Your guide to living healthier and better in Chicago.

Inflation is expected to boost annual U.S. national health expenses by $370 billion by 2027 compared with pre-pandemic projections, consulting firm McKinsey says.
It suggested the carbon dioxide that gives fizzy water its effervescence has an effect on body chemistry that can lead to overeating.
Nearly 200 Southwest Airlines employees lined Cicero Avenue, holding signs and chanting. Flight attendants with United Airlines also protested at O’Hare Airport.
Fewer than half of children in the United States with sickle cell disease get a needed screening for stroke, and only about half or fewer get a treatment that can help with pain and anemia.
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. The blood disorder occurs among about one of every 365 Black births and one of every 16,300 Latino births, according to the CDC.
Researcher found the best method is to hold and walk with a crying baby for five minutes. After that, sit and hold the baby for five to eight minutes before putting the child back in bed.
Extensive studies have associated oats and oatmeal with plenty of heart-healthy benefits, such as lowering cholesterol (both total and “bad” LDL cholesterol) and helping with weight control.
It’s rooted in the traditional habits of people in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea, where rates of heart disease tend to be lower and life expectancies after 45 have been among the highest in the world.
With multiple data points, a continuous glucose monitor offers a more complete picture of how your body manages blood sugar but hasn’t replaced finger sticks.
Government health officials said Tuesday that, unless another variant emerges, it’s likely that coronavirus boosters will become a yearly thing, much like flu shots.
“Health professionals and researchers should acknowledge the importance of religious and spiritual influences in the lives of African Americans,” the study’s author says.
Research has linked sleep and our endocrine system, and the connection plays out with two hunger hormones in particular: ghrelin and leptin.
Having a higher tea intake — two or more cups a day — was linked to a modest benefit: a 9% to 13% lower risk of death from any cause vs. non-tea drinkers, National Cancer Institute researchers found.
Here is a guide to help you preserve sour cream safely for longer periods of time.
Distribution could “expeditiously resume” if Congress provides funding, a senior Biden administration official said. Otherwise, remaining tests will be reserved for when there’s greater need.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, an abundance of factors contributes to how long alcohol stays in your system.
Earthing, or grounding, is a practice that has likely existed in certain communities for generations even if there wasn’t an exact label for it.
Are we really cleaning it by simply running it under water for a handful of seconds?
If you have any fears of potential side effects, don’t hesitate to discuss them with medical personnel at your vaccination site or your own health care provider.
The Food and Drug Administration said the new regulation creates a new class of hearing aids that don’t require a medical exam or prescription. They’ll be sold online or over-the-counter at pharmacies and other stores.
As an occasional treat, your favorite frozen indulgence can definitely be part of a healthy diet.
Health experts point to data in Australia, where flu season runs from May through September. This year by mid-July, nearly 205,000 cases were reported and 181 people have died.
Diets that regularly include bioflavonoid-rich foods have been associated with longevity and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some types of cancer and neurogenerative diseases.
Adding salt to foods was linked to premature death from causes such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, coronary heart disease and cancer, Tulane University researchers found.
Arlington, Virginia, was the nation’s fittest community for the fifth straight year, the American Fitness Index rankings found. Chicago was No. 10.