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  • Chicago ordinance requires permits for pot shops Jul 31, 2014 5:40 PM
    Chicago aldermen have approved an ordinance requiring medical marijuana retailers to obtain a special use permit before setting up a shop.

     
  • Is your favorite restaurant meal on worst-calorie list? Jul 31, 2014 2:14 PM
    If you’re trying to eat healthy, what is the worst thing you could put in your mouth right now? Sadly, the answer may be some heavenly but calorie-laden meals at your favorite suburban restaurants. See which meals at local resturants make the Extreme Eating Awards list and how many calories you're downing when you indulge in gastrointestinal bliss.

     
  • Batavia couple planning Naperville marijuana dispensary Jul 31, 2014 5:58 AM
    Traci and Hugo Fernandez already fight the pain and paralysis of chronic spinal cord injuries through a nonprofit organization they created, the United Paralysis Foundation. Now the Batavia couple are coming at spinal cord injuries from another angle as they aim to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Naperville and Joliet. “People are constantly looking for relief from the chronic pain and the things that go along with mobility issues,” Traci Fernandez said.

     
  • Illinois warns insurers of discrimination ban Jul 29, 2014 5:44 PM
    Illinois regulators issued a reminder to health insurers that it is illegal to deny coverage to someone because they are transgender, drawing praise from the gay rights community. The bulletin, which was dated Monday and announced Tuesday, notes that both new and amended policy filings should comply with provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act and the Illinois Mental Health Parity Act — which prohibit discrimination against transgender people because of general identity or health conditions.

     
  • Q&A on conflicting health care rulings mean? Jul 27, 2014 7:32 AM
    Some questions and answers about what's next for the Affordable Health Care Act after contradictory rulings this week.

     
  • Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers Jul 27, 2014 7:35 AM
    Government officials say consumers who have received different subsidy amounts — probably made some mistake entering personal details such as income, age and even ZIP codes. The Associated Press interviewed insurance agents, health counselors and attorneys around the country who said they received varying subsidy amounts for the same consumers.

     
  • Russia’s war on McDonald’s targets Filet-O-Fish, burgers Jul 25, 2014 7:57 PM
    Russia said earlier this week that it had no intention of answering Western sanctions by making it harder for Western companies to conduct business in Russia. But all bets are off, apparently, when you threaten the Russian waistline. The Russian federal consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor filed a lawsuit against Oak Brook-based McDonald’s alleging too many calories in, for example, the Filet-o-Fish.

     
  • Elgin assisted-living facilities break ground Jul 23, 2014 5:15 AM
    Two new nursing and rehab facilities are being built in Elgin and are expected to open sometime next year. Elgin Memory Care, a nursing and personal care facility at Shannon Parkway and Daisy Lane, should be completed by next summer; Addison Rehabilitation and Living Center, a skilled nursing facility at 1760 Capital Street, might be done by early next year. Both are on Elgin's west side.

     
  • Northwest Community looks to add rehab facility Jul 23, 2014 12:13 AM
    Northwest Community Healthcare hopes to open 17-bed rehabilitation facility at its Arlington Heights hospital. The $3 million project was the subject of a public hearing Tuesday in front of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.

     
  • New CEO named for U of I hospital Jul 21, 2014 4:27 PM
    A senior adviser to University of Illinois President Robert Easter has been named CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital. Avijit Ghosh has been appointed to the job pending approval Thursday from university trustees.

     
  • Companies dropping birth control have to tell workers, U.S. says Jul 20, 2014 7:41 AM
    Closely held companies that decide to drop insurance coverage of birth control for religious reasons have 60 days to tell their employees after they end the benefits, the Obama administration said.

     
  • Firing fat staff may be discrimination, EU court aide says Jul 20, 2014 7:40 AM
    Obese workers may be able to sue for workplace discrimination, a legal adviser to the European Union’s top court said. Advocate General Niilo Jaaskinen said the EU Court of Justice should rule that if obesity “has reached such a degree that it plainly hinders participation in professional life,” it should be treated as a disability.

     
  • Doctors, nurses relying more on tablets in hospitals Jul 20, 2014 7:32 AM
    Hospital employees are increasingly using mobile devices -- tablets, smartphones, and occasionally wearable computers such as Google Glass -- to access electronic medical records, both at the patient’s bedside or in the operating room.

     
  • Ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges Jul 19, 2014 1:57 PM
    Chris Green, a spokesman for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which along with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is a plaintiff in both lawsuits, said farm groups should be concerned about the public’s perception that slaughterhouses and farms are operating in the dark.

     
  • Shunned by adults, smartwatches take aim at kids Jul 19, 2014 7:31 AM
    With smartwatches drawing lukewarm interest from most consumers, some technology companies are trying a fresh approach: market them to kids. LG Electronics, VTech Holdings and Filip Technologies have all developed high-tech watches for children, undaunted by the slow progress the industry has made in pitching the devices to adults.

     
  • Nominees Sought for 2014 Nurse of the Year Award Jul 18, 2014 7:27 AM
    The Leukemia Research Foundation has recognized hematology/oncology nurses with its annual award since 1996.

     
  • Autumn Leaves of South Barrington to Celebrate Grand Opening Jul 18, 2014 7:11 AM
    The LaSalle Group, a national leader in memory care with more than 15 years of experience, has opened Autumn Leaves of South Barrington. The 29,000 square foot, $11.1 million memory care community will provide specialized care to nearly 50 residents living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and memory impairment.

     
  • Company offers $23 million for Maryville hospital in Des Plaines Jul 18, 2014 6:25 PM
    A New York-based for-profit behavioral health care firm is offering $23 million to purchase the Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines. “Maryville (hospital) is kind of an interesting place in that it seems to have a lot of potential,” said Richard Kresch, who runs 2014 Health LLC. He's planning to find more clients for the money-losing hospital to make it profitable.

     
  • EPA proposal could block huge Alaska mine Jul 18, 2014 1:27 PM
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restrictions Friday that would essentially block development of a planned massive gold-and-copper mine near the headwaters of a world premier salmon fishery in Alaska.

     
  • U.S. News list: Suburban hospitals among the 'best' Jul 16, 2014 12:51 PM
    Several suburban hospitals, including those in the Advocate and Alexian Brothers health care systems, were ranked among the best locally and nationally, according to the U.S. News and World Report's 2014-2015 Best Hospitals released today. Five hospitals within the Downers Grove-based Advocate Health Care system are listed among the top 25 hospitals in the Chicago area.

     
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