'All about the drive': Irish dancers learn from international champ

Dearbhla Fay comes from a family with very fancy footwork.

Crystal Lake counselor creates life coaching toolkit

CRYSTAL LAKE – A Crystal Lake cognitive behavioral therapist wants people to know that help with positive changes is in the cards.

Policy problems: Some plans refuse to cover medical costs related to suicide

Dealing with the aftermath of a suicide or attempted suicide is stressful enough. But some health plans make a harrowing experience worse by refusing to cover medical costs for injuries that are related to suicide – even though experts say in many cases such exclusions aren’t permitted under federal law.

Crystal Lake nursing student brings heart, supplies to Kenya

A Crystal Lake nursing student will take her desire to help others to the other side of the globe this month.

Planit Wine Club: 2011 Lodali Dolcetto d'Alba

Planit Wine Club April Selection:   2011 Lodali Dolcetto d'Alba

Lend us your ears: Note-takers assist elderly at the doctor

It used to be difficult for Edith Couturier, an 85-year-old resident of the District of Columbia, to explain to her adult children on the West Coast all the details of her medical appointments. But now she doesn’t go alone – she takes along a volunteer “medical note-taker.”

Baby bummers: Health law provides no guarantee of birthing center or midwife access

Insurance coverage for maternity care is required in most individual and small group plans under the federal health law, extending such coverage to plans where it used to be rare. But for women who are interested in services provided by midwives and birthing centers, there are no coverage guarantees, despite the law’s provisions that prohibit insurers from discriminating against licensed medical providers.

Keeping fit: Strengthening, then stretching, is the way to go

Resistance exercise enhances joint flexibility as well as muscle strength, and static stretching exercise performed after resistance exercise enhances muscle strength as well as joint flexibility.

Cary caregiver named 'Au Pair of the Year'

It might take a village to raise a child, but in the case of Kelly and Bill Gitzke of Cary, it takes the assistance of a stellar au pair to raise their lot of five.

Crystal Lake trainer, dog headed to national championship

There’s really only one way to describe what it’s like to keep up with Tachyon, a nearly 5-year-old Border Collie in Crystal Lake.

The states of insurance: Are the least expensive health insurance markets that way for a reason?

People in much of Minnesota, northwestern Pennsylvania and Tucson, Ariz., are getting the best bargains from the health care law’s new insurance marketplaces: premiums half the price or less than what insurers in the country’s most expensive places are charging.

Get St. Patrick's Day spirit with green potatoes

Until I moved to Chicago, St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t a big event for me. But that first year, I was stunned by the sight of what locals took for granted – a boat slowly traveling the Chicago River depositing a rich green dye into the water. It was amazing to see the water turn emerald.

Need help navigating the health insurance maze? Consult with your local librarian

What can’t librarians do? Many now are becoming health insurance guides.

The yin and yang of spring both infuse 2014 decor

The yin and yang of spring make it such an interesting season. After the brutal bite of winter, even a gloomy spring day can lift our spirits with warmer breezes and an emerging palette of delicate hues — those first tinges of new greens, a fuzzy gray bud, a brushstroke of crocus blue. Then, as the season really plants its feet, fresh bright color starts popping up all over.

Celebrate spring’s rosy glow with soft pink accents

This spring, pinks are popping up all over home decor — the softer versions soothing and nurturing, the bright ones bouncy and vivacious.

Sustainable Parenting: Authors look to next generation

WOODSTOCK – Parents often see their role as helping their children become contributing members of society.

‘Which sandwich are you?’ Buzzfeed’s online quizzes go viral

NEW YORK – For a compulsive online quiz-taker like Chrissy Noh, the temptation was too great to resist: "Which sandwich are you?"

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