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  • Clinical trials on tap for possible Ebola vaccine Nov 13, 2014 9:26 AM
    A top U.S. health official says long-anticipated clinical trials of a possible Ebola vaccine will start soon in West Africa, as the global response to the outbreak took on added urgency with new cases in Mali and reports that the death toll has surpassed 5,000.

     
  • GOP angered by remark that ACA passed with Americans’ ‘stupidity’ Nov 13, 2014 9:49 PM
    [No Paragraph Style]NewsThe Republican Party’s ardent campaign against President Barack Obama’s health care law gained new momentum this week as lawmakers reacted angrily to assertions by an architect of the policy that it was crafted in a deliberately deceptive way in order to pass Congress.

     
  • Schaumburg mulls $100,000 fee for medical pot dispensary Nov 13, 2014 5:07 PM
    Schaumburg officials are considering an annual $100,000 impact fee to cover governmental costs generated by any medical marijuana dispensary that may locate in the village. Though only one state license is available for the total area covered by Elk Grove and Schaumburg townships, the village of Schaumburg itself has received seven applications for a dispensary.

     
  • Ebola workers ask Congress for help Nov 12, 2014 10:34 AM
    Health workers on the front line of the Ebola crisis say the need for urgent help isn’t letting up, as Congress begins considering President Barack Obama’s $6.2 billion emergency aid request to fight the disease.

     
  • Businesses cash in as women chase bigger butts Nov 11, 2014 3:56 PM
    Gym classes that promise a plump posterior are in high demand. A surgery that pumps fat into the buttocks is gaining popularity. And padded panties that give the appearance of a rounder rump are selling out. In other words, the U.S. booty business is getting a big bump.

     
  • Nurses' care sparks legacy gift to Northwest Community Hospital Nov 11, 2014 8:48 AM
    The compassionate care of orthopedic nurses for a patient more than 10 years ago has resulted in a nearly million dollar bequest to Northwest Community Hospital by the Laseke family. “I wanted to make sure she wasn't in pain and was comfortable,” said Mary Justo,then fresh out of nursing school.

     
  • Quitting tobacco isn’t easy for cigarette-selling CVS rivals Nov 9, 2014 7:41 AM
    CVS Health Corp. has quit tobacco. Its competitors aren’t finding it so easy. Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. — retail pharmacies whose cigarette displays are the last thing customers see when checking out — say that helping tobacco users quit is enough, and that they don’t plan to follow CVS and quit selling cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.

     
  • Boomers turn to online tools for health care needs Nov 9, 2014 7:00 AM
    Recognizing the needs and potential of such a huge market, companies are developing a variety of health-related technologies geared toward the needs of people in their 50s and 60s. Some of the technologies are aimed at the baby boomers themselves and others at helping people like Rubin care for aging parents.

     
  • What small business can expect in the new Congress Nov 9, 2014 7:32 AM
    The shift in power in Congress may give small businesses help with taxes and regulations, but there’s little expectation that sweeping changes are in store. In fact, more gridlock could be on the way.

     
  • Medical marijuana dispensary proposed in Des Plaines Nov 7, 2014 5:01 PM
    Only one potential medical marijuana dispensary has applied to the state to open a facility within the city limits of Des Plaines, officials said. Prime Wellness of Illinois is seeking one of the highly sought-after state licenses to sell medical marijuana. Company investors are hoping they’ll be able to open within a currently vacant 4,000-square-foot retail tenant space at 415 W. Touhy Ave.

     
  • Prices increase slightly on Illinois health plans Nov 7, 2014 6:41 PM
    Prices for the cheapest “bronze” plans will increase by an average of 11 percent. Bronze plans, which cover fewer medical expenses and are less expensive, were selected last year by 29 percent of Illinois shoppers. People can switch plans starting Nov. 15, and the second open enrollment season under President Barack Obama’s health care law runs through Feb. 15.

     
  • Buffalo Grove police grow beards for health Nov 4, 2014 4:24 PM
    During the month of November, about 20 Buffalo Grove police officers will be growing facial hair in support of The Movember Foundation and their efforts to raise public awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues affecting men.

     
  • Constable: World colored by never-ending pain for people with rare disorder Nov 4, 2014 9:29 AM
    The never-ending pain can't stop Kathleen McGilll of Arlington Heights from observing Illinois' first "Color the World Orange" day to bring attention to an ailment known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. “Some days are better than others, but I don’t go a day without crying about it,” McGill says.

     
  • Team climbs Willis Tower in honor of Arlington Heights boy Nov 2, 2014 6:18 PM
    A team of more than 40 people climbed the stairs at Chicago’s Willis Tower on Sunday in honor of an Arlington Heights boy who team members hope will soon be able to tackle stairs on his own. Ethan Sappington, 2, recently lost both of his feet, his entire left hand and much of his right hand due to a nearly fatal case of sepsis. He is now learning how to walk with the help of prosthetics.

     
  • IDPH: Maine nurse would not be quarantined in Illinois Nov 1, 2014 7:45 AM
    Had the Maine nurse at the center of an ebola controversy lived in Illinois the state would not have imposed a quarantine on her, considering her "low risk," a Public Health spokeswoman said Friday.

     
  • Americans’ new way of losing pounds is leaving Weight Watchers behind Nov 1, 2014 7:43 AM
    This should be the perfect time for a company such as Weight Watchers to thrive. The United States is still one of the fattest nations on the planet, with a third of the country considered dangerously overweight. Global obesity has nearly doubled since 1980, growing into one of the world’s most intractable public health crises -- and opening a huge market for the weight-loss industry. Yet Weight Watchers, the 50-year-old diet giant selling a slimmer, fitter America, has never looked so gaunt.

     
  • Soldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same Oct 31, 2014 10:06 AM
    A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends.

     
  • Samsung Life told to brace for 96-year life spans Oct 30, 2014 7:55 AM
    South Korea’s insurers have been told by regulators to boost capital to prepare for an aging population, with the United Nations predicting a world-beating average life expectancy of 95.5 years by the end of the century.

     
  • Sandy’s mental health impact looms large Oct 29, 2014 12:19 PM
    New York health officials estimate about 700,000 residents are still experiencing mental health problems from Superstorm Sandy, which hit on Oct 29, 2012. In the 15 months since Sandy, New Jersey has supported a disaster mental health program that served 500,000 people. “There’s just this sort of cumulative stress that has taken a toll on people,” said Renee Burawski, director of Office for Sandy Recovery in the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

     
  • Funding to tame an Ebola outbreak has fallen short Oct 29, 2014 11:57 AM
    The nation’s preparedness effort to fight outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases has been under-funded and lacking in political will and commitment.

     
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