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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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Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau announced a new partnership Thursday to improve cardiothoracic care.

Southeast Health will collaborate with the Cardiothoracic Surgery Division at Washington University's School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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On Friday, February 3rd, 2017, Southern Illinois Healthcare kicked off National Heart Month with GoRed For Women Day, a campaign to increase awareness of heart disease in women.  WSIU Radio was there and visited with several officials with S-I-H, including two cardiologists.

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Heartland Regional Medical Center has selected a Marion native to become the facility's new leader.

Melisa Adkins will become the chief executive officer on February 13th.

A group of nuns in Springfield is participating in a long-term medical study. For those involved, it’s another way to serve others.

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for help.

The organization needs blood and platelet donors after 37-thousand fewer donations than expected came in at blood banks across the nation in November and December.

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The Illinois Department of Corrections Wednesday announced most of its workers have completed mental-illness training.

It's part of the settlement in a long-running legal dispute over how Illinois prisons treat inmates with mental-health disorders.

Thanksgiving week is National Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week. While millions of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving by filling their plates – and stomachs – with lots of traditional foods, many of them will also deal with the after effects, including heartburn, indigestion, and other issues.

A new, integrated healthcare project is about to kick off in deep southern Illinois, thanks to private funding.

The Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation, a private foundation working to address the healthcare needs of children in Illinois, is awarding a 100-thousand dollar grant to Family Counseling Center, which serves the Southern 7 counties of Illinois.

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The SIH Cancer Institute unveiled its Donor Wall Thursday.

Special recognition was given to Cynde and David Bunch, owners of Walker's Bluff, for their 500-thousand dollar gift.

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November is both Lung Cancer Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.   According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women.

In the edition of In The Author's Voice, WSIU's Jeff Williams talks with Anita Logsdon, a treatment suite nurse with Oncology Hematology Care; and Katie Brown, Vice President for Support and Survivorship Programs with LUNGevity, a lung-cancer research and advocacy group about the disease and its impact on society.

An upcoming event in Carbondale will bring natural health practitioners together in one place.
 
The 2nd annual Women's Health Naturally Expo and Workshops features 30 practitioners with workshop that will include "Finding the Root Cause of Illness" as well as yoga and a cardio-dance workout.

Illinois consumers who buy health insurance on the marketplace created by President Barack Obama's overhaul will find less choice than ever when they pick a policy for next year.

The lack of competition is felt nationally. A new analysis by The Associated Press and Avalere Health finds about one-third of U.S. counties will have only one health marketplace insurer next year.

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The only 100-percent female owned wood treatment plant in the U.S. is helping out cancer victims in southern Illinois.

Perma Treat of Illinois, located in Marion,  announced a campaign Friday called "Delivering the Power of Pink."

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Leigh Turner, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics and School of Public Health.

It took just a few minutes for the Affordable Care Act to feature in Sunday’s presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump as Trump quickly blamed the legislation for the rising cost of health care.

“When I watch what’s happening with some horrible things like Obamacare where your health insurance and health care is going up by numbers that are astronomical,” Trump said, adding that costs have gone up as much as 71 percent.

The Trump campaign has not said where he obtained his figures. But even though premiums are rising, the effect is concentrated on plans sold on the individual market not those that are provided through an employer. 

Mammography can prevent deaths from breast cancer, but it's not a perfect test.

It misses some cancers, especially in women with dense breast tissue, and flags abnormalities for follow-up tests that turn out to be benign, among other issues. So there's a lot of interest in additional tests that might make screening more accurate in women who have dense breasts.

Human life spans have been increasing for decades thanks to advances in treating and preventing diseases and improved social conditions.

In fact, longevity has increased so much in recent decades that some researchers began to wonder: What is the upper limit on human aging?

A cannabis dispensary is using a new tactic nearly a year into Illinois' slow-rollout of a medical marijuana program. The advertising campaign is designed to encourage doctors and patients to view cannabis as an alternative to opioids.

More than 10,000 Illinois residents are certified to use marijuana for medical purposes; Kyla Travis, a Springfield resident who has multiple sclerosis, is one of them.

"I'm almost 60 years old. I was diagnosed when I was 17. So for these many years, they had me on opiates," she says.

So, you're looking for a quick grab-and-go snack, and there's a row of energy bars at the checkout counter. Are they a healthy option?

Want to be smarter? More focused? Free of memory problems as you age?

If so, don't count on brain games to help you.

That's the conclusion of an exhaustive evaluation of the scientific literature on brain training games and programs. It was published Monday in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest.

Federal health officials are urging all Americans to get their flu shots as soon as possible, and are especially concerned that too few elderly people are getting vaccinated.

"Flu is serious. Flu is unpredictable," Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters during a joint briefing Thursday with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. "Flu often does not get enough respect."

The list of preventive services that women can receive without paying anything out of pocket under the health law could grow if recommendations from a group of mostly medical providers are adopted by federal officials later this year.

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The Jackson County Health Department is recommending the Flu shot for those over the age of six months.  For complete information visit:  http://www.jchdonline.org/index.php/component/content/article?id=185:general-information-about-shots-immunizations-or-vaccinations

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