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.

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

Missouri cites economy, eligibility checks for Medicaid drop

Free mobile medical clinic set for two day in September

State extends deadline for medical marijuana applications

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

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

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

  Tickborne illnesses on the rise in one Heartland county

  Heartland teen cancer survivor encourages people to donate blood

SoutheastHEALTH adds 4 new family doctors

Southeast Hospital receives American College of Cardiology award

  Representatives Shimkus, Bost tour MAT facility in Marion, Ill.

  Courthouse reopens after flea infestation

Cleaning crews discovered a courtroom at the Marshall County District Court was infested with fleas on Wednesday.

Cincinnati area girl, 5, diagnosed with rare tick paralysis

Specialists told the family they’ve never seen anything like this before.

Health officials: Vaccines are part of back to school prep

Check your child’s shot record now.

Health experts remind residents to take precautions against West Nile Virus in southern Ill.

If you find a bird that has recently died you are urged to call the health department

Gulfport man finds living kidney donor through social media

  Cape Girardeau clinic helping patients sign up for medical marijuana cards

  Reaction: Trump Administration plans to allow Americans to buy prescription drugs from Canada

Missouri restricts dentists’ prescriptions of opioids

Kentucky woman, 32, one of longest-surviving, infant heart-transplant recipients

Sheriff’s Office: Hep A restaurant list in Ky. county a hoax

SoutheastHEALTH marketing projects receive statewide recognition

Thirteen marketing projects received recognition overall.

Bayer recalls 990 vials of drug that treats serious bleeding

Bayer is voluntarily recalling nearly 1,000 vials of a biological drug used to help prevent and control serious bleeding in patients with hemophilia A.

Close to 90K children dropped from Missouri Medicaid program

Close to 90,000 children and 23,000 adults have been dropped from Missouri's Medicaid health insurance program in the past year

  Free Senior Health Fair at Carbondale Civic Center

Fowler said there is no registration or entrance fee required.

  Medical marijuana town hall to be held in Caruthersville

The meeting will be held at the Caruthersville Armory on Tuesday, July 23 at 6 p.m.

Gov. Pritzker: Illinois to refuse to implement gag rule on women’s health

Nearly 773,000 women of reproductive age are in need of publicly supported contraceptive services and supplies.

  Melanoma patient has a warning about the dangers of the sun

The sun is finally out and if you’re headed outside, a Jackson woman is using her battle against Melanoma to urge others to protect their skin.

  Illinois employers discuss upcoming recreational marijuana laws

There's many questions and only a few answers around the new laws going into effect at the beginning of the year

Hummus sold at stores nationwide being recalled due to possible bacteria contamination

The products have been distributed nationwide and to United Arab Emirates.

First mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in southern Ill.

Staff from the Southern Seven Health Department collected the mosquitoes in Massac County in early July.

Study: Arkansas has one of the highest rates of at-risk youths

Disconnected or overweight youth are two of the main factors for Arkansas' poor ranking in a new study.

  Tetanus shots urged for those dealing with flooding conditions

Health departments urge you to be careful, especially if you are dealing with flooding conditions.

Proposed tattoo ban on scarred skin dropped in Ky.

Due to hundreds of public comments, the prohibition against tattooing over scarred skin has been removed from a proposed Kentucky regulation.

  Jackson, Mo. approves ‘buffer zones’ for the medical marijuana industry

After a second reading by the city attorney, the ordinance was unanimously approved.

Missouri works to settle lawsuit on medicine for foster kids

Missouri is working to settle a lawsuit alleging that the state overmedicated foster children with psychotropic drugs

Desperate need for blood this summer, especially during severe weather

Right now, the American Red Cross says most blood types have less than a three-day supply available.

Pharmacies still facing EpiPen shortage over a year later

EpiPens have been in short supply for over a year now after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first declared a shortage back in May 2018, citing to manufacturing issues.

Additions made to Ill. health care community map

IDPH has added maternal and child health data to the Public Health Community Map.

  It’s Tick season: Heat and Rain make perfect combination for ticks to thrive

Ticks are no joke in the summertime. River Ketcherside with Mike’s Mowing said he keeps a watchful eye out for ticks.

Lawmakers propose bill to make all VA facilities smoke-free

The legislation was introduced Thursday, July 11.

Experts warn against expired sunscreen

Experts want to remind you to check your sunscreen’s expiration date before you go outside.

Opioid Summit to be held in Perryville

Topics at the summit include medication-assisted treatment, law enforcement perspectives, statistics, and local information related to heroin and area opioid usage.

Jim Beam Fire: State warns public to not eat fish in affected areas

State officials are also reporting fish kills and distressed fish.

License hearing for Missouri’s only abortion clinic delayed

A hearing on whether Missouri's only abortion clinic should have its license renewed has been pushed back

STL Airport begins construction of lactation suites

They will each be 80 sq. feet., and are expected to open by mid-August.

Kentucky students lose appeal in chickenpox vaccination case

About two dozen Catholic school students and parents in Kentucky have lost their initial appeal in challenging a health department's efforts to control a chickenpox outbreak

Prenatal opioid exposure could bring long-term harm to kids

A new government report is shedding light on the lasting impacts of opioid use during pregnancy, and the impact on a child.

Missouri DHSS now accepting medical marijuana card applications

The department will only accept the Physician Certification as an uploaded document

Vaccine no match against flu bug that popped up near end

U.S health officials say flu vaccine disappoints once again

Survey provides new insight into mental health of LGBTQ youth community

A new nationwide study is providing new insight into the challenges that LGBTQ youth face every day.

Illinois home health care workers get back pay this week

About 28,000 personal assistants in the agency's home care program were scheduled to receive a 48-cent raise in August 2017.

  Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

Pritzker signed a bill that will legalize adult-use cannabis.

  Missouri denies clinic’s abortion license

Missouri's health department has declined to renew a license to perform abortions for the state's lone clinic, but the St. Louis Planned Parenthood affiliate can continue to perform the procedure for now

Iron Mom Half-Marathon raises more than $60K for Family Service Society

The 9th annual Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospital Paducah Iron Mom Half-Marathon raised $61,768.23 for Family Service Society.

  Armed Forces training event that officers free medical, dental & eye services available

If you need to see a doctor, there’s a no-cost clinic set up now in three of our Heartland states.

Ky. to expand treatment, recovery services for substance abuse

A new Medicaid waiver will be added beginning July 1 for those battling substance abuse in Kentucky.

  Medical training for Armed Forces and free healthcare services for those in need

It is a one stop shop in three different locations where you to get free medical attention

  Meeting held on medical marijuana buffer zones in Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau is a step closer to setting up a buffer zone for potential medical marijuana dispensaries

  Ill. Gov. Pritzker signs ‘Reproductive Health Act’

The act would make Illinois the most progressive state in the nation for women’s reproductive rights

  Kroger to begin selling CBD products in 17 states including Kentucky, Indiana

The Kroger Co. is joining the growing list of retailers selling CBD products.

Blue-green algae in lakes, rivers could produce toxic chemicals

Activities in lakes and rivers expose residents to blue-green algae.

Murray State Regents approve Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

The center will work with children on language, daily living skills, feeding problems, sleep problems other behaviors.

  Planned Parenthood contracted lab cooperates with investigation on handling of fetal tissue

The department reports finding deficiencies in how the clinic’s lab examined and handled fetal tissue.

Mumps outbreak confirmed at immigration detention center in Va.

ICE says its Health Service Corps and staff with the Farmville Detention Center are working with the Virginia Department of Health to prevent the spread of infection.

Memphis start-up receives FDA clearance for device using honey for wound care

A brother-sister duo secured FDA clearance for a new medical device that uses honey for wound care.

  Red Cross pleading for Type O donors

According to officials there is a critical shortage for the blood type, they said they only have a two-day supply.

Health officials warn of possible Legionnaires’ exposure

Health officials are warning of a potential for Legionnaires' disease exposure at an outpatient cancer center in Springfield

New MO medical marijuana program updates

Missouri DHSS shared updates to the medical marijuana program.

Mild winter bringing ticks out earlier

Norton Children’s Hospital says the Kentucky Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning, is reporting the tick population isn’t necessarily higher, but the mild winter is bringing them out earlier than normal.

Cooling cap keeps cancer patients from losing their hair during chemotherapy

There’s a new cap in town, but it’s not the kind you wear on a night out; it’s actually helping people through tough times.

SIU offering free children dental clinics this summer

The free preventive dental services are through the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Dental Sealant Grant Program.

  First mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Ill.

The first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois is being reported in Dupage County, just West of Chicago.

  First responders use phone feature to help save lives

First responders use "Medical ID" to get important health information from patients.

  Bill awaiting Mo. Gov’s signature could help low income people get hearing aids

Hearing aids could soon be more accessible to Missourians who can’t afford them.

Church to host health and awareness fair for seniors

Multiple organizations and agencies will be attending the event to provide information about health issues and resources available.

  MRSA patient in coma awakes after hearing ‘Heaven’

A decade-long heroin addiction brought her to the brink of death more than a dozen times. But it was MRSA, that brought her to her knees.

  Missouri medical marijuana policy adoption delayed in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

The City of Cape Girardeau is considering a plan that would prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities from being within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare or church.

  Make sure to protect your ears at the Air Show

When looking for ear protection, Essner explained you want to check the noise reduction rating.