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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.


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.”


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

Blake Troiani, 27, receives a botox injection. (Credit: CBS)

Botox Isn’t Just For The Middle-Aged Anymore

The pressure to defy the aging process is huge, even for twenty-somethings. In fact, more and more young people are asking their doctor for botox injections.

CBS 2–12/04/2012


Flu Season Starting Early; Cases Mark Soonest Since 2003

Doctors have been seeing an increase in flu cases, marking the earliest start to the flu season in nearly a decade.


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Doctors: NTM Infection Cases On The Rise

Dangerous bacteria could be lurking in your shower head without you even knowing it. Cases of chronic non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infection have increased steadily in recent years, and unfortunately there’s not much we can do to avoid it.


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Some Kids Turning To ADHD Drugs For A Boost

When you think of drug rehab, cocaine and heroin may come to mind, but some different drugs are sending an exploding number of kids into treatment.

CBS 2–09/30/2012

MRI images from a breast cancer screening. (Credit: CBS)

Recent Breast Cancer Study Giving New Hope To Doctors, Patients

A recent breakthrough could change the way doctors treat breast cancer.

CBS 2–09/24/2012

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‘Supportive Surgery’ Can Help Heart Patients Reduce Anxiety

Some heart patients are getting a unique experience in the operating room. They’re able to watch their own surgeries with their loved ones by their sides.


The 17 teaspoons of sugar in this bowl are the equivalent of the 72 grams of sugar in a can of AriZona Iced Tea. (Credit: CBS)

Nutrition Labels Leave Consumers Confused About Sugar Levels

It’s no secret many foods contain sugar, but you might be shocked to learn just how much is in some seemingly healthy options.

CBS 2–08/01/2012

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Preventive Care Provisions Of Health Care Law Go Into Effect

Starting today, as many as 47 million women in the U.S. could be eligible for free preventive health care services, under a provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

CBS Chicago–08/01/2012

At the American Diabetes Association's Camp Triangle D in Ingleside, Ill., kids learn how to live a healthy life with diabetes. (Credit: CBS)

Summer Camp Teaches Kids How To Live With Diabetes

A summer camp in the far northern suburbs exposes kids to more than just fun and games, it’s also about learning to live a healthy life with diabetes.

CBS 2–07/25/2012

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July 4 Is The Deadliest Day For Teen Drivers

July 4 is one of the worst days for traffic fatalities for all drivers. For teen drivers, it’s the single most deadliest day.


Nine-year-old Ellie Grimm (left) and 12-year-old Sam Parsons both diagnosed themselves with diabetes, after noticing they were suffering symptoms of the disease. (Credit: CBS)

Diabetes A Tricky Diagnosis For Children, But 2 Kids Did It Themselves

It is a difficult diagnosis for anyone to hear, but when a child is diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, it is truly life-altering for the whole family.

CBS 2–05/23/2012


Growing Concern Over Concussions Among Youth Athletes

The headlines about concussions are everywhere these days; soldiers suffering traumatic brain injuries linked to concussions, or the speculation that football star Junior Seau might have committed suicide after suffering from them.

CBS 2–05/22/2012

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Got A Headache That Won’t Go Away? It Might Not Be A Migraine

Imagine having a headache that doesn’t go away. It’s not a migraine, but something else that’s often misdiagnosed. As CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports, the never-ending headache can strike people suddenly.

CBS 2–05/08/2012

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Facebook Organ Donor Button Leads To Spike In Registration

Medical experts said Wednesday that a new Facebook feature allowing users to declare they are organ donors could be a game changer, and could go far in reducing the number of those waiting for transplants.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2012