Category Archives: Health Desk Features

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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WUIS Health Desk: Health Exchange Update

Illinois is faced with a steady stream of deadlines as it prepares to roll out a marketplace where small businesses and the uninsured can shop for health care coverage.   Just last week, Illinois won conditional federal approval to move forward … Continue reading

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WUIS Health Desk: Autism, Stigma And Diagnosis Changes

Autism can limit a person’s ability to communicate and connect emotionally with others.  This isolation has led to speculation that autistic people may be more prone to commit acts of planned violence. Claims like this – that a link may … Continue reading

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WUIS Health Desk: Low Income Health Care

The new federal health care law will be many people’s first chance to get coverage.  But a key demographic may not get that option.  It’s up to states to decide if they will allow individuals who make less than about … Continue reading

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WUIS Health Desk: Branding ‘Obamacare,’ Right and Left

In recent years, the fight between Republicans and Democrats has extended beyond political issues to the very language used to frame debates. Are they “estate taxes” or “death taxes”? Do you say “global warming” or “climate change”? Republicans have been … Continue reading

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WUIS Health Desk: Support Group For Cancer Survivors

St. John’s has a new cancer support group. But this one’s different than most, it’s for those whose cancer has gone into remission. For the WUIS health Desk, Rachel Otwell spoke with Virginia Siempelkamp a central Illinois resident and student at the University of Illinois Springfield. … Continue reading

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WUIS Health Desk: Surviving Sepsis, Preventing Infection

It’s one of the leading causes of death in the nation, killing more than 200,000 Americans each year, yet a survey conducted this summer shows most in the U.S. say they have never heard of the term “sepsis“. That’s something … Continue reading

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WUIS Health Desk: Illinois Reaction to ‘ObamaCare’ Ruling

Thursday’s health-care ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court prompted predictable reactions among Illinois politicians and interest groups. But there were a few surprises. And most people seem to have one thing in common: after months of keeping health care policy-making … Continue reading

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WUIS Health Desk: Quinn Pressured To Create Health Insurance Marketplace

Illinois legislators have sidestepped a political minefield this spring.   As Barack Obama’s home state, there had been a push to implement a key component of the president’s signature health care plan. Instead, General Assembly leaders collectively decided to shelve their … Continue reading

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WUIS Health Desk – Quinn’s Medicaid Plan

In recent years, Illinois has added programs and bulked-up services to help people who don’t have or can’t afford private health insurance. There’s “All Kids,” which offers state-subsidized coverage for children.  And Illinois Cares R-X, which helps low-income seniors pay … Continue reading

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WUIS Health Desk: Illinois and the Politics of ‘ObamaCare’

As the country waits for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s home state has been working to implement it. But some legislators want to hold off — they … Continue reading

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WUIS Health Desk: Art And Meditation As Therapy

This week we launch the “WUIS Health Desk”, which will produce stories looking at various health related topics. We begin with the idea of art, music and meditation as therapy. As WUIS’ Peter Gray reports, a Springfield artist is using … Continue reading

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