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  • Gift Guide: 5 fitness trackers offer wide range Dec 20, 2014 7:00 AM
    There are several fitness trackers to choose from, varying in what they measure and how easy they are to use. Here are five, ranked from budget to sophisticated, to give you a sense of the range available. By no means are these the only good offerings out there.

  • Flu worries prompt more Indiana hospitals limits Dec 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    More Indiana hospitals are being advised to put temporary visitor restrictions in place to try to protect patients and staff from the flu virus.

  • FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment Dec 19, 2014 5:47 PM
    It’s among several new pill-only hepatitis C treatments that are big improvements over earlier treatments that are less effective, require injections and cause flu-like side effects. About 3.2 million Americans are infected with hepatitis C, which generally doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms until the liver is damaged.

  • Edward Hospital’s nurses awarded top ‘magnet’ status Dec 19, 2014 4:19 PM
    The 1,200 nurses at Edward Hospital in Naperville got some big news Friday. Their hospital received magnet status for the third time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center — a major honor in the nursing world, said Patti Ludwig-Beymer, vice president and chief nursing officer. “To be magnet once is exciting, twice is quite an honor and three times — it’s beyond our wildest dreams,” Ludwig-Beymer said.

  • Laptop with 2,800 Northwestern Memorial patients’ records stolen Dec 19, 2014 10:46 PM
    Northwestern Memorial Healthcare issued a notice Friday about a possible security breach after a laptop with patients’ records was stolen.

  • Napster co-founder to invest on allergy research Dec 18, 2014 6:11 AM
    Napster co-founder Sean Parker says he missed most of his final year in high school and has ended up in the emergency room countless of times because of his deadly allergy to nuts, shellfish and other foods.

  • Walgreens can sell liquor in Naperville, but not downtown Dec 17, 2014 11:52 AM
    Nine Walgreens and one CVS in Naperville now can apply for a new type of liquor license the city council created Tuesday. But the Walgreens on Main Street in downtown Naperville is not one of them. "I’m not assuming Walgreens would behave in any bad way at all,” council member Judith Brodhead said. “I’m more worried about the people who are consuming the alcohol and their behavior and this particular behavior of pregaming.”

  • Officials: Nearly 600 Oak Park students out sick Dec 16, 2014 9:23 AM
    Officials say nearly 600 students in Oak Park Elementary School District 97 have missed school because of illness. The district said about 10 percent of its students and staff members were absent Monday. It says it will be monitoring the situation closely and taking extra measures in cold and flu prevention, including extensively cleaning surfaces in school buildings.

  • NCH earns Top Performer recognition from The Joint Commission Dec 16, 2014 3:05 PM
    Northwest Community Healthcare was recently recognized as a “2013 Top Performer” on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States.

  • Advocate Good Shepherd honored with award for stroke care Dec 16, 2014 3:11 PM
    Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

  • Insurers extend payment deadline for ‘Obamacare’ Dec 16, 2014 8:12 AM
    Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama’s health care law, the insurance industry says it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January. America’s Health Insurance Plans, the main industry trade group, says the voluntary steps include a commitment to promptly refund any overpayments by consumers who switched plans and may have gotten double-billed by mistake.

  • Danica Patrick to promote local hospital campaign Dec 16, 2014 8:24 AM
    Professional race car driver Danica Patrick will be the face, the voice and the role model behind the "Healthy Driven" campaign, a new Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare marketing effort that encourages people to set goals and become healthier. “She’s symbolic of this whole campaign,” Edward-Elmhurst CEO Pam Davis said about Patrick. “She works out. She eats healthy. She’s tough and intense but very approachable.”

  • Palatine rejects 2nd medical marijuana dispensary Dec 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Palatine village council rejected a proposal Monday night that would have converted the old Peko Tile building at 310 W. Colfax Road into a medical marijuana dispensary, citing the facility’s limited parking spaces, proximity to residents and potential to harm property values. The proposal, brought forward by a company called Nature’s Care, is the second medical marijuana dispensary to be rejected by the council.

  • Justices reject Arizona bid over abortion drugs Dec 15, 2014 9:03 AM
    The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Arizona to enforce stringent restrictions on medical abortions while a challenge to them plays out in lower courts. The justices on Monday left in place a lower-court ruling that blocked rules that regulate where and how women can take drugs that induce abortion.

  • Baxter to sell Vero cell vaccines platform to Nanotherapeutics Dec 16, 2014 6:10 AM
    Deerfield-based Baxter International today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its proprietary Vero cell technology and related assets, including its production facility in Bohumil, Czech Republic, to Nanotherapeutics Inc. Financial details were not disclosed.

  • Accident leads to new road in life for executive Dec 15, 2014 6:11 AM
    Kukec's People column features Erin Doyle of Downers Grove and senior manager at Deerfield-based Walgreens who had a horrific car accident in 2009 and has since been working hard to regain what she had lost.

  • Flu coming earlier, harsher than last year in Illinois Dec 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    Illinois’ flu season started earlier this year, and the most prevalent strain is also the one known for causing the most severe illness. In the suburbs, hospitals are temporarily banning visitors under the age of 18 because of an influx in the number of patients with the flu.

  • Blackberry introduces first health-care app with Soon-Shiong Dec 13, 2014 7:41 AM
    BlackBerry Ltd.’s investment in health-care technology has produced its first applications targeted at doctors and nurses who use its smartphones. Health care is a key target for BlackBerry, said Chief Executive Officer John Chen. The first part of the deal will connect physicians’ BlackBerrys with a NantHealth system that analyzes tumors and recommends treatment options. It will be available early next year, the companies said. More applications are planned, Chen and Soon-Shiong said in a joint phone interview.

  • Johns Hopkins team wins award for improved suit to fight Ebola Dec 13, 2014 2:50 PM
    “You don’t need a buddy to help you. You don’t have to touch the hood or grab around your face. It’s quick and a lot safer,” said Youseph Yazdi, executive director of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design.

  • Can technology pick the perfect health plan for you? Dec 13, 2014 7:43 AM
    How people get their health insurance is undergoing a major transformation, in part because of changes in how employers are providing benefits and the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion. An estimated 25 million people will have individual coverage through Obamacare’s health insurance marketplaces within just a few years, while another 3 million people in 2014 received employer health coverage through similar private insurance marketplaces, or exchanges — where enrollment is projected to soon surpass the ACA exchanges, according to a couple of recent estimates.

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