In the wake of Sept. 11, federal officials said the United States needed a new, state-of-the-art facility to defend against bioterrorism and stop diseases that could devastate the country’s farm economy and threaten human lives. They chose Manhattan, Kansas, as the site of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.
Poverty can lead to negative health outcomes, and a group of public health and policy experts will gather this week to craft a strategy to address the problem. The events taking place in Urbana and Chicago on Thursday and Friday, respectively, are open to the public and hosted by the University of Illinois Epstein Health Law and Policy Program.
The group CU Trauma and Resiliency Initiative is working to help people better understand the link between trauma, mental health and violence; and an event this Saturday aims to bring together men for a discussion about the issue.
Some doctors see access to birth control as a tool in the fight to decrease maternal and infant mortality. Indiana has one of the nation’s worst rates of new mothers and infants dying, and those rates are even worse for black women. But a history of abuse has led to distrust of health care professionals in communities of color.
A small but growing number of U.S. women are choosing to have their babies at home. In more than 30 states, including most of the Midwest, it’s legal for certified professional midwives – trained specifically in home birth – to assist them. Illinois is not among them; but the state Senate wants to study the issue.
State Rep. Karina Villa is a 40-year-old Democrat representing West Chicago. She's one of dozens of fresh faces at the Illinois State Capitol this year and also one of seven lawmakers in the House of Representatives whose election flipped a red seat blue -- from Republican to Democrat.
Experts often blame the painkiller fentanyl for skyrocketing overdose deaths among illegal drug users. Now a series of deaths at an Ohio hospital is raising questions about oversight in prescribing the drug.