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2 cases of Legionnaires’ linked to Schaumburg hotel: state officials

State and county health officials inspected the hotel on Thursday.

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Illinois becomes first state to require EpiPen costs covered for kids

Illinois State Senator Julie Morrison said no child should suffer because they can’t afford an EpiPen. The cost of the EpiPen jumped from $57 in 2007 to about $500 in 2016.

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Mormon church reiterates ban on fancy coffee drinks, vaping, marijuana

The new declaration clears up issues that could be confusing for young people within the religion’s "Word of Wisdom," a set of rules about what foods and drinks are good for members and what substances they should avoid.

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FDA pushing for new graphic warning labels on cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed 13 new warnings that would appear on all cigarettes, including images of cancerous neck tumors, diseased lungs and feet with amputated toes.

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State’s 1st human case of West Nile virus in 2019 reported in Chicago

A Chicago man in his 70s came down with the illness in late July, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Why many patients are losing sleep — over apnea treatment

Many people have a negative reaction to CPAP machines. The big whoosh of air in your throat. The restrictive mask on your face. It can be a lot to adjust to.

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Your HSA account comes with a whole lot more buying power than you think

Items such sunscreen, baby monitors and wheel chairs can be purchased with Health Savings Account funds.

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Cook County plans new Provident Hospital — building on history of ‘iconic South Side institution’

The proposed new hospital will include 42 medical and surgical beds, six beds in the intensive care unit, eight operating rooms and two procedure rooms, diagnostic radiology and cardiovascular imagery, an 18-bay emergency department and 70 outpatient exam rooms.

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Officials warn of potential salmonella exposure at Clearing grocery store

Customers who shopped at Sun View Produce, 6110 W. 63rd St., and purchased pork tamales or carnitas from the deli section since July 1 may have been exposed to the bacteria, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health.

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6 hospitalized in Illinois with vaping-related breathing problems

Their symptoms included chest pains, shortness of breath, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea.

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Westlake Hospital might close after judge delays contempt ruling

Melrose Park says hospital has told staff it will shut its doors Friday.

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Westlake Hospital tells workers it will close Friday, village says in seeking to block move

The village of Melrose Park has filed an emergency motion to stop the hospital from shutting down.

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Vaping, juice cleanses, fitness trackers: ‘healthy’ fads with risks

Comments praising the health benefits of trends can spread lightning-fast on social media. It’s important to stay informed about the pros and cons and make sure you’re not harming yourself.

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‘Ear tickling’ therapy — Is this the secret to slowing down aging?

The therapy, known as transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation, sends tiny currents of electricity into the ear that travel down to the body’s nervous system.

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Little Company of Mary Hospital launches $25 million expansion

The Evergreen Park hospital will nearly double the size of its emergency department.

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Westlake Hospital files for bankruptcy

The Melrose Park hospital is about 80% empty and losing nearly $3 million a month, the owners say.

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Rabid bat in Braidwood 4th found in Will County this year

In 2018, there were 19 confirmed rabid bats captured in Will County.

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Medicaid managed care reforms signed into law

Bill aims to reduce application backlog, speed payments to providers

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‘Icing on the cake’ — Bucktown man receives heart transplant on 45th birthday

Marc Lestinsky was diagnosed with heart failure in 2014 as a long-term side effect of chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma he had as a child.

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With unexpected loss, Gift of Hope director walks in shoes of organ donorship families

In June, Marion Shuck’s husband suffered a massive heart attack. Promoting this National Minority Donor Awareness Month is now very personal.

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Stretches, strategies for easing neck and shoulder pain strain

To combat what’s now called "text neck" and other physical issues from straining to use your phone or desktop computer, we’ve got 3 exercises you can do at work or home.

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‘Luke Skywalker’ bionic hand could help amputees feel again

Scientists have developed a prosthetic system that will allow patients to regain their sense of touch. It’s named for the robotic arm Luke Skywalker receives in "The Empire Strikes Back."

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U.S. pushes for clarity on ‘use by,’ ‘sell by’ dates on products

Regulators are again urging food makers to reduce the variety of terms that cause confusion about when food should be thrown out.

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Senator files bill banning cancer-causing ethylene oxide emissions

Suburban Republican ‘ready to go’ for special session aimed at Sterigenics.

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Surgical notes: If I’m talking, I’m still alive

The day before surgery, we met again with Dr. Patel. He explained there were a few actual risks to discuss, such as the chance of my being paralyzed, though this was rare.

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Summer: time for baseball, beaches, and spinal surgery

The doctor breezed in, glanced at the MRI and said I needed a C4-6 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion and C5 corpectomy — in English, cutting into the front of my throat, sawing open three vertebrae and replacing a couple of collapsed discs with wedges made of corpse bone.

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Fifth positive West Nile virus sample reported in Will County this year

It hasn’t affected any humans in Illinois so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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2 cases of Legionnaires’ reported at Rush Oak Park Hospital: state officials

Legionella bacteria are transmitted through water droplets and can cause serious lung infections and possibly death.

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Charo finally opens up about husband’s suicide

Charo appeared on Thursday’s episode of "The Talk." It was her first televised interview since his death.

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Cubicle Crunch: Working out at work is easy and doable

Long stretches of remaining sedentary can start to shorten your muscles, cause aches and pains, and put stress on the entire body.

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John Prine to undergo surgery, postpones concerts

The singer will have a stent inserted during a procedure on Friday. Doctors say the surgery will lessen his elevated risk of stroke.

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Blue Cross owner gets new leadership

Steiner exits as president and CEO of Health Care Service Corp.