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  • West Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths Jul 31, 2014 2:22 PM
    Security forces went house-to-house looking for Ebola patients and others exposed to the disease Thursday in Sierra Leone’s capital as the death toll from the worst recorded outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa. U.S. health officials urged Americans not to travel to the three countries hardest hit by the medical crisis: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Two Americans are sick with Ebola in Liberia. Their colleagues said Thursday they were in “grave” but stable condition, and one of them was to receive an experimental serum.

  • Is your favorite restaurant meal on worst-calorie list? Jul 31, 2014 2:14 PM
    If you’re trying to eat healthy, what is the worst thing you could put in your mouth right now? Sadly, the answer may be some heavenly but calorie-laden meals at your favorite suburban restaurants. See which meals at local resturants make the Extreme Eating Awards list and how many calories you're downing when you indulge in gastrointestinal bliss.

  • Quinn signs epinephrine law for schools Jul 30, 2014 5:54 PM
    A new bill signed into Illinois law says trained personnel at schools statewide will be able to administer injectable epinephrine for those appearing to have strong allergic reactions.

  • Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug Jul 30, 2014 5:52 PM
    Facing ballooning costs for a $1,000 pill to treat hepatitis C, Illinois’ Medicaid program is putting tight restrictions in place, including requiring patients to meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before the government program will pay for the new drug.

  • Two fests in Des Plaines this weekend Jul 30, 2014 2:23 PM
    The 12th annual St. Stephen Family Fest and the 6th annual Presence Holy Family Medical Center Family Fun Fest health screenings are both this weekend in Des Plaines.

  • Tips for preventing bacterial sinusitis Jul 28, 2014 10:10 AM
    Q: I’ve had four bouts of “bacterial sinusitis” over the past several months. How can I kick this infection for good?

  • Kidney recipient finds endless headaches in obtaining needed pills Jul 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    Born with two damaged kidneys in 1950, Irene Schneider was fortunate to have siblings and friends who, over the years, have provided her with three kidneys as hers slowly gave out.Medications keep her going. She needs six: three of them immune suppressants, and two of those expensive — $175 each per month.But, extracting them from her pharmacy has become increasingly difficult.

  • Your health: Bad breath heats up in the summer Jul 28, 2014 6:00 AM
    Nothing dims the fun season of summer more quickly than that great social buzz kill, bad breath National Fresh Breath Day is Aug. 6 and a good time to look at the breath busters of summer.

  • Visually impaired athlete prepares for Ironman triathlon in Hawaii Jul 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    It is grueling enough to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles, but imagine doing all of that when you can only see a blur of light ahead of you.

  • Special fitness: Program caters to people with developmental disabilities Jul 28, 2014 6:11 AM
    Don't ever challenge Sam Smith to an enthusiasm contest.The 29-year-old fitness instructor has the booming voice of a radio announcer, the optimistic outlook of a cheerleader and the boundless endurance of a marathon runner. (He's finished four.) He also happens to have autism.

  • Virus drugmaker fights pediatricians’ new advice Jul 28, 2014 7:41 AM
    A drugmaker is clashing with pediatricians over new recommendations to limit use of a costly medicine for preventing serious lung problems in preemies and other high-risk children. The dispute involves new American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines that say medical evidence shows the drug has limited benefits. The influential group says the drug is best suited for only very young preemies.

  • Highland Park doctor accused of faking pot paperwork Jul 29, 2014 6:55 AM
    IIllinois regulators allege a suburban doctor misled a 79-year-old patient by issuing a bogus medical marijuana certification for a $250 fee, according to a formal complaint filed Monday. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation filed the complaint against Dr. Joseph J. Starkman, who has a practice in Highland Park. It's the first such complaint against a doctor since medical marijuana regulations were approved and the second since the state's law went into effect.

  • Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers Jul 27, 2014 7:35 AM
    Government officials say consumers who have received different subsidy amounts — probably made some mistake entering personal details such as income, age and even ZIP codes. The Associated Press interviewed insurance agents, health counselors and attorneys around the country who said they received varying subsidy amounts for the same consumers.

  • Trying gene therapy to create biological pacemaker Jul 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changes ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat.

  • Be sure the results of your pedicure are pretty, not painful Jul 27, 2014 6:10 AM
    It’s sandal season, which means that nail salons are busy clipping, buffing and polishing toes galore. Tending those colorful toes, though, poses some health risks that should be considered, doctors say.

  • Add vegetables to your healthy eating plan Jul 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    Eating a variety of fresh foods is a great way to ensure your body is getting well-rounded nutrition. If your vegetable preparation relies on the microwave, it’s time to expand your options to get more out of these powerhouse foods.

  • How to avoid thunderstorm asthma Jul 26, 2014 6:15 AM
    Here are a few ways experts suggest to minimize the risk of thunderstorm asthma.

  • Why summer thunderstorms can trigger asthma attacks Jul 26, 2014 6:15 AM
    Allergy sufferers often wish for rain, hoping it will wash away all the pollens and molds that stuff up their noses. While rain can indeed provide relief, a violent thunderstorm may have just the opposite effect: An unlucky few may experience a little-known threat called thunderstorm-related asthma.

  • Gurnee village hall now a place to safely dispose of medical waste Jul 25, 2014 5:21 PM
    Gurnee residents who want to safely dispose of syringes or other medical waste don’t need to look beyond village hall. “You’re always afraid of loose sharps just getting in the trash,” Gurnee Assistant to the Village Administrator Erik Jensen said of why the village collection point was opened.

  • Lake County ending annual health fair for kids Jul 23, 2014 12:06 PM
    An annual program that has offered free immunizations and other health-related services for Lake County children since 1993 has run its course. The Kids 1st Health Fair Aug. 6 at Juarez Middle School in Waukegan will be the last. Officials cited the changing health care landscape for ending the annual fair.

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