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  • CDC: Circumcision benefits outweigh risks Dec 2, 2014 9:09 AM
    U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical evidence supports having the procedure done and health insurers should pay for it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines stop short of telling parents to get their newborn sons circumcised. That is a personal decision that may involve religious or cultural preferences, said the CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin.

  • Donate blood in Mundelein Dec 1, 2014 5:06 PM
    Mundelein firefighters will host a blood drive Saturday, Dec. 6. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main fire station, 1000 N. Midlothian Road. Walk-in donations are welcome.

  • E-cigarettes reduce tobacco cravings and help people quit smoking, study finds Dec 1, 2014 6:14 AM
    A new study adds to a growing body of research showing that e-cigs do, in fact, help people cut back on their tobacco consumption.

  • Fittest Loser follow-up: How are the participants now? Dec 1, 2014 5:45 AM
    It's been 5 months since the Fittest Loser Challenge ended. How are the contestants doing now? We check in with them as we prepare to kick off the 2015 competition.

  • Winterize your skin: Moisturizing, staying hydrated can help avoid eczema Dec 1, 2014 5:45 AM
    Temperatures are dropping, and as winter approaches, we all may notice more dry itchy skin. Here are some tips to keep your skin healthy.

  • Prep football alters brains even without concussions Dec 1, 2014 3:48 PM
    A single high-school football season of heavy hits, even without a concussion, led to observable brain abnormalities in a study, the latest evidence to raise questions about the long-term consequences of the popular game.

  • How to apply Dec 1, 2014 5:45 AM
    Want to be a Fittest Loser team member? Learn how to apply, whether you are an individual or a company team looking to participate.

  • Bakery serves up success stories for adults with autism Dec 1, 2014 5:45 AM
    Autism organization Have Dreams and an Evanston bakery have created a recipe for success with a new workplace training program that helps give young adults with autism a pathway to employment.

  • Exercise in a bottle is next food frontier for Nestle Nov 30, 2014 7:00 AM
    The world’s biggest food company, known for KitKat candy bars and Nespresso capsules, says it has identified how an enzyme in charge of regulating metabolism can be stimulated by a compound called C13, a potential first step in developing a way to mimic the fat-burning effect of exercise. The findings were published in the science journal Chemistry & Biology in July.

  • Are we on the verge of a polio-free Africa? Nov 30, 2014 7:01 AM
    With all of the news about Ebola’s rapid, dispiriting spread through West Africa, you may have missed an encouraging public health development: The continent appears tantalizingly close to fully eradicating polio, once one of the world’s most feared and destructive diseases.

  • Donating your body to science: Shocking or inspiring? Nov 30, 2014 7:01 AM
    As a psychiatrist, I don’t often deal directly with death, but I’ve spent some time thinking about death and dying. Still, I was shocked recently when my wife, 74, announced that she was planning to donate her body to science.

  • Nestle’s next food frontier: Exercise in a bottle Nov 30, 2014 7:00 AM
    A handful of Nestle scientists are quietly working on realizing every couch potato’s dream: exercise that comes in a bottle. But don't look for such a product soon. Others have done similar research, but so far no such product has ever passed clinical trials.

  • The world is too fat and it’s costing us $2 trillion a year Nov 30, 2014 7:00 AM
    We’re fat — and we’re getting fatter. One estimate from earlier this year found that almost one-third of the world was now obese. And that comes with a significant cost.A new report estimates that the world’s obesity problem cost it $2 trillion in 2012.

  • Ex-suburban high school athlete files concussion lawsuit Nov 29, 2014 5:28 PM
    The IHSA did not have concussion protocols in place, putting former Notre Dame College Prep quarterback Daniel Bukal and other high school players at risk, and those protocols remain deficient, a new lawsuit alleges. It calls on the Bloomington-based IHSA to tighten its rules and regulations regarding head injuries at the 800 high schools it oversees.

  • Excessive drinkers are not always alcoholics Nov 29, 2014 7:01 AM
    Drinking excessively can cause serious health risks and is responsible for an average of 88,000 U.S. deaths every year. But the vast majority of excessive drinkers are not alcoholics, according to new government data.

  • Afraid of pullups? Try these variations Nov 29, 2014 7:00 AM
    The pullup is one of those exercises that demands respect. The problem is, many people lack the strength to do a proper set of pullups. If that is the case, try one of these variations.

  • U.S. hospitals fear association with Ebola Nov 29, 2014 2:22 PM
    Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who was initially misdiagnosed at a Dallas hospital and died, shows how easily a community hospital can stumble.Of the 5,000 hospitals in the United States, dozens have volunteered to treat Ebola patients. As of mid-November, CDC infection-control experts had visited 41 facilities in 12 states and the District of Columbia, according to agency Director Thomas Frieden.

  • Donate blood in Mundelein: Nov 28, 2014 5:35 PM
    Mundelein firefighters will hold a blood drive Dec. 6. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main fire station, 1000 N. Midlothian Road.

  • Mom delivers baby in Schaumburg stairwell Nov 28, 2014 5:47 PM
    A Schaumburg woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy in a stairwell of a luxury condo building Friday morning, authorities said.

  • Brief infectious disease scare at Arlington Hts. clinic Nov 28, 2014 7:20 PM
    A medical clinic in Arlington Heights went into a brief lockdown Friday after a patient who had recently been in Africa walked in complaining of flu-like symptoms. The scare ended when it was determined the patient had not been in western Africa.

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