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Legionnaires' Disease In Chicago Area Traced Back To Naperville Gym

 

 

Suburban Chicago authorities have confirmed an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease and say it's been traced to the hot tub inside a Naperville fitness center.

 

A spokesman for the DuPage County Health Department said the two men had "pretty unique" cases of the disease but that both are listed in stable condition, NBC Chicago reports.

 

The Legionella bacteria that caused the disease was eventually traced to a hot tub at the LA Fitness in the 1800 block of Freedom Drive in Naperville after an incident was reported in late October.

 

“In this case it got into the water system and somehow colonized it and that’s the concern,” Kevin Dixon, director of the county health department, told CBS Chicago.

 

 

While the hot tub has been out of commission and thoroughly cleaned and tested to ensure the disease doesn't spread, some gym members were upset saying they weren't informed of the outbreak.

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Five Reasons Running May Not Help You Lose Weight

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"My body just can't lose weight."

That's the first thing I heard when I picked up the phone. Sounding frustrated and hopeless on the other end of the line, my client Sarah continued.

"If you knew how hard I've been working, you'd understand. You'd know I wasn't making excuses."

Sarah first contacted me after a friend of hers had successfully lost weight through my online coaching program, just six months after having a baby. I asked her to keep an open mind and walk me through everything she'd been doing in terms of diet and exercise. The problem was immediately clear: Sarah was putting effort into her weight loss, but the type of effort -- specifically her over-reliance on running -- wasn't the best way to lose fat and get the results she wanted.

Once Sarah understood why her approach to cardio was holding her back, we adjusted her plan and the pounds starting coming off again (seven pounds in one month, to be exact.) So to make sure your cardio training isn't the reason your jeans don't fit better (despite spending plenty of time in the gym), here are five common mistakes, plus simple solutions to get back on track.

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Lady Gaga Says She's Addicted To Marijuana: Is It Possible?

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Lady Gaga has revealed details of her marijuana addiction, explaining that at one point, she was smoking 15 to 20 marijuana cigarettes a day, according to news reports.

"I have been addicted to it and it's ultimately related to anxiety coping and it's a form of self-medication," Gaga said on the Z100 Morning Show, as reported by People magazine.

Gaga broke her hip earlier this year, causing her to cancel part of her Born This Way tour.

"I was living on a totally other psychedelic plane, numbing myself completely, and looking back I do see now that some of it had to do with my hip pain," she told Z100, as reported by People. "I didn't know where the pain was coming from so I was just in a lot of pain and very depressed all the time and not really sure why."

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Medicaid is health overhaul's early success story

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ugly duckling of government health care programs has turned into a rare early success story for President Barack Obama's technologically challenged health overhaul.

 

Often criticized for byzantine rules and skimpy payments, Medicaid has signed up 444,000 people in 10 states in the six weeks since open enrollment began, according to Avalere Health, a market analysis firm. Twenty-five states are expanding their Medicaid programs, but data for all of them was not available.

 

Meanwhile, private plans offered through troublesome online markets are expected to have enrolled a far smaller number of people.

 

The Obama administration plans to release October enrollment statistics this week, but publicly available figures already provide a contrast between a robust start for Medicaid expansion and lukewarm early signups for new, government-subsidized private plans offered separately under the law.

 

"Medicaid is exceeding expectations in most places," said Dan Mendelson, Avalere's president. "It is definitely a bright picture in states that have chosen to expand."

 

A big reason for the disparity: In 36 states, the new private plans are being offered through a malfunctioning federal website that continues to confound potential customers. And state-run websites have not been uniformly glitch-free.

 

Obama's health care law melded two approaches to advance its goal of broader insurance coverage. Middle-class people with no access to job-based coverage are offered subsidized private plans, while low-income people are steered to an expanded version of Medicaid in states accepting it.

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