The region’s university

Indiana University Northwest is the region’s leader in innovation, offering cutting-edge degree programs that will give you an advantage in an increasingly competitive job market. Best of all, with an IU campus close to home, you can earn a world-renowned degree at an affordable price, …

Lower your heating bills this winter

The amount of energy used in an average residential house is responsible for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as the average car, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Both the agency and Northern Indiana Public Service Co. have tips on how homeowners can …

Local Franciscan  Alliance hospitals  are lung screening  Centers of Excellence

Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City and Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond recently were named Screening Centers of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance. The hospitals were cited for their ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. Low-dose CT screening for lung …

New procedure for  nerve pain in the feet

Persons with nerve problems often experience numbness, burning, tingling (a feeling of pins and needles), cramping or shooting pain in their feet or toes. Dr. Michael Nirenberg, a podiatrist in Crown Point, became involved in learning new techniques to alleviate nerve problems in his patients. …

Suite start at Community Hospital

Community Hospital in Munster opened its new Family Birthing Center last week, a state-of-the-art facility that doubles the capacity of the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit and offers amenities and resources geared toward helping moms and their babies throughout the birthing process and beyond. The …

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit saves lives at Porter Regional Hospital

Most parents don’t anticipate problems with their delivery or their baby. Yet even typical pregnancies can result in unanticipated high-risk births and babies with special needs. According to the March of Dimes, about one in 10 babies will require intensive medical care immediately after birth. …

The value of carrying to full term


According to the March of Dimes, premature birth is a serious and costly problem. They report that more than a half million babies are born too soon in the United States each year, costing the nation more than $26 billion annually. Babies who survive an …

Methodist Hospitals helps new moms and babies get off to a great start


A new baby is among life’s greatest joys. The miracle of birth happens at Methodist Hospitals everyday. As a result, the hospital’s remarkable Women and Children Services professionals know exactly how to make this special time safe and comforting for mothers, babies and their families. …

Brain-saving cooling cap at Franciscan St. Anthony combats birth hypoxia


Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Crown Point offers a new weapon to combat birth hypoxia, a relatively rare occurrence in which oxygen flow to a newborn’s brain is impaired due to a number of possible causes. And parents Karen Rothe …

Foot and ankle pain goes hi-tech


Podiatrists Michael Nirenberg and Michael Lacey are now using a hi-tech camera to alleviate painful arthritis of the foot and ankle. Arthritis in the foot and ankle is common, affecting millions of Americans each year. Drs. Nirenberg and Lacey are now using a hi-tech camera …

NIPSCO: Planting trees for the future


Northern Indiana Public Service Co. understands people have a connection with their trees. They provide shade on hot days and beautify a yard with greenery in the summer and brilliant colors in the fall. But the utility company also knows that if not careful, a …

Earth Day every day: A company truism , that started with a comprehensive plan


Doing your part to look after the environment isn’t hard — we’ve all heard of the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — and in fact, companies like the Lake County Solid Waste Management District (LCSWMD) have been working hard for more than 20 years to …

Open up to the sounds around  you at Page Family Hearing


If you’re having trouble hearing what your family and friends are saying to you on a regular basis, it’s probably time for a hearing test and could be time for a hearing aid. For that, Page Family Hearing in Merrillville has got you covered. From …

Going the extra mile to get customer the right vacuum

The Henry Company has both sold and serviced vacuum cleaners in the Northwest Indiana region since 1939, celebrating its 75th anniversary. The successful repair portion of the business (over 8,000 vacuums and carpet cleaners repaired per year) has allowed the third generation family-owned company to …

Women and heart health


Porter Regional Hospital opened the Center for Cardiovascular Medicine in Valparaiso, Ind., in August 2012, and since then has been a one-stop shop for the community and heart patients.

Minimize risk of osteoporosis

Know the right diet and lifestyle to minimize the risk of osteoporosis.

Birthing made beautiful


The three Community Healthcare System hospitals in Northwest Indiana offer birthing accommodations that include a comfortable setting, advanced technology and skilled, expert staff members.

Faster, more accurate mammograms

The Burrell Cancer Center at Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point, Ind., now offers 3D mammography for breast cancer screenings that provides patients quicker, more thorough and accurate results.

Importance of mammo screenings


Doctors at Michiana Hematology Oncology in Crown Point, Ind., stress the importance of mammograms for early detection of breast cancer.

Preventing urinary tract infections


Urinary tract infections are more common with women, and while they are usually cured quickly, they can lead to kidney damage. Dr. Candice Anderson, a family practice physician with Methodist Hospitals in Northwest Indiana, discusses symptoms, causes and treatments.

Women and hypertension


High blood pressure is not just a problem for men. More women than men have it for those over 65. It can also be a unique problem for women who are pregnant. Dr. Kamaljeet Girn, medical director of the NorthShore Health Centers in Portage, Ind., weighs in on how high blood pressure affects women at various stages of life.

Healthy ways to avoid breast cancer


There is a link between healthy habits — like losing weight, eating well and exercising — and the risk for breast cancer.

Tips for safe pedicures


The American Podiatric Medical Association offers some pedicure pointers to help ensure safe ways to improve the look of your feet.

Lessons for life


Diabetes has become a national epidemic over the last several years, and is an even greater health problem in Northwest Indiana, where the number of diabetics is higher than the national average, said Dorothy Klapak, a certified diabetes educator at Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond. “It’s …

Festival in Hobart has something new


This year’s Hobart Lakefront Festival will feature something new - a cardboard boat race - and a lot of familiar events. It will run at Festival Park in Hobart, Ind., from Aug. 15 through 18.

Four days of fun lined up for Lakefront Festival in Hobart


Find out when all the musical acts and other forms of entertainment - including the Dam Duck Race — is taking place during the 22nd annual Lakefront Festival in Hobart.