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  • More countries adding graphic warnings to cigarettes Jul 4, 2014 7:14 AM
    Indonesia became the newest country to mandate graphic photo warnings on cigarette packs. The warnings, which showcase gruesome close-up images ranging from rotting teeth and cancerous lungs to open tracheotomy holes and corpses, are an effort to highlight the risks of health problems related to smoking.

     
  • Is Facebook really turning us into lab rats? Jul 4, 2014 7:14 AM
    How shocking: Facebook had the temerity to conduct an experiment on its users without telling them. For a week in 2012, the social network reduced the number of posts containing “positive” and “negative” words, tracked their lab rat users’ own posts, and found that their mood was influenced by that of the news feed.

     
  • Health insurance grants available Jul 4, 2014 5:15 PM
    Illinois is accepting applications for grants to help with the next insurance enrollment period under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The Department of Public Health announced Thursday that community groups can apply through Aug. 1 for the “Get Covered Illinois” outreach grants.

     
  • Palatine student, 12, will dine at first lady’s dinner Jul 4, 2014 4:43 PM
    A Palatine girl, 12, has earned an invite to a White House state dinner hosted by first lady Michelle Obama. How Tess Boghossian won the trip has something to with President Abraham Lincoln, quinoa and a little persistence. "It's a real honor," she said.

     
  • Hanover Township opens up clinic for back-to-school physicals, immunizations Jul 3, 2014 1:01 AM
    Hanover Township will hold back-to-school physicals and dental screenings as part of a summer-long program. The Office of Community Health will bring the clinic to three township sites in Bartlett, Elgin and Hanover Park.

     
  • Maryville recognizes the special talents of its students Jul 2, 2014 12:50 PM
    Excitement was in the air last month at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, as officials held their annual awards banquet for students from Maryville’s campuses in Bartlett, Des Plaines and Chicago. “We strive to recognize the achievements of our children — and celebrate their strengths,” said Sister Catherine Ryan, executive director of Maryville.

     
  • Help reduce mosquito problem: Jul 2, 2014 5:51 PM
    The Lake County Health Department has reactivated its West Nile virus Hotline, (847) 377-8300.

     
  • Scientists withdraw claim about making stem cells Jul 2, 2014 10:12 AM
    Scientists who reported that they’d found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim Wednesday, admitting to “extensive” errors in the research. In two papers published in January in the journal Nature, the researchers said that they’d been able to transform ordinary mouse cells into versatile stem cells by exposing them to a mildly acidic environment.

     
  • Tourniquets make comeback with American police Jul 1, 2014 10:45 AM
    Rushing into a Houston home, police officer Austin Huckabee encountered a drunken, combative man bleeding profusely on the kitchen floor. He quickly realized the blood was spurting in rhythm with the man’s heart and cardiac arrest was just moments away.Pulling a tourniquet from his belt, the former Army captain and his partner restrained the man, wrapped the band around his arm and twisted an attached rod to tighten it until the bleeding stopped.

     
  • Illinois pushes ahead with Medicaid managed care Jun 30, 2014 5:05 PM
    Facing a Jan. 1 deadline, the state’s top Medicaid official announced a timetable Monday for moving hundreds of thousands of low-income patients into managed care health plans.

     
  • ‘NY Med’ producer directly sees impact of work Jun 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    Two of the nurses who treated ABC News producer Terence Wrong when he was hospitalized for a minor ailment recently told him they traced their interest in medicine directly to his work. That’s a profound point of pride. Wrong has established a niche as the maker of rigorous nonfiction television series that go behind the scenes at institutions, more often than not hospitals, ever since his first series on Johns Hopkins Hospital aired in 2000. The latest, “NY Med,” debuted at 9 p.m. Thursday.

     
  • Videos aim to inform patients about end-of-life medical options Jun 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    When Ted Goff was hospitalized late last year, barely breathing and with advanced emphysema, his doctor said the prognosis was bad. They talked about Goff’s last wishes and whether he wanted to be placed on a breathing machine. Goff wasn’t sure. So his doctor suggested he watch a video explaining this technique and other options for end-of-life care. The video was direct and dramatic. That made up Ted Goff’s mind.

     
  • The battle of butter vs. margarine Jun 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    The 100-plus year war between butter and margarine, America’s two favorite fatty spreads, has been a battle of cultural norms, nutritional headwinds, a bit of circumstance, and, of course, cash-rich marketing campaigns.

     
  • Your health: Does cereal have too many vitamins for kids? Jun 30, 2014 6:28 AM
    Young children who dig into a bowl of fortified breakfast cereal may be getting too much of a good thing, USA TODAY reports. A new report says that “millions of children are ingesting potentially unhealthy amounts” of vitamin A, zinc and niacin, with fortified breakfast cereals the leading source of the excessive intake because all three nutrients are added in amounts calculated for adults.

     
  • Steps to take in preparation for your death Jun 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    Here are some “nuts and bolts” suggestions designed to help you save your family from an enormous amount of emotional and financial stress in the case of your death.

     
  • Try physical therapy, massage to relieve arthritis pain Jun 30, 2014 6:20 AM
    Q: I have osteoarthritis. My doctor recommends NSAIDs over acetaminophen for pain relief. Why? What is the advantage?

     
  • Why are newborn vitamin K shots necessary? Jun 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    Just what is the deal with standard newborn vitamin K shots? The most important feature of vitamin K shots is that they are potential life-savers. Since 1961, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that every newborn receive an intramuscular injection of vitamin K at birth to prevent hemorrhagic disease of the newborn.

     
  • Barrington swimmer helps others achieve dreams Jun 29, 2014 10:09 AM
    After coming close to swimming the English Channel, Barrington's Don Macdonald had to scale back his goals due to a nearly fatal heart ailment. Instead, he merely kayaked around Manhattan Island on Saturday.

     
  • Panel: Flu spray better than shots for young kids Jun 29, 2014 5:45 AM
    When it comes to flu vaccines, a federal panel says a squirt in the nose is better than a shot in the arm for young children. The advisory panel voted to advise doctors that FluMist nasal spray is a bit better at preventing flu in healthy young kids. The recommendation is specific to ages 2 through 8 only.

     
  • Van Dyken demonstrates social media’s positive side Jun 28, 2014 4:16 PM
    Not long after Amy Van Dyken-Rouen had surgery for a life-threatening spine injury, while she still wasn’t completely out of danger, her husband placed a cellphone in her hands. The decorated Olympic swimmer had always enjoyed sharing her life and thoughts on social media, so Tom Rouen figured it might do her some good when she awoke. It worked more than he could have imagined, providing Amy a therapeutic tool as she makes the transition from elite athlete to possibly spending the rest of her life in a wheelchair.

     
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