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  • 2 men attempt most difficult climb in world at Yosemite Jan 8, 2015 6:01 AM
    Two men are roughly halfway through what has been called the hardest rock climb in the world: a free climb of a half-mile section of exposed granite in California’s Yosemite National Park. Tom Evans, a climber and photographer, has been chronicling Kevin Jorgeson, 30, of Santa Rosa, California, and Tommy Caldwell, 36, of Estes Park, Colorado, as they scale their way using only their hands and feet. El Capitan, the largest monolith of granite in the world, rises more than 3,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor.

  • Canada’s Powder Highway: 1 stunning circuit, 8 ski resorts Jan 8, 2015 6:16 AM
    For many in the skiing world, the resorts of Canada’s Powder Highway in British Columbia’s Kootenay region are secrets they’d rather not share with the public. The circuit links eight mountain resorts and many times more Nordic, heli- and cat-ski operations across 420 miles. “There’s very little out there that can rival the quality and terrain in the Kootenays,” says Ian Johnston, a Vancouver transplant to Rossland where he skis at Red Mountain.

  • Healthy Lombard looking for Health Heroes Jan 8, 2015 1:24 PM
    Healthy Lombard is accepting nominations for its annual Health Heroes recognition, which honors individuals who have made a noticeable effort to improve their personal health and wellness during the past year or companies that have made positive, healthy changes in their work environments.

  • 9 measles cases linked to Disney theme parks in California Jan 8, 2015 7:39 AM
    Seven Californians and two people in Utah have confirmed cases of measles likely contracted on trips last month to Disney theme parks in California, state officials said Wednesday. Three more California residents are suspected of having measles. All patients with confirmed or suspected cases of the illness visited Disneyland or Disney California Adventure between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20, according to the state’s Department of Public Health.

  • Constable: Will you live longer if you move? Jan 8, 2015 5:33 AM
    For the first time, the Illinois Department of Public Health breaks down residents' life expenctancy by county. Should you move? The report suggests residents of the Northwest and Western suburbs will live longer than people who live in Chicago or downstate areas.

  • Register NOW for NAMI Family to Family Class Starting in February Jan 8, 2015 7:14 AM
    Register NOW for NAMI Family to Family Class Starting in February

  • PUNS list signup on Feb. 2 Jan 7, 2015 5:57 PM
    Residents with developmental disabilities can sign up for the PUNS waiting list (Priority of Urgent Needs of Services) from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 2 at Schaumburg Township, 1 Illinois Blvd., Hoffman Estates.

  • Schaumburg seminar focuses on children and adolescents with autism Jan 6, 2015 3:59 PM
    Shelter Inc. will host a three-hour seminar on Friday, Jan. 23, at the Schaumburg Township District Library in the Adult Classroom, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg titled “Social Emotional Needs of the Child/Adolescent with ASD and Their Families: Effective Interventions."

  • What are the mechanics of balance in our bodies? Jan 5, 2015 5:45 AM
    Q: I am a 50-year-old woman with a history of depression. I recently developed an uncontrollable craving for sweets, which has increased my weight. Is it my depression or my medicine?

  • Play it safe outdoors in the winter Jan 5, 2015 5:45 AM
    Take these simple steps to keep you safe during your favorite outdoor winter activities.

  • CDC: Flu season continues to worsen, could peak this month Jan 6, 2015 7:14 AM
    The flu is now widespread in all but seven states, and hospitalization rates match the dismal season two years ago. While health officials fear this will be an unusually bad year, it’s too soon to say.

  • Are surgery centers safe? Jan 5, 2015 5:45 AM
    Wendy Salo was alarmed when she learned where her doctor had scheduled her gynecologic operation — at an outpatient surgery center. Salo’s concerns mirror questions about the safety of outpatient surgery centers that have mushroomed since the highly publicized death of Joan Rivers.

  • Your health: Stem cells may be new therapy for joint pain Jan 5, 2015 6:56 AM
    Some people with joint pain are turning to stem cell replacement therapy. Basically a doctor takes the stem cells from fat stored on your body, then injects that into the joint. This type of therapy is still being researched and is usually not covered by insurance.

  • What are the mechanics of balance in our bodies? Jan 8, 2015 3:00 PM
    Q: We use the word “energy” a lot. But what exactly is it?

  • Cold-weather exercise advice Jan 8, 2015 3:00 PM
    Here are a few ways to stay comfortable and safe while exercising in the cold:

  • Constable: Palatine woman who's struggled with blindness finds her path Jan 4, 2015 10:02 AM
    Losing the last remnants of her vision just as her career began, Julie Gistenson thrives as a massage therapist at the Midtown Athletic Club in Palatine. “Her ability to overcome so many obstacles in her life has been an excellent example to us all. She is a wonderful role model to anyone dealing with adversity,” says Robyn Kove, director of marketing for the club.

  • Nuts are packed with nutrients, but only four in 10 Americans eat them Jan 4, 2015 7:00 AM
    Even though nutrition experts say it’s a good idea to eat nuts to keep your heart healthy, only four in 10 American adults eats nuts on any given day, and more women than men consume nuts, according to a recent federal study.

  • When Internet addiction is actually a good thing Jan 4, 2015 7:00 AM
    A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong claims that 420 million people are addicted to the Internet, about 6 percent of the world’s population. That 6 percent number may not sound high but it is — it’s actually more than three times the rates of pathological gambling observed in even the most gambling-obsessed nations around the world.

  • No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015 Jan 4, 2015 7:12 AM
    The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It’s the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama’s law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve financial hardships.

  • Scientists show that drunk birds ‘slur’ their songs Jan 5, 2015 7:05 AM
    Sometimes science means getting a bunch of finches sloshed. Or at least giving them blood alcohol levels of around .08 percent, which is pretty crazy by bird standards.

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