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Gurnee resident Adam Hergenreder, 18, right, talks about how he began using e-cigarettes at a Friday, Sept. 13 press conference alongside his attorney Antonio Romanucci. (Kristen Thometz / WTTW News)

Adam Hergenreder, 18, looks like a typical teenager, but his lungs tell a different story. “I’ve been told by medical professionals that my lungs are that of a 70-year-old,” the Gurnee resident said Friday at a press conference.

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In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 file photo, a woman takes a puff from a cannabis vape pen in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Richard Vogel)

The U.S. government has refined how it is measuring an outbreak of breathing illnesses in people who vape, now counting only cases that are most closely linked to electronic cigarette use.

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The number of people hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness linked to vaping continues to grow in Illinois, with 52 confirmed cases since May, according to new figures released by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Nearly a third of adults in Illinois were obese in 2017, compared to roughly 28% seven years ago, according to a new report that offers recommendations to curb the trend – including a sugar-sweetened beverage tax.

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Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth talks about the THC-infused vaping cartridges that were part of a large-scale marijuana operation during a news conference in Kenosha Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (Paul Williams / The Kenosha News via AP)

A Wisconsin operation that manufactured thousands of vaping cartridges a day may have been packing them with far more THC oil than the packaging claimed, authorities said Wednesday.

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Jonathan Annicks works with staff at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. (WTTW News)

Chicago police say shootings and homicides last month were at their lowest point since 2011. But for many survivors of gun violence, physical injuries and trauma can last a lifetime. We visit a local hospital treating many of those victims.

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Opioid manufacturers carried out unfair and deceptive marketing campaigns while distributors flooded Illinois with opioids, according to a lawsuit filed this week by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.

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President Donald Trump talks to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar about a plan to ban most flavored e-cigarettes, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes to combat a recent surge in underage vaping.

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This June 13, 2018 file photo, shows United States currency in Zelienople, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo / Keith Srakocic, File)

The proportion of Americans without health insurance edged up in 2018 — the first evidence from the government that coverage gains under President Barack Obama’s health care law might be eroding under President Donald Trump.

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New numbers show that high school football participation in Illinois is at its lowest point in decades. We discuss the decline with a youth football coach and the son of former Chicago Bears player.

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In this April 23, 2014 file photo, a man smokes an electronic cigarette in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

A 20-year-old Wisconsin man is accused of manufacturing thousands of counterfeit vaping cartridges a day with THC oil for almost two years, running the operation with 10 employees, authorities said.

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John Rogers, who leads the Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics at Northwestern University. (WTTW News)

The future of medical monitoring is taking shape in a laboratory just north of Chicago. We learn about a new generation of flexible electronics.

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A DuPage County judge signed off on a consent order Friday allowing for Sterigenics to reopen but with stricter emissions controls. What exactly does the settlement allow – and how soon can Sterigenics be fully operational?

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Hundreds of people have been sickened and as many as five are dead after a recent outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses. We speak with Dr. Samuel Kim, associate professor of surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Marca Bristo (Courtesy Access Living)

Marca Bristo died from cancer Sunday morning, according to Chicago’s Access Living, the organization she founded in 1980. She was 66 years old.

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin calls on the Food and Drug Administration on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, to take action to properly regulate e-cigarettes as the number of vaping-related illnesses and deaths continue to rise across the country. (WTTW News)

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is calling on Food and Drug Administration Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless to take “decisive action” against the vaping epidemic that has claimed five lives or resign.

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