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Chicago Doctors Sound Off on a Key and Controversial Switch in Patient Care You go to the doctor. You sign in at the reception desk and have a seat. There are, of course, stacks of old magazines. There’s usually bad artwork on the wall. And, most likely behind the receptionist counter, there are shelves of […]

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Daren Wendell: Swim to Chicago

After swimming 50.6 miles from New Buffalo, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois, Darren Wendell raised about $12,000 to fund two wells in Africa. We talk with Wendell on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm about his fundraising efforts and his two-day swim. To view a slideshow of his swim, click on the image below. In 2008, Wendell […]

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ER Simulation

For medical students, hands-on experience in the emergency room means high pressure cases, in often life and death situations. Today, medical educators are using new teaching tools that combine state-of-the-art technology and role playing. Inside the emergency room at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, students are getting real-life medical experience in a virtual ER. As […]

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Mayor Emanuel Seeks to Expand Urban Farming

On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the City of Chicago will introduce a new ordinance on Thursday to expand community gardens and urban farms. The ordinance will stimulate economic development, create jobs, and increase the accessibility of healthy food options in Chicago food deserts. “It is unacceptable that thousands of Chicagoans live in communities […]

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Summer Recipes & Gardening Tips

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Eliza Fournier joins us on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm with tips on how to manage your garden in the heat. View photos of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s tomatoes below. All photos courtesy of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Fournier also taught us how to make a green smoothie and Kale chips […]

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Epilepsy Epidemic

The University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory have collaborated to create sophisticated brain modeling technology to unravel the mysteries of epilepsy. Jay Shefsky has the story on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, in this month’s edition of Scientific Chicago. Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a […]

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Cook County Hospital

Practicing third world medicine in America? That’s what one doctor has to say about the conditions at the former Cook County Hospital in his new book, COUNTY: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital. Dr. David Ansell joins us on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm to discuss the controversial hospital. Dr. Ansell is an […]

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Pregnancy & Alcohol

The effects of fetal alcohol syndrome are well-documented. So why is there controversy over how much an expectant mother should drink during pregnancy? Joining us on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm is Dr. Ira Chasnoff, a leading local pediatrician and the author of The Mystery of Risk: Drugs, Alcohol, Pregnancy and the Vulnerable Child. In […]

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Cell Phones & Cancer Risk

Last week, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a panel of the World Health Organization, issued a report on cell phones and brain cancer. The conclusion: there may be a possible link. The subject has been studied increasingly over the last decade as cell phones have become ubiquitous in our lives, but the findings […]

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks, born in 1920, was a poor tobacco farmer from Virginia whose role in medical research began after her death. Lacks’ unknowing contribution to science and medicine may be unparalleled. Years later, when her family learned about it, they felt exploited. The case is having an impact on new medical research and medical ethics. […]

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Next Stop: The Produce Aisle

CTA buses are often packed like sardines. But one retired vessel from the CTA fleet is packed to the gills with produce. Once on board, you’ll find everything from pineapples, to mangoes, to collard greens, to onions. Last Thursday, a line formed around the bus’ first stop of the day – the Herbert Spencer Math […]

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A Nose for Bacteria

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, the Scientific Chicago segment discusses a number of advancements in science and technology, including a chemical “nose” that can smell and diagnose bacterial infections. We caught up with Ken Suslick, the scientist who developed the “nose.” Suslick is the Marvin T. Schmidt professor of chemistry at the University of […]

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Chicago River’s New Direction

Venture along the banks of the Chicago River in certain areas, and it’s like you’re miles away from the city. At River Park, near Foster and California Avenues, the scene is bursting with wildlife and recreational activity. Kayakers are paddling down the waterway. Mallards and geese are floating around. An angler reels in about a […]

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Designer Drugs on the Rise

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, Producer Paris Schutz reports on the controversy over a dangerous and potentially lethal class of hallucinogenic drugs called “bath salts” that are for sale — legally — at Chicago-area stores and online. We spoke with the Medical Director at Hazelden Center for Youth and Families in Minneapolis, Joseph Lee, […]

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Sleep Research

Sleeping on the job can be dangerous in some professions. Sleep expert Dr. Kathryn Reid, from Northwestern University, will join us on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm to talk about her latest research on sleep, and why it’s so important to our health and well-being. Dr. Reid has written several articles on sleep research. For […]

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