Health & Medicine

The 28th Annual Southern Illinois Women's Health Conference takes place on September 20th at John A. Logan College in Carterville.

WSIU's Jeff Williams talks with conference media chair Suzanne Scott about this year's event.

Registration deadline for the conference is September 12th.  More information is available on the Women for Health and Wellness website.

It seems like the flu is going around, especially with kids, but there’s a twist: trouble breathing.

United Methodist Children's Home

A southern Illinois children’s home is receiving more than a million dollars in federal funding to help at-risk youth.

Southern Illinois Healthcare

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale will get three new operating rooms, and nearly double the number of patients it can care for in the ICU, as a result of a new expansion project started Thursday.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Shawnee Health Service Executive Director Patsy Jensen about National Community Health Center Week (Aug. 10-16), and the benefits of community health programs.

National Geographic

Franklin County health officials say a collection of mosquitos has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

A new law will allow Illinois schools without nurses to administer medicine to children with severe allergies.

Summer can be hard on older adults.

State of IL

A federal judge has ruled that the state of Illinois has the authority to close a southern Illinois center for people with developmental disabilities.


Illinois' summer has been, for the most part, too moist and cool for the sort of mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus.

Children in Illinois with epilepsy will now be able to use medical marijuana for treatment.

7th Annual Ride For The Fund on Saturday

Jul 11, 2014

The 7th Annual Poker Run for the Coach Kill Cancer Fund hits the road Saturday.

Registration for the Ride For The Fund will take place at the Southern Illinois State Center at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds from 8:30 to 10:00 am on Saturday.

Jennifer Fuller/WSIU

Southern Illinois Healthcare nurses will soon have the opportunity to further their education, through a partnership with McKendree University.

George Jelinek was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999 at the age of 45.  The Australian Professor of Emergency Medicine has been successful at using dietary and lifestyle changes to successfully manage his MS. 

Jelinek is the author of Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: An Evidence-Based Guide to Recovery and Recovering from Multiple Sclerosis.  He talks about his personal experience with MS and his research for this edition of In the Author's Voice.

Governor Pat Quinn is in southern Illinois today to sign legislation that will change how Poker Runs are regulated.

A new audit shows nearly 900 veterans have requested appointments at Illinois' Veterans Administration hospitals in the past decade but not received them.

Brian Mackey, Illinois Public Radio

US Senator Dick Durbin is calling for an increase in federal spending on medical research.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says a Coles County food company is recalling ground beef that was not inspected.

A Missouri company is recalling chicken salad because of possible listeria contamination.

Illinois is dealing with a surge of new patients in the Medicaid program as people rushed to get coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale is once again among the top 15% of hospitals in America for patient satisfaction.

All high school coaches would have to take an online course on concussions under a bill passed by the Illinois House Tuesday.

A worksite wellness program in southern Illinois is receiving a financial boost.

SIH Marks Construction of Cancer Center

Jan 27, 2014

Southern Illinois Health Care marks construction of Cancer Center.

Cigna Insurance and Southern Illinois Healthcare have reached an agreement on a new contract.

This time of year can be especially difficult for children. With all of the media and consumer hype that typically surrounds Christmas, kids can become overwhelmed.


SIU Healthcare says it is reviewing and updating its security policies, following the presumed theft of a laptop in mid-October.

A governor's task force is scheduled to meet to hear about the progress and problems of the rollout of the national health care law in Illinois.

Federal officials say 1,370 Illinois residents submitted an application and selected a health plan as the troubled website limped its way through its first month.

The Illinois agency responsible for public health issues ranging from nursing home regulation to infectious disease control has released a five-year strategic plan in an effort to improve its performance.