Babies born in Illinois are already tested for dozens of disorders. Now the state public health department is adding more to that list.
Newborns will be tested for SCID, a rare genetic disorder that makes babies especially susceptible to bacterial and viral infections.
Every baby born in the state of Illinois gets a tiny pinprick on the heel of their foot. The blood drawn is then sent to an Illinois Department of Public Health lab, where it's tested for dozens of genetic disorders.
Officials say dispensaries in Illinois could start providing medical marijuana early next year . Prospective patients say that's not soon enough.
At a public hearing in Springfield, those seeking marijuana for medical needs argued the rule making process needs to speed up. Illinois lawmakers voted last year to allow cannabis for certain health conditions. Since then, the state has been planning how the program will work. Robert Morgan, an attorney with the Illinois Department of Public Health, says the agency wants to get it right.
A new study shows cancer rates are higher in downstate Illinois. Smoking may be the reason.
A report from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the Illinois Department of 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. The study looks at two decades worth of cancer statistics. SIU Med School's David Steward says the likely culprit is lung cancer, which is especially higher in Men.
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. 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. Prosecutors have never accused Whitaker of wrongdoing.
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.