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.


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.


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.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

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.

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

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.

Heartland Regional Medical Center

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.

Governor's office

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.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

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.

American Cancer Society

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.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

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.