| Nov 10, 2013
Just in time for Veterans Day, the embattled secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, announced last week that his department had reduced its backlog of overdue disability claims from more than 600,000 in March to about 400,000.
| Nov 22, 2013
| 1:05 PM
John Prine says he has lung cancer and will have an operation next month. Doctors “see no reason why I won’t fully recover,” the singer-songwriter said on his web site.
Prine, who grew up in suburban Maywood and rose to fame on the...
| Dec 5, 2013
It was a reality show all its own. Last Thursday, 30-year-old Elan Gale, a hirsute hipster and television producer whose credits include several seasons of "The Bachelor" franchise, sent a series of tweets to his roughly 35,000 Twitter followers....
| May 15, 2013
If you've got your health, the cliche goes, you've got just about everything. If you've got public health duties, you're responsible for just about everything from mosquitoes (West Nile carriers) to hygiene (wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 5:26 PM
There is perhaps no better metaphor for the painful relationship between patients and our for-profit healthcare system than the fact that Anthem Blue Cross thinks you don't need anesthesia for a colonoscopy.
It's not "medically necessary," the insurer...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 8:03 AM
At the end of 2011, a poster featuring a group of square-jawed characters in dark suits, legs slightly apart, started appearing in bus shelters around Chicago. The men — the group was all white men — looked like they might have gathered for...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 1:30 AM
Eighty-three-year old Ron Kilmartin was in a hospice, dying of lung cancer. His daughter was at his bedside, cracking jokes about it. Here's one:
"Last week, Dad coughed and said, 'choking.' I tried to give him water but he just wanted me to turn off the...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 9:20 AM
Fred Kaz, the music director at The Second City for 24 years and a legendary personality at the famous comedy theater, has died from lung cancer at the age of 80. Kaz died Wednesday on his boat, moored with a view of the sunset in San Pedro, Calif., and...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 9:02 AM
John Louis Bourquin died peacefully on June 16, 2014, after a valiant, 13 month battle with lung cancer. He was 68 years old.
Born in Glendale and raised in La Canada, he moved to the Bay Area in 1989. He is survived by his wife of thirty-six years,...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 9:20 AM
Where do you go from here?
"On Friday, 5/30/14, I found out I had a Stage 4 lung cancer. People in my condition have about a year to live on average, and treatment is now limited to making the next year more bearable. There are other options that may be...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 12:24 PM
“The Capones” cast member and Elmwood Park resident Madeline Santarelli passed away Monday due to stage 4 liver and lung cancer, according to Cara Leopardo, co-creator of Reelz's "The Capones." A spokesman for Reelz confirmed the news of...