Study: Alzheimer's is Third Leading Cause of Death

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March 11, 2014 - Alzheimer's is Third Leading Cause of Death

We take a look at a new study that says Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death with one of the study’s researchers, Bryan James of Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Read the full study, an article about super-agers, and view a graphic on Alzheimer's disease.

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Mayor Proposes Petcoke Ordinance

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March 5, 2014 - Mayor Proposes Pet Coke Ordinance

Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced an ordinance in today's Chicago City Council meeting banning new petroleum coke facilities and blocking expansion of existing facilities. The ordinance is co-sponsored by Ald. Edward Burke (14th) and Ald. John Pope (10th). Elizabeth Brackett has the details on that, and other City Council news.

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PTSD Service Dog

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February 26, 2014 - PTSD Service Dog

Vietnam veteran Lon Hodge struggled for years with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder until he got a PTSD service dog named Gander. Lon says that Gander has saved his life. Now, Lon and Gander help other vets and work to raise awareness about PTSD, veteran suicide and service dogs. Jay Shefsky has a profile. Read an interview with Fran Menley, Service Dog Trainer at Freedom Service Dogs of America, about how they rescue, train and pair dogs with veterans and people with disabilities.

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Is Sitting Hazardous to Your Health?

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February 19, 2014 - Is Sitting Hazardous to Your Health?

Is too much sitting linked to disabilities later in life? We chat with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine professor Dorothy Dunlop, who is researching the issue. Read the full study.

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CVS Stores to Stop Selling Cigarettes

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February 5, 2014 - CVS Stores to Stop Selling Cigarettes

In a major announcement from the nation's second largest pharmacy chain, CVS said it will stop selling tobacco products at its 7,400 stores later this year. We tell you about the huge economic impact it's going to have on the chain, and what Deerfield-based Walgreens had to say in response. Read statements in reaction to the news.

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CountyCare

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January 29, 2014 - CountyCare

Though the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, has only gone into effect this year, some parts of the new law have already gone into effect in Cook County. We take a look at the early Medicaid expansion called CountyCare. Read an article and watch a web extra video.

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Chicago Pushes For More Vaccine Coverage

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January 27, 2014 - Chicago Pushes For More Vaccine Coverage

The Chicago Department of Public Health is ramping up its campaign to increase teenage HPV vaccination coverage. We talk vaccinations and disease prevention with the agency’s medical director, Dr. Julie Morita. Read an interview and view graphics on HPV.

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Chicago’s Regulation of E-Cigarettes

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January 16, 2014 - Chicago’s Regulation of E-Cigarettes

We speak with medical and policy specialists regarding the City Council ordinance passed Wednesday to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products. Read an interview.

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New Rules for Petcoke

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January 13, 2014 - New Rules for Petcoke

Gov. Pat Quinn asks for emergency action to protect Illinois residents from petcoke. Elizabeth Brackett reports.

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Food Safety

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March 10, 2014 - Food Safety

The Centers for Disease Control says there may be as many as 48 million cases of foodborne illnesses every year in the United States, costing the economy more than $150 billion and resulting in around 3,000 deaths. We talk with two food safety experts about the impact new technologies are having in keeping our food safe. Read an article.

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Getting Illinois Covered

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March 3, 2014 - Getting Illinois Covered

As the March 31st deadline for Affordable Care Act enrollment draws closer, we check in with Illinois Deputy Governor Cristal Thomas and director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, about the number of state residents enrolled and the final month of the program. Read an article.

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"ADHD Does Not Exist"

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February 20, 2014 -  "ADHD Does Not Exist"

We meet the Chicago doctor who claims in a provocative new book that ADHD does not exist. Read a book excerpt.

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Chiropractic Neck Manipulations

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February 6, 2014 - Viewer Feedback: 2/6

Can chiropractic neck manipulations lead to strokes? We have some of your thoughts in tonight's Viewer Feedback.

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Chiropractic Neck Manipulations

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February 3, 2014 - Chiropractic Neck Manipulations

Can neck manipulations done by chiropractors lead to strokes? An article published in The Washington Post examines this risk. We discuss the issue. Read an interview.

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Medical Marijuana

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January 27, 2014 - Medical Marijuana

We break down the rules Illinois has outlined for medical marijuana, and some additional restrictions Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Ed Burke would like to impose in Chicago.

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Medicaid Expansion in Illinois

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January 27, 2014 - Medicaid Expansion in Illinois

Illinois is one of 25 states that have chosen to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. We head to DuPage County to check up on the massive changes taking place in the state's health care system.

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Web Extra: Risks & Benefits of E-Cigarettes

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A local doctor weighs in on the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes. Read the interview.

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