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An investigation published this month outlines a disturbing pattern when it comes to the care of children in Illinois psychiatric hospitals. Reporter Duaa Eldeib joins us with details.

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Many studies on breast cancer have shown racial disparities in diagnosis and survival rates. New research suggests characteristics of a woman’s neighborhood could be contributing to those disparities.

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A disturbing upward trend in incidents of colorectal cancer brings about new guidelines for screenings.

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UChicago Medicine began offering level-one adult trauma care on May 1—something it hadn’t offered since 1988. 

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Illinois will become the sixth state in the country to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21, if legislation is signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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Opioid withdrawal symptoms have typically been treated with another narcotic, but a newly approved drug offers what a local doctor calls a “clean break” for patients.

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Get fit this summer with free outdoor yoga, Pilates, cardio, strength and Zumba classes on the Great Lawn at Millennium Park.

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Chicagoans may soon find drinking fountains at their local parks have been shut off, removed or simply won’t stop flushing water. WBEZ reporter Monica Eng is covering the story and joins us with details.

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The PKG provides clinicians with objective measurements of Parkinson’s symptoms. (Courtesy of Global Kinetics Corporation)

Treating the progressive degenerative disease can be difficult. Researchers are hoping a wearable device can provide clinicians with more objective data to inform their treatment decisions.

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A bill that would require mammogram providers to notify women whose test results show they have dense breast tissue, a risk factor for breast cancer, unanimously passed the Illinois House and Senate. 

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A newly identified compound that acts like a “dirty time bomb” against metastasizing cells “could potentially result in a better outcome” for some patients, said Dr. Sui Huang of Northwestern University.

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There’s a new tool in the fight against gastrointestinal diseases – and it’s housed at Northwestern University.

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A “Quantum Science Power Scalar Energy Pendant” for sale on eBay.

The negative ion technology featured in some pendants doesn’t pose an immediate health concern, but continuous use over time may result in a slightly elevated skin exposure to radiation, says the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

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About 100 Southeast Side residents attended the first public meeting addressing exposure to neurotoxic manganese since the city became aware of it in 2016. “How are you going to keep us healthy?” one resident asked.

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“The cost of medicine should never, ever prevent anyone from getting the treatment they need,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement. 

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey R. Staker)

As the U.S. grapples with opioid addiction, chronic pain patients say the medications they rely on are being reduced and they’re being treated like “junkies.” “We’re not drug addicts,” says a patient with excruciating neuropathic pain.

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