Patients could feel pinch as health plans seek to offload pricey prescription costs

Anna Sutton was shocked when she received a letter from her husband’s job-based health plan stating that Humira, an expensive drug used to treat her daughter’s juvenile arthritis, was now on a long list of medications considered “nonessential benefits.” The July 2021 letter said the family could either participate in a new effort overseen by … Read more

Dear Abby: How do I escape my know-it-all neighbor?

DEAR ABBY: Last year, two former classmates bought houses next door to me. I don’t mind one of them, but the other, “Evie,” is a snippy know-it-all with a sugar daddy boyfriend. She looks down on everyone. In addition to yelling over the fence when they see us outside or on our back deck, they … Read more

Minnesota nurses vote to strike for 2nd time this year:

The Minnesota Nurses Association, which represents 15,000 nurses from dozens of hospitals across the state, has voted to authorize an unfair labor practices strike.  The proposed strike, which will involve nurses from 16 hospitals statewide, is set to begin on Dec. 11, unless negotiations with hospitals progress to a point where a strike becomes unnecessary. … Read more

Stericycle sells division for $45 million

BANNOCKBURN — Stericycle Inc., a provider of regulated medical waste management and secure information destruction solutions, Thursday said it has completed the sale of its Communication Solutions business to Carenet Health, for approximately $45 million in cash. Carenet Health, based in San Antonio, is one of the health care industry’s leading consumer engagement and telehealth … Read more

Al Roker leaves hospital after missing Thanksgiving Day Parade: ‘So very thankful’

Al Roker is “so very thankful” to have made it home for Thanksgiving with his family. The “Today” meteorologist shared a health update with fans via social media on Thursday after missing out on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in 27 years. A cheery Roker, 68, posted a video of himself … Read more

‘Am I dreaming or am I alive?’ Thanksgiving has special meaning for this double transplant recipient

In August, as Patricio Collera was wheeled into the operating room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for a rare and complicated surgery, he told his wife, Evelyn, it might be the last time she would see him alive. When he awoke after the seven-hour procedure with a new liver and new right lung, Collera … Read more

College of DuPage hosts area health care leaders

GLEN ELLYN — College of DuPage President Brian Caputo recently greeted local health care industry leaders at his inaugural presidential community luncheon. Designed to gauge the current state of health care in an effort to better serve future workforce needs, and foster college and industry partnerships, the luncheon highlighted current COD health care academic offerings. … Read more

Pediatric ICUs face bed shortage amid RSV surge: “It’s not hyperbole to call it a crisis”

Boston — For every patient discharged from the pediatric intensive care unit at Mass General for Children in Boston, three more are waiting for that bed. A surge in cases of respiratory syncytial virus, also known as RSV, has hospitals nationwide struggling to treat patients.  “I’ve never seen, in my 26 years, the capacity issues. There’s … Read more

‘It’s causing a lot of stress’: Adderall shortage leaves some ADHD patients, parents scrambling

Mary Beth McCarthy knows firsthand what Adderall can do for her 6-year-old daughter. When she’s on the medication, one of the most commonly used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, she can concentrate, get through a school day, listen to her teacher and control her impulses. When she’s off it, she’s off. “It’s a night-and-day difference when … Read more