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Legionnaires’ case confirmed at a Bolingbrook senior home

State and local health officials could not identify a potential outside source of the Legionnaires’. So far, water inside the building has tested negative for the disease.

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Preckwinkle says push for ‘enhanced collaboration’ at county health system no power grab

Preckwinkle alluded to a greater need for "communication, accountability and transparency" six times in her Thursday news conference.

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Preckwinkle prescribes major corrective surgery to fix ills of county’s hospitals and health system

Preckwinkle called for "enhanced collaboration" with the independent board that now runs the Cook County Health System, proposing amendments that would allow her to directly appoint a member to the board.

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Flu blinds, nearly kills 4-year-old Iowa girl: ‘There were no warning signs,’ mom says

Jade DeLucia spent more than two weeks at the hospital, and her family is now focused on recovery at home.

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Three Legionnaires’ disease cases reported at two Chicago nursing homes

Legionnaires’ Disease is a serious lung infection caused by Legionella bacteria. Those who contract the disease often experience symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, fever and muscle aches and headaches.

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State’s first child flu death of season reported in Chicago, city health officials say

The health agency used the announcement to urge parents to vaccinate themselves to protect their children.

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UIC hospital plans $191 million outpatient center

The six-story facility would be backed by a public-private partnership.

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Co-pay for taxpayers? Ousted Cook County Health CEO in line for ‘rich severance’ of half a million plus

On top of that severance payout, the county health system will likely shell out more money to find Shannon’s permanent replacement.

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Electric scooter injuries surge along with their popularity

Nearly 40,000 broken bones, head injuries, cuts and bruises resulting from scooter accidents were treated in U.S. emergency rooms from 2014 through 2018, a new study says.

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Chicago Lakeshore Hospital plans to move patients from facility in January

The Uptown hospital is the subject of a recently filed federal lawsuit that claims several patients were abused there.

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Trump suggests some flavored vapes may be pulled from market

E-cigarette pods formulated to taste like tobacco or menthol might be allowed.

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Data breach at Sinai Health System put personal info of nearly 13,000 people at risk

The health care network said someone gained unauthorized access to two employee email accounts.

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Health experts expect rise in pot-related ER visits after legalization

"We’re prepared to handle more calls about cannabis and to see more patients in the ER," said Dr. Jenny Lu. a physician at Stroger Hospital.

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‘Christmas miracles’ — Chicago surgeon performs 3 kids’ heart transplants in 4 days

"There’s been a lot of Christmas miracles this year," surgeon Carl Backer said Friday after the third operation. "When we put the new donor heart in, I always say, ‘Welcome to your new home.’"

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Map: Here’s where you can buy legal weed starting Jan. 1

Dozens of existing medical dispensaries have been awarded licenses to start selling recreational cannabis at the start of the year, including 10 in Chicago.

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Ex-Hinsdale South teachers sue Sterigenics over cancers

Six former teachers contend in a lawsuit filed Friday that ethylene oxide emissions from the company’s medical supplies sterilization facilities in Willowbrook gave them cancer.

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New HIV diagnoses in Chicago down 19% from 2014, report finds

About 27 in every 100,000 Chicago residents were diagnosed with HIV in 2018. That’s down 3% from the new diagnoses reported in 2017 and down 19% since 2014.

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Health officials investigating possible measles exposures at O’Hare and Greektown, Near North businesses

A traveler with the disease visited Mr. Greek Gyros in Greektown, a Starbucks in Near North and Terminals 1 and 3 at O’Hare between Dec. 12 and Dec. 17.

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Breathless in the night; the struggle to treat sleep apnea

You could be one of the nearly 1 billion of the world’s 8 billion people who stop breathing while they sleep, and you might not know you have a condition that could kill you.

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Getting a medical marijuana card is easier than ever — and it could help you avoid lines, save money when recreational sales start

Those who qualify can start buying legal weed within less than 24 hours after applying.

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3 cases of Legionnaires’ Disease possibly linked to Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

Legionnaires’ Disease is a type of pneumonia that is caused by swallowing or inhaling the legionella bacteria, according to the CDC.

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Group says it will buy MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island

David Smith said he hopes to bring back urgent care and outpatient services in a few weeks.

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Nurses at Northwest Side hospital vote to join union

Registered nurses at Community First Medical Center are seeking competitive pay and better benefits, the union said.

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FCC approves 9-8-8 as new three-digit suicide prevention hotline in US

When the months-long process of implementation is completed, U.S. residents will be able to call 988 for help in a mental health emergency, just as 911 connects people in need to first-responders for other emergencies.

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5 students treated for taking Xanax at South Side grade school

Chicago police said the students were between 13 and 14 years old.

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Alleged billion-dollar fraud scheme leads to guilty plea by former Outcome Health exec

Ashik Desai, once a vice president at the company, also has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

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White Castle recalling frozen hamburgers, cheeseburgers over ‘possible presence of Listeria’

The recalled products have "best by dates" ranging from Aug. 4, 2020 to Aug. 17, 2020, according to the notice.

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Owners, managers of Lincoln Park nursing home accused in lawsuit of covering up theft of $700,000 from resident

The money represents the life savings of 98-year-old Grace Watanabe, a WWII Japanese internment camp survivor.

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Hospital grants man’s dying wish: A wedding before hospice care

‘I love you,’ Javier Rodriguez whispered to his bride as they stood at a hastily decorated altar. Crystal Cuevas put a trembling hand over her mouth and wept.

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Are you shoveling your snow wrong? Here’s how to do it more safely

Snow shoveling is so dangerous because it increases heart rate and blood pressure, while exposure to the cold air decreases the flow of oxygenated blood to the heart.

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U of C nurses vote ‘overwhelmingly’ to ratify new contract

Nurses had reached a tentative agreement Saturday, averting a strike that would have started Tuesday.

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When e-cigarette makers insist they don’t market to kids, consider the source

If vaping is really a safe and effective way to quit smoking, let the Food and Drug Administration — not companies such as Juul — prove it.