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OSF Healthcare’s first Bloomington-Normal Urgo retail clinic allows patients to add an urgent care-style visit to their list of errands.

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As the national opioid epidemic continues, representatives from the medical, treatment, and insurance fields met in Bloomington at a roundtable discussion to talk about more collaboration to care for addicts and prevent addiction.

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There's a saying that tragedy plus time equals comedy. It's a formula, suggesting that even your worst moments may grow a little bit funny if you wait long enough.

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A new Illinois statute aims to boost flu shot rates among healthcare workers by making it harder for employees to decline the vaccine.

Lawmakers say this is important in light of last year’s flu season that killed more people than car crashes and drug overdoses. But some on the frontlines of public health worry that a law that’s not enforced will have little effect.

Last year brought a lot of flu activity across the state and this year health professionals are urging the public to roll up their sleeves and get flu shots early this year. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health said they are trying to prevent an outbreak of Hepatitis A after several neighboring states have experienced their own.

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If you're looking for the federal government to fix the American health care system, Jeff Bauer says you're looking in the wrong place.

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Illinois county officials have about four months to figure out details of the rabies vaccination effort for cats.

Legislation signed into law this month by Gov. Bruce Rauner amended Illinois' Animal Control Act. Beginning in January, cat owners must vaccinate their cats for rabies and keep them updated from the age of 4 months. The second rabies shot must be done within one year of the first vaccination.

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Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti was in Bloomington-Normal on Thursday to witness a demonstration of Advocate BroMenn’s telehealth system.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed five laws expanding mental health and addiction-treatment services and Medicaid coverage of them.

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It's been 10 years since Illinois went smoke-free in all public buildings, including bars and restaurants.

An architectural rendering of the new eye care facility planned in Bloomington.
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Thirteen eye doctors and a spectacle boutique are coming together to create a new $10 million eye center.

Woman with a mic in front of a screen that reads, "What About Dental?"
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The Community Health Care Clinic’s new program that connects patients with primary care physicians instead of using hospital emergency rooms for treatment is on pace to save Advocate BroMenn and OSF Healthcare a combined $1 million in its first year.

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One of the keys to minimizing financial losses at the McLean County Nursing Home will be forming partnerships with hospitals.

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The McLean County Board on Tuesday overwhelmingly signed on to recommendations for the county's nursing home developed by a special panel of experts from the community.

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Home health care workers are paid close to poverty wages in many parts of the country. And that's a problem, according to Illinois State University sociologist Chris Wellin.

A man and a woman sit in chairs talking to elected government officials for McLean County, Illinois.
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The McLean County Nursing Home is at a “tipping point,” according to a blue-ribbon panel of health care leaders that studied the facility.

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The League of Women Voters of McLean County has released a study concluding the McLean County Nursing Home is not sustainable under the current business model.

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The Town of Normal has a happy surprise on its insurance premiums. Council members Monday will decide whether to approve a premium package 13 percent below last year's rates.

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The old saying is memory is a faulty crutch. For years, a professor at Illinois State University has focused her research on proving that old saying right.

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The National Science Foundation is giving Illinois State University Faculty a $317, 000 grant. The money is buying a device that uses lasers to concentrate and filter cells into like batches. It's called a flow cytometer cell sorter.

Faculty and students will use the machine to do research on aging and the immune system, reptiles and turtles, bumblebee parasites, pollen grains, bird blood, and insects.

Students will get training on a device that is common in many health professions.

The feds funded only 16 percent of grant applications in this category.
 

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Scientists call them the "unsung heroes" of the human body. They are B cells—white blood cells that help ward off viruses and infection. But as our bodies age, so does the effectiveness of these cells.

Bloomington Police have arrested a 31-year-old nurse for allegedly ripping painkiller patches off the arms of nursing home patients and stealing them.

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Even as McLean County government begins a debate on how to deal with its money-losing nursing home, the facility is gaining recognition as a good place for elders to live.

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McLean County Board Chair John McIntyre has named a blue ribbon panel to look at the McLean County Nursing Home.

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An organization working to halt the spread of HIV in Illinois wants to have the difficult conversations behind treating the disease.

Vigil Held In Support of Children's Insurance Program

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Children across the country suffering from life-threatening and chronic illnesses risk losing their health insurance unless Congress acts soon.

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Drug overdose deaths in McLean County rose more than 150 percent last year.

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There is some behind-the-scenes skirmishing over the future of the McLean County Nursing Home, but the County Board has now agreed to hire a consultant to look at the future of the facility.

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The issue of legalizing recreational use of marijuana is rising in profile this year. There are two bills in the General Assembly. Several Democratic candidates for governor have embraced the proposal, saying it would bring badly needed revenue to the state and reduce black market and gang control of an existing industry.

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