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  • Seminar on macular degeneration Nov. 2 in Elk Grove Village Oct 22, 2014 5:56 PM
    A free seminar is being offered Nov. 2 in Elk Grove Village on age-related macular degeneration. The event will feature Dr. Timothy Schoen, an expert on retinal diseases, and a question-and-answer session.

  • Adult may be in the clear after Chicago Ebola screening; child still quarantined Oct 22, 2014 5:53 PM
    An adult patient was moved out of isolation at Rush University Medical after being admitted for Ebola monitoring. Meanwhile, a child who vomited on an airplane is under observation for Ebola symptoms at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Both flew from Liberia separately.

  • U.S. to track everyone coming from Ebola nations Oct 22, 2014 9:15 PM
    All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country. Starting Monday, anyone traveling from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will have to report in with health officials daily and take their temperature twice a day.

  • Red Cross official: 6 months to contain Ebola Oct 22, 2014 9:50 AM
    A top Red Cross official said Wednesday that he is confident the Ebola epidemic that has killed thousands of people in West Africa can be contained within four to six months.

  • CDH proposes $14.2 million expansion of Winfield campus Oct 22, 2014 3:44 PM
    Central DuPage Hospital is hoping to pursue a $14.2 million plan to modernize its pediatrics unit and neonatal intensive care unit. The Winfield-based hospital earlier this month submitted an application for expansion with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. The application is scheduled to be reviewed by the panel in December.

  • Mother of nurse with Ebola says she’s doing well Oct 21, 2014 9:42 AM
    The mother of a nurse infected with the Ebola virus says her daughter is doing well and the family is relieved new guidelines for treating patients with the disease are now in place.

  • If no checks, more Ebola cases might leave Africa Oct 21, 2014 9:42 AM
    A new study underscores the potential danger of airplane passengers infected with Ebola leaving West Africa: If there were no exit screening in place, researchers estimate that three people with the disease might fly out of the region each month.

  • Ebola: Why virus kills some, other people survive Oct 21, 2014 12:09 PM
    People who shared an apartment with the country’s first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies. So why do some people escape Ebola, and not others?

  • AbbVie calls off Shire acquisition Oct 21, 2014 7:04 AM
    North Chicago-based pharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc. officially called off its planned $55 billion merger with Irish drug manufacturer Shire plc Monday, citing changes that would eliminate tax benefits for AbbVie by moving its headquarters to Ireland.

  • Medicare Advantage offers fewer choices this year Oct 19, 2014 6:25 AM
    Medicare beneficiaries who want to change their prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage coverage for 2015 can do so now, during the Medicare program’s annual open enrollment period.

  • Gay rights group backs use of HIV-prevention pill Oct 18, 2014 10:28 PM
    The largest U.S. gay-rights organization Saturday endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug. Some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe the drug, Truvada, on the premise that it might encourage high-risk, unprotected sexual behavior. However, its preventive use has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and many HIV/AIDS advocacy groups.

  • Ohio bridesmaids of nurse with Ebola quarantined, shop closes Oct 17, 2014 11:38 AM
    Health officials say five bridesmaids of a Texas nurse with Ebola are among at least nine people voluntarily quarantined in northeast Ohio.

  • Chimerix gets FDA OK to test drug for Ebola Oct 17, 2014 11:02 AM
    A North Carolina drugmaker plans to test its experimental antiviral drug in patients who have Ebola, after getting authorization from regulators at the Food and Drug Administration.

  • Giant bra at Rosemont mall creates stir, awareness of breast cancer Oct 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    A giant pink bra is causing quite the stir at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont - all for a good cause. You may have seen people in the mall’s food court this week snapping selfies with Advocate Health Care’s Support Bra: “a symbol for women to join the conversation about their breast health – from the importance of prevention and early detection to encouraging them to make their yearly mammogram appointments."

  • 4 suspected Ebola cases in Spain test negative Oct 17, 2014 9:56 AM
    Four people suspected of having Ebola in Spain have tested negative in a first round of tests, the government said Friday.

  • Hospitals grapple with possibility of Ebola Oct 17, 2014 10:10 AM
    As questions persist over the handling of an Ebola patient who has since died at a Dallas hospital, it has become clear that the key to containing the disease in the U.S. lies with the response of local hospitals. And the problem of containing the outbreak extends far beyond using hand sanitizer.

  • Obama names Ebola ‘czar’ as precautions expand Oct 17, 2014 11:54 AM
    President Barack Obama on Friday turned to a trusted adviser to lead the nation’s Ebola response as efforts to clamp down on any possible route of infection from three Texas cases expanded, reaching a cruise ship at sea and multiple airline flights. Facing renewed criticism of his handling of the Ebola risk, Obama will make Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, his point man on fighting Ebola at home and in West Africa.

  • WHO: We botched response to the Ebola outbreak Oct 17, 2014 11:48 AM
    The World Health Organization has admitted that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information. In a draft internal document obtained by The Associated Press, the agency wrote that experts should have realized that traditional infectious disease containment methods wouldn’t work in a region with porous borders and broken health systems.

  • SPIN METER: Shaky claims on Ebola budgets Oct 17, 2014 10:10 AM
    Less than three weeks before the midterm elections, Washington’s Ebola blame game has spread to the arcane world of the federal budget. Republicans claim credit for boosting the budget of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year while charging President Barack Obama with trying to cut it now. Democrats counter that the GOP-controlled House is behind cuts to the National Institutes of Health, which researches drugs to fight Ebola and vaccines to prevent it.

  • Mexico denies dock to ship with quarantined passenger Oct 17, 2014 2:56 PM
    A cruise ship with a Dallas health care worker aboard who is being monitored for signs of Ebola did not receive clearance to dock in Cozumel, Mexico, a day after Belize refused to let the passenger leave the vessel. Obama administration officials said the passenger handled a lab specimen from a Liberian man who died from Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital earlier this month.

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