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  • People who don’t have health insurance have until midnight Monday to enroll or else they’ll face federal tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act.

    Illinoisans encounter problems with health insurance signupMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Illinois residents who waited until the last day to sign up for health insurance poured into hospital lobbies and enrollment areas Monday, with some encountering the same kind of computer problems that greeted those who tried to be the first to participate back in October.

  • Unable to move his limbs, speak or blink, 4-year-old James exchanges a “nose bump” with his father, Jeff Fulkerson. Stacy and Jeff Fulkerson of Schaumburg hope an April 6 fundraiser moves them closer to their dream of buying a special van to transport their son.

    Community helping Schaumburg parents of boy with severe disabilitiesMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    When a child has severe disabilities that require round-the-clock care, insurance doesn't come close to providing all that is needed. Friends and family of Jeff and Stacy Fulkerson are hosting a fundraiser with the hope of buying a van that could handle their 4-year-old son's wheelchair. “We’ve had so much help,” Stacy says.

  •  President Barack Obama signs the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

    Health law legacy eludes ObamaMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Obama’s overhaul needs major work of its own if it is to go down in history as a legacy achievement like Medicare or Social Security. Major elements of the Affordable Care Act face an uncertain future.

  • People attend the American College of Cardiology’s conference Saturday in Washington.

    Studies find new drugs greatly lower cholesterolMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Several companies are developing these drugs, which are aimed at 70 million Americans and millions more worldwide who have high LDL or “bad” cholesterol, a major risk for heart disease.

  • Intel Corp. signage stands outside the company’s office in Santa Clara, California, U.S.

    Intel buys fitness tracker maker BasisMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chipmaker Intel has bought Basis Science, the startup behind the popular fitness tracker by the same name, for an undisclosed sum.

  • Surgical residents along surgical residents among with experienced surgeons train on a mannequin at the Surgical Simulation and Training Laboratory in the Department of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The operating room of the future is being tested in an ongoing experiment aimed at breaking down barriers that bog down care through open communication and better use of technology.

    Los Angeles doctors practice speeding up trauma careMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Before the car-wreck victim reached the emergency room, doctors, residents and nurses at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center knew what to expect by glancing at their smartphones. This was not just another day in the hospital. It was a laboratory billed as the “OR of the future,” an ongoing experiment aimed at breaking down barriers that bog down care through open communication, better use of technology and teamwork.

  •  This combination of undated family photos shows, from left, Amber Marie Rose, Natasha Weigel, and Amy Rademaker. All three were killed in deadly car crashes involving GM’s Cobalt during 2005-2006.

    NTSB oversight of GM problems raises questionsMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Associated Press review of complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that over a nine-year period, 164 drivers reported that their 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts stalled without warning. That was far more than any of the car’s competitors from the same model years, except for the Toyota Corolla, which was recalled after a government investigation in 2010.

  •  A floor hand signals Monday to the driller to pull the pipe from the mouse hole on Orion Drilling Co.’s Perseus drilling rig near Encinal in Webb County, Texas. The debate over methane emissions comes as oil and gas drilling has expanded across the country amid improvements in drilling techniques.

    White House plan targets methane emissionsMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The White House plan, which could lead to several new regulations on energy production and waste management, comes amid concerns about increased methane emissions resulting from an ongoing boom in drilling for oil and natural gas.

  • Harper nursing alumni, students to gather at symposiumMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Past graduates of Harper College's nursing program will gather at the fourth annual Nursing Alumni Symposium to continue their goal of lifelong learning and pass along some words of wisdom to current students.

  • Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler visits with Michelle Katz, 15, of Buffalo Grove at Lutheran General Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge on Thursday.

    Jimmy Butler visits sick children in Park RidgeMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chicago Bulls player Jimmy Butler and the team mascot, Benny the Bull, visited Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge Thursday afternoon to bring cheer and distraction to the patients and their families.

  • Good Shepherd earns chest pain accreditationMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Lake Barrington has received accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, the hospital announced this week. The organization gave the hospital Chest Pain Center Accreditation after staff engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

  • Demonstrators participate Tuesday in a rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington as the court heard oral arguments in the challenges of President Barack Obama's health care law requirement that businesses provide their female employees with health insurance that includes access to contraceptives. Supreme Court justices are weighing whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law that requires coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.

    Birth control rule seems to divide Supreme CourtMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Seemingly divided, the Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama's health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees' preventive care plans.

  •  A pedestrian walks outside a Merck & Co. facility in Summit, New Jersey. The second-biggest U.S. drugmaker by sales will lay off 8,500 workers and revamp its research and development after seeing new medicines delayed by U.S. regulators.

    An early gain fades on Wall StreetMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Dow Jones industrial average lost 28.35 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,302.70. The Nasdaq composite dropped 42.50 points, or 1 percent, to 4,276.79. Health care stocks fell the most in the S&P 500 index. Gilead lost $3.46, or 5 percent, to $72.07. Biogen Idec fell $28.51, or 8 percent, to $318.53.

  • Urgent Care Association unveils accreditation programMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Urgent Care Association of America, based in Naperville, announced the creation of a national accreditation and certification program for the urgent care industry.

  •  Officials announced Thursday that the Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines will close by June, pending state approval.

    Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital to closeMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Maryville Academy officials announced Thursday their plans to close the Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines by June, citing heavy financial losses. The announcement comes in the midst of ongoing negotiations with a labor union representing nursing employees at the hospital, and just days after conclusion of a five-day strike by nurses protesting what they said are unsafe staffing levels and unfair labor practices.

  • NCH rehab office moves to Mount ProspectMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Northwest Community Healthcare Physical Rehabilitation Services office in north Arlington Heights has relocated to the NCH Health Center at 199 W. Rand Road, Mount Prospect.

  • Maryville nurses and management return to the table FridayMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Negotiating teams for the management of the Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines and a union representing nurse employees will be back at the negotiating table Friday to try to come to agreement on staffing levels and salaries. The discussions with a federal mediator, expected to be the 28th formal negotiating session since February 2013, follow a five-day strike March 10-14 to protest what nurses contend are unsafe staffing levels at the facility.

  • Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital First in the Northwest Suburbs to Implant S-ICD Defibrillator in Patient at Risk of Sudden Cardiac ArrestMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is the first hospital in the northwest suburbs to implant a subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD).

  •  After being greeted by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, center right, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves the House chamber Friday on Capitol Hill in Washington, where the Republican-controlled House voted for the 51st time in 26 months to neuter the nation’s health care law.

    New health insurance rights for same-sex couples Mar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The new HHS policy says that if an insurance company offers spousal coverage to heterosexual couples, it must also provide that benefit to same-sex couples who were legally married in a jurisdiction that recognizes marriage between people of the same sex.

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