Medical Impact of Extreme Cold

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January 6, 2014 - Medical Impact of Extreme Cold

Hypothermia and frostbite aren’t the only cold-related problems doctors are noticing in local emergency rooms today. We talk with Dr. Michelle Sergel about the weather’s impact on health.

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Petcoke Update

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December 11, 2013 - Petcoke Update

A huge lake freighter pulls up to storage facility along the Calumet River, poised to haul away piles of the controversial petroleum byproduct called "petcoke."  Elizabeth Brackett has the latest details.

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New Cholesterol Risk Calculator Under Pressure

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The risk calculator included in the recently released guidelines for lowering cholesterol have been questioned by a number of leaders in the field of cardiology. We speak with two specialists on different sides of the controversy. Read an interview.

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Clinical Medical Ethics

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November 14, 2013 - Clinical Medical Ethics

The doctor-patient relationship can sometimes become a tricky one, and health care professionals are working towards improving the process and outcome of patient care. What are some of the key issues facing patients, health care professionals and ethics? We talk with Dr. Peter Angelos, the Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.

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Trans Fat Phaseout

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November 12, 2013 - Trans Fat Phaseout

The FDA proposed a ban Thursday of partially hydrogenated oils that create the byproduct trans fat. Large restaurant chains and manufacturers have been limiting the trans fat content in their products for years, but some question whether a ban is the most effective approach to preventing heart disease. Read an interview.

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IL Health Marketplace

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October 30, 2013 - IL Health Marketplace

While glitches plague the federal health insurance marketplace website, we discuss how things are going for people here in Illinois.

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Feeling Stressed?

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October 21, 2013 - Feeling Stressed?

Finances, relationships, employment or the lack thereof, can all bring stress to your life. But what is stress really doing to your body? Dr. Charles Hebert of Rush Medical Center, and Joanna Hakimi, a therapist with Symmetry Counseling, discuss the effects stress has on your body, and ways to manage your stress. Read about signs and symptoms of stress, along with prevention techniques.

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Petroleum Coke

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October 17, 2013 - Petroleum Coke

Piles of petcoke, a byproduct from oil refineries, building up along the Calumet River have southeast side residents worried about their health. Elizabeth Brackett has the story. Read an article.

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"How We Do It"

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October 10, 2013 - "How We Do It"

A book called How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction explores the science of sex and childbirth. We revisit a conversation with the book's author. Read an excerpt.

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Petcoke Removed from Calumet River

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December 18, 2013 - Petcoke Removed from Calumet River

Community protest brings results as one company removes its petcoke from a Calumet River storage site. But thousands of tons remain on other sites. Elizabeth Brackett has the story.

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Peter Baker

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December 4, 2013 - Peter Baker

Chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, Peter Baker, joins us to check in on fixes to HealthCare.gov and the potential political fallout from the glitches in the 2014 midterms.

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ObamaCare Under Fire

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November 18, 2013 - ObamaCare Under Fire

The Affordable Care Act is under fire from both sides of the political aisle. President Obama apologized for the botched rollout and pledged to correct the problems. So can you keep your policy? And if things don’t improve, could lawmakers repeal ObamaCare?  Our panel has analysis

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Cholesterol Treatment Changes After 4-Year Review

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November 13, 2013 - Cholesterol Treatment Changes

New guidelines were released Tuesday that will alter how doctors treat patients at risk for stroke and heart disease. 

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Poverty and the Brain

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November 5, 2013 - Poverty and the Brain

Researchers at two local universities are looking into how poverty impacts young minds. We have the story. Learn more about the studies, and view a photo gallery.

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Health Exchange Navigators

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October 21, 2013 - Health Exchange Navigators

While the federal Health Care Exchange website may be plagued with problems, it hasn’t stopped so-called “navigators” from helping thousands of people enroll for health insurance in Illinois. We pay a visit to a navigator at work. Read an article.

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Viewer Feedback: 10/21

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October 21, 2013 - Viewer Feedback: 10/21

The steel mills may be gone, but the south side is again under threat from a growing source of air and water pollution. It's referred to a "petcoke," and is a byproduct of refining heavy tar sands oil. We share what you had to say about it in tonight’s viewer feedback.

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Advancements in Alzheimer’s Research

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October 14, 2013 - Advancements in Alzheimer’s Research

Researchers in the fight against Alzheimer’s may have found a way to detect the disease early on. They discovered small toxins related to Alzheimer’s, which builds up in the brain, attacking the brain’s memory centers. Collaborators  are trying to discover a way to protect the brain from these toxins, or even better, prevent them from building up in the first place. Dr. William Klein, an Alzheimer’s disease researcher at Northwestern University, joins us with details. Read facts and figures about Alzheimer's disease and watch a video.

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