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The two campuses of Franciscan St. James Health in Chicago’s south suburbs have earned Certified Chest Pain Center (CPC) accreditation.

Hospital again recognized ‘great’ for heart care

Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., is nationally listed in the January 2014 edition of Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the “100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs,” for a second straight year.

Sisters get knees replaced

Two sisters in Chicago’s south suburbs had knee replacement surgery a day apart, receiving custom-fit knee implants using Visionaire Patient Match technology, which uses MRI and X-ray images of a patient’s knee to design and build surgical instruments tailored to a patient’s unique knee anatomy.

Lose stress, lose unwanted weight

St. James Health & Wellness Institute in Chicago Heights, Ill., helps people reduce stress because “less stress means a greater chance to lose weight.”

Programs to get healthy in 2014

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Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park, Ill., is offering a slew of programs in 2014 to help people stay healthy and stick to their New Year’s resolutions.

Tips to help quit smoking

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It’s a new year, good time to clear the air; do so by quitting the smoking habit. To help, suggestions include developing a plan, consulting a doctor, seeking support and even using a Nicotrol inhaler.

Education plays big role
in diabetes management

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If you’ve been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you’re one of 26 million Americans living with this disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You’re also in the company of celebrities like Tom Hanks, Paula Deen and Sherri Shepherd. But you don’t …

Frankfort Fall Festival ready to be a crowd 'thriller'

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The Frankfort Fall Festival will feature 300-plus artisans, music and a whole lot more.

Listing of artisans at this year’s fest

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Find out who's in line to be showing their arts, crafts and other wares during the 2013 Frankfort Fall Festival, one of the premier art and crafts fest in the United States.

Frankfort Fall Festival to have a Halloween theme

This year’s Frankfort Fall Festival will have a theme of: “Fright Fest: It’s a Thriller.” Festival chair Colleen Mora chose it because of her love of Halloween.

Couple remember 37 years of riding together in parades

Happy Bettenhausen and his wife, Dorothy, have been riding together in local parades for 37 years. They just love greeting people along the way.

From picnic to 3-day fest: History of the Frankfort Fall Festival

The Frankfort Fall Festival has its roots as a small community picnic in a grove; It has now grown to a three-day event that sees up to 300,000 people.

Key info for the Frankfort Fall Festival

Find out all you need to know when heading to the 2013 Frankfort Fall Festival.

What to do besides look at arts and crafts

The Frankfort Fall Festival is mainly known for the multitude of arts & crafts vendors lining the streets of the downtown area. But those attending can also be entertained in other ways, including a carnival and two stages of performers. Below is the schedule for …

Street closures set for fest

The following streets will be closed during the Frankfort Fall Festival and some of the days leading up to it when the carnival and entertainment stages are open: White Street (Kansas to Elwood streets): No parking 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 28 to Aug. …

Joliet Rotary celebrates 100 years

Chartered on Aug. 1, 1913, The Rotary Club of Joliet is celebrating its centennial anniversary. The club has been a driving force for doing good both in the community and abroad. To read about the history of the club and its many contributions, flip through our four-page special section marking the club's historic milestone.

What’s best in Chicago’s Southland

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What do you do when you want to find a reliable car mechanic or hear about who makes the best deep-dish pizza in the area? If you’re like most people, you ask neighbors or others you know from the Southland region. Well, here’s a chance …

The best of everything in Chicago’s Southland - Central region

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Check out your favorite restaurants and services for the central region of the SouthtownStar. Who made the cut and who fell short? All winners selected by the people who know best, our readers. Click to read the entire winner list in over 60 categories.

The best of everything in Chicago’s Southland - East region

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Check out your favorite restaurants and services for the East region of the SouthtownStar. Who made the cut and who fell short? All winners selected by the people who know best, our readers. Click to read the entire winner list in more than 60 categories.

The best of everything in Chicago’s Southland - North region

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Check out your favorite restaurants and services for the North region of the SouthtownStar. Who made the cut and who fell short? All winners selected by the people who know best, our readers. Click to read the entire winner list in more than 60 categories.

Clearing sinuses with a balloon

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A balloon sinuplasty is a procedure that uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly and effectively open and expand blocked sinuses – much like balloon angioplasty does for blocked arteries of the heart.

Avoiding neck and back injuries

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Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James Moravek, of MidAmerica Orthopaedics in Palos Hills, Ill., offers suggestions on how to avoid shoulder, back and neck injuries while engaged in summer activities.

Exercise to stay healthy in senior years

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As people age, regular exercise is essential to staying healthy and improving your quality of life. However, there are some things seniors need to keep in mind before starting an exercise program.

Minimizing risk for heart disease in women

A board-certified cardiologist at the Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center Women’s Center offers tips for women on minimizing the risk of developing heart disease.

Offering a community certified immediate care

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After being open for nearly a year, Little Company of Mary’s Outpatient Care Center (OPCC) in Oak Lawn is thriving as a facility that provides patients with exceptional immediate care in addition to family medicine, orthopedics, and OB/GYN physician offices.

Staying ‘fit after 50’

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At Fit After 50 in Mokena, Ill., clients aged 50 and over are provided personalized training as part of their monthly fees.