Health & Medicine

Mumps Virus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Illinois Department of Public Health says the state has 73 known mumps cases right now and more than two-thirds are in Champaign County.

Scientists at Washington University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new tool to study how specific brain cells affect behavior.

The miniature, wireless device can inject drugs into the brains of live mice.


One local health provider says a stall in the state budget is concerning, but potential cuts to Medicaid in a long-term spending plan are more worrisome.

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Thousands of people get their mental health and substance abuse counseling through Centerstone in southern Illinois. But because state lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner are still at odds over a budget, some of those people may soon be left without the care they need.

Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

A national organization rates cancer services in southern Illinois as among the best in the nation.
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has rated cancer services through Memorial Hospital of Carbondale as one of the top 75 accredited programs in the U.S.

The Link Between Local Food and the Local Economy

Jun 10, 2015

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Illinois and 22 other states allow the medical use of marijuana. The origin of cannabis for medicinal purposes dates back to the healers of ancient China. But what do we really know about the science of marijuana? Despite the fact that marijuana has been around for centuries very little scientific research has been conducted.  


Health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak likely linked to raw tuna that has sickened 53 people in nine states.


Herrin Hospital is expanding. Southern Illinois Health Care announced Thursday morning that its Herrin facility will undergo a $23.7-million expansion and renovation of the hospital’s surgical center.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Dr. George Ortiz about his upcoming Science Cafe, focusing on glaucoma.

A new study shows almost half of Illinois voters think access to healthcare is the greatest challenge veterans face in this state.

Thursday is National Health Care Decisions Day.  The goal is to encourage and raise awareness of advanced care planning for end of life.

Thad Pope is a bioethicist and is the director of the Health Law Institute at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He is visiting SIU Carbondale as the John and Marsha Ryan Bioethicist in Residence. 

Pope talked with  WSIU’s Jeff Williams about the current trends in bio-ethics and end of life medical treatment.


The future of the SIU-Carbondale Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is in serious doubt.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Lisa Mann of Women for Health and Wellness and Dr. Brad Miller about the upcoming Southern Illinois Men's Conference.

SIH Cancer Institute Open House

Feb 20, 2015
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

 SIH opened their new Cancer Institute in Carterville for a open house on Friday.

Dozens of people showed up for the ribbon cutting and to get a first look at the 43,000 square foot facility.

SIH started planning the institute in 2010 and the project cost 24.5 million and took 15 months to build.

One of the highlights of the tour is the new linear accelerator machine for radiation treatment.

Two new features of the machine is the ability to do soft body stereotactic and soft body radio surgery.


The recent surge in cases of measles across the United States has focused attention on the choices families make about immunizing their children. Like most parents, the young married couple I’m about to introduce you to has tried to do everything possible to ensure their baby is healthy. 

"We made our own food," the dad says.

Doctor Daniel Correa calls himself an electrician for the heart.

The March of Dimes says day care centers ought to have vaccine policies for the adults who work there.

Health officials in Illinois are trying to find the source of a measles infection, after five babies were diagnosed with the contagious respiratory disease in a Chicago suburb. Saying that more cases are likely, a health official warns, "The cat is out of the bag."

Because the Illinois patients are all under a year old, they can't be vaccinated. The new cluster of cases joins more than 100 other reports of measles in 14 states this year; most of them have been traced to an outbreak at Disneyland in California in December.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's office announced Monday it has granted medical marijuana licenses that former Governor Pat Quinn failed to distribute on his way out of office last month.

Leaders from all over Jackson County have set their health priorities for the next five years - and say their biggest goal is increasing access to care in a variety of ways.

Top Illinois health officials say too many communities don't have access to trauma care.

Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

Southern Illinois Healthcare’s new Cancer Center is a little more than a month away from officially opening its doors, but the facility is nearly complete – with pieces from local artists already on display.

Medical marijuana in Illinois is still several months away from being legally available.


The flu is spreading across the state of Illinois. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the state's influenza activity as "wide spread."

A community health center in southern Illinois will get help to screen more patients for colorectal cancer.

A proposal to establish a state-run health insurance marketplace is advancing in the Illinois General Assembly.

State employees scored a double victory Friday, as judges ruled Illinois' pension law unconstitutional and ruled state retirees will receive a healthcare refund.


The information – or, rather, the lack of it – coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about Ebola is disappointing to those who attended a medical roundtable convened by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield Thursday.