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10 Things to Do This Thanksgiving Weekend: Nov. 22-25

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A Thanksgiving Day parade, holiday markets, sing-a-longs and sleights of hand usher in the holiday weekend. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago.

Report: Slime, Other Popular Toys Pose Threats to Children

Kangaroos Original Super Cool Slime was found to have high levels of boron, a chemical commonly used in pesticides and glass manufacturing, in a new report by the Illinois Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. (Kangaroo Manufacturing / Facebook)

With the holiday season upon us, consumer advocates are warning shoppers about hazardous toys. Find out which products to leave on the shelf.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Nov. 15-18

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Twinkling lights, new toys, barrel-aged beer and holiday markets usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

City to Sue 8 Online Retailers for Selling E-Cigarettes to Minors

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The city of Chicago plans to file a lawsuit Tuesday against a handful of retailers caught illegally selling e-cigarette products to an underage Chicago resident as part of an undercover sting.

2018 Chicago Fall Festival Guide

Coming up: Lincoln Park Zoo Holiday Market, Hinsdale Christmas Walk, Caroling at Cloud Gate and more.

Survey Finds E-Cigarette Use Soaring Among Illinois Teens

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While fewer teens are using traditional cigarettes, more are turning to e-cigarettes. The trend “sets youth tobacco control programs backward more than 10 years,” said researcher Scott Hays.

Study Asks, Why Do Mothers Stop Breastfeeding?

Despite documented benefits of breastfeeding, only about half of American mothers breastfeed their infants through the first six months of their life. A new study seeks to find out why. 

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Nov. 8-11

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Mexican dancers, neighborhood bites, a murder mystery and funny films usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Study: Online Program Helps Prevent Teen Depression

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A new study finds an online program that teaches teens coping skills is effective at reducing depressive symptoms, especially among those with more severe symptoms.

Noninvasive Wearable Device Monitors Brain Shunt Performance

Band-Aid-like wearable shunt monitor, as seen on woman's neck. (Courtesy of Northwestern University)

More than 1 million Americans live with brain shunts and the constant threat of their failure, which can be fatal. A new, noninvasive skin sensor can detect whether a shunt is working in minutes.

Emanuel Opposes Tax on High-End Real Estate to Address Homelessness, Lead

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.

The mayor said he understands the seriousness of homelessness and the city’s lead pipes, but he doesn’t think homeowners should be treated “as an ATM machine.”

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Nov. 1-4

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Monster trucks, improv comedy, global artists and Greek eats usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

3 Bar Associations Rank Cook County Circuit Court Judge Candidates

Next month, voters will be tasked with electing Cook County Circuit Court judges. To help navigate the options, three local bar associations screened and ranked each candidate. Here are their recommendations.

Illinois State Board of Elections Warns of Online Voting Scam

Online voting is not permitted anywhere in the United States, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. The agency is raising awareness of fraudulent online voting schemes ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

UIC Medical Students Seek to ‘Fill a Void’ in Health Care

Members of Chicago Street Medicine deliver care to a man who is homeless. (Courtesy of Lloyd DeGrane Photography)

Caring for patients is a vital part of the medical school experience. Armed with knowledge and backpacks full of supplies, a group of students is taking its skills to the streets of Chicago.

Study: Surge in Blood Donations Wasn’t Needed After Las Vegas Shooting

More than 50 people were killed on Oct. 1, 2017 when a gunman opened fire at a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Las Vegas residents donated nearly 800 units of blood after last year’s mass shooting, but new research shows that many of those donations weren’t needed – and some even went to waste.

Advocates Propose Tax on High-End Real Estate to Address Homelessness

Tents set up in a homeless encampment along DesPlaines Street north of Roosevelt Road. (Kristen Thometz / Chicago Tonight)

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless says its newly announced proposal could generate $150 million per year for homeless services and decrease the city’s homeless population by 36,000 in just 10 years.

Rush Receives $5 Million for Cancer Immunotherapy Research

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The donation from Chicago philanthropists Robert and Emily King will increase clinical trials at the hospital and create a fund for nursing education. 

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Oct. 25-28

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Circus acts, Halloween candy, craft coffee and roller skaters usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Study: Gene Linked to Dyslexia May Shield Athletes from Concussions

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A gene associated with the learning disorder dyslexia may make some athletes less susceptible to concussions, according to a new study by Northwestern Medicine and Penn State University.

DEA’s Message for Annual Drug Takeback Day: ‘Don’t Be the Dealer’

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Do you have old prescription medicines in your cabinet? Don’t flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash. Instead, dispose of them Saturday, no questions asked, at DEA-sponsored sites. 

UChicago Researchers Get $3.4M to Develop Brain-Controlled Prosthesis

Nathan Copeland, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident, controls a prosthetic arm and hand at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. (Photo courtesy of Pitt / UPMC)

University of Chicago researchers will develop robotic arms that patients can move with their brains, thanks to a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Report Identifies ‘Alarming’ Statewide Trends in Maternal Deaths

Each year, an average of 73 Illinois women die within one year of pregnancy, according to a new report. “The findings are stark and speak volumes,” said IDPH Director Nirav Shah. “The disparities are even more alarming.”

Ezekiel Emanuel on ACA Impact, Future of Health Care

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel talks about the future of health care in America Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. (Kristen Thometz / Chicago Tonight)

The older brother of Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about the “tremendous impact” of the Affordable Care Act and related topics at a conference in Chicago on Thursday.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Oct. 18-21

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A Halloween parade, costumed canines, a zombie apocalypse and international films usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.