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  • Glen Crest asks community to take Pillowcase Challenge Jul 9, 2014 9:00 AM
    Staff members at Clen Crest Middle School in Glen Ellyn challenge community members to make colorful pillowcases for chemotherapy patients at Central DuPage Hospital Cancer Center and Elmhurst Memorial Cancer Center.

     
  • Beam raising for Centegra’s Huntley hospital Saturday Jul 8, 2014 5:41 PM
    Huntley area residents are invited to help raise the beams for Centegra Health System’s new 128-bed hospital in Huntley Saturday. The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. and include a Family Health Fest and open swim activities.

     
  • Wheaton approves new DuPage County community health center Jul 7, 2014 11:10 PM
    DuPage County Health Department officials are hopeful construction on a new 33,000-square-foot community center can start next month after Wheaton officials approved a special use permit for the building Monday. The one-story building will be just east of the department’s existing public health center in Wheaton. "We’re very pleased we did get approval from Wheaton to proceed,” a DuPage health spokesman said.

     
  • Seasons Hospice hosts open house Jul 7, 2014 4:37 PM
    Des Plaines-based Seasons Hospice Foundation will host a community open house Tuesday where attendees can learn about creating an online bucket list and leaving behind messages for loved ones.

     
  • DuPage taking fight against heroin to schools Jul 7, 2014 4:29 PM
    DuPage County Board members are expected to approve a plan to pay $67,746 to Robert Crown Centers for Health Education to offer a comprehensive heroin prevention program at local middle and high schools.

     
  • For smokers, can e-cigarettes save money? Jul 6, 2014 7:14 AM
    It’s difficult to say yet if electronic cigarettes are less harmful than regular fire-and-tobacco smokes, but they can save smokers hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year, but it may not stay that way for long as states are increasingly looking to tax e-cigarettes as they tax other tobacco products.

     
  • Work begins on new entrance at Good Shepherd Jul 6, 2014 10:04 PM
    Work has begun on a new main entrance at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, adding more traffic cones, construction cranes and workers in hard hats to the campus near Lake Barrington, but also signaling further progress in the facility’s $247 million modernization project expected to finish in 2017. Officials say the new entrance will provide a much-needed facelift to the 35-year-old hospital.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Report: Health law sign-ups dogged by data flaws Jul 4, 2014 7:22 AM
    The Obama administration is struggling to resolve widespread data discrepancies that could call into question coverage for millions under the health overhaul, the government’s health care fraud watchdog reported this week.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Express Scripts cuts payments for compounded medications Jul 3, 2014 9:29 AM
    The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, is dramatically scaling back its coverage of compounded medications, saying most of the custom-mixed formulas are ineffective or overpriced. The company, which manages prescriptions for 90 million Americans, plans to drop coverage of 1,000 drug ingredients commonly found in compounded medications.

     
  • World Cup fandom that's beyond rose-colored glasses Jul 1, 2014 4:56 AM
    The success and hopes for the U.S. team has Americans seeing the World Cup through new eyes this time around. But will any fans see matches through red-white-and-blue contact lenses? Online shoppers can buy USA lenses featuring some white stars on a blue background with a few red and white stripes for about 25 bucks.

     
  • Edward addition to ease Naperville hospital's 'chronic overflow' Jul 1, 2014 4:58 AM
    The medical and surgical intensive care unit at Edward Hospital in Naperville has been in a “chronic overflow state” for the past few years, but officials say overcrowding soon will ease with the opening of a $63.7 million addition. “We are moving from a 13-bed unit to a 24-bed unit,” Jean Rader, director of inpatient and orthopedic/spine services, said. “It's giving the nurses a lot bigger spaces to be able to work on their patients.”

     
  • 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.

     
  • Supreme Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule Jun 30, 2014 7:33 PM
    A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law. The White House said the decision creates health risks for women. Hobby Lobby co-founder Barbara Green called the court's decision a victory for "all who seek to live out their faith."

     
  • Good Shepherd entrance, lobby to close July 1 Jun 29, 2014 4:20 PM
    As part of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s ongoing modernization project, on Tuesday, July 1 the main hospital entrance and lobby will close for approximately 18 months, as they too undergo a complete renovation.

     
  • FDA approves inhalable diabetes drug Afrezza Jun 27, 2014 5:09 PM
    The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a long-delayed inhalable diabetes medication to help patients control their blood sugar levels during meals.

     
  • GlenOaks to celebrate latest addition to hospital Jun 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights will celebrate its new Lagattuta Center For Health with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 2. The two-story addition, which opened in April, houses the hospital’s Wound Care Center. The facility also contains areas for oncology care, maternal fetal medicine and ambulatory care, Administrative Director of Marketing and Service Line Development Erin Gerber said Wednesday.

     
  • MyRehab short-term facility opening at Arlington Heights Lutheran Home Jun 25, 2014 5:08 AM
    The first of a three-part, $64 million expansion and reconstruction at Arlington Heights-based Lutheran Home will open Wednesday and start taking patients early next month. MyRehab is a 78-room short-term rehabilitation facility for patients recovering from falls, surgery, pneumonia or any other condition that requires additional medical attention after a hospital stay, officials said.

     
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