Advocates say increasing access to hormonal contraceptives could help reduce unplanned pregnancies. One legislative proposal considered earlier this year aims to do just that by allowing patients to skip a physician's visit and head straight to a pharmacist. But it is having trouble catching on in Illinois.
A new center for substance abuse treatment is slated to open in Champaign this December. The Center for Recovery, located at 2302 Moreland Blvd., will be operated by Rosecrance, a mental health and substance abuse treatment system with facilities across the state.
Kidney failure is an expensive problem in the U.S.. Dialysis, which removes toxins from the blood, costs taxpayers billions of dollars every year. But there’s a cheaper dialysis option, that’s better for a lot of patients. Side Effects Public Media’s Jake Harper explains why that other option isn’t more common.
Pesticides are all over, from backyard gardens to cornfields. While their use doesn’t appear to be slowing, concern over drift and the resulting effects on health is driving research — and more worries. Those concerns are bringing pesticides to a different venue: courtrooms.
From E. coli in romaine lettuce to potential salmonella on Goldfish crackers to a parasite in salads and wraps, food recalls are in the spotlight this year. But things may not be as bad as they sound, according to Lana Nwadike, a food safety specialist with Kansas State University and the University of Missouri.
Rural health care providers and administrators from across Illinois are coming to Champaign this week for the annual conference of the Illinois Rural Health Association. They'll receive hands-on training to help them care for patients in underserved areas.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, the state’s largest health insurer, announced this week that it wants to lower the cost of some of its plans available through the federal health insurance marketplace.
Every year, an estimated 2 million Americans become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 die from these superbug infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.