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Health officials say the flu is peaking early this year, with 100 more flu outbreaks statewide than at this time last season. How hospitals are handling the increased volume of patients.

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University of Illinois researchers and physicians at Carle Foundation Hospital developed a rapid test for sepsis that counts white blood cells and certain protein markers that surge when a person’s immune response increases. (Credit: Janet Sinn-Hanlon)

Sepsis affects more than 1 million hospital patients each year in the U.S., but detecting it can take days. Now, scientists at the University of Illinois are developing a rapid test to detect the potentially deadly condition.

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Six Chicago hospitals earned top marks for patient safety in an evaluation by a national nonprofit watchdog group. See which ones made the cut.

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Meet the doctor picked to lead a long-awaited new trauma center on the South Side.

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What will 300,000 local patients face if Obamacare is repealed? We speak with the CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System.

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The city is asking for proposals to develop the former Michael Reese Hospital site, which has sat vacant for nearly a decade. But what’s the best fit for the 50-acre plot?

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With the continuation of Obamacare now in question, hospitals serving low-income and uninsured populations face a very uncertain future.

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Addressing hospital patients’ malnutrition can reduce patient stays by nearly two days and decrease hospital readmissions by nearly 30 percent, according to a new study.

Addressing hospital patients’ malnutrition can reduce patient stays by nearly two days and decrease hospital readmissions by nearly 30 percent, according to a new study.                       

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Rush University Medical Center is one of three Chicago hospitals to earn 10 consecutive “A” grades by the Leapfrog Group. (Nathan Hicks / Wikimedia Commons).

A national nonprofit watchdog group gives top grades to six Chicago hospitals in its latest ranking. See which ones made the cut.

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University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital (Kramchang / Flickr)

As violent crime in Chicago continues to soar, Comer Children’s Hospital announced it’s creating a new program to treat families and children affected by violence.

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Average monthly emergency department visits increased by 5.7 percent in Illinois after Obamacare’s launch, even though the state’s population remained unchanged. (KOMUnews / Eric Staszczak via Flickr)

Visits to emergency rooms increased in the state following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study.

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Northwestern Memorial Hospital is ranked as one of the top hospitals in the country, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s annual ratings of hospitals. (Credit: Northwestern Medicine)

Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago rank among the top hospitals in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of hospitals.

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The University of Chicago answers activists' calls with a new trauma center in Hyde Park. One of the hospital's top surgeons joins us to discuss the details.

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Activists in Chicago have scored a major victory in the form of a new adult trauma center for the city's South Side. While the new facility is being hailed as a big step toward health care equity in an underserved area, activists say much more needs to be done. Eddie Arruza joins us with details.

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Many of Illinois' most vulnerable residents could be the hardest hit by the budget stalemate in Springfield. But last Thursday, a U.S. District Judge ensured that Cook County Medicaid recipients will not become victims of the political impasse. 

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Patients at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge may have been exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Read an article.