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Whether those herbal supplements you’re taking actually work is only half the question.

Now you have to wonder if there are any herbs in them at all.

The New York Times reports recent DNA testing by Canadian researchers shows one out of three herbal supplements tested had no trace of the supplement at all.

Many others were mostly cheap fillers like powdered rice and weeds.

The study looked at 44 bottles of popular supplements sold by 12 companies.

A nonprofit group that supports herbal supplements says quality control is an issue, but not as bad as in this study.

The findings were published in the journal BMC Medicine.

For more information, go to: www.biomedcentral.com

Most kids are not eating fruit on Halloween, but the candy packed holiday is especially tricky for diabetic children.

An online tool can help parents and kids navigate their way through Halloween while managing diabetes.

The app, an online diabetes calculator, helps balance carbohydrates and insulin.

It creates a printable chart and it’s free by visiting: www.nationwidechildrens.org

The Secretary of State’s office issues a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License (TVDL) for non-citizens of the United States who have been granted temporary, legal entry into this country and are temporarily residing in the State of Illinois and ineligible for a Social Security number.

For more information, go to:

cyberdriveillinois.com

or call: (855) 236-1155

choosechicagowebsite

Chicago has a new website designed to bring tourism directly into neighborhoods across the city.

The website enables visitors and residents to explore 51 of Chicago’s neighborhoods and make plans geared to their own interests.

The site includes an events calendar and helps users find dining, entertainment and activities throughout the city.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO:

www.choosechicago.com

A small theater across from Chicago’s Cultural Center shines a big spotlight on the area’s contemporary dance scene with SpinOff 2013.

The month long program at the Storefront Theater highlights regional choreographers and dance companies, like Every House Has a Door.

The group will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Chicago Band, Joan of Arc in a piece that infuses music, movement, and the written word.

SpinOff 2013 is giving emerging artists a platform for their medium and audiences a chance to absorb an often misunderstood art form.

Performances continue through the end of October, including a world premier from Kate Corby & Dancers from Wisconsin.

All performances are free to the public.

For more information, go to CityOfChicago.org/dcase

Garden Fresh Foods, a Milwaukee, WI. establishment, is recalling approximately 6,694 additional pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The company is recalling these products in addition to the 19,054 pounds of similar products that were recalled on Sept. 25, 2013.

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RECALL LIST

For decades, Helen Jablonski has been giving back to her community, especially those in their golden years.

Even though she’s slowing a bit in her own golden years — she’s 96 years old — Jablonski is still going strong for the folks who need her help.

Helen Jablonski: She’s one of Chicago’s Very Own.

For more information: http://www.peoplecareinc.org/

Some top fashion designers are banding together to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Tonight’s Fear No Fashion fundraiser benefits PAVE which stands for Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment.

Broadcast legend Merri Dee is one of the celebrity hosts of the event. She talked about the event on the WGN News at Five with PAVE founder Angela Rose.

For more information, go to pavingtheway.net

For all you food truck lovers, this is a great way to kick off the weekend: The City of Chicago is hosting a Food Truck Rally at Daley Plaza Friday.

Organizers are calling it a “first of its kind party.”

They say the goal is to make the public more aware of the vast variety of food trucks the city has to offer.

The event will feature eight different food trucks. live music and entertainment until 8 p.m.

The food trucks participating are:

For more information, go to cityofchicago.org/dcase.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is ready to hear your opinion of how the Eisenhower Expressway can be improved.

Four options have been put together.

Each would widen the Eisenhower from three lanes to four between Austin and Mannheim, and eliminate those massive commuter bottlenecks.

Another proposal would extend the CTA Blue Line west to Mannheim Road.

IDOT will host two public open houses today and tomorrow, to give you a look at how it could work.

Tonight’s open house begins at 5 p.m. at the Chicago Marriott, 625 South Ashland.

Tuesday at 5 p.m., it will be at the Proviso Math and Science Academy in Forest Park.

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