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Book club: the "Rough Sleepers" column is the selfless mission of a doctor

Book club: the “Rough Sleepers” column is the selfless mission of a doctor

Hello and welcome to the LA Times Book Club newsletter. The Hero Doctor At Tracy Kidder’s “The Sleepers on the Street” Jim O’Connellworked in a bar after college before applying to medical school at age 30. And he kept that job to pay the bills while attending Harvard — although it was the bar, not …

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Column: Thornton Township to ask voters for tax hike to fund mental health services

Column: Thornton Township to ask voters for tax hike to fund mental health services

In April, voters in Thornton Township will decide whether property owners should pay higher taxes to fund facilities and services to treat people affected by mental health and addiction issues. If voters approve, owners of a $200,000 home would pay an additional $90 a year in property taxes, officials said. “I think it’s really important …

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Column: As the mental health crisis deepens, teletherapy is a lifeline

Column: As the mental health crisis deepens, teletherapy is a lifeline

By LAKESHA RONEY The diagnosis is in: America is going through a mental health crisis. Customers know it. A survey conducted earlier this fall by CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation found that nine out of 10 Americans think the nation’s mental health is at risk. Therapists know this. Research from the American Psychological Association …

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Healthcare Focus: Think Twice Before Enrolling in the Medicare Advantage Program

Healthcare Focus: Think Twice Before Enrolling in the Medicare Advantage Program

It’s time to think about “Medicare Advantage” because it’s the season when people of Medicare age decide what to do with their insurance for the next year. Medicare Advantage is misnamed because it’s not really a benefit or the original Medicare. A bit of history is in order. After the launch of Medicare in 1966, …

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GUEST COLUMN: Health care: where do we stand?  - The Daily Gazette

GUEST COLUMN: Health care: where do we stand? – The Daily Gazette

By Paul MiltonFor the Sunday Gazette At the height of the COVID pandemic, our entire community rallied around healthcare workers. Our team at Ellis has been supported by people reaching out to show their appreciation during these difficult days. As President and CEO of Ellis Medicine, I am extremely proud of the dedication and compassion …

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Column: Doomed sports complex, latest chapter in bizarre saga of Tinley Park mental health facility property

Column: Doomed sports complex, latest chapter in bizarre saga of Tinley Park mental health facility property

The bizarre saga of the former state mental health facility in Tinley Park has more twists and turns than athletes competing in diving or gymnastics. The final wrinkle pits the redundantly named Tinley Park-Park district against the village of Tinley Park. The Park District recently revealed ambitious plans to develop a recreation complex on the …

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Medical students take a close look at the potential dangers of the farm

Medical students take a close look at the potential dangers of the farm

When her father fell ill several years ago, interactions with his doctors stood out for Rock Falls native Heather Moser. “Going through this interaction with him, and really getting an eye-opening look at a lot of different perspectives, from ER visits to neurology visits and all the things that went with him getting sick, really …

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