Category Archives: Health Desk

Stories about the art, science and politics of health care, with a special focus on Medicaid and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Crucial Plank Of Obamacare Passes Illinois House

In the waning days of its legislative session, Illinois took a major step toward implementing President Barack Obama’s signature health care program. That Democrats, who hold solid majorities in the General Assembly, waited until this late in the session is … Continue reading

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House Rejects Study With Ties To Scientology

The Illinois House on Wednesday rejected an attempt to take a closer look at the field of psychiatry and its role in shaping Illinois law. As Brian Mackey reports, the sticking point for some lawmakers was a group backing the … Continue reading

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Advocates For Disabled Fight Special Ed Rule Changes

The State of Illinois caps the number of high needs learners who share the attention of a single special education teacher. For the past decade, there has also been a limit on how many children with disabilities can be placed in … Continue reading

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Volunteers Sought For Cancer Research Study

The American Cancer Society is now recruiting volunteers in Central Illinois for its third major cancer prevention study. Dr. Wiley Jenkins is an epidemiologist with the SIU School of Medicine and is a member of the Simmons Cancer Institute in … Continue reading

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Push To Keep Students’ HIV Status Private

HIV-positive students would no longer be outed to their school officials under a measure pending before the state Senate. Illinois’ Public Health Department tells schools if one of their students has HIV or AIDS. The agency has to – it’s … Continue reading

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Analysis: Western Ill. Counties Among Top 10 Healthiest

Schuyler, Brown and McDonough are among the top ten healthiest counties in Illinois, according to a recent analysis. The report released Wednesday on the health status of Illinois residents is the fourth annual county rankings from University of Wisconsin’s Population … Continue reading

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IDPH Places New Emphasis on HIV Education for Women

The Illinois Department of Public Health says when it comes to HIV awareness, sexually-active women and young girls are often overlooked.  The Department is putting a renewed emphasis on teaching women to protect themselves and how to get tested. Chris … Continue reading

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