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Agencies learn to find, present local data

MERRILLVILLE | Representatives of local agencies on Wednesday learned ways to use and present data to improve grant applications and better communicate their message to their audience.

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Health-conscious consumers demanding more from local food producers

Health-conscious consumers demanding more from local food producers

From lowering sodium and cutting fat to adjusting recipes to exclude gluten, region food producers are trying to keep up with the evolving dietary demands of their customers.

April 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Groups spread word of organ donation

Groups spread word of organ donation

MERRILLVILLE | Javier Nunez was a big man with a big heart.

April 15, 2014 5:30 pm
Program links social work interns with patients

Program links social work interns with patients

Students working toward a master's degree in social work at Indiana University Northwest in Gary have a new internship option.

April 09, 2014 4:30 pm
Mark on statue of Mary draws curiosity

Mark on statue of Mary draws curiosity

GRIFFITH | What appears to be a tear-stained cheek on a statue of Mary on the grounds of St. Mary Catholic Church is moving some people to tears as others caution against a rush to judgment. 

April 08, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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New Times digital advertising director to lead region to 'next stratosphere'

New Times digital advertising director to lead region to 'next stratosphere'

The Times Media Co. has named Joe Battistoni as new digital advertising director.

April 06, 2014 5:00 am
Indiana ranks near bottom in infant mortality

Indiana ranks near bottom in infant mortality

GARY | Indiana ranks 45th in the country when it comes to babies living to see their first birthday.

April 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Conference focuses on infant mortality in Indiana

GARY | Local health leaders and community health care providers gathered Friday to discuss infant mortality, a top health concern in Indiana.

April 04, 2014 5:30 pm
Employees commit to healthy habits at walking event

Employees commit to healthy habits at walking event

BURNS HARBOR | From maintaining a healthy blood pressure to incorporating more exercise into their lives, a group of ArcelorMittal employees pledged Wednesday to lead healthier lives.

April 02, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Sexual assault burgeoning in region

Sexual assault burgeoning in region

The volume of sex crimes in the region is forcing some local hospitals to expand their care programs and may have created the need for a separate treatment facility dedicated to those victims, many of whom increasingly are children.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Health care enrollment deadline nears

Not since December have the phones been ringing so much at the federally qualified health center HealthLinc in Valparaiso.

March 28, 2014 8:30 pm
Lee names director of customer service

Lee names director of customer service

MUNSTER | An executive with 22 years of experience in customer service and call centers has been named as director of customer service for Lee Enterprises, parent company of The Times Media Co.

March 25, 2014 6:30 pm
St. John family seeks signatures for son's health

St. John family seeks signatures for son's health

If nearly 270,000 Americans can support an effort to deport Justin Bieber, surely a fraction can sign a petition to help sick boys.

March 23, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Breast milk donation site opens in C.P.

Breast milk donation site opens in C.P.

Inside a deep freezer in a Crown Point medical office is a shelf loaded with bags of breast milk.

March 21, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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Hospitals, universities fight doctor shortage through recruiting

Hospitals, universities fight doctor shortage through recruiting

With a looming doctor shortage, local hospitals are making efforts to attract and retain physicians, and local colleges and universities are adapting their programs to meet the needs of the area.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Trend in health care focuses on the home

Trend in health care focuses on the home

Parts of the Affordable Care Act focus on keeping people out of hospitals as a way to cut costs and to focus on patient care. That shift is putting more emphasis on areas like home-based care and transitional care.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Hospitals adjust to quality measure incentives

Hospitals adjust to quality measure incentives

A component of the Affordable Care Act is forcing a philosophical shift on how health care and hospital stays are viewed, with Medicare reimbursement dollars as the incentive.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Programs target region's health needs

Programs target region's health needs

When it comes to health, Indiana consistently falls among the lowest in the nation.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Basketball tourney, vasectomy recovery can be a slam dunk

Basketball tourney, vasectomy recovery can be a slam dunk

Several years ago, a man walked into a local urology office in mid-December. He was wearing shorts and requested a certain March date to undergo a vasectomy.

March 15, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Hospitals easing flu season visitor restrictions

Hospitals easing flu season visitor restrictions

Hospitals that imposed visitation restrictions during flu season are starting to relax the policy.

March 14, 2014 6:00 pm
Officials dedicate new mobile health center

Officials dedicate new mobile health center

EAST CHICAGO | From the outside, the HealthLinc mobile unit looks like a recreational vehicle a family would drive on a summer trip to the Grand Canyon.

March 11, 2014 2:30 pm Photos

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Mind control: Alcohol, drug addiction stew in the brain

Alcoholism can destroy a liver. Heroin needles can spread HIV. And cocaine can stop a beating heart.

March 10, 2014 6:15 pm
Hammond lab to expand diagnostic offerings

Hammond lab to expand diagnostic offerings

A new partnership between a Hammond medical laboratory and a California-based diagnostics company will expand the lab's testing capabilities, introducing new automation and new equipment.

March 08, 2014 12:00 pm
Pressure cooker: M'ville chef tapped for Food Network game show

Pressure cooker: M'ville chef tapped for Food Network game show

For Pamela Ward, auditioning for a spot on a food-themed reality television show was like throwing cooked noodles against a wall.

March 06, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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New health clinic in Hammond to open Monday

HAMMOND | The community will have a new resource for affordable health care starting Monday.

March 05, 2014 1:45 pm

Hospital, ambulance partnership focuses on critical care

MUNSTER | A new partnership between a local hospital system and ambulance company focuses on transporting and caring for critically ill patients in the region.

March 03, 2014 12:00 am

Health insurance enrollment deadline nears

Uninsured Americans have less than a month to enroll in health care coverage, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

March 02, 2014 5:00 am

Possible agency closure would hurt the elderly, sick

LAPORTE COUNTY | A narrowing 60-day extension on the life of the LaPorte County Council on Aging has local health leaders concerned about the fate of the sick and elderly who rely on the agency.

February 27, 2014 5:30 am
Got mothers' milk? C.P. office to serve as drop-off site for breast milk

Got mothers' milk? C.P. office to serve as drop-off site for breast milk

CROWN POINT | It's called liquid gold.

February 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Franciscan blames cuts on inpatient volume drop

A drop in inpatient volumes is to blame for layoffs and position eliminations at multiple Franciscan Alliance locations in Northwest Indiana.

February 20, 2014 4:45 pm
Heart breaking: Cardiovascular disease leads as cause of death

Heart breaking: Cardiovascular disease leads as cause of death

People wearing red today can take heart in knowing they're part of a national effort to draw attention to cardiovascular disease in women.

February 09, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Report tallies deaths expected from Medicaid opt-out

Between 240 and 758 Hoosiers could die annually because Indiana has not opted to expand Medicaid, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School and City University of New York.

February 08, 2014 10:30 pm
State legislators discuss gay marriage, other issues

State legislators discuss gay marriage, other issues

UNION TOWNSHIP | Local elected officials addressed questions involving everything from economic development to gay marriage Saturday during a legislative forum.

February 08, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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Hospital acquires Munster Med-Inn

MUNSTER | A central Indiana-based hospital has bought the Munster Med-Inn, a 225-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility.

February 07, 2014 12:00 pm
Report describes dangers of youth smoking

Report describes dangers of youth smoking

A new report on smoking estimates 151,000 Indiana youths will become smokers and die prematurely, a figure that translates into 9.5 percent of Hoosiers 17 and younger.

February 02, 2014 11:49 pm Photos

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Gary celebrates new building for the homeless

Gary celebrates new building for the homeless

With a gently winding foyer staircase, sunlight streaming through windows and hardwood style floors underfoot, a new residential facility designed to serve the homeless feels more like a college dorm.

February 02, 2014 2:45 pm Photos

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CONSUMERS: Fourth quarter brings consumer spending increase

CONSUMERS: Fourth quarter brings consumer spending increase

Locally, consumer spending saw a slight increase in the fourth quarter of 2013.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am
EDUCATION: Enrollment up, funding down in higher ed

EDUCATION: Enrollment up, funding down in higher ed

Higher education is going through a push-and-pull with attendance and funding.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am
THE TIMES BOARD OF ECONOMISTS: Consumer confidence on an uptick

THE TIMES BOARD OF ECONOMISTS: Consumer confidence on an uptick

After months of decline, consumer confidence and spending is on the rise nationally and locally.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am
RETAIL: Weather slows January sales; forecast looks good

RETAIL: Weather slows January sales; forecast looks good

Although off to a slow start in 2014, the retail industry is expecting to see a strong first six months.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am
COMMERCE: Business interest in Porter County increases

COMMERCE: Business interest in Porter County increases

With shovel-ready sites and expansion of some existing businesses, Porter County is poised for increased development in the coming months.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am Video
AGRICULTURE: Corn, soy prices down; food purchasing up

AGRICULTURE: Corn, soy prices down; food purchasing up

In agriculture, trends are key. Farmers keep an eye on them to make informed decisions about what to plant, how to plant it, how much to spend and other factors, Porter County farmer Tim Stoner said.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am Video
ENTERTAINMENT: Discounting trend frustrates industry

ENTERTAINMENT: Discounting trend frustrates industry

One of the biggest challenges facing the local world of entertainment is discounting.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am Video
HEALTH CARE: Health care sector softened in 2013

HEALTH CARE: Health care sector softened in 2013

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, continues to be the dominant variable in the health care industry, locally and nationwide.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am
Survey says: Prompt adjusts client feedback method

Survey says: Prompt adjusts client feedback method

HIGHLAND | A local emergency response company is changing the way it handles customer feedback and is using that data to better pair its workers and clients.

February 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Foundation outlines goals, process for grant program

MERRILLVILLE | Community leaders on Friday learned about the process to apply for grant money under a new initiative through the Legacy Foundation.

January 31, 2014 6:30 pm

Shoveling, frigid temps to blame for injuries

With the wind chill dipping well into negative digits and snow that continues to fall and drift, hospitals are seeing an influx of patients with weather-related injuries. 

January 27, 2014 5:45 pm

30 years after '1984' was set, has Big Brother arrived?

"Big Brother is watching you."

January 26, 2014 12:00 am
Stats show Indiana sinks at health

Stats show Indiana sinks at health

When United Health Foundation released its annual rankings in December, Indiana found itself near the bottom of the list, at No. 41.

January 25, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Gary abortion doctor to appear before medical board

A local doctor will go before the Indiana Medical Licensing Board on Wednesday and respond to comments he made about not reporting an abortion he performed on a 13-year-old girl.

January 21, 2014 3:25 pm
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