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  • Medical marijuana: 'Don't ask, don't tell' for state pot growers Sep 7, 2014 7:44 AM
    As Illinois begins its stringent process of licensing medical marijuana growers and sellers on Monday, one aspect of the business will be largely unregulated — where growers will get their seeds and starter plants. “It's kind of a 'don't-ask, don't-tell,'” says Michael Mayes, CEO of Quantum 9 Inc., a cannabis consulting and tech firm in Chicago.

     
  • Pesticide drift a persistent problem for organic farmers Sep 6, 2014 5:39 PM
    Pesticide drift is a serious concern for organic farmers and they’ve come up with several defenses, such as buffer strips. Twelve states are part of a registry of farms that tips off aerial and ground sprayers to areas they need to avoid. The aerial spraying industry and pesticide manufacturers, meanwhile, say they’ve made big strides in controlling drift through pilot education and new technologies.

     
  • Naperville pharmacy recalling compounded medications Sep 5, 2014 4:59 PM
    Martin Avenue Pharmacy in Naperville is issuing a voluntary recall of medications that were prepared on site after inspectors recently brought up concerns about sterile procedures. “The recall is being initiated in connection with a recent FDA inspection due to observations associated with certain quality control procedures that present a risk to sterility assurance,” the pharmacy said in a statement.

     
  • Change of ownership of Maryville hospital in Des Plaines in progress Sep 5, 2014 11:21 AM
    The transfer of ownership of the Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital to a for-profit firm is moving along, company officials said this week. “We’ve got a few more steps to be done," said Richard Kresch, president and CEO of 2014 Health LLC. "We’re hoping to have it all done before the end of the month.”

     
  • Bartlett considers memory care facility on Route 59 Sep 4, 2014 8:33 AM
    Artis Senior Living wants to build a memory care facility on half of a 10-acre site in Bartlett. After trustees grilled developers about the fate of the other half, Artis representatives have presented a list of nearly a dozen desirable neighbors, including retailers, offices and single-family homes.

     
  • Centegra opens new clinic for Sun City residents Sep 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    Residents of Sun City senior living community in Huntley now have access to an on-site clinic providing treatment for common illnesses, vaccinations and preventive care. Centegra Health System recently opened the walk-in clinic, located inside The Wellness Center at 12920 Del Webb Blvd., to exclusively serve Sun City residents. “They can drive their golf carts right up to the clinic,” said Mike Ford, vice president of operations for Centegra Physican Care.

     
  • Outdoor fitness program launches in Elgin Sep 3, 2014 5:41 AM
    Those who want to get their fix of fresh air while working out — come sun, rain or snow — can do that through Youtside Fitness Club new outdoor fitness program in Elgin. The program debuted with three Chicago locations in April. Elgin is the first suburban location.

     
  • Would you wear a FitBit so your boss could track your weight loss? Sep 1, 2014 3:53 PM
    Companies, facing rising health expenses, are increasingly buying or subsidizing fitness-tracking devices to encourage employees and their dependents to be more fit. The tactic may reduce corporate health-care costs by encouraging healthier lifestyles, even as companies must overcome a creepy factor and concerns from privacy advocates.

     
  • CDC: e-cigarettes more cause youths to smoke Sep 1, 2014 7:00 AM
    Adolescents who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to smoke conventional cigarettes, according to a study released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

     
  • Fewer drug overdose deaths in states with medical marijuan Sep 2, 2014 6:41 AM
    States that allow medical marijuana have 25 percent fewer prescription drug overdose deaths, a team of researchers reports in a newly released academic paper, suggesting that expanded access to marijuana, often used for its purported pain-alleviating qualities, could have unintended benefits.

     
  • 3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling Sep 2, 2014 10:35 AM
    Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling.

     
  • Study: Novel heart drug a ‘breakthrough’ Aug 30, 2014 5:19 PM
    During the 27-month study, the Novartis drug cut the chances of dying of heart-related causes by 20 percent and for any reason by 16 percent, compared to the older drug. It also reduced the risk of being hospitalized for heart failure by 21 percent.

     
  • Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov Aug 30, 2014 5:14 PM
    The form is called a 1095-A, and it lists who in each household has health coverage and how much the government paid each month to subsidize their premiums. Nearly 5 million people have gotten subsidies through HealthCare.gov.

     
  • ‘When I’m 64’ workshop offered at Barrington library Aug 29, 2014 2:33 PM
    The Barrington Area Council on Aging and the Barrington Area Library are sponsoring “When I’m 64,” a three-part workshop that will help guide 60 somethings as they look toward retirement. The workshops will be from 7-8:30 p.m. on Mondays from Sept. 8 through Sept. 22, at the Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington.

     
  • NCH to open rehab unit in 2015 Aug 29, 2014 5:44 PM
    Early next year Northwest Community Hospital will open a 17-bed inpatient physical rehabilitation unit at its main Arlington Heights location, officials said. NCH got approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board on Wednesday.

     
  • Senegal confirms its first case of Ebola Aug 29, 2014 8:39 AM
    Senegal has recorded its first case of Ebola in an outbreak that is ravaging its West African neighbors, the Ministry of Health said Friday. The infected person is a young man from Guinea, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters.

     
  • Chief in $800 million fraud gets 20-year sentence Aug 29, 2014 1:54 PM
    “My understanding is that most of the time, on the major decisions, it was you making the decisions,” Judge Robert Scola said. “It’s clear that you were the mastermind of the criminal enterprise.”

     
  • Get a glimpse of health care careers at Oakton Aug 29, 2014 11:05 AM
    Health care careers are hot. Take your first step toward a thriving profession by attending free information sessions at Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus. College faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends as well as to spotlight degree and certificate programs.

     
  • Editorial: We must study, regulate e-cigarettes carefully Aug 29, 2014 4:01 PM
    A Daily Herald editorial emphasizes that remarks about e-cigarettes by the American Heart Association are by no means approval of the product.

     
  • U of I among colleges screening some students for Ebola Aug 29, 2014 8:39 AM
    The roughly 30 Nigerian students expected at the University of Illinois will be pulled aside for a temperature check and private Ebola discussion when they arrive at the health center for mandatory immunization paperwork and tuberculosis screening, said Dr. Robert Palinkas, the center’s director. “Parents are comforted to know that there is a screening process, that we are alert for it, that we are prepared for it,” Palinkas said.

     
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