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Paper being cut from blood donation process

Paper being cut from blood donation process

The likelihood of donors getting a paper cut as they prepare to give blood has dropped significantly, as donation centers rely more on electronic registration. 

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REGION RANTS: Ice challenge holds water

When I was little and we played Duck, Duck, Goose, I would sit there, cross-legged and wincing, praying I wouldn't be tapped the next "goose" as a classmate walked around the circle.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Reinventing the reel: Hoosier Theatre goes digital

Reinventing the reel: Hoosier Theatre goes digital

WHITING | Once a movie palace known for silent films, the Hoosier Theatre is now fitted with equipment to make the sights and sounds of Hollywood pop.

August 23, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Gary hospital tapped to take on most critical patients

GARY | The sickest, most injured patients in Northwest Indiana no longer will be transported out of state or the area for immediate care.

August 22, 2014 5:00 pm Related

Cyber attack hits local hospital system

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Local patients affected by a recent cyber attack will be offered free identity theft protection, after their personal information was compromised.

August 18, 2014 6:10 pm
Bugged by head lice?

Bugged by head lice?

With school back in session, students will be sharing pencils and glue, but there's a chance they could share even more.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am

REGION RANTS: Paradise found

When I typed "West Beach Recreation Area" into the iPhone map app on Tuesday, I was surprised to see the estimated travel time was 32 minutes.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am

REGION RANTS: Around and around we go

Most of last week, I started my commute with swear words.

August 10, 2014 12:00 am
Foil packet meals and bug spray: 10 places to set up camp

Foil packet meals and bug spray: 10 places to set up camp

We can thank glaciers and their meltwaters for carving and sculpting some of the most beautiful state parks in the Midwest.

August 09, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Foil packet meals and bug spray: 10 places to set up camp

Foil packet meals and bug spray: 10 places to set up camp

We can thank glaciers and their meltwaters for carving and sculpting some of the most beautiful state parks in the Midwest.

August 09, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Jail bonding: Program pairs Lake County inmates with shelter animals

Jail bonding: Program pairs Lake County inmates with shelter animals

CROWN POINT | Dressed in head-to-toe khaki, Eugene Taylor leaned over and patted the white pit bull at his feet.

August 09, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 35: The Shrine of Christ's Passion

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 35: The Shrine of Christ's Passion

A plot of land near the southern edge of St. John is not far from cars and semis zipping past, kicking gravel and barreling down one of the nation's longest thoroughfares.

August 09, 2014 12:05 am
Woman's clients a wink away from lush lashes

Woman's clients a wink away from lush lashes

GRIFFITH | From her sparkly basement floor to the ornate gold Baroque-style decor, Kristine Johnson's passion for Led Zeppelin has crept into her style and her new business.

August 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 32: Meyer's Castle

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 32: Meyer's Castle

From U.S. 30, the castle at the top of the hill is shrouded in foliage.

August 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Foreign exchange students not immune from health requirements

Foreign exchange students not immune from health requirements

International students spending time learning in the United States are not immune from immunization requirements.

July 27, 2014 7:00 pm
Local food blending company gains investors

Local food blending company gains investors

Necessity was the mother of invention for one local mother. When their feeding tube-fed son AJ could not keep down eight types of formula, Chesterton parents Julie and Tony Bombacino looked to the Internet for help.

July 27, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Report grades Indiana low for new parent workplace support

Indiana is nearly failing when it comes to policies supporting working mothers and fathers when a new child arrives, according to a report issued last month.

July 27, 2014 5:00 am
New law limits abortion doc's Gary practice

New law limits abortion doc's Gary practice

GARY | The Indiana State Department of Health has notified a local doctor he cannot perform abortions at a Gary clinic because he failed to submit documentation proving hospital admitting privileges, which is required by a new state law.

July 24, 2014 5:30 pm Related
Gift shop pickup site near Jackson home to open in August

Gift shop pickup site near Jackson home to open in August

GARY | A merchandise pickup site next to Michael Jackson's childhood home is set to open the weekend of what would have been the pop star's 56th birthday.

July 23, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Fair, festival food not often fair fare

Fair, festival food not often fair fare

From corn dogs and funnel cakes to less traditional fare like deep fried butter and doughnut sundaes, those salty and sweet treats draw crowds year after year to local festivals.

July 19, 2014 9:00 pm

Hoosiers warming to parts of health care law

Although not supported as a whole, elements of the Affordable Care Act are becoming more palatable to Indiana residents, a new study shows.

July 19, 2014 3:00 pm
Rainy days, sunny days help hospital rooftop garden flourish

Rainy days, sunny days help hospital rooftop garden flourish

HARVEY | A new innovation at Ingalls Memorial Hospital is not inside the hospital but on top.

July 17, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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More workers at mental health center unionize

MERRILLVILLE | Support staff at Regional Mental Health Center Southlake campus voted Tuesday night to unionize.

July 16, 2014 12:30 pm
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 11: Lemon rice soup

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 11: Lemon rice soup

Lemon juice and rice aren't an obvious pair like peanut butter and jelly or sausage and kraut.

July 16, 2014 12:00 am
Health care settings accommodate obese population

Health care settings accommodate obese population

From extended blood pressure cuffs to roomier dental exam chairs and wider terry cloth hospital slippers, the health care industry continues to adapt to larger patients as America's obesity rate climbs.

July 13, 2014 5:00 pm
Program puts participants in touch with cadavers

Program puts participants in touch with cadavers

GARY | Surrounding cadavers on stretchers, grouped around backlit X-ray boxes and gathered in front of computer screens, participants in this year's International Human Cadaver Prosection Program spent Friday imaging the deceased. 

July 11, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 4: Shoe Corner

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 4: Shoe Corner

When you're criss-crossing the back roads of south Lake County, it's easy to get lost in the maze of maize.

July 09, 2014 12:05 am Related
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 2: Pierogi

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 2: Pierogi

We eat them. We toss them. We argue over their pronunciation. 

July 07, 2014 12:00 am Related

Munster teen brings best friend's story to D.C.

The two Munster girls met as children, playing along the sidelines at their older siblings' soccer games.

July 05, 2014 12:00 am
Mega magnet arrives in Munster

Mega magnet arrives in Munster

MUNSTER | After more than three hours of prepping counterweights for a crane and removing a rectangle of roof, workers lowered a 55,000-pound U-shaped magnet into place Wednesday at a new MRI office.

July 02, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Fireworks can trigger unpleasant memories for veterans

The Fourth of July brings booming blasts, crackling bursts and the smell of gunpowder.

July 02, 2014 3:30 pm

Supreme Court ruling draws mixed reaction from Indiana

Politicians and organizations, including some from Indiana, issued comments of support and of disappointment following a Supreme Court ruling regarding contraceptive coverage.

June 30, 2014 5:00 pm
IRS agents on 'official business' Friday at Munster office

IRS agents on 'official business' Friday at Munster office

MUNSTER | Authorities from the Chicago field office of the IRS Criminal Investigation unit were at a medical office building Friday morning.

June 27, 2014 7:00 pm

Training session focuses on systematic review

MUNSTER | The meeting room on the first floor of the Hampton Inn and Suites Munster is at capacity this week, a sign that the all-day, week-long training session is dealing with a topic that's catching on.

June 25, 2014 4:15 pm
Franciscan, Purdue Cal center partner for project

Franciscan, Purdue Cal center partner for project

DYER | When hospital officials wanted to show employees and the community what was happening beyond the construction barriers at the Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital Emergency Department in Dyer, they turned to a high-tech center in Hammond. 

June 25, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Distrust can derail workplace wellness efforts

Distrust can derail workplace wellness efforts

When it comes time to proffer a drop or vial of blood, or to step on a scale and to stand tall for a body mass index calculation in the work place, not everyone is on board.

June 21, 2014 8:30 pm
Initiative pushes for increased HPV vaccinations

Initiative pushes for increased HPV vaccinations

State vaccination proponents are calling attention to a virus often linked to cervical, anal, vulvar, vaginal, penile and oropharyngeal cancers.

June 20, 2014 9:00 pm Related
New mobile hospital to take off at air show

New mobile hospital to take off at air show

GARY | Northwest Indiana has expanded its emergency response capabilities by bringing on a fully equipped trailer dubbed a mobile hospital.

June 20, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Study: More women choosing to be stay-at-home moms

Study: More women choosing to be stay-at-home moms

She went from working 70 hours a week managing an appliance store to working 24/7 without breaks or a vacation.

June 16, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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St. James hospitals pulled off the market

St. James hospitals pulled off the market

Less than a year after announcing it was seeking a buyer or partner for its Chicago Region properties, Franciscan Alliance has pulled them off the market.

June 15, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Like father, like daughter: St. John woman following dad's path in medicine

Like father, like daughter: St. John woman following dad's path in medicine

ST. JOHN | In the Vuckovic family, becoming a lifeguard is almost a rite of passage.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Statewide wellness tour stops in Valpo

Statewide wellness tour stops in Valpo

VALPARAISO | Whether it's swapping a balance ball for an office chair or adding 15 minutes for a walk break at the end of a lunch hour, making small changes toward good health can lead to big improvements in workplace wellness. 

June 11, 2014 4:15 pm Photos

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Starke County homicide suspect shoots himself on I-65

Starke County homicide suspect shoots himself on I-65

CROWN POINT | A homicide suspect was airlifted to a Chicago-area trauma center Friday after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a multicounty police chase that ended on an I-65 ramp, police said.

June 06, 2014 9:37 pm Photos

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Community Hospital unveils new tower

Community Hospital unveils new tower

MUNSTER | From the north-facing waiting rooms on each floor of the new tower at Community Hospital, there's a view of the Chicago skyline.  

June 05, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Practicing what they preach: hospitals stock healthier vending options

Marci Crozier noticed something out of place at workplace meetings: doughnuts.

June 01, 2014 8:00 am
Wired: Local students experiment with brain stimulation

Wired: Local students experiment with brain stimulation

To the average person, the stack of nondescript black baseball hats with wires poking out the top and electrodes on the underside of the dome might look a science project.

June 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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