A set of modern hearing aids, which can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000 each.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
August 11, 2016

Health Care Advocates Seek Better Access To Hearing Aids

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine estimates a large majority of those over age 50 who may benefit from hearing aids don't use them. Champaign County Health Care Consumers says the primary problem is affordability, since the devices cost thousands of dollars.


high school football players
Jay Jacobs / flickr user system13
August 10, 2016

Youth Sports Concussions; Cubs/Cardinals Rivalry; State Fair Food

On the 21st: High schoolers who play high-contact sports are faced with the potential for injury, such as concussions. We learned more about what the state is doing to protect student athletes. We also talked about the burning rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. We also found out how you can make state fair food at your own home.


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White speaks at Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital Tuesday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
August 09, 2016

SOS White Seeks Organ Donors In Minority Communities

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says he's working to dispel some of the myths that may explain why so few people of color are registered organ donors. White came to Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital Tuesday to mark National Minority Donor Awareness Week, which was August 1-7.  He says there are currently 5,000 people on the waiting list for transplants in Illinois.


Vet Tim Fan with dog
Vet Med at Illinois
August 04, 2016

Nanomedicine & Dogs; Illinois House Races; Redneck Fishin’ Tournament; Black Sheep Fest

On the 21st: We heard from researchers who have developed a drug delivery system to treat dogs with bone cancer. We also spoke about Illinois's political power struggle, learned about a fishing tournament aimed at eliminating invasive species, and heard from the co-owner of a central Illinois music venue that will be hosting a punk music festival this weekend.


In this Wednesday, May 11, 2016 photo, home health care workers and people with disabilities protest during the Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities Awards Ceremony at the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman/Assocated Press
August 03, 2016

Illinois Suspends No-Overtime Policy For Home Care Workers

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has suspended its no-overtime policy for workers caring for disabled residents in their homes, just hours before the workers' union planned to file a lawsuit
challenging its legality. Secretary of Human Services James Dimas will seek permission to bar overtime hours through a legislatively approved rule.


Pride flag superimposed with two male stick figures and one of a child
flickr user oiww
August 03, 2016

LGBT Foster Children; Lost And Found Dogs; Precision Medicine; Pencils World Record

On the 21st: We talked about the outreach that the Illinois Department of Family Services is making to the broader LGBT community to help place LGBT children in foster and adoptive homes. Also, we had the story of a Belvidere woman whose dog was missing for more than a month - and the happy ending helped along by strangers. Plus, we learned about the White House initiative on precision medicine and checked in on the attempt in Chillicothe at a world record for the longest line of pencils.


Family caregiver
Flickr user: glaxosmithkline
August 01, 2016

Dementia Caregivers; Nutrition Perceptions

On The 21st: We talked about what it means to be a caregiver for a person living with dementia - we were joined by a Champaign caregiver and a licensed professional counselor at Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter. Plus, we talked about what foods people think are healthy versus what nutritionists say are actually healthy.


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