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Workers, Mount Sinai Hospital agree on a tentative contract

The three-year proposal includes wages of least $15 an hour and addresses staffing concerns.

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Judge rejects Trump administration’s religious objection rule that would have protected health care providers who refuse to perform abortions

The rule, which would have gone into effect this month, would have allowed health care providers to refuse to perform abortions, sterilizations and other procedures on religious or moral grounds.

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$101 million jury verdict reached for baby born with brain damage in Oak Park

Tequila Snow and her son, 5-year-old Gerald Sallis, were awarded $101 million after a month-long trial, attorneys said.

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Advocates, former patients demand that Lightfoot honor campaign promise to reopen 6 shuttered mental health centers

Lightfoot’s budget earmarks $9.3 million to increase capacity at five remaining city clinics and support a "network of 20 trauma-informed centers of care."

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Mount Sinai Hospital workers announce strike date after negotiations stall

More than 400 employees at Mount Sinai Hospital and Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital will walk off the job Nov. 11 if an agreement isn’t reached.

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Turned away: Some Chicago hospitals still routinely divert ambulances from ERs despite dangers

Illinois authorities are supposed to investigate each ‘bypass,’ following the death of a Chicago infant 30 years ago. But that isn’t happening. And state oversight is lax.

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Third Illinois resident dies from vaping: state officials

The health department announced the death Thursday, saying the resident recently vaped and had been hospitalized for a severe lung injury.

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How accurate is the portrayal of mental illness in ‘Joker’?

Some experts say it incorrectly strengthens the link between mental illness and violence.

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How to choose the right health care plan during open enrollment

These steps won’t guarantee you’ll pick the best plan, but they may help you avoid the worst.

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County needs Rx for more than half a billion dollars in unpaid charity health care down the road

The Cook County Health chief said for 2019, the system spent $1 million a day in expenses such as salaries, equipment and supplies linked to providing that charity care.

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Apples being recalled in Illinois, other states for possible listeria contamination

Nearly 2,300 cases of fresh Michigan apples and two bulk bins that were distributed in eight states, including Illinois, are part of the recall.

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New hospital safety standards target maternal mortality rate for postpartum hemorrhage, preeclampsia

The standards call for maternity units to keep life-saving medications immediately accessible. Hospitals also must plan for the rapid release of blood supplies for transfusions.

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FDA: Breast implants need higher warnings due to cancer risk

The FDA says breast implants have been linked to, among other things, a rare type of cancer of the immune system, and women are not "fully informed."

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Taking blood pressure medicine before bed may lower stroke, heart attack risk

According to some experts, taking blood pressure medication at bedtime reduces blood pressure levels during sleeping hours, when most heart attacks and cardiovascular events occur.

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Union slams Sinai Health System for slashing services at Holy Cross Hospital

Members of SEIU Healthcare Illinois rallied to condemn the reduction of services and inpatient beds at Holy Cross Hospital.

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Lightfoot to spend $9.3 million to increase access to mental health services

The Framework for Mental Health Equity "will extend service to tens of thousands of additional patients," Public Health official says

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Food not tasting the same lately? Here’s why

Maybe even more important than a loss of sensitive taste buds with age is a loss of smell. That’s because taste and smell are intimately connected.

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Plans for Provident Hospital approved by state health board

The Illinois Health Facilities & Services Review Board approved Cook County Health’s certificate of need, meaning the proposed hospital can now move forward. With the approval, and if all else goes as planned, the new hospital could open in late 2022.

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Lightfoot says budget balanced through ‘hard choices,’ but ‘cooperation’ needed from state lawmakers to avoid property tax hike

Without changes in state law, ‘we will be forced to make more painful choices when it comes to new sources of revenue,’ Lightfoot said in her first budget address. ‘And we all know what those choices are.’

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Holy Cross Hospital to suspend OB/GYN services, reduce inpatient beds

Sinai Health System says the changes are need to meet financial challenges of shift to outpatient services.

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MetroSouth Medical Center closure OK’d by state regulators

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board unanimously voted to allow the Blue Island hospital to close.

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Former President Jimmy Carter falls at Georgia home, suffers pelvic fracture

The incident is the latest in a string of falls for Carter, who at 95 is the oldest living former president. He was admitted to a local hospital for observation.

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Heartburn drug Zantac recalled as FDA investigates probable carcinogen

The FDA has not recommend people stop taking the drug. However, the agency said people who want to discontinue prescriptions should talk to their doctor or pharmacist.

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Renowned headache expert Dr. Seymour Diamond, who embraced transgender actor-grandson, dead at 94

Zach Barack came out as his ‘Papa’ turned 90. The doctor’s daughter says: ‘My dad called Zach and told him he loved him no matter what . . . He got everything he could read on transgender issues and educated himself.’

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Why today’s newspaper is pink

Today is National Mammography Day. Pink is the universal color of breast cancer awareness, so we’re shading the pages of our Friday paper pink to shine an even brighter spotlight on the cause.

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Consumer Product Safety Commission: No more inclined sleepers

The federal agency is proposing a ban on the popular products, which have been implicated in 64 baby deaths nationwide.

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Reilly proposes daily, weekly limits on purchase of e-cigarettes and other vaping products

A person could buy ‘no more than two electronic cigarettes and no more than eight individual refill pods,’ per day, no matter how many pods are in a package. Liquid nicotine would be limited to 125 milliliters.

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‘Long journey’ to add West Side mental health center reaches destination

Conventional wisdom held that tax-stressed Chicago voters wouldn’t vote to raise their own taxes, and it didn’t seem like a subject as unsexy as improved mental health services would cause them to make an exception.

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Providing mental health care for immigrants ‘personal for me,’ Pilsen Wellness Center director says

‘The communities we serve are very complex,’ Nestor Flores says. ‘These are vulnerable populations that are struggling to survive, low-income in many cases.’

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Preckwinkle: No ‘magic wand’ to solve problem of disappearing health care money

Preckwinkle laid the blame for the county’s health care problem on other hospitals, President Donald Trump and former Gov. Bruce Rauner, "bless his rotten heart."

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Blue Bell recall on some Butter Crunch ice cream for possible foreign object

Most of the half gallons were distributed to stores in the southern U.S., including Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

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Chicken recall issued over concerns of listeria in sandwiches, salads sold across US, Canada

An undetermined amount of the products were sold across the U.S. and in Canada at retailers including Aldi, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Food 4 Less and Piggly Wiggly.