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  • Maureen Bryant

    Cadence names new president of Delnor HospitalApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Winfield-based Cadence Health has named Maureen Bryant president of Delnor Hospital in Geneva, and executive vice president of Cadence Health.

  • The changes were so gradual, Phil Van Duyne of Roselle didn't realize he had acromegaly, a tumor-related disorder that causes gigantism in children and growth issues and life-threatening health problems for adults.

    Tight wedding ring, other subtle changes pointed to tumorApr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    When Phil Van Duyne hit middle age and discovered his wedding ring got a little snug, it wasn't because of his diet or a lack of exercise. The Roselle engineer and contractor had a tumor linked to gigantism. “I just thought we were getting older,” Kathy Van Duyne says. “It was so gradual. People say, 'Didn't you notice?' and I really didn't.”

  • DuPage Medical Group building in Wheaton opens Monday. The 40,000-square-foot facility at 150 E. Willow Ave will offer family medicine, internal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology.

    DuPage Medical Group building opens Monday in WheatonApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    A new DuPage Medical Group building is set to open Monday in downtown Wheaton. The 40,000-square-foot facility at 150 E. Willow Ave will offer family medicine, internal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, a physical and occupational therapy suite and a center for patients with chronic conditions. "It's a lot more convenient for (patients), whereas before, they had to go to multiple locations to get services," said Chief Operating Officer Dennis Fine.

  • Subway says an ingredient dubbed the “yoga mat” chemical will be entirely phased out of its bread by the week of April 14, 2014. The disclosure comes as Subway has suffered from an onslaught of bad publicity since a food blogger petitioned the chain to remove the ingredient.

    Subway: ‘Yoga mat’ chemical almost out of breadApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Subway says an ingredient dubbed the “yoga mat” chemical will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week. The ingredient, azodicarbonamide, is approved by the FDA for use as a bleaching agent and dough conditioner. It can be found in a wide variety products, including those served at McDonald’s and Starbucks and breads sold in supermarkets. But the petition gained attention after it noted the chemical was also used to make yoga mats.

  • U of I exploring more independent medical collegeApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    The chancellor at the University of Illinois says a consulting firm is working on a report about whether the school should establish a more autonomous College of Medicine. The report also is to look at whether the school should align with Carle Foundation Hospital as a clinical partner.

  • April 10: CLC offers alcohol screening dayApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    The College of Lake County Health Center will conduct free, anonymous screenings for alcohol problems as part of National Alcohol Screening Day on Thursday, April 10.

  • President Barack Obama, waves to the audience as he leaves the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, after speaking about the Affordable Care Act.

    Survey confirms gains in health insurance sign-upsApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    A growing share of Americans got health insurance as sign-up season for President Barack Obama’s health care law came to a close last month, a major survey released Monday has found. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index provides independent validation for White House claims that the law is expanding access.

  • Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man’s spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they’ve done the same with three more patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke.

    Electrical device helps paralyzed men move legsApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man’s spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they’ve done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke. Experts say it’s a promising development but warn that the experimental treatment isn’t a cure.

  • In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells.

    UK scientists make body parts in labApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. It is among several labs around the world, including in the U.S., that are working on the futuristic idea of growing custom-made organs in the lab. “It’s like making a cake,” said Alexander Seifalian at University College London. “We just use a different kind of oven.”

  • President Barack Obama smiles as he stands with Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, after speaking to the media, Friday, April 4, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

    Fact Checker: Obama’s clam that billion spent attacking health actApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Were there really “billions” of dollars worth of commercials opposing the Affordable Care Act as President Barack Obama says? Our initial reaction was that this was just a bit of presidential hyperbole. On the other hand, the president did make this assertion in a major speech. So let’s see what the data say.

  • Ken Voorhees examines a board for defects while building a stairway for a customer in Lisbon, Maine. Voorhees, who is self-employed, signed up for health insurance with Maine Health Community Options. The nonprofit cooperative is capturing about 80 percent of the customers in the state seeking coverage under the health care law.

    Nonprofit insurers struggle with new health careApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    A smorgasbord of options and lower prices for consumers were two of the chief selling points for President Barack Obama as he promoted his overhaul of the nation’s health insurance industry. But rather than promote competition, the co-ops and smaller nonprofits in some states have languished behind major insurers.

  • A waiting room was filled with applicants March 31 waiting to be called during a health care enrollment event at the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, Calif.

    7 million enrolled — what next for health care reform?Apr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Seven million people signed up, so there is an appetite for President Barack Obama’s health care law, but that doesn’t guarantee success for the country’s newest social program. Big challenges are lurking for the next enrollment season, which starts Nov. 15. Chief among them are keeping premiums and other consumer costs in check, and overhauling the enrollment process.

  • From left, NCH Board Chairman Thomas MacCarthy, NCH Board Member Diane Hill, Dr. John McGillen, and NCH CEO Steve Scogna. Northwest Community Healthcare

    NCH Board Recognizes Dr. John McGillen for Volunteerism in Medical CommunityApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) Board of Directors recently recognized Dr. John McGillen, former medical director at NCH, for his volunteer efforts in the medical community.

  • Free dental services in Arlington HeightsApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Free dental services for people in need are being offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Associates for General Dentistry at 1307 N. Rand Road, Arlington Heights.

  • NCH Medical Group adds pediatricians to staffApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Northwest Community Healthcare’s (NCH) Medical Group has increased its broad range of physician specialties with the addition of two board-certified pediatricians.

  • Showing off some of the silent auction items from the 2013 Ball de Fleur, are, from left, Daniel McCormick, C.F.A., Provincial Immaculate Conception Province; Brother Paul Magner, Brother Tom Klein C.F.A., and Melanie Furlan, vice president of advancement, Alexian Brothers Foundation.

    Alexian Brothers annual gala built around 1893 Columbian ExpositionApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 2014 major fundraising gala of the Alexian Brothers Health Foundation will offer a rare entertainment value: a view of the museum’s acclaimed exhibit, “Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair.” The Ball de Fleur will be held on Saturday, April 26 at the Field Museum in Chicago.

  • A Silver Lining Foundation in Chicago has partnered with Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin to offer free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women. Pictured are Sandy Goldberg, left, founder of the foundation, and Dr. Patrick Para, the hospital’s medical director of medical imaging.

    Free mammograms with new Elgin partnershipApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elgin area women who are uninsured or underinsured can now get free mammograms and diagnostic testing thanks to a new partnership between a Chicago nonprofit and Presence St. Joseph Hospital. Sandy Goldberg, founder of A Silver Lining Foundation, said this is the organization’s 10th partnership with hospitals in the greater Chicago area — and the first in the Northwest suburbs — for the “Buy A Mom A Mammogram” program.

  • Hanover Park officials are reviewing regulations for the sale of medical marijuana.

    Hanover Park weighs medical marijuana restrictionsApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hanover Park offficials are crafting rules for medical marijuana dispensaries as a village moratorium on the sale and production of the drug winds down. "I think the best choice for the community is to put it away from families and homes," Mayor Rodney Craig said. "Let's put it where it belongs: in an industrial park."

  • Denise Rodd

    Des Plaines alderman favors ending insurance for elected officialsApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Des Plaines alderman wants to end city government’s longtime practice of making health insurance benefits available to elected officials, many of whom are against the proposed policy change. Third Ward Alderman Denise Rodd is the only member of the eight-person city council to decline participation in the city’s health insurance plan, which is the same one offered to all full-time city employees.

  • Patient William Spence of Carpentersville, left, meets with Janet Lenz, director of the Shared Care program at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital’s heart failure clinic in Elgin, and Erin Coglianese, director of mechanical cardiac support at Loyola University Medical Center, during a recent visit at Presence Saint Joseph.

    Shared Care site helps patients at Elgin hospitalMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Heart patient William Spence says that among all the difficult things he’s had to endure in the last couple years, one of the bright spots has been being able to get care close to home. Two years ago Spence, 59, of Carpentersville, got a new pacemaker after suffering major heart failure, and had a heart transplant on New Year’s Day.

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