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  • Google buys startup Lift Labs to expand disease research Sep 14, 2014 7:11 AM
    Google Inc. is acquiring health- technology startup Lift Labs to add to its Google X research unit, as the company pursues new methods to address neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s.

     
  • Arlington police accepting unwanted drugs Sep 14, 2014 4:25 PM
    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Arlington Heights Police Department will coordinate efforts to remove potentially dangerous drugs from homes. The Prescription Take-Back Initiative will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the police department, 200 E. Sigwalt St. The service is free and anonymous.

     
  • Be aware: How quickly viruses can spread Sep 14, 2014 7:00 AM
    Viruses can spread from a single doorknob to 40 percent to 60 percent of surfaces and people in a building in just a few hours, according to a new study. Researchers put a tracer virus on one or two surfaces in a building (for example a doorknob or push plate) at the beginning of the day. And after two to four hours, the virus could be detected on a majority of commonly touched surfaces such as light switches, coffee pot handles, phones and computers.

     
  • iPhones with bigger screens may find eager buyers among seniors Sep 13, 2014 7:22 AM
    After pioneering the smartphone market, Apple is moving away from its focus on smaller screens. While bigger displays make it easier for a younger crowd to read digital books, play games or watch movies, the large screens also let people who need reading glasses boost the size of the font and images on their smartphones without sacrificing screen real estate.

     
  • Study: Teens who smoke pot daily less likely to complete high school Sep 13, 2014 7:00 AM
    Teenagers who smoke marijuana daily are more than 60 percent less likely to complete high school than those who never use. They’re also 60 percent less likely to graduate college and seven times more likely to attempt suicide.

     
  • Special wedding guest: Man who saved groom’s life Sep 12, 2014 4:25 PM
    When Adam Myers and Sloan Braith get married Saturday, they’ll have a special guest present: the man whose bone marrow made their big day possible. Jeremy Gitzlaff, of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, donated the marrow last year that’s credited with saving Myers’ life from leukemia.

     
  • NCH CEO to meet with suburban seniors Sep 11, 2014 6:50 PM
    Local seniors will soon have the opportunity to sit down with the CEO of Arlington Heights-based Northwest Community Healthcare for a discussion about health care needs in their communities. The Meet the CEO event is scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the NCH Auditorium.

     
  • Hospitals, doctors 'crazy' busy with virus sweeping suburbs Sep 12, 2014 11:25 AM
    Suburban doctors offices and emergency rooms have been filled with people this week, particularly children, suffering from persistent coughs and wheezing that likely result from a respiratory virus spreading around the U.S. known as enterovirus 68. “It's been crazy,” said Dr. Daniel Reaven, the assistant medical director of the emergency department at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.

     
  • Interactive maps finds flu shot clinics citywide Sep 10, 2014 8:39 AM
    A new mapping tool could make finding locations to get flu shots more convenient for Chicago residents. The Chicago Department of Public Health and a local web developer have launched a new interactive web map that pinpoints citywide flu shot clinics and their hours of operation. Officials hope the mapping tool will encourage residents to get flu shots in their community. The collaboration emerged from conversations between the health department and the social group, OpenGovChicago, during an event at which volunteer developers collaborate on civic technology projects. Officials say the map is just one of the approaches the city is taking to ensure the health of all Chicagoans.

     
  • Senior citizen health fair: Sep 10, 2014 7:29 PM
    State Rep. Ed Sullivan hosts his annual senior citizen health fair from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Libertyville Sports Complex, 1950 N. Route 45, Libertyville.

     
  • Family tragedy shapes some Miss America platforms Sep 9, 2014 6:00 AM
    Raeanna Johnson, who’s representing Wisconsin in this year’s Miss America pageant, and the rest of her family didn’t know her 18-year-old brother Tyler was addicted to methamphetamine until after he committed suicide and his toxicology report came back. She’s one of several contestants whose family tragedies have determined the public-service platform they chose for the competition. Miss Kansas Amanda Sasek’s father committed suicide when she was 17. Miss Delaware Brittany Lewis is still waiting for an arrest in her sister’s slaying.

     
  • Schaumburg Township hosts Wellness Day Sept. 17 Sep 9, 2014 2:25 PM
    Schaumburg Township will host the fourth annual Community Wellness Day from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at township hall, 1 Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. Free and open to the public, Community Wellness Day will offer several free health screenings and information from more than 30 local community agencies to promote individual health and safety.

     
  • Waukegan health fair: Sep 9, 2014 6:21 PM
    [No Paragraph Style]NewsNews for digestsThe Field House Sports & Fitness Center, Vista Health System and the American Diabetes Association are teaming with Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock to raise awareness and educate the community about diabetes management and prevention on Saturday, Sept. 13.

     
  • Gurnee man is first reported Lake County West Nile case Sep 9, 2014 6:37 PM
    A 48-year-old Gurnee man was the first confirmed human case of West Nile, according to the Lake County Health Department. Cool, wet weather has limited the Culex mosquito, that can carry the virus, according to Mike Adam, senior biologist. "We want people to be diligent for a couple more weeks until we get a frost," he said.

     
  • Mundelein-based Medline sends exam gloves to help in Ebola relief effort Sep 10, 2014 4:35 PM
    Mundelein-based Medline Industries Inc. has provided 360,000 pair of exam gloves to an Ebola relief effort in West Africa. "The gloves are huge," said Jan Mazotti, spokewoman for Project CURE the Colorado-based relief organization.

     
  • State begins taking marijuana business applications Sep 8, 2014 6:42 PM
    Entrepreneurs wanting to cultivate or dispense medical marijuana under a new Illinois law are getting their chance to be considered, but few, if any, have come forward on the first day the state began accepting applications.

     
  • Regular exercise is the key to maintaining mobility Sep 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    Q: I’m in my 80s. I recently stopped driving, and now I can get around independently only by walking. Can you tell me how to improve, or at least maintain, my mobility?

     
  • Prescription drug drop-off Sep 8, 2014 5:29 PM
    Lindenhurst police and the Drug Enforcement Administration will sponsor a prescription drug drop-off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at the police department headquarters, 2300 E. Grand Ave.

     
  • Serious respiratory illness hits hundreds of kids Sep 9, 2014 12:13 PM
    Hundreds of children in more than 10 states, including Illinois, have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold. Nearly 500 children have been treated at one hospital alone — Children's Mercy in Kansas City, Missouri — and some required intensive care, according to authorities.

     
  • Letting go: When should parents step aside at the doctor’s office? Sep 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    The partnership between parents and pediatrician evolves as a child grows. Once a child enters puberty, parents are encouraged to leave the exam room to allow the patient time alone with the pediatrician.

     
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