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Experts: Bipolar Disorder Often Goes Undiagnosed In African-Americans

Bipolar disorder has been blamed for much of Jesse Jackson Jr.’s downfall, and experts agree, in the African American community, it often goes undiagnosed. CBS 2’s Pamela Jones explains.

08/14/2013

Antihistamines & Decongestants

Hay Fever Season Sets In; How To Protect Yourself

Hay fever season began on Aug. 8 and lasts for six weeks.

WBBM Newsradio–08/14/2013

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Experts: Allergy Season Getting Longer

If you’re suffering from awful allergies this year, you’re not alone. New research shows why this is happening and predicts things will only get worse, reports CBS 2’s Kate Sullivan in Healthwatch.

08/12/2013

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Illinois Now Reporting 5 Cases Of Rare Stomach Bug

Health officials investigating the cases have been unable to track the illness to any particular food source, said Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold.

08/06/2013

Worst Whooping Cough Epidemic In Decades Strikes California

Tdap Vaccine Required For Illinois Preteens, Teens

It’s time for parents to think about back-to-school shots for their children, and that includes high school students.

08/06/2013

Randi Belisomo and her late husband Carlos Hernandez Gomez. (Source: Facebook)

Reporter, Northwestern Doctor Launch Website About Facing Terminal Illness

It’s a topic no one wants to talk about: death. A new website hopes to provide support for loved ones of people facing terminal illness.

08/02/2013

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4 Cases Of Rare Stomach Parasite Linked To Bagged Lettuce Found In Illinois

It’s a parasite that has some incredibly troubling symptoms: Cramps, fatigue and diarrhea that just won’t go away.

07/30/2013

Menthol cigarettes on sale at a convenience store. Some experts say menthol cigarettes can be more enticing and possibly addicting than regular cigarettes, because their mint flavor masks the taste of tobacco. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

City Wants To Stop Kids From Trying Menthol Cigarettes

The city of Chicago is launching a new effort to try to stop young people from taking up smoking, by targeting menthol cigarettes.

07/25/2013

A dog taking a dognition test. (Credit: CBS)

New Test Can Tell You How Smart Your Dog Is

Ever wonder how smart your dog is? Or what they’re thinking? There is a new way to find out. CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist shows us how you can put your dog to the test.

07/22/2013

Sunscreen pills Murad, Heliocare and Sun Assure. (Credit: CBS)

Can Taking A Pill Replace Sunscreen?

You may have come across ads for sunscreen pills and wondered if they work. CBS 2’s Marissa Bailey takes a closer look at some sunscreen pills and what doctors say about them.

07/08/2013

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How Much Protein Is Too Much?

You may be surprised at the number of products labelled with the word “protein. ” CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist asks, are we getting too much of a good thing?

CBS 2–07/04/2013

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Gene Flaws Common In Blacks With Breast Cancer

African American women have higher rates of breast cancer at younger ages, and their survival rates are lower than white women. Now researchers might have an idea why.

06/03/2013

The VanHoutan family started Noah's Hope, a charity to raise money for research into Batten Disease, after their son Noah and daughter Laine were diagnosed with the rare, fatal brain disease. (Family Photo)

Family Helping Fund Research For Rare Disease That Struck Son, Daughter

They start out growing up like any other child, until a seizure strikes. It’s the first sign of a deadly, rare brain disease that robs children of their abilities before taking their lives. This weekend, you can help a Downers Grove family try to find a cure for Batten Disease.

CBS 2–05/17/2013

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Want To Get Rid Of A Tattoo? Make Sure To Do It The Right Way

That tattoo you got years ago might have seemed like a good idea then. Now, if you wish it would just go away, you’re not alone.

CBS 2–04/08/2013

Healthy Choices In Vending Machines? There Are Options

A new trend in healthy choices in vending machines is giving consumers looking for a quick snack an alternative to high-calorie sodas or fattening snacks and candy bars.

03/21/2013

Terry Martin, who has Type 2 diabetes, tests her blood sugar level. (Credit: CBS)

Diabetes Hits Especially Hard In Poor Black Communities

Dr. Monica Peek, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Chicago, said, “From the recent findings, the top 11 communities for diabetes death rates, 10 of those are African-American.”

03/11/2013

Dr. Julian Bailes shows PET scan images from a research study on CTE, including scans of five living former NFL players. (Credit: CBS)

Research Suggests Scan Could Find Concussion Trauma In Living Patients

It’s a breakthrough that could help save the lives of athletes who play contact sports. Research conducted partially in Chicago has found a way to diagnose a devastating brain disease for the first time, while the athlete is still alive.

CBS 2–01/22/2013

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Dieticians Offer A Few Tricks To Help You Lose Weight

What if something as simple as changing the color of your plate helped you lose weight? Or if clenching a fist put an end to a fattening craving?

CBS 2–01/16/2013

Flu vaccine and a syringe are displayed on a table. (Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images)

Early, Hard-Hitting Start For Flu Season This Year

Experts were predicting a longer and stronger flu season this year.

CBS 2–12/18/2012