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Major new medical study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures

The results are the strongest evidence yet that tens of thousands of costly stent procedures and bypass operations each year are unnecessary or premature for people with stable disease.

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Musicians on Call making patients young and old happier, one song at a time

“There are people who haven’t smiled or tapped their toes in over a week and now, they are. That’s powerful. That’s how we know we are making a difference.”

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A trio of workouts to help you achieve well-toned glutes

While you may already be doing regular squats and lunges, a well-rounded glute routine will lead quite literally to a well-rounded bottom.

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Antioxidants are powerful disease fighters. What foods should you be eating — and avoiding?

Antioxidants offer spare electrons to satisfy and neutralize free radicals, thereby protecting cells from damage.

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The ‘post-antibiotic era’ is here: Drug-resistant superbugs sicken millions, kill thousands each year

The Centers for Disease report, which analyzes electronic health records and other data, shows an infection every 11 seconds and a death every 15 minutes on average from bugs that resist treatment from antibiotics.

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Alex Trebek gets emotional when ‘Jeopardy’ champ honors him by betting ‘We love you Alex’

Dhruv Gaur seemed stumped during the Final Jeopardy question. Instead of throwing out an answer, the 2018 College Champion decided to write a kind message for the beloved TV host.

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The cable machine is a great tool for working the biceps and triceps

Using the cable machine is like using resistance bands as opposed to free weights. With cables and bands, the resistance stays with you throughout the entire movement of the exercise.

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Compression garments can ease lymphedema, but costs are often not covered

Even if compression garments are covered, plan restrictions ― such as limits on how many stockings or sleeves are allowed ― can leave enrollees’ needs unmet.

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Health benefits of celery root may just surprise you

Research shows that dietary intake of vitamin K, from foods like celery root, may decrease risk of bone fractures. Also rich in vitamin C, celery root provides a dietary dose of this heart-healthy vitamin.

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Actress Catherine Deneuve hospitalized with stroke

The 76-year-old Deneuve suffered a "very limited and therefore reversible" stroke, according to a family statement.

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Lena Dunham opens up about her battle with Ehler-Danlos syndrome

The "Girls" alum took to Instagram recently to address a recent paparazzi picture of herself in pajamas holding a cane after leaving a doctor’s appointment in Los Angeles.

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Hot flashes are awful, so these menopausal moms designed pajamas to help symptoms

By 2025, there will be more than one billion women experiencing menopause in the world, and as the stigma decreases, experts say there is room for growth in the market of menopause management.

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When it comes to Alzheimer’s, women may be under-diagnosed, while men over-diagnosed, new study suggests

"If women are inaccurately identified as having no problems with memory and thinking skills when they actually have mild cognitive impairment, then treatments are not being started and they and their families are not planning ahead for their care or their financial or legal situations," one researcher said.

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Fry the Coop flies high on the fried chicken sandwich craze

Villa Park native Joe Fontana will be opening his fourth Fry the Coop in West Town soon. The restaurants feature Fontana’s take on Nashville fried chicken.

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6 ways parents can reduce heavy metals in their baby’s food

One study tested 168 baby foods from 61 brands and nearly all of them contained some amount of lead, arsenic, mercury or cadmium.

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Red meat — is it good or bad for you? The answer is debated anew

The advice to "limit" it often doesn’t specify by how much, which could lead people to think cutting back is good regardless of the context. But in poorer countries, red meat might help improve diets.

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Broccoli — the green vegetable packs a powerfully healthy punch

The three main varieties of broccoli are calabrese, the most familiar; sprouting (also called broccoli rabe, Chinese broccoli and rapini); and romanesco.

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Auto-brewery syndrome: Rare medical condition causes fermentation in your stomach

Cases of antibiotics clearing out gut bacteria and allowing for yeast to grow have been documented.

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Work out your back and chest on the cable machine

You can use the cables to work your entire body, but today we are going to focus on the chest and back. These muscles work on opposition of each other, and it’s important to strengthen both.

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Eating too much black licorice can be dangerous. Should you be worried?

The candy can contain a chemical compound called glycyrrhizin, which is derived from the root of a low-growing shrub found mostly in Greece, Turkey and Asia. The risk posed by glycyrrhizin is real and has prompted concern from the FDA.

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How to choose the right health care plan during open enrollment

These steps won’t guarantee you’ll pick the best plan, but they may help you avoid the worst.

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New hospital safety standards target maternal mortality rate for postpartum hemorrhage, preeclampsia

The standards call for maternity units to keep life-saving medications immediately accessible. Hospitals also must plan for the rapid release of blood supplies for transfusions.

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Sean Astin fighting the good fight for mental health advocacy

The "Lord of the Rings" star will be in Chicago next Sunday as guest speaker at a fundraiser for the mental health awareness non-profit No Shame on U.

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Launching Chicago’s next generation of entrepreneurs

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How to quit stalling and write your will — you’ll be glad you did

If you get no further than scribbling notes or thinking about which lawyer to hire, you risk dying "intestate" — without a will that could guide your loved ones, head off family feuds and potentially save your family thousands of dollars.

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Food not tasting the same lately? Here’s why

Maybe even more important than a loss of sensitive taste buds with age is a loss of smell. That’s because taste and smell are intimately connected.

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Treadmill basics — step by step tips to get the most out of your workout

Walk on a treadmill to create a more structured workout than just taking a walk.

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Jillian Michaels’ latest diet advice: Fast for 12 hours and eat only one snack a day

Michaels is very specific about the snack: It should be comprised of "40 percent carbs, 30 percent fat, and 30 percent protein" and should make up 20 percent of your daily caloric intake.

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Holy Cross Hospital to suspend OB/GYN services, reduce inpatient beds

Sinai Health System says the changes are need to meet financial challenges of shift to outpatient services.

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Louvre exhibit celebrates the many facets of Leonardo Da Vinci, 500 years after his death

Drawing from the museum’s permanent collection and institutions around the world, the exhibit brings together some 160 works. They include Da Vinci masterpieces, dozens of studies and scientific sketches, and pieces by other artists in Da Vinci’s orbit.

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Roadside Bigfoot attraction: Georgia museum devoted to Sasquatch

David Bakara, a longtime member of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization has filled up a former supper club with Sasquatch memorabilia and is planning to expand his museum, which welcomes about 50,000 visitors a year.

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Heartburn drug Zantac recalled as FDA investigates probable carcinogen

The FDA has not recommend people stop taking the drug. However, the agency said people who want to discontinue prescriptions should talk to their doctor or pharmacist.

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How to use a Pilates ring effectively in your next workout

There are so many uses for the ring to encourage proper form and to make exercises more intense.

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Olive oil? Canola? How to choose the best, healthiest oil for you

Maybe you shouldn’t be adding oil at all? Are tropical oils really better than vegetable oils?