 2014 12:00 am

Study seeks super agers' secrets to brain health

They're called "super agers" - men and women who are in their 80s and 90s, but with brains and memories that seem far younger.

August 22, 2013 1:30 pm

How the federal appeals court ruling affects morning-after pill

CHICAGO | Don't expect to see morning-after pills for all ages on drugstore shelves any time soon. A federal appeals court decision allowing girls of any age to buy emergency contraception without a prescription won't immediately change access.

June 06, 2013 5:15 pm

Even fit baby boomers won't escape heart problems

CHICAGO | Here's a reality check for health-conscious baby boomers: Even among those in good shape, at least 1 in 3 will eventually develop heart problems or have a stroke.

November 06, 2012 12:00 am
Out of bed! Hospitals aim to keep elderly strong

Out of bed! Hospitals aim to keep elderly strong

At least one-third of hospital patients older than 70 leave more frail than when they arrived, and many become too weak to go home.

March 15, 2012 9:00 am
Need help avoiding hangover? Less booze, more H2O

Need help avoiding hangover? Less booze, more H2O

CHICAGO | Attorney Colleen Gorman has a holiday ritual that doesn't involve buying presents or counting down to midnight: She goes online to look for new hangover remedies she hasn't tried.

December 30, 2011 10:45 pm Photos

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Research shows few teens sexting racy photos

Research shows few teens sexting racy photos

Teen sexting of nude photos online or via cellphone may be far less common than people think, new research suggests.

December 11, 2011 12:00 am
Do presidents really age faster than rest of us?

Do presidents really age faster than rest of us?

White House wannabes take note: Contrary to the idea that being president speeds up aging, a study shows that many U.S. commanders in chief have actually lived longer than their peers.

December 11, 2011 12:00 am
Curbs on youngest drivers may have bad side effect later

Curbs on youngest drivers may have bad side effect later

Strong driver's license laws have led to fewer fatal crashes among 16-year-olds but with a disturbing side effect: more fatal accidents among 18-year-olds, a nationwide study found.

September 26, 2011 1:00 pm
Curbs on youngest drivers may have bad side effect later

Curbs on youngest drivers may have bad side effect later

Strong driver's license laws have led to fewer fatal crashes among 16-year-olds but with a disturbing side effect — more fatal accidents among 18-year-olds, a nationwide study found.

September 18, 2011 12:00 am
Can they take the heat?

Can they take the heat?

Playing sports in hot, steamy weather is safe for healthy children and teen athletes, so long as precautions are taken and common sense is used.

August 22, 2011 2:00 pm
Pediatricians: Sports in heat OK with precautions

Pediatricians: Sports in heat OK with precautions

Playing sports in hot, steamy weather is safe for healthy children and teen athletes, so long as precautions are taken and the drive to win doesn't trump common sense, the nation's largest pediatricians group says.

August 21, 2011 12:00 am

Should parents lose custody of super obese kids?

Should parents of extremely obese children lose custody for not controlling their kids' weight? A provocative commentary in one of the nation's most distinguished medical journals argues yes, and its authors are joining a quiet chorus of advocates who say the government should be allowed to …

July 12, 2011 10:00 am

Study says 1 in 13 U.S. children have food allergy

CHICAGO | Food allergies affect about one in 13 U.S. children, double the latest government estimate, a new study suggests.

June 19, 2011 6:11 pm
Farms get individualized maps to avert emergencies

Farms get individualized maps to avert emergencies

CHICAGO | In a rural health educator's dream vision for farm country, the flat fertile landscape will be dotted with little black plastic tubes strapped to power poles at each farmstead.

April 26, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Doctors warn about Facebook use and teen depression

Add "Facebook depression" to potential harms linked with social media, referring to a condition that may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site.

April 02, 2011 12:01 am

Tragedy and a dream reunite ex-basketball buddies

CHICAGO | A Chicago doctor is teaming up with a paralyzed ex-pro basketball player who dreams of ditching his wheelchair and walking again. With cutting-edge bionic legs entering the high-tech medical device market, his goal may be within reach.

December 30, 2010 12:00 am

Jaundice-autism study raises unanswered questions

CHICAGO (AP) — Autism is more common in children who had jaundice at birth, a big Danish study found, but researchers cautioned they don't know how the two conditions might be related and that new parents shouldn't be alarmed.

October 11, 2010 6:25 am
Cadaver donation yields bond between IUN students, Munster family

Cadaver donation yields bond between IUN students, Munster family

GARY | Dot Purcell knew she would donate her body to science. Even when young, the doctor's daughter and future mother of 11 would say, "There's something good in here" that might help others.

September 13, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Staph surges in kids

CHICAGO | The number of children hospitalized with dangerous drug-resistant staph infections surged 10-fold in recent years, a study found.

May 17, 2010 12:05 am

Experts: Travel health coverage crucial

CHICAGO | Plane tickets, check. Passport, check. Medical evacuation insurance? It's probably not something most people think about when packing for a vacation.

May 10, 2010 12:00 am

Older women need 1-hour workouts to fend off flab

Rev up the treadmill: Sobering new research spells out just how much exercise women need to keep the flab off as they age -- and it's a lot.

March 28, 2010 12:00 am

Experts say U.S. doctors overtesting, overtreating

CHICAGO | Too much cancer screening, too many heart tests, too many cesarean sections. A spate of recent reports suggests that many Americans are being overtreated. Maybe even President Barack Obama, champion of an overhaul and cost-cutting of the health care system.

March 14, 2010 12:00 am

Experts say US doctors overtesting, overtreating

CHICAGO |  Too much cancer screening, too many heart tests, too many cesarean sections. A spate of recent reports suggest that too many Americans -- maybe even President Barack Obama -- are being overtreated.

March 12, 2010 7:14 am

Study: Parents say doctors hastened death for dying kids

CHICAGO | It's a situation too agonizing to contemplate -- a child dying and in pain. Now a small but provocative study suggests doctors may be giving fatal morphine doses to a few children dying of cancer, to end their suffering at their parents' request.

March 02, 2010 12:00 am

Striking number of obesity risks hit minority kids

CHICAGO | The odds of obesity appear stacked against black and Hispanic children starting even before birth, new research suggests.

March 02, 2010 12:00 am

US obesity rates still high, but not growing

CHICAGO| Raise a glass of diet soda, the nation's obesity rate seems to have leveled off. But more than two-thirds of adults and almost a third of children are overweight, and there are no signs of improvement.

January 13, 2010 10:30 pm

Buckle up! Kid films getting better at safety

Characters in children's movies are wising up about personal safety, increasingly using seat belts, bike helmets and crosswalks, but many still aren't ideal role models, a government study found.

January 13, 2010 12:00 am

Food stamp study raises 'poverty' debate

CHICAGO | The estimate was startling and made headlines around the country: Almost half of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at sometime during childhood.

November 28, 2009 12:05 am Related

Swine flu affects more than half the state

CHICAGO | Swine flu is affecting more than half the state of Illinois, but many residents seeking vaccinations will be turned away until high-risk people are served, public health officials said Thursday.

September 18, 2009 12:00 am

Study: Surprising number of teens think they'll die young

CHICAGO | A surprising number of teenagers -- nearly 15 percent -- think they're going to die young, leading many to drug use, suicide attempts and other unsafe behavior, new research suggests.

June 29, 2009 12:00 am

Blacks, Hispanics have steeper end-of-life costs

CHICAGO | Striking new research shows dying blacks and Hispanics have much steeper treatment costs than whites, sobering evidence that racial health-care differences continue right up until death.

March 09, 2009 12:00 am

Blagojevich parlor game: Psychotic or political?

CHICAGO | He's accused of talking about an ambassadorship, a Cabinet post in the Obama administration, even someday running for president -- all while clearly aware of a federal corruption investigation hovering over his administration.

December 13, 2008 12:00 am

Half of overweight adults may be heart-healthy

You can look great in a swimsuit and still be a heart attack waiting to happen. And you can also be overweight and otherwise healthy.

August 18, 2008 12:00 am

When a child becomes a teen, sluggishness sets in

One of the largest studies of its kind shows just how sluggish American children become once they hit the teen years: While 90 percent of 9-year-olds get a couple of hours of exercise most days, fewer than 3 percent of 15-year-olds do.

July 28, 2008 12:00 am

Aging swimmer shows there's hope for rest of us

Dara Torres jokes that she had trouble reading the scoreboard after winning the first of two events at the Olympic swimming trials.

July 14, 2008 12:00 am

Cholesterol drugs recommended for some kids

CHICAGO (AP) -- For the first time, an influential doctors group is recommending that some children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-fighting drugs to ward off future heart problems.

July 07, 2008 12:00 am

Exercise-heart study casts doubt on 'fit but fat' theory

New research challenges the notion that you can be fat and fit, finding that being active can lower but not eliminate heart risks faced by heavy women.

May 05, 2008 12:00 am

Medicine mix-ups hurt about 1 in 15 hospitalized kids, study of dozen US hospitals shows

CHICAGO | Medicine mix-ups, accidental overdoses and bad drug reactions harm roughly one out of 15 hospitalized children, according to the first scientific test of a new detection method.

April 07, 2008 12:00 am

CDC: 1 in 4 teen girls has an STD

CHICAGO (AP) | At least one in four teenage girls nationwide has a sexually transmitted disease, or more than 3 million teens, according to the first study of its kind in this age group.

March 11, 2008 12:00 am

Surprise! Even some with chronic disease can live to 100, thanks to aggressive treatment

Living to 100 is easier than you might think.

February 18, 2008 12:00 am
Even some with chronic disease can live to 100

Even some with chronic disease can live to 100

CHICAGO (AP) _ Living to 100 is easier than you might think.

February 12, 2008 12:00 am

Good 'probiotic' bacteria increasingly interest food marketers and research scientists, too

Bugs in baby food? Microbes in your milkshake? Relax, this is not the latest tainted food scare -- it's a growing trend in foods designed to boost health, not make you sick.

December 17, 2007 12:00 am

Marathoner's triumph sets off debate over how active moms should be before and after baby

For bleary-eyed new moms, the image of Paula Radcliffe celebrating her astonishing New York marathon victory just nine months after giving birth is more than slightly surreal.

November 12, 2007 12:00 am

An extra few pounds probably won't kill you

CHICAGO | Being 25 pounds overweight doesn't appear to raise your risk of dying from cancer or heart disease, says a new government study that seems to vindicate Grandma's claim that a few extra pounds won't kill you.

November 07, 2007 12:00 am

Fighting efforts to fight the 'superbug'

CHICAGO | Testing all new hospital patients for a dangerous staph "superbug" could help wipe out a germ that likely kills more Americans than AIDS, consumer advocates say and early evidence suggests.

October 25, 2007 12:00 am

Staph deaths may surpass those from AIDS

CHICAGO (AP) -- It now appears a dangerous type of staph infection is probably killing more Americans each year than AIDS.

October 17, 2007 12:00 am

Bad marriage might literally hurt the heart

CHICAGO (AP) | A lousy marriage might literally make you sick.

October 08, 2007 12:00 am

Doctors agonize over mistakes

Patients aren't the only ones harmed by medical errors, according to a survey released Wednesday that found many doctors who make mistakes -- and even those who come close -- suffer stress, sleep problems and loss of confidence.

July 23, 2007 12:00 am
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