Health

The sponsor of a proposal to ban Illinois children younger than 12 from playing tackle football tells The Associated Press the measure lacks the votes to pass this session.

Democratic Rep. Carol Sente of Vernon Hills says a House floor would fall short. She will focus on educating people about the dangers of "repeated ... hits to the youth brain."

In a refrigerator in the coroner’s office in Marion County, Indiana, rows of vials await testing. They contain blood, urine and vitreous, the fluid collected from inside a human eye. In overdose cases, the fluids may contain clues for investigators. 


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with the American Cancer Society's Caleb Nehring, Shawnee Health Service's Nancy Caskey, and Dr. Claire Williams about ongoing awareness efforts focused on Colorectal Cancer.

March is National Nutrition Month.

This year's theme is  Go Further With Food in order to achieve the many health benefits that healthy eating habits offer.

Northern Illinois Clinic Uses Multi-Faceted Treatment Program To Combat Opioid Epidemic

Feb 23, 2018

As the death toll climbs for opioid-related overdoses in Illinois, state leaders are looking for solutions. Advocates have highlighted a Whiteside County Clinic as a state leader in its outpatient drug rehabilitation program. WNIJ's Jessie Schlacks went to Rock Falls to tour the facility:

Whitney Miller is case manager of the Medication Assisted Treatment program - or MAT - at the Whiteside County Clinic.

In Organic Labels Consumers Trust, But Fraud Threatens The Industry

Feb 22, 2018

Peyton Manning, the NFL quarterback-turned-pitchman, apparently has another side hustle: Certifying shipments of grain as organic for a Nebraska-based agency called OneCert.

Problem is, OneCert president Sam Welsch doesn’t remember hiring Manning for his business, which is accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect everything from small vegetable farms to processing plants and international grain operations.

The Jackson County Health Department has a new tool to fight the spread of HIV.

It now offers people at risk of the disease a pill called Truvada.

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A new collaboration between a southern Illinois hospital and a St. Louis health system is designed to provide better care for newborns.

Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion and SSM Cardinal Glennon are using telemedicine to help treat babies in Heartland's neonatal ICU remotely from St. Louis.

The Student Health Center Auditorium will be filled with health officials and addictions experts on Wednesday January 24th, 2018 for a panel discussion and film screening.  The free event is designed to provide information about how to identify and treat both alcohol and drug addiction.

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Prebiotics are a class of small, indigestible fiber molecules present in human breast milk and known to promote growth of good bacteria in the gut. Now, a new study from the University of Illinois suggests prebiotics may also improve learning and memory.

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Lawmakers are scheduled to question members of Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration about the deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Influenza is hitting Illinois a little harder this flu season.

More cases of the flu are being  confirmed now than at the same time last year.

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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin now says he does NOT believe the state-run veterans’ home in Quincy should close.

That’s even though it’s struggled with persistent Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks.

SSM Health is reviewing its security procedures after discovering that a former employee with its customer service call center inappropriately accessed patient medical records between Feb. 13 and Oct. 20, 2017.

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A new study from Princeton University finds pregnant women who live next to fracked gas well sites are more likely to have babies born at low birth weights, which can be a strong indicator of later health problems.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Fitness Instructor Tori Gusewelle and Carbondale Spokeswoman Amy Fox about the Fresh Fitness Program, which will join the Winter Farmers Market starting January 6 in Carbondale.

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Illinois public health officials delayed informing the public for nearly a week about a deadly 2015 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a state veterans’ home in Quincy despite knowing the facility was facing “the beginning of an epidemic,” according to internal emails from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office obtained by WBEZ.

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Dozens of elderly residents who come from all over the state to live at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy have fallen ill over the last three years. 13 have died. The problem is Legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia.

Several areas throughout Illinois are experiencing heightened flu activity and one preliminary report shows the flu vaccine may only be 10% effective.  

It's final exam week at SIU-Carbondale and soon high school students in the area will be taking their own finals.

For some students that means extra study time trying to catch up on classwork or cramming for a final. That might include pulling an all-nighter - but is that really a good idea when it comes to learning?

After reporting by the Chicago Tribune uncovered public health officials were failing to test babies for a devastating neurological disease… the Illinois Department of Public Health Department says the tests will begin Monday.

An Illinois pediatricians’ group is calling on Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

Jenny Pinkwater is executive director of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She says the CHIP program helps children of the working poor.

The state of Illinois is launching an all-hours helpline to provide assistance to those impacted by opioid addiction.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and members of the state's Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force announced the creation of the phone line Tuesday morning. State officials say anyone affected by opioid addiction can call for confidential assistance. The helpline has trained specialists who can connect callers with treatment and recovery-support services.

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This is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the SIH Cancer Institute is launching a public information campaign about the importance of screenings.

After reporting by the Chicago Tribune uncovered public health officials were failing to test babies for a devastating neurological disease, the Illinois Department of Public Health Department says the tests will begin Monday. 

In a special investigation, State Journal-Register reporter Dean Olsen looks into problems with a herpes vaccine research study. The study was headed by William Halford, who has since died.

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The third annual Women's Health Naturally Expo is coming up later this month in Carbondale.

The all-day event includes vendor booths, demonstrations and face-to-face meetings with over 30 natural healthcare practitioners.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Michelle McLernon of the Jackson County Health Department and Caleb Nehring of the American Cancer Society about a new initiative to offer colon cancer screenings along with flu shots this year.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Beth Alongi and Sydne Rensing about the SIU Student Center's "Start Seeing Pink" campaign.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Chandra Gilliam of SIUC's National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and Audiology Instructor Atheana Meadows about hearing protection, and events going on to screen and protect students' hearing.

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