| Feb 24, 2012
| 6:04 AM
WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Kirk, who suffered a major stroke a month ago, is recovering quietly, with careful limits on both his visitors and information about his condition.
Kirk, 52, is being treated at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago after...
| Aug 6, 2012
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk released a campaign-style video Sunday showing what he called the "very encouraging" progress he has made in his rehabilitation after suffering a stroke in January. But the Illinois Republican gave no timetable for his return to full...
| May 4, 2012
Sen. Mark Kirk, who suffered a major stroke in January, has left the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and will continue treatment there as an outpatient, his family and an aide said Thursday.
"We are happy to say … Mark has progressed to the...
| Aug 9, 2011
| 2:37 PM
CHICAGO--As nurses stood by, Martin Mireles slowly guided his wheelchair through a practice course. No hand movements, no head movements. Only his tongue moved.
Mireles, 38, is part of a study testing a new way for quadriplegics, who are paralyzed from...
| Apr 19, 2011
| 3:30 PM
It had been five years since Hailey Danisewicz last thought about bending her left knee.
The 20-year-old Northwestern University sophomore was 12 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer in her left leg just above the knee.
"I had a few surgeries to...
| Aug 8, 2012
• Change positions every 20 or 30 minutes. Even if you don't want to get a standing desk, simply standing up can help. Sitting increases the pressure on the disks in your back, said Dr. Joel Press, medical director of the Spine and Sports...
| Jun 27, 2012
Ella Straka, of Naperville, has her calendar marked for Friday through Sunday, when the annual Abilities Expo will land at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg.
After attending the show last year, she looks forward to seeing what products and...
| Mar 14, 2012
Erin Feeney capped off her 19th birthday celebration with a huge accomplishment that still makes her smile.
For the first time in her life, she was able to blow out her birthday candle.
On Nov. 11 last year, when she turned 20, she did it again.
| Jan 10, 2012
Dr. Richard Fessler leaned over his patient's back and sliced through skin, muscle and bone until he exposed the man's spinal cord, crushed just days earlier in a motorcycle crash.
He then inserted a syringe into the cable of nerves and injected about...
| Jan 29, 2012
For every survivor of a serious stroke, recovery takes a unique path.
Some fight through rehabilitation to return to their old jobs. Others get back to work, though to a less challenging job. For some, the journey never leads back to the workplace.
| Nov 30, 2011
When Forrest Ericksen's relatives spoke about his snowmobile accident, they would say "Dr. Watson this, Dr. Watson that."
Ericksen, 18, had been in a coma and could not remember the physician who led the surgical team that saved his life. But he wanted...