$52,000 grant will go toward epilepsy unit of Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospital

The funding will be used to renovate space at the current facility into an epilepsy monitoring unit.

  A third of Kentucky students haven’t had Hepatitis A vaccine

Mical Seafood, Inc. expands recall for tuna products sold in 23 states

Flu shot clinics available in southeast Mo.

St. Jude leading charge to improve flu vaccine

Distracted driving simulator coming to several southeast Mo high schools

Missouri leaders to raise awareness about vaping risks

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Number of vaping-related illnesses on the rise in Tennessee

Western Kentucky University going tobacco-free next year

  Firefighter’s equipment update sends EKG results to E.R.

Health officials confirm whooping cough in Kentucky schools

Oct. 13 named as “Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day” in Mo.

Kentucky triathlon endangered by algae blooms in Ohio River

Baptist Health Medical Group welcomes Pediatric Group of Paducah

Baptist Health Medical Group welcomes Pediatric Group of Paducah

  Cape Girardeau police spread important message on World Mental Health Day

Police said Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day.

Poplar Bluff VA to host pink, purple-out 2K walk

Snacks will be provided and there will be door prizes.

Kentucky officials issue warning on vaping

The Kentucky Department for Public Health says it is monitoring a growing number of cases of illness related to e-cigarette use or vaping

  Gov. Parson and First Lady receive annual flu shot

  Fall allergies in full force, find new relief solutions

  Time for a flu shot: Four flu cases reported in Cape Girardeau Co., Mo.

Kroger, Walgreens to stop sale of e-cigarettes at all stores

  Legionella found during routine test at Marion VA Medical Center

  New app coming to Cape Girardeau could potentially save lives

Concerning levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium found in popular fruit juices

Sales of fruit juice are at their lowest levels since the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) began tracking them almost 50 years ago.

Mo. awarded $332K to help end HIV epidemic

It’s called “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.”

  VA hosts walk-in flu shot clinics for veterans

The VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff is hosting a walk-in flu shot clinic the week of Oct. 16 and at other community VA clinics on Oct. 25.

  Planned Parenthood opens new ‘mega-clinic’ on Illinois-Missouri border

The new clinic was built in secret in Illinois, near the Missouri border.

Officials issue health warning urging those who vape to stop

Officials in Kentucky's largest city have issued a public health warning that urges people who use vaping products to stop in the face of a national outbreak of severe lung injuries

Patti Ranzini named SoutheastHEALTH Foundation president

SoutheastHEALTH Foundation Board Chairman Angie Umfleet and SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Ken Bateman have announced the promotion of Patti Ranzini, CFRE, from Foundation executive director to Foundation president.

Free health clinic for all on Sunday and Monday

The clinic will open at 6 a.m., but the parking lot will open at midnight.

  Free health clinic held in Cape Girardeau

RAM will continue services for those in need on Monday

Pediatric Day Set at Discovery Park of America on Oct. 5

The event is from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

  Perryville family teaming up with school district to raise money for an educational playground

Cale Schremp was diagnosed with Alopecia at the age of two, and since then, his family has held several fundraisers. This year they’re trying something new.

Confirmed vaping-related illnesses grows in Missouri

Health officials in eastern Missouri have added a seventh person to the list of Missourians diagnosed with lung illnesses related to vaping

CDC: Deer with TB can transmit bacteria to humans

The report, which was issued Sept. 20, stems from a case in Michigan where a man who had no exposure to people with endemic tuberculosis was diagnosed with the disease caused by Mycobacterium bovis.

Study finds high blood pressure during pregnancy has increased dramatically

Doctors advise women with high blood pressure who are thinking about having a baby to talk to their doctor well before becoming pregnant.

Illinois DHS releases new video campaign promoting helpline for opioids

The helpline connects those who are struggling with opioid use or other substance use

Cape Girardeau Walmart Supercenter awards pink up grant to Saint Francis Foundation

A local Walmart awarded a pink up grant to the Saint Francis Foundation.

  Veteran Administration hospitals, homes to go smoke free Oct. 1

The US Department of Veteran Affairs is going smoke free next month, and VA campuses in the Heartland are gearing up to make the transition.

Southern 7 urges citizens to get a flu shot this flu season

Southern 7 is urging citizens to get a flu shot this flu season to help protect against the illness.

Nearly $5M granted to increase substance use disorder treatments in Illinois

The $4,559,743 was awarded to the Department from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

RAM Brings Free Dental, Vision and Medical Care to Cape Girardeau

Remote Area Medical, a non-profit provider of mobile clinics delivering free, quality, dental, vision, and medical care to under-served and uninsured individuals, is coming to Cape Girardeau.

FDA recalls multiple blood pressure medications for potential cancer risk

A total of five medications are on the list.

Communicating and knowing warning signs can be a key in helping prevent suicides

While it can be a difficult topic, studies show that communicating with others and knowing the warning signs can play a key role in helping prevent suicides.

  Ill. governor urges residents not to vape

This comes as the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to investigate respiratory illnesses associated with vaping.

Flu season may be coming early, and it could be severe

The Centers for Disease Control reports that the flu vaccine was delayed this year as the World Health Organization worked on a vaccine for a distinct virus that was rapidly increasing in some countries.

Vaping customers going back to cigarettes amid rash of illnesses

The number of vaping-related illnesses continues to soar, and the CDC believes THC-related products are to blame.

Missouri records first vaping-related death

Missouri health officials say the state has recorded its first vaping-related death

New Chief Nursing Officer welcomed at SoutheastHEALTH

Gina Leath, RN, MSN, NE-BC, CCRN-K will take over the position.

4 families sue over Missouri vaccine requirements

Four Missouri families who don't want to vaccinate their children allege in a lawsuit that the children's schools and state health officials have made it increasingly difficult to file religious exemptions

  VA goes smoke free Oct. 1, tobacco cessation programs offered

McMullan said the VA will offer tobacco cessation programs for patients.

Candlelight vigil to bring awareness to veteran suicide prevention

A Poplar Bluff VA hospital will host a candlelight vigil next week in hopes of shining light on veteran suicide.

  Long wait-lists for autism diagnoses in southeast MO

One local mother spent 16 months waiting for an open appointment for her daughter.

Walmart, Target hosting September car seat recycling events

September is National Baby Safety Month

Deadly, rare, mosquito-borne virus is now in Indiana

Public health officials in Northern Indiana said the virus was found in three horses and a cluster of mosquitoes in Elkhart County.

Migraine sufferers can find relief through new medical techniques

Through new techniques and medications, there’s a chance to learn how to manage migraines and other neurological disorders.

  Time to start thinking about getting your flu vaccine

It’s that time of year again, time to start thinking about getting your flu shot.

  Some young adults may not be immune from the mumps

Some young adults who received the MMR vaccine as children are no longer immune to it.

  Possible Mo. medical marijuana growing and selling locations released

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services releases information about medical marijuana license applications.

  $3M awarded to improve maternal health at Cape Girardeau hospital

The money was awarded through a program to Saint Francis Healthcare System.

Franklin Co., Ill. residents can earn free EMT certificate

The partnership is between Rend Lake College and Abbott EMS.

Kentucky hospitals suing opioid makers

A group of Kentucky hospitals is suing dozens of opioid makers and distributors saying the companies misrepresented the benefits and dangers of the painkiller

  New Illinois law states drivers can get fined for smoking in car with minors

A new law in Illinois says you will get fined if you smoke in a car with child under 18 years old, even if the vehicle is at rest.

More vaping illnesses reported

While the cause remains unclear, officials said Friday that many reports involve e-cigarette products that contain THC, the mind-altering substance in marijuana.

  Heartland family reacts to thousands of kidneys being thrown out every year in the United States

A new study posted by JAMA Internal Medicine this week says 20 percent of donated kidneys in the United States are thrown out every year.

  Hepatitis A outbreak continues, Mo. health officials urge food workers to get vaccinated

With more than 400 cases of Hepatitis A in the last two years and counting, Missouri health officials are urging people at risk of getting the virus, including workers in the food industry to get vaccinated.

Gov. Pritzker signs bill requiring health insurers to cover donated breast milk

The legislation goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020

  Heartland vape shop owner discusses concerns following vaping death

In Illinois, state and federal health officials are investigating 22 hospitalizations linked to vaping.

Number of diabetic patients rationing insulin steadily on the rise

Prescribed insulin is just one of many examples of America’s problem with rising drug costs.

State awards contract to boost hepatitis A vaccination rate

Missouri health officials have signed a contract designed to boost the rate of people vaccinated against hepatitis A as the number of cases of the liver disease increases

  Can nicotine help patients suffering from memory loss?

While a cure is the ultimate hope, some are researching ways to delay the start of the disease.

Kentucky’s leading hemp producer GenCanna is presenting sponsor of state fair

This is the first time a hemp company has been a presenting sponsor for the Kentucky State Fair.

Health officials raise concerns about hepatitis A outbreak

Officials are raising concerns that a hepatitis A outbreak in Missouri could worsen if the liver disease spreads to urban areas

  Missouri receives more than 2,000 applications for medical marijuana licenses

2,163 applicants submit applications for medical marijuana licenses in Missouri.

Missouri cites economy, eligibility checks for Medicaid drop

State officials say an improving economy is one of several factors that led to close to 90,000 children being dropped from Missouri's Medicaid health insurance program

Free mobile medical clinic set for two days in September

Services available from the RAM clinic include dental, vision and medical exams.

State extends deadline for medical marijuana applications

Missouri is giving businesses that want to run medical marijuana facilities more time to file applications

Illinois officials remind residents to be aware of blue-green algae on waterways

Some blue-green algae are harmless, while some can produce toxic chemicals causing sickness.

  New law requires insurance coverage of EpiPens for children, local moms relieved

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed two laws expanding insurance coverage for children in need of EpiPens and Illinoisans affected by Lyme Disease.

Ill. Dept. of Health investigating hospitalizations believed to be tied to vaping

According to IDPH, the name and types of vaping products, as well as where they were sold, are still being investigated.

  Tickborne illnesses on the rise in one Heartland county

People with underlying health issues are more at risk.