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Illinois Nurses Call For Safe Patient Limits

Mar 8, 2019

Illinois nurses are calling on state lawmakers to restrict the number of patients under their care.

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Neurosurgeon Ann Stroink of Bloomington said she makes a trip to Washington nearly every month. She's a volunteer advocate for her professional groups, not a professional lobbyist.

GLT's Grow: Preventing Injuries While Gardening

Feb 18, 2019

There all kinds of ways a gardener could get hurt, from sprains and strains to even more serious injuries.

Why Are There So Few Black Men In Medicine?

Feb 14, 2019

Dr. Don Arnold’s home office overflows with medical textbooks, old anatomical prints and six pages of a recommendation letter from his first application to medical school - framed and hanging on the wall.

“It says I have very unique and viable talents that would serve me well, but on paper a very poor academic record,” he says. “So this is code. For those who don’t know. Nobody’s going to outwardly tell you not to take a person, but this is how they write it in code.”

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A new study by the American Lung Association says Illinois is not doing enough to reduce tobacco use.

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OSF HealthCare

The chief lobbyist for OSF HealthCare says he’s optimistic that a divided Washington might come together to lower prescription drug prices.

Santa For Seniors

Mary Shadowens said she has a passion to serve the elderly.

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Bloomington-Normal has a lot of things that would make other communities jealous.

OSF Opens First Urgo Retail Clinic In Normal

Dec 5, 2018
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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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Debra Joy Hart

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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Jeff Smudde / WGLT

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.
Eye Surgical Associates

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.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

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.
 

Courtesy of Illinois State University

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.

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