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  • Northwest Community CEO joins viral Ice Bucket Challenge Aug 15, 2014 8:23 PM
    Sitting next to a big bucket of ice, Northwest Community Hospital CEO Stephen Scogna was "afraid, very afraid." Scogna and hospital employees were doused in the viral Ice Bucket Challenge Friday to raise the profile of Lou Gehrig's Disease. "We're all here to share in the excitement of supporting ALS," Scogna said.

     
  • ‘Fort Knox’ security for Illinois marijuana trade Aug 15, 2014 5:17 PM
    Medical marijuana in Illinois will be encased in vaults, monitored by security guards and protected by fingerprint-recognition biometrics. It will be grown in enclosed, locked facilities. Silent alarms, 24-hour video surveillance and bulletproof glass will safeguard the retail centers where patients with special IDs will be escorted to their cars after buying pot.

     
  • ‘Bloom’ bursts on scene at Women’s and Children’s Hospital Aug 15, 2014 10:12 AM
    A large kinetic sculpture that literally bursts with energy has blossomed in the front entrance of Alexian Brothers Women and Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates. Called “Bloom,” the sculpture has 14 flowerlike blossoms made of acrylic, and a control dock at a child’s level, to let them to move the forms at the touch of a button.

     
  • What is Dense Breast Tissue? Aug 14, 2014 7:52 AM
    Did you know that breast tissue can differ from person to person? And those differences may hide abnormalities and create the need for additional screenings to ensure your breast health, experts say.

     
  • Doctors: Ebola drug poses ‘impossible dilemma’ Aug 13, 2014 7:37 PM
    Doctors treating a Sierra Leone physician with Ebola defended their decision not to give him an experimental drug, saying Wednesday they feared it was too risky. Calling it “an impossible dilemma,” Doctors Without Borders explained in detail last month’s decision in response to a New York Times story on the case. It would have been the first time the experimental drug was tried in humans.

     
  • Alexian, Loyola team up on expanded pediatric services Aug 13, 2014 1:35 PM
    Alexian and Loyola health systems will team up to expand their services for pediatrics specialists and services.

     
  • Spanish priest dies of Ebola; UN debates ethics Aug 12, 2014 11:02 AM
    A Spanish missionary priest being treated for Ebola died Tuesday in a Madrid hospital amid a worldwide debate over who should get experimental Ebola treatments. After holding a teleconference with medical experts around the world, the World Health Organization declared it is ethical to use unproven Ebola drugs and vaccines in the current outbreak in West Africa provided the right conditions are met. Its statement, however, sidestepped the key question of how to decide who should get the limited drugs.

     
  • Was Robin Williams’ humor a symptom of his disease? Aug 12, 2014 11:17 AM
    When someone as sparklingly witty as Robin Williams commits suicide, our first reaction is disbelief at the incongruity. Perhaps it shouldn’t be. Psychologists believe that some styles of humor can mask a greater susceptibility to depression. In fact, a certain sense of humor may be a symptom of a widespread, often untreated disease that disables and kills.

     
  • Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near Aug 12, 2014 11:59 AM
    The administration is warning hundreds of thousands of consumers they risk losing taxpayer-subsidized health insurance unless they act quickly to resolve issues about their citizenship and immigration status.

     
  • Barrington veteran creates charity to help spouses of wounded Aug 14, 2014 3:05 PM
    While many charities help the wounded warriors who come home from military service with physical and mental complications, a Barrington woman and her partner have created an organization to help the overburdened caretakers.

     
  • New chapel a fitting first for Good Shepherd renovations Aug 11, 2014 5:18 AM
    Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital on Monday will dedicate a new chapel in what hospital officials are calling a fitting first project completed in their $247 million campus modernization effort. The chapel is named after a pair of longtime hospital volunteers and supporters.

     
  • Couple's video follows as joy turns to dread — and back Aug 10, 2014 6:38 AM
    The happy time-lapse video chronicling her pregnancy and the birth of their son was nearing the finish line for Arlington Heights native Rob Marshall and his wife, Erin, when a life-threatening heart defect changed everything.

     
  • Lawmaker wants override of Quinn’s amendatory veto Aug 8, 2014 4:20 PM
    A Democratic legislator says he’ll call for an override of Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed changes to a plan aimed at curbing additional medical bill fees.

     
  • Fahey Medical Center in Des Plaines closes due to foreclosure Aug 8, 2014 4:22 PM
    A longtime medical clinic in Des Plaines has closed its doors due to foreclosure. An eviction notice from the Cook County Sheriff is posted on the doors of the Fahey Medical Center, which has been at 581 E. Golf Road since 1957.

     
  • Obama signs veterans’ health care overhaul Aug 7, 2014 2:23 PM
    President Barack Obama says the government must ensure that the Veterans Affairs Department has the resources to keep up with the demands of troops returning from war.

     
  • Major provisions of veterans health care bill Aug 7, 2014 9:26 AM
    A bill approved by Congress aims to alleviate delays many veterans have faced in getting treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics and end the widespread practice of covering up long wait times for appointments. The legislation also makes it easier to fire hospital administration and other senior VA executives.

     
  • Walgreen’s decision to stay raises more questions Aug 7, 2014 5:08 AM
    While Walgreen Co. cleared up speculation Wednesday when it announced its headquarters would stay in Deerfield, a number of other questions remain. Exactly where will the new Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. holding company be based? Will Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel push hard for a city vs. suburban location?

     
  • Veterans mental health summit planned for Chicago Aug 6, 2014 6:32 AM
    Veterans groups, elected officials and others will gather for a summit in Chicago on veterans’ mental health. According to a news release from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the event will take place Wednesday at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth will be the keynote speaker. A Democrat from suburban Chicago, Duckworth is a veteran who lost both legs and partial use of an arm when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the Black Hawk helicopter she was piloting in Iraq in 2004. The summit will begin with an overview of mental health issues facing veterans and then will feature discussions of smaller groups in an effort to develop strategies to address the needs of veterans.

     
  • Surgeon general who fought tobacco dies at 87 Aug 6, 2014 10:15 AM
    Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, who became the first surgeon general ever forced out of office by the president after he campaigned hard against the dangers of smoking during the Richard Nixon era, died Tuesday. He was 87.

     
  • 'Gluten-free’ labeling standards kick in Aug 5, 2014 8:12 AM
    Starting this week, “gluten-free” labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term “gluten-free” had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means. This new requirement is especially important for people who suffer from celiac disease and don’t absorb nutrients well. They can get sick from the gluten found in wheat and other cereal grains.

     
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