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Nan Anderson retired seven years ago from full-time work at a senior home care agency. At 78, the long-time Chicago resident still volunteers at local aging organizations and stays involved in the community.
People contemplating suicide often keep their plans a secret from friends and family for fear of disgrace or hospitalization, but new research shows that the message may be in their blood. According to a new study, certain physical markers found in the blood stream may indicate whether someo…
Six Chicago hospitals have received Magnet-status recognition.
Ascher Cahn, 9, ran in the 8th Annual Breakthrough for Brain Tumors with 3,500 people over the weekend. And this is far from his first race.
Eufemiano Fuentes, a doctor who specialized in sports medicine in Spain, was sentenced to a year in jail Monday for his role in a 2006 blood-doping ring that spanned multiple sports and included 35 athletes. It's the latest example of the lengths professional athletes will go to gain a physi…
A new, non-invasive method to determine symptoms of schizophrenia may result in earlier detection of the disorder.
Dr. Kristi Kirschner wasn't surprised by recent study results that showed tai chi may reduce falls among older adult stroke survivors.
The worst may be over for the flu season that hit earlier than expected this season. Influenza levels in Illinois are no longer "widespread," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent data.
With the Oscars around the corner, psychologists and critics weigh in on why the Academy and the box office are drawn to movies with dramatic and dark psychological themes.
One of the biggest mysteries for human beings remains finding the components of the universe. And when it comes to Dark Energy, things get even more baffling.
A new long-term medical study from Northwestern Medicine suggests that individuals with healthy hearts in middle age live up to 14 years longer than peers with two or more cardiovascular risks.
Diabetes strikes African-Americans on Chicago's South Side at twice the national average. An innovative program strikes back with fresh food options, health care and exercise to combat the high prevalence of the disease.
The fate of the Chicago River sounds precarious, with drought conditions and a potential carp invasion on the horizon. But the city and state plan to make the river clean enough to swim in by 2016. The future builds on the critical role that the waterway played in Chicago's history.
Coca-Cola's new ad-campaign targeting obesity has created a backlash in the science community. Scientists and marketing professors weigh in on the new ad and respond to the company's claim that it has improved the health content of its products.
Volunteers huddled in teams, stuffing surveys and sharpened pencils into their backpacks. They grabbed a last cup of hot coffee, and headed out into the cold Tuesday night for Chicago's point-in-time homeless count.
Sutton asserts that women's increased participation in sports and exercise will inevitably lead to more ACL ruptures, already one of the most common injuries in athletics, unless preventive measures are taken to reduce the risk of injury.
My 30-minute meditation session did not yield any major personal changes like those experienced by Adams and Reese, but I did notice I was much more relaxed and awake once it was over.
Regardless of their diet, older adults are still at risk for obesity-related health concerns, as heart disease and hypertension, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, from Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, Pa.
Rumors circulating that the Chicago River may reverse itself due to low water levels in Lake Michigan are bogus, according to experts at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Illinois Department of Public Health is not expecting a decrease any time soon with more reported cases from previous weeks coming in, but the flu vaccine is still available and may help those with current health problems avoid the virus.
The only thing that is spreading faster than the flu these days seems to be this question: Did you get a flu shot this season?
Choose winter apparel that covers all extremities.
A recent study published by the American Heart Association found that eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week might reduce the risk of heart attacks in young and middle-aged women by one-third.
Dressing for the weather can keep your fitness goals from dropping with the temperature.
The Chicago River's flow was reversed to flow away from Lake Michigan, instead of its natural course of running into the lake. This keeps sewage and waste out of Lake Michigan, which is used by millions of citizens as drinking water.
Initial signing day for college football is around the corner and student athletes, as well as potential recruits, need to realize the good and bad of their Twitter and social media accounts, a recent study shows.
Kids who suffer psychological damage undergo brain changes that render them less able to control their aggression as adults, according to a study published this week by Swiss researchers.
Separate research teams have redesigned the elliptical and treadmill to work more muscles and cause less stress on the body. The idea is that muscles can work smarter than they do on your typical gym equipment. Developers believe they have the potential to become workout room staples.
A police scanner is the soundtrack to Timmy Granzow's existence.
This overhead view of the off-axis trainer's foot track shows its pivoting and sliding mechanisms. These devices make the workout more challenging — but researchers say also more beneficial — for exercisers.
Researchers hope to have the off-axis muscular trainer ready for commercialization in the next five years. Its design is similar to an elliptical.
Artificial light opened the door for many nighttime activities, but it closed the door for astronomy in large cities.
NU study participants on average lost weight as they recorded their caloric intake and physical activity on a smartphone app.
A study released this week by the American Cancer Society found that caffeinated coffee may reduce the risk of oral cancer.
So, once again, you resolve to lose weight for the New Year. There's an app for that; or, rather, more apps.
We don't often think of bacteria as a good thing, especially in our bodies. Antibacterial soaps fill drugstore shelves, and antibiotics treat countless diseases. But now, a new kind of "good" bacteria is taking up shelf space in the same stores as hand sanitizers.
A movement spreading across Illinois is creating a health care revolution for refugees from countries including Burma, Bhutan and Iraq.
This new machine, called the off-axis neuromuscular trainer, is an offshoot of the trusty elliptical trainer that has been a workout favorite for decades.
"Asperger's syndrome" is dropped as a separate diagnosis in the first major rewrite in almost two decades of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
At a a workshop at Niles North High School, educators got an update on a new proposal to use "computational thinking" to strengthen K-12 science and math learning.
As flu season approaches, germs are spreading faster than holiday cheer. Traveling through a highly populated place, such as an airport, raises the risk of contracting the seasonal flu.
For foodies and naturalists alike, foraging for wild mushrooms offers a flavorful foray into the wilderness. But there's danger as well.
Researchers hope a new sports-themed cell phone app will encourage asthmatic kids to use their inhalers and allow doctors to more closely monitor their patients.
Last week’s tree plucking of northern Grant Park, marked the most drastic change so far in a planned $55 million reconstruction, baring the unfamiliar epidermis of a park that once was.
More than 40,000 vacant lots dot Chicago's landscape, forgotten places often littered with broken glass and patched with overgrown weeds.
What started as a bet for David Wallach, author of Chicago endurance athletic blog, Pace of Chicago, resulted in a healthy life change.
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