"Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies"

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March 30, 2015 - "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies"

Tracking the history and treatment of cancer from ancient Egypt through today: we talk with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of the book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, about a new three-part documentary produced by Ken Burns that begins airing Monday, March 30 on WTTW11.

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Pilot Mental Health and Cockpit Safety

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March 26, 2015 - Pilot Mental Health and Cockpit Safety

A French prosecutor announced Thursday that a Germanwings co-pilot deliberately crashed a jet in the French Alps after locking the pilot out of the cockpit. The prosecutor said there is no indication the crash was related to terrorism. The announcement has sparked questions about mental health evaluations for airline pilots, and why the co-pilot was able to prevent the pilot from gaining access to the cockpit. We have analysis.

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New Dietary Guidelines: What's In, What's Out?

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February 24, 2015 - New Dietary Guidelines

We discuss the recent changes in dietary guidelines and how they affect the way we're supposed to eat.

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Measles Outbreak Spreads to Illinois

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February 9, 2015 - Measles Outbreak Spreads to Illinois

Three new cases of measles have been confirmed in Cook County, health officials announced Monday. That brings the statewide total to nine infected people. Seven of the cases, including six small children, have been linked to a Palatine day care center.

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The Art of Aging Well

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February 3, 2015 - The Art of Aging Well

It's said that with age comes wisdom, but unfortunately that wisdom is accompanied by a long list of possible age-related health issues. Local experts weigh in on how to maintain your health into your senior years.

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Pedal at Your Own Peril

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January 28, 2015 - Pedal at Your Own Peril

Chicago had its first cyclist fatality of 2015 just a few hours into the new year when 30-year-old Aimer Robledo was the victim of a hit-and-run on West Division Street.

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The Village Movement: How Elders are Aging in Place

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January 22, 2015 - The Village Movement

Folks over age 60 are opting to stay in their homes and communities well into their golden years. A collection of "virtual villages" are popping up all over the country, providing engagement, services, and a new way of looking at how we age.

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Ironing Out Medical Marijuana Details

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January 7, 2015 - Ironing Out Medical Marijuana Details

As Illinois prepares for implementation of legal medical marijuana, we take a look at some of the challenges and regulatory hurdles these businesses face.

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Sen. Kirk Expands Heroin Overdose Efforts

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December 29, 2014 -Sen. Kirk Expands Heroin Overdose Efforts

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk expands efforts to fight heroin overdoses in Cook and surrounding counties.

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Brain Awareness Week

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March 16, 2015 - Brain Awareness Week

It's Brain Awareness Week -- a global campaign designed to highlight the importance of brain research. University of Chicago neuroscientist Peggy Mason is here to enlighten us all. Take a Brain Quiz!

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ACA Deadline Approaches

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February 12, 2015 - ACA Deadline Approaches

On Sunday, open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act closes. We get the latest on the looming penalties in year two of ObamaCare.

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Medical Marijuana Licenses Move Forward

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February 3, 2015 - Medical Marijuana Licenses Move Forward

Gov. Bruce Rauner granted licenses on Monday to companies to grow and sell medical marijuana in the state. The move comes after a review by the Rauner administration and the Illinois Attorney General, amid fears that Gov. Rauner would take months to reach a decision on the coveted licenses.

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Measles Surfaces in Illinois

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January 28, 2015 - Measles Surfaces in Illinois

A confirmed case of measles is reported in suburban Cook County. We have the details on what you need to know about preventing an outbreak.

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Hospital Beds Lying Empty Around Illinois

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January 27, 2015 - Hospital Beds Lying Empty Around Illinois

A new report from Crain's Chicago Business found in 2013 nearly four out of every 10 hospital beds in Illinois were vacant. We'll talk with reporter Kristen Schorsch about why there are so many extra beds and what hospitals can do about the problem.

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Good Buddies

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January 19, 2015 - Good Buddies

As baby boomers age, the rate of Alzheimer's disease climbs steadily. A program at Northwestern University pairs Alzheimer's patients in the early stages of the disease with first-year medical students to add a human dimension to their scientific and clinical studies.

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Flu Vaccine Falling Short

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January 5, 2015 - Flu Vaccine Falling Short

Chicago’s been in the grip of an especially bad flu season this year, sending people to the hospital and keeping children home from school. We look at why influenza has been so difficult to fight this year.

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A Stroke at 30

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December 29, 2014 - A Stroke at 30

At 30, Monifa Thomas was a health and medicine reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times. Not long after she passed a complete physical, Monifa had a stroke and was paralyzed on her right side and had great difficulty speaking. We revisit the story of her recovery and return to her medical beat.

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