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A boost for biotech startups

Paul A. Fehrenbacher and two fellow graduate students at Northwestern University are postponing their graduations with to develop a technology to help surgeons identify and keep from accidentally cutting blood vessels. Daniel Leventhal, a doctoral student in cancer biology at the University of Chicago, is …

Seniors click in 47th Ward-based cyber-community


A grassroots effort in the greater Bell School/St. Ben’s neighborhood gives senior citizens online resources to help them stay in their homes, even as local home values skyrocket. The effort is based on the Village to Village Network concept in which 89 communities nationwide have …

Proton therapy center offers precise alternative to typical radiation


The Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) Proton Therapy Center offers an alternative, safer form of radiation for cancer patients. Partnering with ProCure Treatment Centers and Radiation Oncology Consultants Ltd., Warrenville’s CDH Proton Therapy Center is one of 11 in the United States. The lack of centers available is due to the difficulty to build the 60,000-square-foot facility.

Entering new waters via tiny chip


Swimmers will know in real-time this summer whether their neighborhood lake is safe from high bacteria, thanks to a test developed by a Chicago biotech startup. The startup, FCubed, LLC, invented the detection technology, which works with technology created at the University of Notre Dame …

Tech firm rides health-reform wave


A Chicago clinic and a suburban tech firm expect to grow as federal health-care reform takes effect — a massive overhaul that the Congressional Budget Office forecast this week will require $1.17 trillion in new government spending in the next decade, or $84 billion less than first estimated.

Radiologists work to limit kids’ exposure to radiation


Parents in Naperville concerned about radiation their children might be exposed to should they need an X-ray or CT scan can rest easy. Local radiologists already are doing many of the recommendations included in a new FDA proposal to reduce kids’ exposure. They also can help balance the benefits and risks of radiology exams.

Vision to ease chronic illness


A Chicago State University “Entrepreneurial Idol” contest revealed a new frontier of remote medicine intended to make patient care easier and quicker than ever before. The winner of the Business School contest, Sherrod Woods, a LeClaire Courts neighborhood native and an electrical engineer with 20 …

10,000 additional employees join Emanuel’s wellness plan


Ten thousand more employees at five city agencies have signed on to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise monthly health insurance premiums by $50 for employees who fail to participate in a “wellness program” to manage chronic health problems.Emanuel hopes to save $20 million in …

Take it to Heart: Three ways to help relieve sleep apnea


For most people snoring is not a medical problem, but for some, constant snoring may indicate a serious sleep disorder. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when airflow pauses or decreases during breathing while you sleep, because the airway has become narrowed or blocked. Sleep apnea heightens …

Clear! Heart docs figuring out how to get your attention


Actress Elizabeth Banks made a funny little film called “Just a Little Heart Attack.” Posted on the American Heart Association website, the film uses a good dose of humor to promote a serious message: Women have heart attacks, too, and their symptoms can vary from …

Stroke survivor chime choir weekly highlight at Edward


The Edward Hospital stroke chime choir began in October, the brainchild of Judy Smith and Charlie Welsh, both caregivers to stroke survivors. They learned of the therapeutic and social benefits of chime playing while at a stroke camp.

Around 10,000 visitors take tour of new Silver Cross


On Sunday, Elizabeth Farmer became the first woman to feel a contraction in the new building. The pregnant Lockport resident held on to a doorframe for a moment but assured everyone no others were coming right away and she still expected to deliver at the …

When your eyes fail you


Kenneth Woodrum, of Braidwood, knew something was going on when his right eye began tearing up. “It just kept watering and watering,” he said, “and that made my vision blurry in my right eye.” Woodrum travels quite a bit with his job and also noticed …

Treatment for medical bills


Kevin Kent, a 30-year-old entrepreneur looking to invent a next-generation baby monitor, negotiates with his doctor so he can afford the regular checkups he needs to regulate his diabetes. He recently paid $275 for a physical exam and lab work that would have cost more …

Valentine’s Day no holiday for depressed

Valentine’s Day next week means literally millions across the country will flock to candy stores, flower shops and favorite restaurants to let their special someone know how much they care. But for others, Feb. 14 brings feelings of loneliness or depression. Naperville Dr. Riaz Baber, …

Central YMCA swim program soothes special-needs children


Joel Smith suffered a stroke when he was only eight hours old, causing weakness on his right side -- particularly his arm -- and affecting other motor and verbal skills. About four-and-a half years ago, Kelly Smith of Vernon Hills enrolled her son in a …