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  • True sobriety needed to stop cycle

    “Jason” has been a drug user from the time he was a sophomore in high school. He managed to get decent grades and stay out of trouble, but by the time ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 4:19 pm
  • Getting a Grip: Where the mental health system fails

    I recently got a call from a distraught father, whose schizophrenic son was about to be homeless. The young man had been living with his mother, but h ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 4:19 pm
  • Toddler dies of measles in Berlin, 1st death in outbreak

    BERLIN – An 18-month-old boy has died of measles amid an outbreak in Berlin, a hospital in the German capital said Tuesday.
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 11:05 am
  • Researchers test device to help deaf children detect sounds

    WASHINGTON – At age 3, Angelica Lopez is helping to break a sound barrier for deaf children.Born wit ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 10:52 am
  • Eye-opener: U.S. teens getting less & less sleep, study shows

    CHICAGO – U.S. teens are getting sleepier: Many lack even seven hours of shut-eye each night and the problem has worsened over two decades, a study fo ...
    Feb. 15, 2015 - 11:01 pm
  • MCDH: Take care of your heart

    February is American Heart Month and a good time to take a look at personal health habits that can affect our heart.
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 4:46 pm
  • Atwater: A mother reflects on family's struggle with son's addiction

    This is one mom I know’s account of how she and her family came through their struggles with her son’s addiction and its effect on the family.
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 4:24 pm
  • McHenry County pediatricians watching measles outbreak with concern

    McHenry County pediatrician Dr. Laura Buthod has never seen a case of measles in her more than 20 years of practice.
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 7:25 pm
  • Atwater: Sometimes simplest answers work best

    I don’t know if these were the exact words, but I overheard an older gentleman explaining to a new AA member how he stayed sober in the first days of ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 4:34 pm
  • McHenry County health experts: Vaccinate children for measles

    As the number of measles cases in the United States this year just surpassed 100, county health officials said the increasing trend of parents declini ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 12:40 am
  • Local doctor making house calls, advocates for personalized care

    Dr. Kenneth Albrecht’s office is always with him. An internal medicine physician, Albrecht has no me ...
    Jan. 31, 2015 - 11:21 pm
  • Atwater: Tim's thoughts continue cycle of dependence

    “Tim” woke up, and his first thought was, “Oh boy, what trouble am I in now?”He knew he’d come home ...
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 4:55 pm
  • Getting a Grip: Transgender issues, or when a boy is a girl…and a girl is a boy

    This morning, I read that another transgendered teenager had killed herself. She leaped in front of a semi after posting her farewells on Facebook.
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 4:55 pm
  • January is big month for gyms

    NEW YORK – How’s that new year, new you fitness pledge going?January, the start of New Year’s resolu ...
    Jan. 26, 2015 - 9:16 am
  • MCDH: Secondhand smoke is never safe or risk-free

    Regardless of age or health status, there is no safe or risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure.
    Jan. 26, 2015 - 9:17 am
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