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LOWELL, Ind. — New Habitat home owner excited to move in Carol Swisher, a longtime cafeteria employee at Franciscan Heath Crown Point, received the keys to her new Habitat for Humanity home in Lowell, Indiana, on Nov. 29.

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A new iPhone app developed by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers aims to track and predict mood episodes through keystrokes.

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Some recent headlines and news stories claiming the birth control pill is linked to depression have overstated the findings of a new study and caused panic among some women. Some journalists have misinterpreted the study findings and made it sound like the risk of depression from taking birt…

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Bipolar disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by extreme highs and lows in mood and energy. While everyone experiences ups and downs, the severe shifts that happen in bipolar disorder can have a serious impact on a person’s life. More than 3.3 million American adults (1.7 percen…

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CHESTERTON — David Miller, MD, left, an ear, nose and throat specialist; was one of numerous honorees at a Franciscan Health Michigan City Physician Service Awards Dinner Sept. 8 at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton. He is shown receiving a 35-year service certificate from Dean Mazzoni, …

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Heroin addiction is becoming increasingly common in the teenage sect. Unfortunately, the signs of addiction can look like other typical teenage behaviors. Short of finding heroin or drug use paraphernalia, it can be tough to determine if your child is actually using or is just suffering from…

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More than $70 billion are lost nation-wide each year in business due to low productivity caused by employees suffering from some form of emotional problems. These personal problems affect and interfere with job performance.

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MICHIGAN CITY — Michelle Sparks, a 16-year ultrasound technician, is Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City’s July Ambassador of the Month.

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MICHIGAN CITY — A team from Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City recently received an annual Patient Safety Innovation Award from the Indiana Hospital Association’s Patient Safety Center, which recognized the hospital’s efforts for sepsis identification and treatment.

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MUNSTER, Ind. — Alexia Weglewski, a Superior Ambulance Service emergency medical technician, turned in an overall winning time of 3 minutes, 57 seconds, in a “Battle of the Medics,” five-station skills and knowledge contest offered during EMS Week on May 16, 18 and 20 in conjunction with Fra…

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CROWN POINT, Ind. — Mary Ann Augustine addresses a packed house May 6 after receiving the annual Florence Nightingale award, presented by the Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point Performance Council of Shared Decision Making, to nurses who exhibit excellence in care through compassion, …

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In our fast paced world the one person we often neglect is ourselves. We are so busy taking care of others, dealing with the stress of a job and family life that we forget to take a break from the chaos and nourish our physical and mental health.

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Swanson Center helps parents recognize that it is one of the most important and most rewarding experiences in life. It can also be the most challenging. Many parents wish their children came with manuals explaining step by step what parenting techniques will always work. Each child born is a…

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CHESTERTON — The newly-opened Franciscan Urgent Center in Chesterton combines with the established Franciscan Emergency Center to offer patients one-stop treatment for less serious conditions, as well as those that are life-threatening. 

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MICHIGAN CITY – More than 52 physical and occupational therapists from as far away as Canada traveled to La Porte Hospital’s Lifeworks facility in Michigan City recently for a three-day vestibular rehabilitation certification workshop given by the world renowned Richard Gans, Ph.d, of the Am…

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A few months ago came some alarming health news. “Diabetes nation? Half of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes,” screamed a Los Angeles Times headline. WebMD weighed in with “Diabetes a Concern for Half of Americans.” NBC News announced, “Half of Americans Have Diabetes or High Blood Sugar.”

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MICHIGAN CITY — La Porte Community Schools and Swanson Center have expanded their partnership to provide access to mental health services for all students in the school district. The vision began with a conversation between Matthew Burden, CEO of Swanson Center and Jane Larson, assistant sup…

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La PORTE – The La Porte Hospital Auxiliary ended 2015 with a very powerful message that came in a tiny box. During the Indiana University La Porte Hospital Volunteer Holiday Party in December, Auxiliary philanthropy chairperson Marcia Morris and Auxiliary President Ed Gondeck presented hospi…

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MICHIGAN CITY — Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s best hospitals for patient safety. This evidence-based designation is the only patient safety award that identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on …

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The holidays are filled with anticipation and excitement. It is a time to gather with family and friends and enjoy the good things that life has to offer; but not everyone experiences joy during the holiday season and the subsequent days following a holiday.

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MICHIGAN CITY — The public is invited to attend an open house, showcasing the newly expanded Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City Breast Care Center, from 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 20.

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