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  • 2nd Texas health worker with Ebola was on flight from Cleveland Oct 15, 2014 11:47 AM
    Health officials are alerting airline passengers who were on the same flight as a Texas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola the next day. The 132 passengers were on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth on Monday.

  • Dallas nurses cite sloppy conditions in Ebola care Oct 15, 2014 9:57 AM
    A Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and the nurses treating him worked for days without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released late Tuesday by the largest U.S. nurses’ union.

  • Health secretary: Hospital needed better oversight Oct 15, 2014 7:10 AM
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says the federal government could have performed “much better oversight” of the Dallas hospital where two health care workers caught Ebola after treating the first U.S. patient with the disease.

  • Revised Elk Grove police contract avoids health care “Cadillac” tax Oct 15, 2014 4:28 PM
    Elk Grove Village trustees have approved a two-year police contract extension that will allow the village to make changes to medical coverage and avoid paying a “Cadillac” tax mandated in the federal health care reform law. Mayor Craig Johnson said the updated police contract guarantees that “whatever changes need to be made ... to avoid the tax will be done.”

  • Liquid nicotine exposures up sharply among kids Oct 14, 2014 9:12 AM
    Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also is spiking.

  • U.S. charity helps N. Korea fight drug-resistant TB Oct 14, 2014 10:56 AM
    Despite worsening U.S.-North Korean relations, an American charity is ramping up efforts against an epidemic of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the isolated country, where it says it is making inroads in fighting the deadly disease.

  • CDC acknowledges it could have done more on Ebola Oct 14, 2014 9:21 PM
    The nation’s top disease-fighting agency acknowledged Tuesday that federal health experts failed to do all they should have done to prevent Ebola from spreading from a Liberian man who died last week in Texas to the nurse who treated him.

  • WHO: Ebola death rate rises to 70 percent Oct 14, 2014 9:06 AM
    The death rate in the Ebola outbreak has risen to 70 percent and there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week in two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday. WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward told reporters that if the world’s response to the Ebola crisis isn’t stepped up within 60 days, “a lot more people will die” and there will be a huge need to deal with the spiraling numbers of cases.

  • Suburban hospitals play it safe with Ebola; one patient put into isolation Oct 14, 2014 6:24 PM
    A patient was placed in isolation at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin while he was being assessed for the Ebola virus — which eventually was ruled out, hospital officials confirmed Monday. The patient reported flu-like symptoms and having recently traveled to Africa. “We knew from the start that the likelihood that patient would have Ebola was very, very slim, but we still have to enact all those protocols,” a spokeswoman said.

  • Constable: Mt. Prospect family’s history of hardship starts in Siberia Oct 11, 2014 11:58 PM
    The Schacht family of Mount Prospect handles the obstacles facing their disabled son with the same strength and determination their ancestors used to survive Stalin and escape to the United States. “All you have to do is turn around and look, and somebody’s got it worse,” Val Schacht says.

  • Bionic hands mimic human control with added sensation of touch Oct 11, 2014 7:44 AM
    New advances in prosthetic devices are allowing people with artificial hands to tell when they’re holding something without even looking, and pluck a stem from a cherry without bursting it, two studies have shown. Different groups in the United States and Europe Wednesday reported key breakthroughs in connecting healthy nerves to a prosthesis, giving patients whose hands or arms have been amputated better control of the devices and, for the first time, returning at least some of the sensation of touch. In one study, U.S. surgeons connected electrodes to nerves in a man’s forearm that were stimulated when someone placed something in his bionic hand. The procedure allowed the patient to tell when he was touching something without having to see it. In the other report, Swedish scientists surgically connected a titanium rod to existing bone, nerves and muscles in an undamaged part of the arm, then ran wires through the prosthesis helping the patient control its use more precisely. “What is fascinating about this is the perception of touch actually occurs in the brain, not in the hand itself,” said Dustin Tyler, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Research University in Cleveland, who led the U.S. effort. “Losing the limb is just losing the switch that turns that sensation on or off.” Both results were reported Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Igor Spectic, 48, said he vividly remembers the first time he felt his right hand again, two years after it was amputated following an industrial accident. Researchers working to craft his prosthetic pulled a curtain to limit his view and then placed a large, hard block into his palm. “I hadn’t felt anything other than pain for two years,” he said by telephone. The new sense of feeling “was amazing. It felt like my hand was actually working, that I didn’t have a prosthetic. That’s how close to reality it was for me.” The new hand allows Spectic to perform routine tasks in a laboratory without serious thought or concentration, he said, including picking up and drinking from a flimsy water bottle without squirting it all over or plucking stems from a cherry without bursting it. The most unexpected benefit was the end of his phantom pain, which he said often felt as if he was fiercely clenching his fist. “That was a bonus they didn’t anticipate,” he said. When researchers vary the intensity, frequency and location of the stimulation, it allows Spectic to pick up the signals for different fabrics such as burlap and cotton, textures like sandpaper, and motion such as a pulse or water running across his hand. There remain several steps ahead. For now, the sensors on his prosthetic arm are taped to the outside of the device, making it impossible to use at home. The researchers are working on an integrated system that would be sturdy enough for routine use. The sensors also can’t yet distinguish between textures, so Spectic only feels unique sensations beyond a tingling or pressure when the researchers deliver the stimulation. The Swedish scientists, meanwhile, developed a fully integrated robotic arm. Their patient, identified only as Magnus, has used the device at home and work for the past year, even sleeping with it attached. The tight connections allow Magnus, a truck driver, to have more precise, natural control over the arm. He can tie his children’s shoes, catch a ball out of the air and even crack an egg on command, according to their report in the journal. Using his old electric prosthesis, an egg or ball would fly out of his hand if he moved too quickly or extended his arm too far. “The major contribution of our work is we have this interface that allows implanted electrodes to become clinically viable,” said Max Ortiz Catalan, a research scientist at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. “Patients can take them home and use their prosthesis for their activities of daily living. We know it’s reliable and long- term,” he said in a telephone interview. Ortiz Catalan is planning a larger study of the devices, currently used only for Magnus, next year. The Cleveland researchers already are working with another amputee and companies to try to devise a prosthetic that incorporates the sensors into the device itself.

  • Deer Park event promotes breast cancer awareness Oct 11, 2014 7:52 PM
    Deer Park Town Center and Alexian Brothers Health System hosted an event Saturday that included yoga, a fashion show and kids activities Saturday to promote breast cancer awareness and help fund research.

  • ECC gets new mammography equipment Oct 10, 2014 6:11 PM
    Elgin Community College has acquired state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment to provide students hands-on training experience, officials said. The college started offering two new medical imaging programs this fall — mammography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It will offer a computed tomography program starting next fall. ECC is expanding its academic offerings in medical imaging because it is a growing field, said Deb Letizio, ECC’s director of medical imaging.

  • Priest celebrates Mass to thank those who saved his life Oct 10, 2014 5:40 AM
    While he doesn’t remember much from the day he almost died at University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, the Rev. Matthew Marshall is certain that the help he received from Mundelein first responders and staff at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville is a big reason he's still alive. "It was, I think, the most challenging circumstances I’ve ever been in.”

  • Elgin Academy to host health, education symposium Oct 10, 2014 4:14 PM
    Elgin Academy and Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin are hosting a Health and Education Symposium Oct. 18 featuring leading faculty, doctors and researchers in children’s education and health. The free event will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Elgin Academy campus, 350 Park St., Elgin. It is geared toward parents, professionals and children in the Fox Valley and suburban Chicago area.

  • Once-a-day pill for hepatitis C wins FDA OK Oct 10, 2014 4:13 PM
    “Gilead had an opportunity to demonstrate that it wants to be part of the affordability solution, but the company still seems to believe it has a blank check,” said America’s Health Insurance Plans, in a statement. Gilead executives say their drugs are cost effective, despite their large upfront cost.

  • Airport screening for Ebola: 5 things to know Oct 9, 2014 9:10 AM
    The Obama administration announced Wednesday that airline passengers arriving from the three West African countries experiencing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak will now be screened for potential exposure to the deadly disease when they arrive at five major U.S. airports, including O’Hare. Here are five things you need to know about the screenings.

  • U.S. military planes arrive at epicenter of Ebola Oct 9, 2014 7:29 PM
    Six U.S. military planes arrived in the Ebola hot zone Thursday with more Marines, as West Africa’s leaders pleaded for the world’s help in dealing with a crisis that one called “a tragedy unforeseen in modern times.”

  • Medical marijuana dispensary wants Naperville location Oct 9, 2014 4:11 PM
    A business that wants to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Naperville made its first pitch this week to planning and zoning officials. Hoffman Estates-based Greenway Herbal Care wants to open the business at 424 Fort Hill Drive, Unit 103. But the city’s planning and zoning commissioners stopped short of making a recommendation and instead asked the business owners to return for a second meeting on Oct. 29

  • PTA sponsors Schaumburg blood drive Oct. 23 Oct 9, 2014 12:48 PM
    The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs is helping Heartland sponsor a blood drive from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the board room of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s Rafferty Center.

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