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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.

In 2011, Aaron Murray bought his first gun at a sporting goods store — a .40 caliber Beretta pistol. He and his wife were fixing up a foreclosed home in a tough neighborhood in the northern suburbs of St. Louis, and he wanted to protect himself.

Two years later, a bullet from his own gun during a home invasion would leave him paralyzed from the waist down.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jackson County Public Health Department HIV Services Director Paula Clark about PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. This drug can dramatically reduce the chances of contracting HIV.


Retired SIU-Carbondale English professor and WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson is an avid runner.

In this special commentary, Pete tells us why his family is starting to wonder if the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon was his last.

Medicaid Bill Backlog Pushing Illinois Doctors To The Brink Of Closure

Aug 10, 2017

After 18 years serving the Metro East region of Illinois, pediatrician Kristin Stahl is crafting an exit strategy - and may eventually close her practice.  Two years of unpaid bills during the state’s budget impasse have driven her into debt and to the end of her patience.        


Dozens of first-year medical students will receive their white coats in an official ceremony later this week at the SIU School of Medicine.

The school’s curriculum has long been a leader in training doctors, and leaders recently took on the challenge of reinventing some aspects of that training – to make the students stronger.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost is calling on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs secretary to investigate allegations of mismanagement at the Marion VA Medical Center.

Bost is joined in his effort by House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Jack Bergman of Michigan.

In less than four weeks thousands, maybe tens of thousands of visitors from all over the earth will be in southern Illinois for the eclipse.  The exact number of visitors is almost impossible to come up with, and many officials say that is challenging when it comes to planning.

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What is a common illness can turn into a catastrophic brain disease that, until now, health insurance companies didn't cover.

The Republican effort to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act could devastate drug treatment clinics by making deep cuts to Medicaid, the government-run insurance for low-income Americans, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said Monday.

After touring Chestnut Health Systems, an opioid addiction clinic in Granite City, Duckworth told reporters that if Republicans succeed in cutting Medicaid, millions would be hurt, among them those undergoing treatment for opioid addiction. She said Congress needs to protect Medicaid and make sure that medications used to treat addiction are affordable.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Dr. Sarah Patrick, the new Administrator at the Jackson County Public Health Department, about her background and plans for the agency.

Southern Illinois Healthcare is notifying more than 600 patients who might be impacted by a breach of their information.

SIH Privacy Officer Marcia Matthias says it was an isolated incident involving the misdirection of data to other HIPPA-governed medical facilities by a third party vendor.

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Postpartum depression can affect women after giving birth.  One program, which begins this Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at Giant City State Park seeks to help sufferers of this with a retreat involving group therapy and nature.

In this report an SIU Graduate Student studying Therapeutic Recreation talks about the program.

For the hundreds of rural U.S. hospitals struggling to stay in business, health policy decisions made in Washington, D.C., this summer could make survival a lot tougher.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Park District Director Kathy Renfro and SIU Nutrition Grad Student/Fitness Instructor Tori Gusewelle about the upcoming "Fresh Fitness" program.

This time of year, cycling is many people's choice to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors.

But, a study by Yale researchers in 2006 linked cycling to problems with sexual health and urinary dysfunction. Now, a new team of scientists disputes those results.

Mobile Clinics Connect Hopeful Marijuana Patients With Doctors

May 18, 2017
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Medical marijuana has now been available in Illinois for about 18 months. But many around the state, particularly in Southern Illinois, say they can't find a doctor in their area to help them. A few groups have found a way to change that -- they're now bringing doctors directly to the patients with qualifying conditions.

Researchers are trying to gain greater insights into why people experience different health outcomes.  A healthcare expert from Illinois believes those differences could be reduced through community coalitions.

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is putting his heart into attacking the Republican health care bill — literally.

Durbin is citing his own recent cardiac procedure to point out what he and other Democrats say are flaws in the legislation.

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The annual AIDS candlelight vigil in southern Illinois is coming up this weekend.

The guest speaker is Reverend John Holst, pastor of Marion Zion United Church of Christ. He says his message will be about continued compassion, because it seems as if the public has forgotten about how many people suffer from this life-changing disease.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Caleb Nehring of the American Cancer Society and Nancy Caskey of Shawnee Health Service about a new partnership with the City of Murphysboro to increase colorectal cancer screenings.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin greeted about 500 central Illinois residents at a town hall meeting in Bloomington Friday with the words, "There was good news from Washington today."

Durbin was referring to the failure of the U.S. House to pass a Republican-backed replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it plans to lay off state prison nurses to "streamline" medical services and coordinate them with the current health care vendor.

The public is invited to a free educational event about HIV, this Monday, March 20th, 2017 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM in Ballroom D of the SIU Carbondale Student Center. 

After the death of a University of Illinois student, school and community leaders want to know how they can curb binge drinking at the annual "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day" event.

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Governor Bruce Rauner says Illinois wouldn't do very well under congressional Republicans' new health care proposal.

Some conservative groups have also criticized the House GOP's new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.  Food addiction can encompass a number of eating disorders and can be difficult to quantify.

SIU’s School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine are working to incorporate more information about opioid use and abuse into their curriculum.

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