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First black-owned urgent care opens, strives to prevent youth violence

The doctors aim to provide fast and convenient healthcare for residents, and help stem the tide of youth violence

King Arthur Flour recalls unbleached all-purpose flour due to E. coli risk

The recalled flour was distributed through retailers including Target and Walmart, and distributors nationwide. Nearly 114,000 bags of flour are included in the recall.

For 30 years, charity has been showing that ‘Real Men Cook’

Father’s Day event at Hales Franciscan High School, promoting fatherhood, families and health, offers tips, community, as well as food.

Hundreds weigh in on Chicago’s mental health crisis as city task force examines solutions

More than half of the city’s mental health clinics shut down in 2012, leaving a void in parts of the city most susceptible to trauma, a report said last year.

Eating more red meat can lead to higher risk of early death, study finds

Just half a serving per day more of red meat was associated with a 10 percent increased risk in premature death.

Warming up, stretching, toning for those summertime sports

Regardless of what type of shape you’re in, some recreational sports require different muscle power than those you’re more accustomed to using during your workouts.

Biggest factor in scooter crashes? Speed, study says

Nearly 200 riders were injured in a three-month period after Austin, Texas launched a rental program last year, the study found.

Is your doctor playing medical video games at work? That could be good for you

MetroSouth Medical Center will close by end of year if no buyer is found: owner

The hospital said it lost $8.4 million in 2018 and expects to lose more than $10 million in 2019.

Measles a big concern with summer travel season ahead

Low rates of vaccination in the U.S. have "been like a bomb waiting to go off," one medical expert warns.

Daily HIV prevention pill urged for healthy people at risk

With nearly 40,000 new HIV infections each year in the U.S., only a fraction of people who could benefit are prescribed the drug for prevention.

Billie Eilish emerging as a powerful mental health advocate

Eilish appears in a new PSA intended to empower 16- to 24-year-olds to talk about mental health issues with their peers and help their friends in need.

Why are couples are having less sex? New study has the answer

Declines in sex frequency were largest among those living together or married and those over 25, according to the study published in May.

Feeling stressed out? Your dog may feel it too, study suggests

A new study suggests that dogs owners experiencing long bouts of stress can actually transfer the stress to their dogs like a contagious infection.

How to get those toned arms — Working out with dumbbells

First, start with lighter weights than you think. I often see people using improper form with dumbbells, and lifting weights that are too heavy are a key reason.

Newer drugs improving survival for some with hard-to-treat breast, lung, prostate cancers

But many of these drugs cost $100,000 or more a year.

FDA aims to give more cancer patients a chance to try experimental treatments

Announces plans at Chicago conference to make drugs available that show promise but aren’t on the market yet.

‘Have A Plant’: New campaign urging folks to eat more fruits and vegetables

The new campaign was created to get to the root cause of why consumers are not eating enough plants.

Companies report progress on blood tests to detect cancer

Many companies are trying to develop early detection "liquid biopsy" tests that capture bits of DNA that cancer cells shed into blood.

Rush closes mental health units after state finds potential risks to patients

State officials identified multiple ligature risks, or places that could be used by patients to hang or strangle themselves, in a recent inspection.

W.A.R. on Wheels biking 2.5K miles for pediatric cancer

The team is riding the length of Route 66 in an effort to raise money for Cal’s Angels, a non-profit pediatric cancer foundation based in St. Charles.

From weight loss to finding your abs, here are workouts for each fitness goal

You can’t just work out, you have to eat right, too. Nutrition is crucial when it comes to seeing the results of the work you’re putting in.

Alex Trebek says he’s in ‘near remission’ after Stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis

In an interview with People, the "Jeopardy!" host revealed that he’s seeing marked improvements, according to doctors.

World Health Organization declares burnout is a medical condition

According to the health agency, burnout isn’t just synonymous with being stressed out.

Missouri’s only abortion clinic may shut while Illinois moves to increase access

While Missouri’s last abortion clinic is in danger of shutting down, the Illinois House passed a sweeping measure to strengthen abortion access.

Video game addiction officially considered a mental disorder, WHO says

Global organizations have decried the conclusion. The American Psychiatric Association has said there was not "sufficient evidence" to consider gaming addiction as a "unique mental disorder."

Do ‘healthy’ air fryers live up to the hype?

Experts really do believe that air fryers may be a reasonable option for people looking to eat less fried foods and make a transition to a healthier lifestyle.

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.