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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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Doctors and nurses at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale conducted a drill in dealing with babies and mothers in distress.

Tuesday's mock scenario - in collaboration with St. Louis Children's Hospital - involved a baby with an abdominal wall defect in which the intestines are outside the body.

The Jackson County Health Department says now is the time to get a flu shot for the upcoming season.

Director of Nursing Karen Brown says it's difficult to predict the severity of each flu season. But, she says the best thing to do is get the vaccine before any positive cases hit the community.

This month, SIU is kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with several activities.

As older folks in Illinois age and make more trips to the hospital or to see a doctor, questions may come up about their health care options and insurance coverage.

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WSIU's Brad Palmer reports on a medical professional from New Zealand, who recently visited Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville, MO to talk about her work with health robots assisting patients with dementia.

The federal government has cut the advertising budget for the Affordable Care Act. A health care group says that means more people have to spread the word about open enrollment. Illinois Public Radio's Mark Schultz has more.

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St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro is undergoing the first major modernization of its emergency department since 1994.

Phase one of the project is almost complete. It features eight new rooms, including two designed to treat behavioral health patients.

SIU Hosts Community Fun and Fitness Relays

Sep 20, 2017

A unique fundraiser is planned for this Saturday on the SIU Carbondale Campus.  It will use running, to promote literacy,  in Carbondale and around the world.  WSIU's Jordan Maddox has the story.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Allison Hasler of the Illinois Department of Public Health, along with Gateway's Michelle Bertinetti, about the upcoming screening of The Anonymous People.

September is National Recovery Month. You can get more information at recoverymonth.gov.

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