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The upcoming season could make an allergy sufferer’s eyes water.

A spring allergy outlook from Accuweather says a slow climb out of winter weather will delay the spring season. But when it hits early next month, it’ll be “intense.” 

The Illinois state climatologist says March was colder than normal and unusually snowy.

The statewide average temperature for the month was 38 degrees. That's three degrees colder than average.

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The amount of time parents spend with their kids has virtually no relationship to how children turn out.

That’s according to a study that will be published in the Journal of Marriage and Family. 

Women: A Broken Heart Can Kill You

Mar 19, 2015
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A broken heart can actually kill you…especially if you are a woman.

That’s according to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine. 

Stress cardiomyopathy, or broken heart syndrome, mimics heart attack symptoms and is often triggered by a tragic event, such as receiving news of a death.

Ebola-hit countries in West Africa are at risk for a measles outbreak, which could infect hundreds of thousands of people.

That’s according to a study in the journal Science

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Wednesday was “change the world” day at Northern Illinois University. And since the students were away on Spring Break, it was a good opportunity to invite local high schoolers interested in medical careers to meet one of their own.  

HRT Pill Takers May Face Increased Blood Clot Risk

Mar 10, 2015

Women on HRT pills may face an increased risk of blood clots and stroke.

That’s according to a study from the international Cochrane group.

While the pills can ease menopausal symptoms and could help prevent heart disease, officials say the benefits must be weighed against other possible harms.

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A fish found under a half-mile thick ice sheet in Antarctica could imply so much for Northern Illinois University scientists...including extraterrestrial life.

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No alcohol when trying to conceive or during the first three months of pregnancy--that’s the updated advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 

The group previously said a couple of glasses of wine a week during pregnancy was okay. However, there is no proven and safe amount of alcohol that women can drink while pregnant. 

Drinking while trying to get pregnant or during the first trimester of pregnancy could increase the chance of miscarriage. 

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Illinois Representative Mike Zalewski filed legislation to clarify state regulations on child vaccines. 

Zalewski's resolution follows a widely reported measles infection at a Palatine day care center. Seven of the eight cases in Cook County are tied to the measles cluster health officials started investigating last week at the KinderCare Learning Center. The total cases include two adults and six infants, all of whom were not vaccinated.

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The safest time to fly during pregnancy is before 37 weeks, or before 32 if carrying twins. 

That’s according to new advice from The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The college says flying is not harmful to pregnant women and babies during a low-risk pregnancy, but there may be side effects.