L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois
May 19, 2017

Mass Transit Use Correlates With Obesity Rates

Riding the bus could help you lose weight, or at least that's what some of the data shows. University of Illinois professor of computer science Sheldon Jacobson pulled publicly available county health and transportation records to see if there was a correlation between mass transit use and obesity.


Medical cannabis related products are sold at a Medical Cannabis Outreach clinic in Shelbyville on April 29.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
May 17, 2017

Mobile Clinics Connect Hopeful Marijuana Patients With Doctors

Medical marijuana has now been available in Illinois for about 18 months. But many around the state, particularly in Southern Illinois, say they can't find a doctor in their area to help them. A few groups have found a way to change that — they're now bringing doctors directly to the patients with qualifying conditions. More than 30 hopeful patients registered for a recent clinic in Shelbyvlle, held by Medical Cannabis Outreach.


Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
Gage Skidmore/Flickr
May 16, 2017

Addiction Experts Call Out Remarks From Tom Price As Unscientific, Damaging

Addiction experts are up in arms following remarks from Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, in which he referred to medication-assisted treatment for addiction as “substituting one opioid for another.” Nearly 700 researchers and practitioners sent a letter Monday communicating their criticisms to Price and urging him to “set the record straight.” 


Scott Bennett on the senate floor.
Seth Perlman/AP
May 12, 2017

Legislation Helping Dentists Passes In Illinois Senate

With Illinois lawmakers struggling to agree on a state budget, the Illinois Senate unanimously passed a contingency plan, for dentists. Many dentists who treat state employees have not been getting paid for their work.


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