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  • Scholarship group has great first event Sep 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Donna Epton says the new scholarship organization, Excel Beyond 211 Dollars for Scholars, had a great first fundraising event at Wolff's flea Market in palatine.

     
  • Take some simple steps to lower cancer risk Sep 1, 2014 5:45 AM
    Q: Is it possible to prevent, or at least reduce, your risk of cancer?

     
  • Want to keep your home, independence as you age? Prevent falls Sep 1, 2014 5:45 AM
    Falls are a significant danger as we age. They cause serious injuries that can limit mobility, diminish quality of life and increase risk of premature death. They also are eminently preventable. The ease with which you can decrease someone’s risk of falling makes it a “public health no-brainer,” said Rita Wong, a professor of physical therapy at Marymount University in Arlington, Va.

     
  • How to manage your child’s headaches Sep 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    In a comprehensive article in Pediatrics in Review, Dr. Heidi Blume reports that in any given year, 58 percent of children will complain of some type of headache. Tension headache, often described as an episode of “band-like” or tightening pain, is the most common type of childhood headache.

     
  • Checker cab is nearing 60 and is built to last Sep 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    “I’ve loved Checkers ever since I was a little kid,” Joe Fay says. The Naperville resident isn’t referring to the board game. Fay has a passion for the Kalamazoo, Michigan, taxi-building company. In 2000 he purchased a 1957 Model A8 from a collector in Ohio.

     
  • Dustin Diamond returns again to his inner Screech Sep 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    Samuel “Screech” Powers of the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell” has become almost an icon. He was adorkable before there was such a thing. He even had a catchphrase: “Zoinks!” For Dustin Diamond, Screech has been a curse and a career. He played the character for a decade and then tried to run away from Bayside High as fast as he could. But Diamond is back this Labor Day weekend mining familiar territory.

     
  • Cannabis cuisine rises in wake of legalizations Sep 1, 2014 6:45 AM
    Cannabis cuisine, a small niche in the culinary world, is drawing more interest as the legalization movement moves pot closer to the mainstream.“When I sell books personally at events like Seattle Hempfest and Denver County Fair, response has been huge in those states that have newly legalized, and I will sell hundreds of copies over a weekend,” says Elise McDonough, author of the “The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook.”

     
  • Your health: Study finds breakfast may not be crucial Sep 1, 2014 6:15 AM
    It has long been hailed as the most important meal of the day, vital for getting the body going and preventing overeating later on. But breakfast may not be so vital after all, if new research is to be believed. Contrary to popular belief, the study found the first meal of the day had little impact on snacking or portion sizes later in the day. It also had no effect on metabolism.

     
  • Comedian wants to have fun with food Sep 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    Max Silvestri has always been a food guy. The Brooklyn comedian grew up in a large, Italian family where “entire lives” were planned around meals, and he spent much of his early 20s cooking fantastically ambitious dishes for unsuspecting dinner guests. Silvestri has also extensively covered the TV food scene, recapping cooking shows for the Web sites Eater and Grantland. This summer, he stepped up his culinary game even further: On top of releasing a stand-up album “King Piglet," he’s also co-hosting “The Feed,” a comedic cooking show on the FYI network.

     
  • ‘Dirty Work’ is nuanced, thoughtful story Sep 1, 2014 6:15 AM
    At the start of Gabriel Weston’s “Dirty Work,” Nancy Mullion, an obstetrician-gynecologist, has choked during surgery and left her patient in a coma. She now faces four weeks of intense scrutiny from a medical tribunal that will decide whether she should continue to practice medicine. “Dirty Work” is a nuanced, intelligent and thoughtful story told from a perspective not often heard from, that of an abortion provider.

     
  • House calls: Effort to improve care for frail Medicare patients may also save money Sep 1, 2014 5:45 AM
    Ten or 12 times a year, Beatrice Adams’ daughter would race her frail mother to the emergency room for high blood pressure or pain from a list of chronic illnesses. Then Adams found a doctor who makes house calls, and the 89-year-old hasn’t needed ER care in the nearly two years since.The old-fashioned house call is starting to make a comeback as part of an effort to improve care for some of Medicare’s most frail and expensive patients. While it may sound like a luxury, bringing team-based primary care into the homes of patients like Adams, according to a new study, actually could save Medicare money by keeping them from needing pricier specialty or hospital care.

     
  • Chase Rice has clever take on new country sound Sep 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    “Do It Like This” from Chase Rice's new album “Ignite the Night” opens with the sound of a scratching turntable, a vocoder-altered voice track, and an electronic drum pattern. Those conventions put Rice on the side of those country artists currently pushing a crossover style of country music that openly draws on pop and contemporary R&B.

     
  • ‘Shrek the Musical’ comes to ECC Sep 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    Everyone’s favorite upside-down fairy tale comes to Elgin in September when the Fox Valley Theatre Company presents “Shrek the Musical,” a song-and dance-filled stage adaptation of the award-winning animated film. Performances will be at the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College.

     
  • Be aware of poisons in your house, take steps to keep them away from young children Sep 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    “What is poison and what does it taste like?” asked a young patron at Grayslake Library.

     
  • Abercrombie loses cool, tries to reinvent Sep 1, 2014 9:10 AM
    Some of the hippest retailers of the not-too-distant past are struggling to adapt to a new era in which technology makes it possible for their competitors to respond more nimbly to teens’ fickle tastes. Abercrombie & Fitch, formerly the epitome of teen cool, is fighting along with rivals American Eagle and Aeropostale to lure back the legions of teenagers who abandoned them in recent years for trendier stores.

     
  • Patients to start applying for medical marijuana Tuesday Sep 1, 2014 4:07 PM
    One unanswered question about a new state law legalizing medical marijuana is just how many Illinois residents will actually ask for permission to use it. The extent of the demand should start to become clearer on Tuesday.

     
  • St. John Paul II statue dedication at Niles cemetery Sep 1, 2014 4:33 PM
    Catholic Cemeteries of Chicago has announced the addition of a new sculpture honoring Saint John Paul II at Maryhill Cemetery, 8600 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Niles. The 32-foot-tall sculpture will be dedicated by Most Rev. Andrew Wypych, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Lira Singers Quartet.

     
  • Paradise Park hosts fundraiser: Sep 1, 2014 4:30 PM
    Paradise Park Assisted Living & Memory Care in Fox Lake hosts its free Annual National Grandparent’s Day Picnic in the Park on Sunday, Sept. 7, to promote awareness and raise funds for The Alzheimer’s Association.

     
  • 3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling Sep 1, 2014 7:22 AM
    Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling.

     
  • CDC: e-cigarettes more cause youths to smoke Sep 1, 2014 7:00 AM
    Adolescents who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to smoke conventional cigarettes, according to a study released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

     
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