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Squash the flu in the shower

February 15, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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The heart of the matter: Northwest Indiana hospitals make fighting cardiovascular disease a top priority

The heart of the matter: Northwest Indiana hospitals make fighting cardiovascular disease a top priority

While it's true a broken heart due to love hurts, a broken heart due to your health can be a legititimate killer, especially in Northwest Indiana.

January 29, 2012 12:00 am
American Heart Association launches campaign to reduce cardiovascular disease, risk

American Heart Association launches campaign to reduce cardiovascular disease, risk

In 2000, critics believed the American Heart Association couldn't decrease heart disease and stroke deaths by 20 percent by 2010.

January 29, 2012 12:00 am
Franciscan heart surgeon brings minimally invasive expertise to NWI with new lab

Franciscan heart surgeon brings minimally invasive expertise to NWI with new lab

While in medical school, Dr. Paul Jones initially thought he wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon, but something about the heart attracted him.

January 29, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Porter uses diagnostic cardiology to help take care of patients

Porter uses diagnostic cardiology to help take care of patients

Mark Kime finds it easy to compare himself to a famous crime-fighter, specifically the star of a 1930's radio drama, "The Shadow."

January 29, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Family deals with medical-error death without lawsuit

Family deals with medical-error death without lawsuit

HOBART | Bob Malizzo knows that to make sure others benefit from his daughter's death, he must talk about it. Time has passed, but it's still difficult to discuss his daughter, Michelle Malizzo Ballog, who went in to the hospital for routine surgery, was put to sleep — and never woke up.

January 27, 2012 12:00 am Related

Health briefs for Jan. 24, 2012

Fundraiser to benefit shelter

January 24, 2012 12:00 am
Hospitals prepare for federal judgment of their patient care

Hospitals prepare for federal judgment of their patient care

Report card day carries with it the possibility of students being grounded or applauded. "Report cards" for hospitals will affect their bottom line.

January 22, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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New Porter Health System COO will oversee transition

VALPARAISO | Brian Sinotte will join Porter Health System as the hospital's new chief operating officer, CEO Jonathan Nalli announced Wednesday.

January 19, 2012 12:00 am

healthbriefs for 01/17

Health care organization taps its new chief financial officer

January 16, 2012 4:10 pm
Porter hospital moves up move-in date

Porter hospital moves up move-in date

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Patients will be in the new Porter hospital three months earlier than anticipated, and the name over the door will be different.

January 13, 2012 9:00 pm Photos

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Fake pot, real danger

Fake pot, real danger

LOWELL | Christmas was just more than a week away, and Eric Johnson was unsure if he would live to see it. Johnson had been smoking synthetic marijuana, known as "fake," among his friends.

January 13, 2012 6:00 pm Photos

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Infectious fashion: Celebrity stylist Nick Verreos to host workshop

Infectious fashion: Celebrity stylist Nick Verreos to host workshop

Celebrity stylist Nick Verreos hopes to leave region residents infected with the "glam virus" after he makes his first trip to the Hoosier state in March.

January 11, 2012 1:00 pm Video

Healthbriefs for Jan. 10, 2012

Free mammograms available for qualifying region women

January 10, 2012 12:00 am
Infectious fashion: Celebrity stylist Nick Verreos to host workshop during Healthy U

Infectious fashion: Celebrity stylist Nick Verreos to host workshop during Healthy U

Celebrity stylist Nick Verreos hopes to leave region residents infected after he makes his first trip to the Hoosier state in March.

January 08, 2012 12:00 am Video
Final report on train accident could take at least nine months

Final report on train accident could take at least nine months

JACKSON TOWNSHIP | Federal officials are investigating Friday's crash involving three trains that left two crew members injured, but a final report won't be released for at least nine months.

January 07, 2012 12:15 pm Photos

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Physician practice expands with new building

MUNSTER | The Munster-based Medical Specialists health care group is expanding with the construction of a new building at the corner of 45th and Calumet avenues.

January 06, 2012 12:00 am
NWI residents celebrate transplant donors, recipients by sharing in Rose Parade float

NWI residents celebrate transplant donors, recipients by sharing in Rose Parade float

For Linda Ramos, it was an opportunity to thank a stranger who gave her a second chance at life. Kathleen Sojka expressed her appreciation for the new ability to see.

December 30, 2011 5:00 pm Photos

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Even the big guy in red needs a helping hand

Even the big guy in red needs a helping hand

Because his schedule is so busy, Santa Claus handpicks helpers to share the load of mall visits, private holiday parties and school visits. We've tracked down four of Santa's helpers in the area to ask them what it's like to help one of the holiday's most recognizable faces.

December 22, 2011 4:10 pm Photos

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A Hammond teen donates blood to help others in need

A Hammond teen donates blood to help others in need

When Jadrian Doss, 17, signed up for an American Red Cross-sponsored blood drive at Morton High School, he had no idea he was returning the favor a stranger granted him 17 years ago.

December 21, 2011 1:00 pm Photos

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Health briefs

Local surgeon's book looks at illness among kids, offers tips

December 20, 2011 12:00 am

Franciscan Alliance's WorkingWell clinic finds a new home

MUNSTER | The Franciscan Alliance's occupational health program WorkingWell has found a new home in the Franciscan Hammond Clinic Specialy Center, 7905 Calumet Ave.

December 20, 2011 12:00 am

Correction

In a story Sunday about dance therapy for Parkinson's patients, Andrea Dance was incorrectly identified in a fact box. The Times regrets the error.

December 20, 2011 12:00 am

Information exchange helps NWI hospitals know patients faster

MERRILLVILLE | A majority of Northwest Indiana's hospitals are working with the nation's largest electronic health information exchange to connect hospitals and physicians to important patient information.

December 19, 2011 4:00 pm
Morton High teen donates blood to help others in need

Morton High teen donates blood to help others in need

HAMMOND | Jadrien Doss nervously smiled as he watched the needle slide into his arm. When Doss, 17, of Hammond, signed up Thursday for the American Red Cross-sponsored blood drive at Morton High School, he had no idea he was returning the favor a stranger granted him 17 years ago.

December 19, 2011 4:00 pm Photos

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Parkinson's patients discover the best things happen while you're dancing

Parkinson's patients discover the best things happen while you're dancing

As Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons'"Walk like a man" played through the hall of the Crown Point American Legion Post 20, the men and women in the room made their way from one end of the room to the other, shimmying and swaying to the music. The only part of their bodies not keeping tempo …

December 18, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Health briefs

Celebrity stylist to visit NWI

December 13, 2011 12:00 am

Health care group buys Illinois health system

BLUE ISLAND, ILL. | MetroSouth Medical Center announced Monday it has been purchased by a subsidiary of Community Health System Inc., which owns Porter Health System in Valparaiso.

December 12, 2011 7:15 pm

Portage teen helps children of domestic violence through toy drive

Although he didn't know what to ask for for Christmas, Andre Taylor, 13, knew when he woke up Christmas morning there would be something waiting under the tree for him. He also knew that other children wouldn't be so lucky.

December 11, 2011 12:00 am
NWI leaders say nursing center's creation unites Hoosier nurses

NWI leaders say nursing center's creation unites Hoosier nurses

Move over, Florence Nightingale. Nursing is changing, and Indiana is changing with it. While there always will be nurses in hospitals, many in today's workforce are in other venues. It's one of the many changes the newly formed Indiana Center for Nursing plans to address.

December 10, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Impoverished NWI residents advise state panel

GARY | The woman said she had lost her job as a teacher at a charter school and hadn't been able to get a new one yet.

December 09, 2011 12:00 am
Parents prefer longer pediatric checkups, but are satisfied with short visits

Parents prefer longer pediatric checkups, but are satisfied with short visits

Parents prefer longer wellness visits with their child's pediatrician, but believe shorter visits, sometimes as quick as 10 minutes, are satisfactory, according to a new study.

December 08, 2011 9:00 am

East Chicago health facility receives $261K federal grant

EAST CHICAGO | U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, has announced a federal funding award to East Chicago Community Health Center from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

December 07, 2011 12:00 am
Sisters to share stage with Russian ballerinas in Moscow Ballet's 'Nutcracker'

Sisters to share stage with Russian ballerinas in Moscow Ballet's 'Nutcracker'

When Michelle Hartman's sister told her about auditions for children to participate in the Chicago performance of the Moscow Ballet's "The Great Russian Nutcracker," she decided on a whim to drive the two hours that day to the audition.

December 06, 2011 12:00 pm Photos

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Hospital tree-lighting event honors cancer patients, hope for a cure

Hospital tree-lighting event honors cancer patients, hope for a cure

MUNSTER | After his oncologist retired and the the clinical trial site where he had been getting treatment for his Stage 3 lung cancer closed, Jim Miller was unsure what would happen next.

December 06, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Health briefs

Grant to aid housing in Griffith for residents with disabilities

December 05, 2011 6:00 pm

Study: Parents prefer longer pediatric checkups, but short visits still cover basics

Parents prefer longer wellness visits with their child's pediatrician, but believe shorter visits, sometimes as quick as 10 minutes, are satisfactory, according to a new study.

December 04, 2011 6:00 pm
Sisters to share stage with Russian ballerinas in Moscow Ballet's 'Nutcracker'

Sisters to share stage with Russian ballerinas in Moscow Ballet's 'Nutcracker'

When Michelle Hartman's sister told her about auditions for children to participate in the Chicago performance of the Moscow Ballet's "The Great Russian Nutcracker," she decided on a whim to drive the two hours that day to the audition.

December 03, 2011 1:00 pm Photos

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Gary forum Thursday to address barriers to escaping poverty

GARY | The Indiana Commission on Childhood Poverty will host a public forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday to discuss how the state can reduce childhood poverty.

December 02, 2011 12:00 am
The biggest killers in the U.S. today are chronic diseases and bad habits

The biggest killers in the U.S. today are chronic diseases and bad habits

Our biggest killers today no longer are infectious diseases like polio. Instead, four of the top five leading causes of death are heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic lower respiratory diseases. Our bad habits are now our worst enemy.

December 01, 2011 7:00 am Photos

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Healthbriefs for 11/29

IUN medical student places in competition, awarded $5,000

November 28, 2011 6:44 pm
U.S.' biggest killers today are chronic diseases, bad habits

U.S.' biggest killers today are chronic diseases, bad habits

From 1840 to the 1950s, a single virus spread person to person terrified families worldwide who worried their children, once infected, might be paralyzed or die if their brain or spinal cord were affected.

November 28, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Disease or decision?

Disease or decision?

November 27, 2011 12:00 am
Hospital billboards ignite community debate about obesity's causes, cures

Hospital billboards ignite community debate about obesity's causes, cures

HOBART | When Kathryn Galambos answered the phone a few weeks ago, the receptionist of the Healthy 4 Life weight-loss program expected a routine conversation.

November 27, 2011 12:00 am Related

South Bend, Elkhart health systems to combine

SOUTH BEND | South Bend-based Memorial Health System and Elkhart General Health system will combine to form a new company after a Wednesday vote by the board of directors for Memorial Health System.

November 23, 2011 4:30 pm

HEALTH BRIEFS: Fundraiser planned for Illinois woman who needs kidney transplant

Fundraiser planned for woman in need of kidney transplant

November 22, 2011 12:00 am
Sugar in the sippy: Too much juice can lead to childhood obesity, health problems

Sugar in the sippy: Too much juice can lead to childhood obesity, health problems

Sue Ann Mellon never guessed the bottle of Hershey's chocolate syrup in the fridge would make filling her daughter's sippy cup so difficult.

November 21, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Kicking the habit: One NWI resident shares her story

Kicking the habit: One NWI resident shares her story

It pains Christy Eubanks to think about how much money she's spent on cigarettes over the past 26 years. She started smoking a pack a day at 14.

November 17, 2011 9:00 am Photos

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Kicking the habit: One NWI resident shares her story

Kicking the habit: One NWI resident shares her story

CROWN POINT | It pains Christy Eubanks to think about how much money she's spent on cigarettes over the past 26 years. She started smoking a pack a day at 14.

November 15, 2011 10:54 pm Photos

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Threat to Medicare, Medicaid sparks protest

Threat to Medicare, Medicaid sparks protest

GARY | The thought of cuts in Medicare and Medicaid funding scares home care provider Vicky Hernandez, but perhaps it scares even more the patients she cares for.

November 14, 2011 8:05 pm Photos

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