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SIU-Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno has announced he is battling cancer.

In a blog post Wednesday, Montemagno said he had curtailed his public schedule recently to deal with significant back and hip pain, initially thought to be cysts.

MCO Deadline Approaching

Jun 27, 2018
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The deadline is approaching for Illinois Medicaid recipients who need to change their plan.

A plan developed by the legislature in 2014 requires Medicaid recipients have their benefits handled by a managed care organization to reduce costs. Adults covered by Medicare who have not already chosen a plan manager have been assigned to to an MCO.

But the assigned MCOs don’t work for everyone. Some individuals may find they have been assigned to a plan that doesn’t cover the prescriptions or doctors they need.

Illinois is on track to expand the number of physician assistants allowed in rural areas thanks to Senate Bill 2904.

The bill, which has passed both houses of the General Assembly, will expand the number of physician assistants a doctor is allowed to collaborate with in areas facing a shortage of healthcare providers.

The Jackson County Health Department is preparing to be open five days a week again.

Because of the prolonged Illinois budget stalemate, the facility closed on Fridays in December 2015.

The Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine is hosting a roundtable discussion on human papillomavirus vaccinations - or HPV.

HPV is a viral infection that can cause various types of cancer, but medical experts say many people are unaware of its impact.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has scheduled a town hall in southern Illinois to discuss the agency's health care system.

Spokesman Kevin Harris says Wednesday's town hall in Harrisburg is designed to solicit feedback from veterans, their families and other beneficiaries of the health care system.

SIU and SIH Break Ground on New Facility

Jun 19, 2018
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The SIU School of Medicine and Southern Illinois Healthcare came together on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 to break ground on a new clinic and teaching facility in Carbondale. 

The 40,000 square foot building will house medical residents and students in the physician assistant program. It will provide expanded space for teaching and patient care and help provide healthcare to Southern Illinois.  

The number of students who stay to practice in the rural community is much higher than the national average. 

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The CDC is investigating a multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg's Honey Smack cereal.

73 cases from 31 states have been confirmed so far...including one in Illinois.

With heat index readings expected to soar into triple digits this weekend, the Centers for Disease Control reminds us more than 600 people in the U.S. are killed by extreme heat every year.

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Congressman Mike Bost voted this week for a series of House bills intended to help stem the tide of the opioid crisis.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Dayempur Herbals General Manager Terry Hickey about their upcoming Herbal Medicine Workshop.

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A college student - riding across the country to raise money for children facing congenital heart defects - stopped in Carbondale Monday.

John Maus attends Central Michigan University and is on a 43-hundred mile bike tour from Virginia to Oregon.

It’s been just about six months since a new Illinois law allowing 16 and 17 year olds to donate organs went into effect. Has the change made a difference for those waiting for life-saving organ transplants?

Taja Welton is ready for her daughter to be born. She’s moved into a bigger house, one with room for a nursery. She has a closet full of pink, Minnie Mouse-themed baby clothes. Her baby bag is packed right down to the outfit she plans to bring her baby home in that reads, “The Princess Has Arrived.”

“I can’t wait to put it on her,” Welton smiles. The princess even has a name: Macen.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Dr. Christine Porucznik of the University of Utah's School of Medicine about the 2018 SIU Health Policy Institute.

Suicide A Driver Of Gun Deaths In Rural America

May 16, 2018
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The national conversation around gun violence generally centers around mass shootings, school shootings and gang activity. These problems need to be addressed, but may overshadow the largest group affected: suicide victims.

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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