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  • Memory care facility under construction in Arlington Heights Jul 11, 2014 5:21 AM
    Construction is underway on Autumn Leaves, a new memory care facility in Arlington Heights that officials said will be open to patients by early 2015. Autumn Leaves specializes in housing for people living with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. The Arlington Heights location will house about 50 residents when the 30,000-square-foot, $12 million building opens on Arlington Heights Road.

     
  • 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.

     
  • NCH to have bigger presence at Arlington Hts. senior center Jul 9, 2014 1:01 AM
    Northwest Community Hospital will have a bigger presence at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, thanks to a new agreement approved by the village board on Monday. “We’ve been exploring avenues of how we can get increased health programs at the senior center," said Karen Hansen, senior center manager.

     
  • Illinois hospital fees to pay for error reports Jul 10, 2014 7:08 AM
    A new annual licensing fee for Illinois hospitals that takes effect this month will finally fund a system for reporting medical errors that was established by state law back in 2005. The new fee, which will raise about $1.7 million annually, was part of legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn last week. Hospitals had been the only licensed health care organizations in Illinois not paying a state licensing fee.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.”

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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