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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.
Hospitals that imposed visitation restrictions during flu season are starting to relax the policy.
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.
Alcoholism can destroy a liver. Heroin needles can spread HIV. And cocaine can stop a beating heart.
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.
For Pamela Ward, auditioning for a spot on a food-themed reality television show was like throwing cooked noodles against a wall.
HAMMOND | The community will have a new resource for affordable health care starting Monday.
MUNSTER | A new partnership between a local hospital system and ambulance company focuses on transporting and caring for critically ill patients in the region.
Uninsured Americans have less than a month to enroll in health care coverage, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
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.
CROWN POINT | It's called liquid gold.
A drop in inpatient volumes is to blame for layoffs and position eliminations at multiple Franciscan Alliance locations in Northwest Indiana.
People wearing red today can take heart in knowing they're part of a national effort to draw attention to cardiovascular disease in women.
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.
UNION TOWNSHIP | Local elected officials addressed questions involving everything from economic development to gay marriage Saturday during a legislative forum.
MUNSTER | A central Indiana-based hospital has bought the Munster Med-Inn, a 225-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility.
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.
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.
Locally, consumer spending saw a slight increase in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Higher education is going through a push-and-pull with attendance and funding.
After months of decline, consumer confidence and spending is on the rise nationally and locally.
Although off to a slow start in 2014, the retail industry is expecting to see a strong first six months.
With shovel-ready sites and expansion of some existing businesses, Porter County is poised for increased development in the coming months.
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.
One of the biggest challenges facing the local world of entertainment is discounting.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, continues to be the dominant variable in the health care industry, locally and nationwide.
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.
MERRILLVILLE | Community leaders on Friday learned about the process to apply for grant money under a new initiative through the Legacy Foundation.
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.
"Big Brother is watching you."
When United Health Foundation released its annual rankings in December, Indiana found itself near the bottom of the list, at No. 41.
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.
Peering through the glass of a vending machine could give people food for thought in the upcoming year or so, as government regulations will require calorie counts to be displayed.
Legislation under consideration could give Indiana dental hygienists more freedom in their work.
At least three local hospitals are playing a role in the state's effort to make trauma care accessible for all Hoosiers.
MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals is at the front of the pack for transitioning into electronic medical record keeping.
A group of local health advocates approved a resolution Friday imploring Gov. Mike Pence to expand Medicaid in Indiana.
Flu-related deaths in Indiana are down compared to this time last year.
With the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, one discipline has been largely absent from the regulations: dentistry.
HIGHLAND | When Megan Cleary looked outside Tuesday and saw plows had left a bank of snow at the foot of her driveway, she lost hope that she could leave her home for the first time since Saturday.
At least one local person was treated for a hand injury related to unclogging a snow blower Monday, as the bitter cold and snowy conditions landed people in local hospitals.
When Nic Rossi was an infant, he was diagnosed with failure to thrive. Now, the 15-year-old Lake Central High School freshman is thriving.
SCHERERVILLE | Viewers who tune in for the Rose Parade at 10 a.m. on New Year's Day may see a familiar face among the mums and marigolds.
HIGHLAND | A Highland man's handiwork is on display among the lights, garland, trees and bows adorning the White House this Christmas.
Monday is the deadline for people who want to buy health coverage through the insurance marketplace and have that coverage start Jan. 1.
GARY | Known for his gentle persona and love of animals, the only member of the Griffith Police Department to die in the line of duty was honored Friday on the 50th anniversary of his death.
SCHERERVILLE | Sweetie's Shoppe sits at a wide part of a winding path that cuts through hills laden with spruces, pines and firs at Luers Christmas Tree Farm, where people pay to saw and take home a tree.
It's been 90 years since a two-story brick building rose up from prairie grasses to serve the health needs of people in Chicago's south suburbs.
Indiana hospitals and outpatient medical centers have a $31.3 billion economic impact, according to a report that examines the financial role of health care facilities in the state.
LOWELL | What started as a shocking way to raise money for breast cancer research has turned into a blessing for a local unemployed single mother of three fighting the disease.
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