Literature at Friday's conference, held at Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital.
(Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media)
December 10, 2016

State Seeking Preventative Measures To Address Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Four Illinois counties, including Champaign, are leading the effort to better understand those who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Data-Driven Health and Justice is a nationwide effort to reduce the financial and human costs associated with those who frequently end up in hospitals and jails, or 'superutlizers'. The Illinois Criminal Justice Authority held a conference Friday in Urbana to help other parts of the state find preventative measures.  


A non-GMO shelf label at a Whole Foods store in Portland, Oregon.
Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images
December 03, 2016

Americans Don’t Trust Scientists’ Take On Food Issues

A new survey finds strong public support for organic food and suspicion of GMO's -- regardless of whether people vote Republican or Democratic.  Also, people don't trust scientists much at all.


Flickruser/J. Stephen Conn
December 01, 2016

Illinois Politics; K-12 Education Report; World AIDS Day; Author Discusses ‘Make Someone Happy’

On the 21st: We talked Illinois politics with two reporters and discussed a new report that reveals that many low-income students lag behind their wealthier peers. Plus, we spoke with an infectious disease physician about the progress made in treating HIV. Plus, Chicago-based author Elizabeth Berg joined us to talk about her latest book, a collection of her writings from Facebook.


Entrance of Carle Foundation Hospital Trauma Center
Jim Meadows/WILL
December 01, 2016

Carle Now Requiring Protective Equipment To See Isolated Patients

Carle Hospital is one of a growing list of hospitals requiring visitors to wear personal protective equipment when they visit patients kept in isolation. Area Presence hospitals - Covenant in Urbana and United Samaritans in Danville - already require the protective gear when visiting patients in isolation.


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November 24, 2016

From Texting To Gaming: Teen Drivers Are Distracted

Teenagers are texting while behind the wheel, despite the law prohibiting it. And that's not all they're doing. The survey from State Farm Insurancefound 80 percent of teens say they use their smartphones while driving. Along with sending text messages, they're using the phone for other purposes, including playing games.


Charles and Doris Lehman, of Sparta, Illinois, at the Pour House bar in Marissa, Illinois.
Durrie Bouscaren/St. Louis Public Radio
November 11, 2016

Without Congressional Action, Retired Coal Workers Could Lose Benefits By End Of 2016

Thousands of former coal workers and dependents who worked for now-bankrupt coal companies could lose their health insurance at the end of the year if Congress does not pass legislation to fund it. Retirees in southern Illinois say losing their health insurance would amount to a broken promise from the coal companies that would have devastating effects to their well-being.


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