Drug interactions in which one drug alters the effect of another are a hidden epidemic in America. The tragedy is that much of the harm is preventable. In the case of Becki Conway, health providers failed her at nearly every turn, leaving her in a fight for her life.
More than two years after federal researchers found high levels of lead in homes where water mains had been replaced or new meters installed, city officials still do little to caution Chicagoans about potential health risks posed by work that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is speeding up across the city.
Many consumers fear that eating GMO crops puts their health at risk. Scientists say it makes more sense to worry about the pesticides applied to those crops. Now Dow Chemical wants to revive a worrisome weedkiller from decades past. The EPA says that doesn’t threaten people’s health. But a Chicago Tribune investigation finds reason to be alarmed.
When Monsanto genetically engineered corn and soybeans to make them immune to its best-selling weedkiller, the company pitched the technology as a way to reduce overall use of herbicides and usher in an environmentally friendly era of farming.
No worries. According to your article, I would have to eat a US 25-cent piece of pure insecticide every day for two years to have a slightly increased chance of changes in sensitive lab tests. And as your article admits, "scientists couldn't tell whether 2,4-D disrupts hormones, immunity and neurological developmen". Now consider that the maximum legal dose is only 1/7th of a snowflake. Or 1/3 a mosquito.
As millions of kids take the field this month for Little League season, many will be outfitted with equipment their parents hope will keep them safe on the diamond: helmets, shatterproof glasses, specialty elbow guards.
Drug interactions hospitalize thousands each year, and many are unknown to medicine. In a unique collaboration, the Chicago Tribune worked with scientists to use novel techniques in data mining to tackle this problem.
The experiment began with thousands of patient files, millions of prescription orders, billions of clinical measurements and a single question: Could big data be used to discover deadly drug combinations?
A radical overhaul in the nation's third-largest Roman Catholic archdiocese could shutter many of the Chicago church's houses of worship by 2030 as it reckons with dilapidated buildings and an expected shortage of priests, sources say.