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  • Young Hearts for Life: How screenings may help save our children Aug 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    Kathryn Bender couldn’t know it, but her death may have saved Christopher Storm’s life. In her memory, thousands of teens are screened annually for undetected cardiac disorders. One such screening led to the diagnosis of Storm's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. "If (the screening) hadn’t found this disease, I would be another student who could have collapsed with no warning," Storm says. "I may not have survived."

  • Family-to-Family mental health course in Elk Grove this fall Aug 19, 2014 4:21 PM
    A free education course, offering support for family members, partners, and caregivers of people with mental illness is coming in September.

  • Where does Chicago rank in sleep deprived cities? Aug 19, 2014 1:36 PM
    Feeling tired this week? It might be more than your imagination. Chicago residents get an average of 6 hours and 50 minutes of sleep at night, that's about 2,737 hours less of sleep over a lifetime than Orlando, the city in the U.S. that gets the most sleep.

  • Health care at college: Can your teen manage? Aug 19, 2014 5:45 AM
    Heading off to school is stressful for young people on a variety of fronts. Among the biggest challenges is managing their own health far from home. And it can be a trial for parents, too, in this era of helicopter parenting. The Davies family, of New York, knows this all too well when their daughter Leah was a college sophomore and fell so ill from an out-of-control sinus infection she was hospitalized.

  • Plan ahead so arthritis pain doesn’t spoil your vacation Aug 18, 2014 5:45 AM
    Q: Can you give me advice for managing arthritis pain while traveling?

  • Suburban charities, hospitals keep watchful eye on Ebola Aug 18, 2014 5:16 AM
    People across the suburbs are keeping a close eye on the Ebola outbreak, from those who have close ties to west Africa to local hospital workers who so far are considering the outbreak half a world away as an exercise in preparedness. “As with any infectious disease, it's just a plane ride away,” said Georgene Fabsits, the EMS/emergency preparedness coordinator at Alexian Brothers Health System, based in Arlington Heights.

  • Don’t throw in the towel about exercising at the beach Aug 18, 2014 6:00 AM
    Exercise at the beach doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive or burdensome. You can maintain your fitness through some basic exercises or even through beach activities you may be planning anyway.

  • Dogs can get their work out in at state-of-the-art gym Aug 18, 2014 5:45 AM
    A dog's life used to be easier: Take a six-hour nap, terrify a squirrel, have a little can of something for dinner. But these days, a dog needs a day planner, what with the yappy hours, the dog-park play dates and now — yes, it's come to this — working out down at the dog gym.

  • Escalating ACL injuries lead to call for screening and prevention programs Aug 18, 2014 5:45 AM
    Alarmed by the skyrocketing number of young athletes who get anterior cruciate ligament injuries, the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association and sports medicine physicians at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush are urging coaches and athletic directors to institute ACL injury screenings for all young athletes and prevention programs for those more vulnerable to ACL injuries.

  • Your health: Natural office light linked to better health Aug 18, 2014 6:00 AM
    Employees with more exposure to natural light at the office sleep longer, have higher quality sleep, are more physically active, and have a better quality of life, according to new research, reports PsychCentral. The study highlights the importance of natural light to employee health, according to researchers from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Watch out for insect bites, stings this summer Aug 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    Now that the “dog days” of summer have arrived, families must be watchful for infections carried by mosquitoes and ticks, such as Lyme disease, West Nile virus, and insect bites.

  • Short on time? Try this workout Aug 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    How much time must you commit to exercise for it to be effective? This is obviously dependent on your goals, but a recent study found health benefits can be had in as little as 5 minutes a day.

  • 4 keys to appealing a rejected insurance claim Aug 17, 2014 7:31 AM
    Keep calm and take notes. Stay true to this principle and you can improve your odds of successfully fighting a health insurer’s claim rejection. If you get to the point where you need to appeal, here are some important points to remember.

  • Liberia expands Ebola treatment in capital Aug 16, 2014 7:37 PM
    Liberian authorities expanded Ebola treatment centers in the capital Saturday to cope with increasing numbers of patients, while two more airlines announced they were halting flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone amid the deepening crisis.

  • More women opting to ingest placenta after birth Aug 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    Over the past several years, there has been a dramatic rise in women choosing to ingest their placentas after giving birth, often with the support of doulas or midwives who promote the healing benefits of a practice scientifically known as placentophagy.

  • Relay running: 200 miles long and 36 legs Aug 16, 2014 6:00 AM
    Running isn’t an activity usually seen as quest-worthy or a shared experience. A run is a solitary pursuit, one step and one breath at a time. Earbuds in, exertion out. Relay races, however, are helping to change that perspective. Whatever the preference, a 200-mile trek through rural back roads or a slice of the marathon course, local race organizers are capitalizing on the running boom and athletes’ desire to take on a challenge.

  • Aid group: Ebola outbreak like ‘wartime’ Aug 15, 2014 7:01 PM
    The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa could last another six months, Doctors Without Borders said Friday, and an aid worker acknowledged that the true death toll is unknown.

  • ‘Fort Knox’ security for Illinois marijuana trade Aug 15, 2014 5:17 PM
    Medical marijuana in Illinois will be encased in vaults, monitored by security guards and protected by fingerprint-recognition biometrics. It will be grown in enclosed, locked facilities. Silent alarms, 24-hour video surveillance and bulletproof glass will safeguard the retail centers where patients with special IDs will be escorted to their cars after buying pot.

  • Report: CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder Aug 15, 2014 5:16 PM
    CDC’s release of the report is one of many signs the agency is trying to make things right, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University. But he added that the CDC should at least disclose any disciplinary measures, to reassure the public that the agency is taking the matter seriously.

  • Worst TB outbreak in 5 years hits Alabama prisons Aug 14, 2014 4:18 PM
    Health officials say Alabama’s badly overcrowded prison system that is being sued over medical treatment of inmates is dealing with its worst outbreak of tuberculosis in five years.Officials say they’ve diagnosed nine active cases of the infectious respiratory disease in state prisons this year.

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