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Your guide to living healthier and better in Chicago.

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Bob Odenkirk reveals he had small heart attack, ‘will be back soon’

The 58-year-old actor took to Twitter to make his first public statement since collapsing on the show’s Albuquerque, New Mexico, set on Tuesday.

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Ask the Doctors: New research shows benefits of postbiotics

The discussion about probiotics, prebiotics and the gut microbiome has exploded in recent years.

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‘Sandwich generation’ stress: Adults caring for aging parents face stress, frustration

It’s a stressful transition when adult children begin to see their parents less as capable caregivers and more as those needing care themselves.

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CDC reverses course on indoor masks in some parts of US

Citing new information about the ability of the delta variant to spread among vaccinated people, the CDC also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.

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Veterans Affairs requires COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers

The VA’s move came on a day when nearly 60 leading medical and health care organizations issued a call for health care facilities to require their workers to get vaccinated.

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COVID-19 cases in US triple over 2 weeks amid misinformation

Just 56.2% of Americans have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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US life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since WWII

The drop spelled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is due mainly to the COVID-19 pandemic, which health officials said is responsible for close to 74% of the overall life expectancy decline.

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Beef parfaits, vegan brats among new Indiana State Fair foods

Fair officials have announced 23 new items on top of the typical fair food like corn dogs.

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Vaccinated people can still get COVID — what you need to know

Breakthrough cases of COVID-19 are growing probably because more virus is circulating, not because vaccines don’t work against the delta variant, which now accounts for more than half the infections in the United States, experts say.

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Animatronic Joe Biden joining Hall of Presidents at Disney World

The animatronic Biden will stand forefront in the presidential tableau. Next to him, a table will hold peach blossoms to represent his home state of Delaware and a pair of aviator sunglasses in a nod to his favorite eyewear.

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Canada to let vaccinated US citizens enter country on Aug. 9

Canadians are able to fly into the United States with a negative COVID-19 test.

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‘Pandemic of the unvaccinated’ burdens busy US hospitals

With the highly contagious delta variant spreading rapidly, cases in the U.S. are up around 70% over the last week, hospital admissions have climbed about 36% and deaths rose by 26%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

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Surgeon general urges US fight against COVID misinformation

In a 22-page advisory Vivek Murthy wrote that bogus claims have led people to reject vaccines and public health advice on masks and social distancing, undermining efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic and putting lives at risk.

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Snacking can be good for you; just follow these guidelines

One key thing to keep in mind: Aim to snack on filling foods with good sources of protein or dietary fiber.

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US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year

That estimate far eclipses the high of about 72,000 drug overdose deaths reached the previous year and amounts to a 29% increase.

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US virus cases are rising again, doubling over three weeks

All but two states — Maine and South Dakota — reported that case numbers have gone up over the past two weeks.

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Grief counselors in short supply with gun violence rising

Brett Roman Williams lost his father and brother to shootings. Now, he’s on the board of a grief counseling group that once helped him. But it can’t keep up with the need.

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Pfizer to discuss COVID-19 vaccine booster with US officials

The company said it was scheduled to have the meeting with the Food and Drug Administration and other officials Monday, days after Pfizer asserted that booster shots would be needed within 12 months.

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Experts warn obesity may soon be the driving force behind new cancer cases in the U.S.

An "energy imbalance" of eating too much and not exercising enough is putting more Americans at risk for cancer.

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Cold weather virus RSV spreading during the summer, baffling doctors, worrying parents

A pediatrician at Lurie Children’s Hospital suspects more babies are susceptible after a year when people weren’t around others as much because of the COVID pandemic.

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Drinking 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day might reduce risk of liver cancer, study suggests

The maximum benefit was found in people who drank three to four cups a day. Drinking more didn’t show any added benefit.

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Pfizer to seek OK for 3rd vaccine dose

Pfizer’s Dr. Mikael Dolsten told The AP that early data from the company’s booster study suggests people’s antibody levels jump five- to 10-fold after a third dose, compared to their second dose months earlier.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda announces donations to immigration services organizations

On Wednesday, Miranda is announcing a series of donations to organizations that serve immigrants, whose experiences are central to the new film version of his hit Broadway musical "In the Heights."

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Superfoods businesswoman prevails in knowing that healthy eating equals love and giving back

Toyin Kolawole started her own company when she realized that the spices, flours and ingredients that she grew up cooking with in her native Nigeria packed a more powerful nutrient punch than those used in processed foods.

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Hands all-important in Olympic climbing, so climbers go to great lengths to keep them healthy

Climbing’s Olympic debut in Tokyo will include three disciplines: lead, bouldering and speed. All three will take walnut-cracking hand strength.

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Fourth of July barbecue food safety tips: how to keep foodborne bacteria at bay

Food experts are warning Americans not to let the holiday excitement distract them from food safety protocols. Bacteria, food poisoning and poorly cooked meals can easily ruin a celebration.

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Ohio State museum celebrates 200 years of cartoon canines

The genesis for the exhibit came when the late Brad Anderson, the creator of Marmaduke, donated his collection in 2018, including 16,000 original Marmaduke cartoons from 1954 to 2010.

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Hot dogs cut wrong are the ‘perfect size’ to lodge in child’s throat

The size, shape and texture of hot dogs make them especially dangerous for young children, so here’s what everything parents should know before handing a kid a dog.

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Bebe Rexha promotes body positivity in viral TikTok video: ‘Let’s normalize 165 pounds’

Other celebrities who have posted about body image include Lizzo, who criticized the body-positivity movement, saying fat people are underrepresented while thin and medium-weight people "co-opted" the movement.

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These tips might help you avoid a heat-related illness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that more than 700 people a year in the United States die from extreme heat.

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Herbal tea is a lie: here’s what real tea is — and isn’t

The camellia sinensis plant isn’t used in the making of herbal tea, meaning it can’t be classified as real tea. There are four types of true tea: green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea.

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Amish country COVID vaccine lag fueled by faith in God’s will and belief in herd immunity

Though vaccine acceptance varies by church district, the Amish often rely on family tradition and advice from church leaders, and a core part of their Christian faith is accepting God’s will in times of illness or death.