Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Obama pal Eric Whitaker stonewalls feds on sex question in grant-fraud case ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, one of President Barack Obama’s closest friends, has refused to answer federal prosecutors’ questions about whether he had a “sexual relationship” with a former aide who has pleaded guilty to stealing taxpayers’ money, court records show. ]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 08:49:14 -0600 <![CDATA[ University of Chicago’s Dr. Donald F. Steiner, pioneer in diabetes research, dead at 84 ]]> Lead story image

Dr. Donald F. Steiner’s work improved the lives of diabetes patients around the globe. Nearly half a century ago, he discovered that the insulin molecule was composed of a single protein chain, not two, as previously thought. He called it proinsulin. ]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:35:32 -0600 <![CDATA[ Dr. Lawrence Solomon: Renowned dermatologist, book collector loved a mystery ]]> Lead story image

Dr. Lawrence M. “Larry” Solomon loved a mystery — in medicine and also in fiction. His collection of 6,000 books, many of them featuring Sherlock Holmes, was testament to that. Like Holmes, he’d use his powers of observation to arrive at deductions that dazzled and sometimes confounded patients and other physicians. The former University of Illinois dermatology chief Oct. 8 at his North Shore home. He was 83. ]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:08:52 -0600 <![CDATA[ Dr. Rory Childers, U. of C. heart expert who treated Brendan Behan, dead at 83 ]]> Lead story image

Dr. Rory Childers was an expert on heart disease who helped set the standards for interpreting electrocardiograms that guided first-responders on life-saving action. A University of Chicago professor for half a century, Dr. Childers, 83, died Aug. 27 after a heart attack while vacationing in East Hampton, New York. ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:18:40 -0600 <![CDATA[ VA manipulated vets’ appointment data in Chicago, elsewhere, audit finds ]]>

Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system. At the Edward HInes Jr. VA hospital west of Chicago, “Staff felt they would be subject to disciplinary action” if appointment records weren’t changed, one report shows. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:13:33 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicago’s Ritz rolls out red carpet for kids with cancer ]]> Lead story image

A special camp is coming to Chicago in August, the first of its kind. Thanks to a dream realized by sports marketing executive Blaine Blanchard, nearly three dozen children battling serious cancer challenges will participate in the groundbreaking “Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago” program. ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:16:15 -0600 <![CDATA[ ROC Race offers fun, game-show challenges ]]>

If you’ve ever watched “Wipeout” or the obstacle challenges on “Biggest Loser” and wished you could try that, now’s your chance. ]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:14:07 -0600 <![CDATA[ Supernanny Jo Frost takes on tantrums in new book ]]>

Jo Frost of “Supernanny” fame is out with her seventh book, and she’s taking aim at the thing so many parents dread: toddlers and tantrums. ]]> Mon, 05 May 2014 16:16:17 -0600 <![CDATA[ Doctors find first success with immune therapy against cervical cancer, Chicago conference told ]]> Lead story image

Doctors are reporting their first success using immune therapy against cervical cancer, a disease caused by the virus HPV. In a pilot study, the tumors of two out of nine women completely disappeared — and those women remain cancer-free more than a year later, doctors reported at a conference this week in Chicago of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. That’s far better than any other treatment has achieved. ]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:54:26 -0600 <![CDATA[ A World Cup soccer quandary: Sex or abstinence before games? ]]> Lead story image

If you’re intending to score in a World Cup soccer match, should you score the night before? The age-old argument over whether abstaining from sex improves performance on the field has been triggered anew by Mexico national soccer team coach Miguel Herrera, who said he expects his players to refrain during their stay in Brazil, where the monthlong tournament opens next week. ]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:34:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ More evidence it’s the carbohydrates that make us fat ]]> Lead story image

The evidence continues to mount that the traditional diet advice — eat fewer calories, exercise more — we have all been following (and more often than not failing at) is wrong. ]]> Mon, 19 May 2014 13:36:41 -0600 <![CDATA[ Beauty sleep: Healthy, good looking women get it ]]>

Ladies, we know you are busy. But you need to get more sleep — for good health, to look good, for optimal multitasking. In fact, science suggests that women actually need more sleep than men do. Without restful sleep, women are more prone to waking up downbeat or mad, recent studies show. And sleepy women have an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes compared with sleep-deprived men. “These associations tended to be much more strongly observed in women than in men,” said Dr. Edward Suarez, a Duke University sleep specialist whose study showed that women are more likely to … ]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 09:24:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Powerade drops controversial ingredient ]]>

Coca-Cola is dropping a controversial ingredient from its Powerade sports drink, after a similar move by PepsiCo’s Gatorade last year. ]]> Mon, 05 May 2014 16:42:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Using genes to track disease ]]> Lead story image

Northwestern Medicine and 31 other clinical sites hope that by studying Ashkenazi Jews, as well as people of Basque or North African Berber origin who either have Parkinson’s disease or carry the mutation, they might be able to identify so-called biomarkers that could, for the first time on a large scale, tip them off to who might develop Parkinson’s disease and help track the disease. The research could eventually result in better treatment for all people who have the disease. ]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:03:22 -0600 <![CDATA[ A primer on e-cigarettes ]]> Lead story image

Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They’re about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:11:47 -0600 <![CDATA[ Big riders mean big horses on Western trails ]]> Lead story image

BOISE, Idaho — Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain. The ranches say they are using draft horses, the diesels of the horse world, in ever greater numbers to make sure they don’t lose out on income from potential customers of any size who come out to get closer to the West of yesteryear. “Even though a person might be overweight, or, … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:31:16 -0600