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First mosquitoes of 2019 test positive for West Nile virus in DuPage County: IDPH

Of the 176 human cases reported last year, 17 resulted in death, the Illinois Department of Public Health said.

Backseat passengers in Uber, Lyft, other rideshare vehicles face germs, safety risks

Experts say that riding in the back seat of a ride-hailing vehicle is germier than a toilet seat and potentially more dangerous than sitting in front.

Cock-a-doodle-deferred? After ‘urban farmers’ cry foul, county tables rooster ban

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, D-Evanston, said urban farmers were partly behind the deferral of the vote on the ban.

County rooster ban may ruffle feathers

Cook County zoning officials didn’t want to run afoul of areas that are becoming increasingly less rural.

Volunteer dentists help 100 children kick off their year of free dental care

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry awarded a $25,000 grant to St. Bernard Hospital to fund the care.

Cholesterol improves despite high obesity rates in US kids

Kids can improve cholesterol levels by adopting healthier habits — eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and less processed food, and exercising more.

Whoopi Goldberg had a ‘1 in 3’ chance of dying from pneumonia, her doctors reveal

"The View" co-host, 63, took an extended hiatus from the daytime talk show following a serious bout with pneumonia and sepsis.

Skipping breakfast? You’re at higher risk of heart-related death, study says

Not eating breakfast was also a marker of other habits tied to increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as obesity, smoking and being physically inactive.

Health officials confirm measles case in Chicago

The highest risk areas include public transportation between O’Hare and the University of Illinois-Chicago campus as well as the Loop.

Have you used swimming pools as an alternative to showering? You’re not alone, study shows

Even though 64 percent of Americans know pool chemicals don’t eliminate the need to shower, people continue to do it anyway.

Tony Robbins, famed self-help guru, accused of alleged sexual misconduct, berating rape victims

Robbins has vehemently denied the allegations contained in the BuzzFeed story.

Easterseals is not only still around — it’s big, important and based in Chicago

Easterseals has 34,000 employees in 5,000 locations worldwide, making it the largest non-profit health care organization in the United States.

Mental illness tears at the core of one family in blistering ‘Next to Normal’

The Tony Award-winning David Cromer shows his gift for anguish hasn’t diminished since 2010’s memorably torrid "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Millennials are less healthy, more depressed than Gen X, new study says

The report analyzed data of 55 million commercially insured millennials, defined as those ages 21 to 36 in 2017, and identified the top 10 conditions.

Britney Spears may never return to the stage, manager says

Spears has had a tumultuous 2019, beginning with her January announcement that she was postponing her Las Vegas residency.

Worldwide rise in obesity driven by country dwellers, study finds

Researchers determined that BMI averages are rising for everyone; however, they were rising more quickly for people who lived in rural areas.

Health officials seek to build vaccine stockpile to combat measles

While the nation’s worst outbreak is occurring in New York City, Illinois is not immune, with seven recorded cases of measles this year.

Steph Curry praises wife Ayesha following ‘Red Table Talk’ fallout

"Way more positive than negative with all of this. Keep being you. I love you," the NBA player posted to his wife on Instagram.

Christina Applegate writes her double mastectomy into Netflix show

Applegate, 47, reveals that more than a decade after surgery, she continues to struggle with her body image.

Cook County at high risk for measles outbreak in 2019, report says

Only four months into 2019, the number of measles cases reported is "already the highest since measles was declared eliminated in 2000."

From cookies to shakes, these new keto options can help keep you on track

The new keto menu includes tequila, vodka and rum based cocktails like the Anti-rita, a low-carb version of the traditional margarita.

Westlake Hospital must stay open while state board’s decision is reviewed

Melrose Park succeeded in stalling the planned closing of Westlake Hospital while the village appeals a state board's decision allowing it to close.

Chemicals in sunscreen seep into your bloodstream after just 1 day, FDA says

The chemicals in sunscreen don't just sit on top of the skin, they absorb in the bloodstream, according to new research from the FDA.

Judge orders Westlake Hospital to remain open — for now

Hospital owner Pipeline Health had been given permission by state regulators to close the 230-bed facility; that approval is now on hold.

Illinois’ Medicaid backlog leaves more than 100,000 without health coverage

Tens of thousands in Illinois are waiting months for health care because of state backlog in determining who’s eligible for Medicaid.

Burke slapped with $2,000 fine for ethics violation

Burke didn't vote on the subsidy for former law firm client Presence Health, but the ethics board fined him for otherwise taking part in the meeting.

Every county in the U.S. is home to people who can’t afford food, study shows

Food-insecure children face a higher risk of stunted growth, asthma, oral health issues, failing to meet developmental milestones.

Do I need a measles booster shot? Some answers to key questions about vaccine

Only people who received two doses of the measles vaccine as children are protected for life, according to the CDC.

Make insulin affordable for diabetics who rely on Medicare and Medicaid

The Insulin Access for All Act ensures that Medicare and Medicaid recipients have no out-of-pocket costs for their insulin.

Kids’ suicides spiked after Netflix’s ’13 Reasons,’ study says

The results are plausible and add to evidence that compelling media depictions of suicide can negatively influence young people, says one expert.

‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek reveals ‘deep sadness’ as he battles cancer

He also says his fans' thoughts and prayers have made a positive difference in his journey.

Loyola, Palos end merger talks

Loyola Medicine and Palos Health said their existing partnerships will continue.