Illinois Department of Public Health http://wuis.org en Department Of Public Health To Test For New Genetic Disorder In Newborns http://wuis.org/post/department-public-health-test-new-genetic-disorder-newborns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Babies born in Illinois are already tested for dozens of disorders. Now the state public health department is adding more to that list.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Newborns will be tested for SCID, a rare genetic disorder that makes babies especially susceptible to bacterial and viral infections.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:50:52 +0000 Hannah Meisel 27536 at http://wuis.org Department Of Public Health To Test For New Genetic Disorder In Newborns Medical Marijuana In Illinois Could Be Available By Beginning Of 2015 http://wuis.org/post/medical-marijuana-illinois-could-be-available-beginning-2015 <p>Officials say dispensaries in Illinois could start providing medical marijuana early next year . Prospective patients say that's not soon enough.</p><p></p><p>At a public hearing in Springfield, those seeking marijuana for medical needs argued the rule making process needs to speed up.&nbsp;&nbsp; Illinois lawmakers voted last year to allow cannabis for certain health conditions.&nbsp; Since then, the state has been planning how the program will work.<br />Robert Morgan, an attorney with the Illinois Department of Public Health, says the agency wants to get it right.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 20:22:59 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25625 at http://wuis.org Medical Marijuana In Illinois Could Be Available By Beginning Of 2015 Downstate Cancer Rates Higher http://wuis.org/post/downstate-cancer-rates-higher <p>A new study shows cancer rates are higher in downstate Illinois.&nbsp; Smoking may be the reason. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A report from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the Illinois Department of&nbsp; Public Health of public health says the southern two thirds of Illinois have higher cancer rates and lower survival rates than those in the northern part.&nbsp; The study looks at two decades worth of cancer statistics.&nbsp; SIU Med School's David Steward says the likely culprit is lung cancer, which is especially higher in Men.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:18:24 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 14132 at http://wuis.org Downstate Cancer Rates Higher Whitaker Denies Involvement In Kickback Scheme http://wuis.org/post/whitaker-denies-involvement-kickback-scheme <p>The former head of Illinois' Department of Public Health says he ``was not involved in any way'' with alleged illegal activities of his longtime chief of staff. &nbsp;<br>In an indictment released this week, authorities accuse Quinshaunta Golden. They say she accepted $433,000 in kickbacks for steering grant and contract money to various groups around the time she worked for Eric E. Whitaker at the agency. &nbsp;<br>Prosecutors have never accused Whitaker of wrongdoing. &nbsp; Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:58:07 +0000 Sean Crawford 7074 at http://wuis.org Whitaker Denies Involvement In Kickback Scheme New Case Of Rare Stomach Illness In Ill. http://wuis.org/post/new-case-rare-stomach-illness-ill <p>Illinois is reporting one new case of a rare stomach illness, bringing the total number in the state to five. The Illinois Department of Public Health says officials are still investigating the source of the illness caused by a parasite, but have been unable to link it to any food source.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:44:26 +0000 Rachel Otwell & Associated Press 6792 at http://wuis.org New Case Of Rare Stomach Illness In Ill.