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Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal is rolling out new state-of-the-art equipment worth $5 million.

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Dr. Ramsin Benyamin views the opioid epidemic almost like he would a patient. If you ask Benyamin how he’d fix the opioid issue—how he’d treat it—he starts with a diagnosis.

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An organization working to halt the spread of HIV in Illinois wants to have the difficult conversations behind treating the disease.

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State records show that the flu season in Illinois appears to be peaking early this year.

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'Tis the season for family get-togethers and office Christmas parties—and that means lots of germs spreading around right in the middle of cold and flu season.

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Those with Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance have something to be thankful for—not having to change where they get medical care in 2018.

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Every day, an estimated 140 people die of opioid overdoses in the U.S., according to health officials. President Donald Trump recently declared opioid addiction a public health emergency.

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The enrollment period for obtaining health insurance through the Affordable Care Act on the Illinois exchanges begins Nov. 1, but signing up might prove more daunting this year than in the past.

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Planned Parenthood of Illinois calls a new Trump administration rule allowing additional employers to opt out of providing birth control coverage a further "attack" on reproductive rights.

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An advocate for end-of-life options will visit Illinois State University this week to share his wife's story in an effort to help others who face death.

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For many new parents, the most precious commodity on Earth isn't diapers or even a good night's sleep. It's milk from mom.

Mitch McConnell speaks
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This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay.

In Illinois, many thousands could be affected. Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.


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By NOT intervening with childhood trauma at an early age, Baby Fold of Normal Training Coordinator Keith Brotheridge said society pays much more in the long run. He cited the Centers for Disease Control "Adverse Childhood Experience" which followed 17,000 people with extensive traumatic experiences.

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Technology is increasingly removing barriers for those seeking help with behavioral health issues.


At least three confirmed cases of mumps have been reported in the past few days at Illinois State University, triggering outbreak status for the communicable disease at ISU.

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Congressman Rodney Davis said he stands behind the American Healthcare Act as written, though he expects it to change significantly before passage.

The Congressional Budget Office indicates older Americans would pay much more for coverage than under the Affordable Care Act.

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Congressional candidate and emergency room physician Dr. David Gill thinks Obamacare should be fixed, not repealed and the first step is to address insurance company involvement. 

Gill, a Democrat, has announced he's running against Republican incumbent Rodney Davis who represents Illinois' 13th District.  Gill spoke against the GOP's Affordable Health Care Act Tuesday night at a Stand Up For Justice rally on the lawn of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Chestnut Health Systems

Chestnut Health Systems is making a major change on Bloomington's west side. 

Chief Executive Officer Russell Hagen said during a news conference, the Chestnut Family Health Center will relocate from a crowded temporary facility at 720 W. Chestnut Street to a completely remodeled 25 thousand square foot building down the street at 702 W. Chestnut. 

Hagen said the move and remodeling represent a dramatic expansion.

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With the end of Daylight Savings Time, our bodies are expected yet again to adapt to a shift that could disrupt our sleep-wake cycle for days.  Even though the time shift happens only twice a year, many people suffer from ongoing sleep problems that can critically impact our health.

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McLean County has hit all three indicators of West Nile virus for the year in one day.

The Health Department says there is a probable human case of West Nile in the county.

OSF Healthcare

For the first time hospitals in Bloomington Normal, the McLean County Health Department, and other stakeholders are working together on a community health needs assessment.

GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with Meredith Nelson of OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center and Health Department Assistant Director Cathy Coverston-Anderson about the plan and why hasn't this happened years ago?

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Psst. Hey buddy. Want to buy a butterfly?

The Community Cancer Center is raising money by having people buy monarch butterflies and release them into the gardens at the center in Bloomington in honor or remembrance of loved ones.

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Dementia recently claimed the life of legendary women's basketball coach Pat Summitt. A new case of dementia is diagnosed every four seconds.  It's estimated that the number of people with dementia is expected to increase to 75.6 million by 2030.  With the demand for dementia care rising, there is a need to know more about the treatment, not just of the illness itself, but of those impacted by it.  With an eye towards helping those who help dementia sufferers, the Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing recently launched a research project about nursing care knowledge and attitudes towards patients with dementia.

Court Rules PTSD Should Qualify For Medical Marijuana

Jun 29, 2016
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A Cook County judge has sided with a veteran from Urbana and ordered the state to add Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana.

Judge Neil Cohen ordered the Department of Public Health's director to add PTSD within 30 days. The sternly worded ruling says Director Nirav Shah “engaged in a private investigation, hidden from public view'' that was “constitutionally inappropriate.''

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Parents-to-be in central Illinois have a new option available to them when it comes to bringing their new little bundle of joy into the world.

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State officials have confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Illinois this year. The Illinois Department of Public Health said an adolescent in west-central Illinois became ill with the virus late last month.

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Bloomington is one of 50 mid-sized communities across the nation to receive a $60,000 health planning grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The planning will help bring together stakeholders over the next 18 months to address health concerns -- specifically as it concerns geography and what the grant materials call "built environments."

James Nevin

A former track physician at the Indianapolis 500 race said drivers get the very best care possible in the event of crashes. In spite of 230 mile per hour speeds, Advocate BroMenn Vice President of Medical Management Jim Nevin said having board certified emergency physicians at track side and ambulances ready to roll mean there is a significant response advantage that people in ordinary car crashes don't have.

McLean County Health Department

Mental health agencies are pledging to do a better job getting people to the right resources in McLean County. As part of the County's mental health initiative, a group of agencies is reaching out to the public.

Health Department Outreach Director Laura Beavers said many citizens have no idea what's available.

When Man's Best Friend Isn't So Friendly

May 19, 2016
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Spike.  Cujo. Boozer. Lucifer. Or just plain Ankle Biter. U.S. Postal Service Letter Carrier Kenny Kemp says no matter what you call them, dogs can be biters and need to be respected.