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A recent study from Washington State University showed an alarming amount of prison workers -- 19% -- suffered from diagnosable PTSD. A rate equal to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan  and a higher rate of PTSD than police officers.

The Illinois Department of Corrections has implemented a Staff Wellness Program to help its employees deal with the stress and trauma of the job. WSIU's Brad Palmer talks about the program with Stephanie Rawlings, IDOC's Statewide Staff Wellness Coordinator.

Southern Illinois' first hybrid medical clinic is set to open.

Heartland Regional Medical Group held an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Tuesday at the brand new clinic located in the Marion Crossing complex on The Hill in Marion.

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Patients in need of a heart valve replacement procedure now have an alternative to open heart surgery.

Medical professionals at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Tuesday unveiled a less invasive procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR.

There will be some changes coming to Washington County Hospital in Nashville.

The hospital board of directors has signed a management agreement with SSM Health to carry out the day-to-day operations.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says the Food and Drug Administration should immediately ban e-cigarette flavors like candy and cookies that can appeal to young people.

This comes in the wake of warnings that teens and children are increasingly using the smoking devices.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says Americans did their part to drop off a record number of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications.

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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says so many kids today are specializing in just one sport, that the number of overuse injuries is reaching numbers never before seen.

SIH Breaks Ground on Urgent Care Facility

Apr 25, 2018
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Southern Illinois Healthcare is bringing an urgent care facility to Marion.

System administrators say the hours of the new facility will work better for working people than traditions primary care locations.

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Herrin Hospital Friday unveiled the final phase of its nearly three-year long expansion project.

Chief of Surgery Dr. Don Arnold says the 23.7 million dollar project will mean good things for the hospital and its patients.

A mosquito sample from Union County tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Southern Seven Health Department reports the sample was collected July 17th.

A new report says repealing the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — would have a disproportionately negative effect in rural parts of Illinois.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is urging Democrats to return to Springfield and pass a budget following a federal court ruling requiring the state to pay more toward Medicaid.

Wednesday, a judge ruled in favor of some low income Medicaid patients-who say the state's gotten so late with its healthcare reimbursements that doctors may stop treating them.

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Dayempur Herbals

The 4th annual Herbal Medicine Workshop is set for next week in southern Illinois.

The first signs of West Nile Virus are popping up in Illinois.

The virus has been confirmed in a batch of mosquitoes in Godfrey in Madison County.

Governor Bruce Rauner is less than thrilled with the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the American Healthcare Act.

Per the terms of a court settlement ... Illinois is expanding services for mentally ill prisoners.

The department of corrections Friday announced it will take over a section of a state-run mental health hospital in Elgin.

Updated at 4:16 p.m. Sept. 2 with information from pharmacies — According to a spokesperson with the state department that oversees the Missouri Board of Pharmacy, Missouri pharmacies do not have to wait for final rules from the board before distributing the opioid overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription.

“The new provisions are ‘self-executing’ and do not require a Board rule for implementation.  This means pharmacists with a valid protocol are authorized to dispense naloxone, as of [Aug. 28, 2016],” said Yaryna Klimchak with the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration.

The Illinois Department of Public Health recently reported the state is aware of 47 cases of Zika virus, including at least three pregnant women. Meanwhile, officials in Florida are trying to contain the first known mosquito-borne outbreak of the disease in the continental U.S.

In an attempt to sort through the facts and fears about Zika, we spoke to Dr. Janak Koirala, division chief of infectious disease and a travel medicine specialist at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.

The Centers for Disease Control says the Zika virus poses a low risk to the donated blood supply in the country. But one northern Illinois blood bank says the virus is still affecting the overall supply in the area.

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This is National Health Center Week.

Friday, the Shawnee Health Care office in Carbondale hosted a luncheon for area lawmakers to update them on the challenges faced by community health centers.

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State Representative candidate Marsha Griffin spent the day walking in the shoes of a local home healthcare worker to see firsthand how a new overtime policy is impacting them.

Our world shares today much of what would be inaccessible if not for our unprecedented interconnectedness. We share car rides using smartphone apps. We share our spare rooms with strangers who don't simply want to be tourists in a new city. We share videos and photos of our good times and our bad — especially when our bad times include violent images and photos of people being attacked or killed.

Researchers and medical providers will gather this week to talk about cancer, in an attempt to change not just the number of people affected, but also to understand why incidences are different from place to place.

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Union County Ambulance has a new tool to help improve the care of patients and protect the emergency service providers.

The ambulance service has added a fourth power cot thanks to a 50/50 matching grant of around $7,500 from the risk management services group known as IPMG.

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Union County Ambulance is one of 21 agencies in Illinois to be recognized for their outstanding work in the area of cardiac care.

The Jonesboro-based service has received the American Heart Association's Lifeline EMS Bronze Award for implementing measures to better treat patients who experience severe heart attacks.

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Memorial Hospital of Carbondale unveiled its new four-story, 56-million dollar modernization and expansion Thursday.

The two-year long project includes three new operating rooms, including hybrid and robotics O-R facilities, the first modernization of the Intensive Care Unit in over 30 years and more private pre-op and post-op areas.

Thanks to an $80,000 grant from the SIU School of Medicine Rural Health Initiative and a #100,000 donation from The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, 180 abused children in southern Illinois are receiving a new treatment called Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 

The Diabetes Today Resource Team of Jackson, Franklin and Williamson counties, Southern Illinois Healthcare and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois are offering free kidney and health screenings on Monday June 27th, 2016 at Cornerstone Church in marion.  To learn more call Lisa Nation at Southern Illinois Healthcare 457-5200.  Or visit:  http://www.nkfi.org/kidney-mobile/calendar#.V20-EKLU03g

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Franklin County may soon get a new hospital, if a local doctor’s plans move forward.

The Illinois Supreme Court will hear the appeal of a case involving not-for-profit hospitals and their tax-exempt status.

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