Health & Medicine

Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

Cancer patients in southern Illinois will soon have new opportunities to receive their treatments closer to home, as one of the region's largest healthcare providers broke ground on a comprehensive cancer center in Williamson County Friday.

The head of an Illinois group backing higher education retirees says she's never had a clear answer why the state has been trying to end contracts with insurer Health Alliance.

The state of Illinois has removed Urbana-based Health Alliance from its list of retiree contracts, as of January 2014.

A new study gives Illinois low marks when it comes to providing health care for the poor.

Flu Season is Coming...

Sep 13, 2013

It's that time of year again for annual flu shots.

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Southern Illinois Healthcare is joining a collaborative lead by the parent organization of Barnes Jewish Hospital.

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High school sports are back in action across southern Illinois and  the nation, and one newly proposed law is designed to protect those student athletes.

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The state of Illinois has stepped in to save a program serving hot lunches to seniors living in more than a dozen east-central Illinois counties.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news and weather.

Illinois has a new law regarding the sale of contact lenses.

Hundreds of hospitals are getting millions of dollars from the state.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with the American Cancer Society's Caleb Nehring about upcoming enrollment dates and locations for the organization's Cancer Prevention Study III.

Governor Pat Quinn has legalized medical marijuana in Illinois.

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A southern Illinois hospital is taking the steps to become a designated baby-friendly facility.

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WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with Dr. Terrance Glennon, the Medical Director of SIH's Cancer Rehabilitation Program.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with H Group Crisis Manager Dr. Verletta Saxon and Research and Development Director Sharon Adams about a new Crisis Center, which opened this month in Williamson County.


Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law Monday to expand the state's Medicaid system and provide health care coverage to more Illinoisans.

A national physicians group is asking the US Department of Agriculture to look into plans by the SIU School of Medicine to use live pigs in training doctors.

More than 150 community groups in Illinois have applied for $28 million in federal funding to educate the public about new opportunities for health insurance under the national health law.


Area high school coaches and trainers will come together this week to learn more about how to properly hydrate their student-athletes.

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A new mental health crisis center will open this July in Williamson County.

Illinois health officials say they're investigating reports that five patients developed abscesses after receiving potentially contaminated steroid injections at a southern Illinois clinic.

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The building of southern Illinois' first freestanding cancer center is a major step closer to reality.

Former SIU Football Coach Returns for Fundraiser

Apr 12, 2013
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Even with former Southern Illinois football coach Jerry Kill taking his coaching career to Minnesota, his local fundraiser remains popular.

Coach Kill started a fundraiser for cancer patients towards the end of the football season in 2005. Eight years later the fundraiser is still active as if he were still the head coach at SIU. Kill is coming to Carbondale for the 1st Annual Liberty Wealth and Health 5K Run/Walk at Walker's Bluff on June 1st, 2013.   Event Organizer Joel Sambursky, who was a former player for coach Kill, says it will be fun for everyone.

A new report says the percentage of Illinoisans who get health insurance through work has declined.

The report, released Thursday, finds the portion of non-elderly Illinois residents with insurance through their jobs dropped from 74 percent in 2000 to 62 percent in 2011.

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A Herrin woman is turning her own tragedy and recovery into an opportunity for others to learn and help out.


An elderly Murphysboro couple had a special guest in their home Tuesday morning. State Representative Mike Bost spent about an hour serving as a home care worker in the home of Chauncey and Christina Wilson.

Southern Illinois Healthcare continues to raise money for the region's first comprehensive cancer center. 

The $23 million dollar project is a collaboration with the southern Illinois community and SIH.  The healthcare service is working to raise a total of $10-million dollars from the community from the project. SIH Foundation Board Chair Dr. Marsha Ryan and SIH Cancer Institute Administrative Director Jennifer Badiu talk with WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams about the project and an upcoming fundraising gala.

Most everyone is familiar with hypothermia. It’s when the body’s core temperature drops so low, organ systems begin shutting down in the body’s attempt to preserve brain and heart function. And while the concept is the same, hypothermic therapy uses much less extreme conditions.

WSIU Radio continues its "Keep the Beat" series this week, focusing on heart issues affecting southern Illinois.