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  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Buffalo Grove could get Lake County’s first marijuana dispensary Aug 5, 2014 12:35 PM
    Buffalo Grove could become the first community in Lake County to host a medical marijuana dispensary, if the state grants a license to Midwest Releaf, based in Gurnee, which wants to open the dispensary in an industrial area of Buffalo Grove near Milwaukee and Aptakisic.

     
  • Illinois opens insurance records to public Aug 5, 2014 5:40 PM
    Illinois for the first time is making public the official forms filed by insurance companies when they set the rates they’ll charge consumers. Department of Insurance Director Andrew Boron announced the new online access Tuesday.

     
  • '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.

     
  • Contractors to blame for HealthCare.gov problems, probe finds Aug 3, 2014 6:22 AM
    Federal health officials were responsible for the problem-pocked start of HealthCare.gov last year because of poor planning and lax oversight of outside contractors, according to government investigators who warned that “significant risks remain” that some Americans could again have trouble buying coverage in the federal health insurance marketplace this fall.

     
  • Hawaii health care faces federal threat Aug 3, 2014 7:35 AM
    Janice Nakamura knows the financial burden of going without health care, and she’s thankful for the Hawaii law that strictly mandates expansive, employer-provided coverage for her and her family. The Nakamuras are among the 763,000 Hawaii residents — more than half the state’s population — who rely on a unique, longstanding system that has been jeopardized by the federal health care overhaul.

     
  • Colorado panel considers new look for edible pot Aug 1, 2014 1:09 PM
    “How are we going to be able to make these edibles identifiable to the public, so that they know this is marijuana? This is a very, very heavy lift,” said Gina Carbone, a volunteer for SMART Colorado, a group critical of the marijuana industry.Carbone suggested that some edible marijuana products — such as lollipops or gummy bears — shouldn’t be allowed for commercial sale because they are likely to appeal to kids.

     
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