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.

  Make sure to protect your ears at the Air Show

  Bill would give health care to foster kids who move to Missouri

Illinois Dept. of Public Health taking action to combat measles

Ill. lawmaker’s bill protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions passes House

Sen. Blunt welcomes court decision on liver distrobution policy

‘Getting to Zero’ Illinois HIV plan announced

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  Fighting Parkinson’s: Ringside view of patients taking back their lives

Events supporting female veterans coming to Poplar Bluff, MO

Missouri among states suing over generic drug prices

  Milk bank opens in southern Ill.

Federal judge strikes down Kentucky abortion law

  Do activity trackers monitor your heart rate accurately?

  Nursing students pilot new program at Southeast

The school partnered with Mid-America transplant in St. Louis to create an online course about organ and tissue donation.

  Runners carry torch through Cape Girardeau for Show-Me State Games

The Shelter Insurance Torch Run helps generate exposure for the games with various stops around the State of Missouri.

  Recreational cannabis Senate Bill to be introduced to Illinois state house

Illinois Governor J.b. Pritzker and Illinois lawmakers announce to legalizing adult use of cannabis in the state.

  Heartland Regional to stop labor and delivery services May 31

The demand for the services at Heartland Birthing Center had decreased by 36 percent since 2014.

  Low Birth weight Conference held in Miner, MO

  Health assessment shows southern Illinoisans aren’t very healthy

Stop the Bleed training open to the public in southern IL

  Proposed regulation changes could ban tattoos on scarred skin

IDPH: Make sure your child get their measles immunization

  Next steps for hemp in the state of Illinois

Drone delivers organ for transplant

Drone used to deliver organ for transplant.

Heartland agencies participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back event

The next National Prescription Drug Take Back event is Saturday, April 27.

  The Vaccination Divide

Vaccine preventable diseases make a comeback, refueling the debate.

  CBD oil gains popularity in southern Illinois; expert questions its safety

The rise in popularity comes in the wake of last year’s Farm Bill that removed Hemp from a list of controlled substances.

Bike to Work and School Day in Cape Girardeau

Bike to Work & School Day is Friday, May 3 in Cape Girardeau.

Are your smart devices becoming a pain in the neck? (literally)

Your smart devices may be bad for your health! If you spend hours looking down at your smart devices and are experiencing neck pain and upper body pain, you could be suffering from what's called 'tech neck'. WBTV's Christine Sperow explains.

Dessert sales in Tucson this weekend to benefit cancer research

A devastating diagnosis found its way into the Morgan family in September of 2008.

FDA gives final approval for first generic nasal spray to treat opioid overdose

The FDA announced Friday it approved the first generic nasal spray meant to treat opioid overdoses.

  North Scott County Ambulance District is now home to Cardinal Glennon ambulance

The North Scott County Ambulance District is partnering with Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hopsital in St. Louis to help Heartland kids.

New initiative aims to increase access of contraceptive services for women in Missouri

The Missouri Family Health Council (MFHC) has started a new initiative to get quality contraceptive services to women in the state of Missouri.

Arkansas officials warn parents about teens vaping K2, Spice

Law enforcement agencies in Arkansas have issued a warning concerning teenagers and vaping. A synthetic substance is back on the market in a form parents may not be aware of.

VA to hold town hall in Carbondale, IL

The event will be held at SIU Student Recreation Center Alumni Lounge.

  After study showing shortage, why we need school nurses

Right now only 3 of 5 schools in America have a full-time nurse.

  Sneezing this springtime due to seasonal allergies

In the springtime, it starts with pollen being released from the trees, followed by grass later in the season.

  SoutheastHEALTH primary care breaks ground in Jackson

Construction is underway for the new SoutheastHEALTH primary care clinic in Jackson.

  Jackson family has new glimmer of hope with paired kidney program

"The need for a kidney is urgent. It's become a very urgent situation."

Springtime difficult for those with depression

Health officials say some that suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the onset is in the Spring and can worsen into Summer.

  Essential oils: Medicine or myth?

Is there any clinical evidence that one essential oil can ease a migraine or stress?

  Artificial sweetener found in gum, certain peanut butters can be deadly for dogs

Most dog owners have know not to feed their canine chocolate, but did you know that certain types of peanut butter can also poison your dog?

Sign up time for Wonder Trek summer camp at Fitness Plus

Cape Girardeau Fitness Plus is excited to offer Kids Camp again for the summer of 2019.

A man at the right place at the right time saves a life

OneBlood officials said it was on their ’Big Red Bus’ that the mystery was solved.

  Bill requiring insurance companies to cover EpiPen alternatives moves to Illinois House

Senate Bill 2047 would require health insurance companies to offer generic alternatives for insulin auto-injectors.

  Heartland health officials warn of deadly fungal disease in Illinois

State health officials say Illinois has 154 confirmed cases of a rapidly spreading fungus called Candida Auris.

FDA: Patient harm reported due to sudden stoppage of Opioid pain medicine

The agency is asking providers to create a patient-specific plan to gradually taper the dose of the Opioid and ensure ongoing monitoring and support.

  Inside look at MO medical marijuana site

If approved, a group plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation site.

AG’s office urges DNA research participants to call Medicaid fraud hotline

The Kentucky attorney general’s office issued a warning to people who gave a DNA sample cheek swab to a group seen around Louisville in recent weeks.

Missouri bill would bar discrimination for not vaccinating

Missouri lawmakers are considering banning discrimination against unvaccinated children

New MO medical marijuana program updates

Missouri DHSS shared updates to the medical marijuana program.

  Residents concerned about DNA-for-cash transactions in Louisville

People are giving DNA samples to a guy in a white van for $20.

  MO HEALTHNET offers free pain treatments

New pain treatment option

Illinois AG files lawsuit against USDA for weakening nutritional standards for school meals

A lawsuit was filed against the federal government for weakening nutritional standards for school meals.

  Limited recall of Hunt’s Tomato Paste cans due to potential mold

The recall stated after the canning process, it is possible that the product was damaged creating the potential for mold.

  Pritzker signs IL legislation creating new youth parole system

It also creates a comprehensive preparation process for youth in the justice system to ensure they receive information on the parole process, legal guidance and representation, and rehabilitation along the way.

  Region mobile hospital set up for summer medical clinics in Sikeston

This is training for the summer medical clinics, according to Missouri Delta Medical Center.

  Hundreds participate in heart walk in Cape Girardeau

Hundreds took part in fighting heart disease and stroke through the American Heart Association’s annual Cape Girardeau Heart Walk sponsored by Southeast Health.

Doctors say pale is the new tan

In an effort to maintain a sun-kissed look, many teens will start using tanning beds. But just one UV tanning session increases the chance of developing melanoma by 20 percent.

  Pinckneyville, IL hospital to break ground on wellness center

The Wellness Center at Pinckneyville Community Hospital will be approximately 16,000 square feet and will be be built on the southwest side of the hospital campus.

Email show FDA worry with growers after romaine outbreaks

FDA official raised concerns about produce industry after repeated food poisoning outbreaks linked to romaine

Hawaii weighs nation’s first statewide ban on e-cig flavors

Hawaii is considering a new crackdown on nicotine: outlawing flavored electronic cigarette liquids and flavored tobacco to combat a spike in teenage vaping

Military health professionals to provide medical, vision, dental services in MO, IL, KY

This is part of Operation Trident

  Ribbon cutting to be held for Centerstone Autism Services

It’s the official launch of Centerstone Autism Services: Think! Learn! Explore! (CASTLE)

Chickenpox parties ‘outdated,’ local doctor says

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin made national headlines this week when he told a Bowling Green radio station he intentionally exposed his kids to chickenpox.

20th AIDS walk to be held in Cabondale

The theme of the walk is to start a new “End the Stigma” social media campaign to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in Southern Illinois.

Veterans health care town hall held in Mt. Vernon, IL

Veterans not enrolled in VA health care are also encouraged to attend.

Baby cough syrup recalled due to bacteria contamination

Those at risk for more severe forms of the illness include infants, young children and those with weakened immune systems.

IL governor, state police take steps to strengthen Forensic Services

There are six labs and nearly 500 forensic services personnel completing over 70,000 forensic assignments every year.

  New program for lung cancer screenings in southern Illinois

New options are available to southern Illinois to find out if they have lung cancer

Elementary school food employee diagnosed with Hep A

An investigation found the risk to school patrons "is very low," according to the school.

The truth behind claims wireless headphones cause cancer

Millions of Bluetooth headsets are sold each year, but a new report is sparking discussions on whether these headphones can cause cancer.

Injection used in combination chemotherapy recalled, possible copper salt presence

Some patients with advanced metastatic colorectal cancer may be affected.

‘You have to decide to open your mind to it even before you open your mouth to it.’ Charlotte doctor on re-training your taste buds.

If you're trying to eat healthier - but you just can't stand brussel sprouts or spinach, you can change that. It just takes training your taste buds.

  High blood pressure medicine recalled due to cancer risks

How do you know if your medication is impacted by the latest blood pressure medication recall?

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

43 lots in total have been recalled.

  Illinois Senate approves Tobacco 21, sends bill to governor

Lawmakers in Illinois are taking a step towards raising the age to legally buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Pilot program to provide veterans with free genetic testing

Free genetic testing could come soon for veterans nationwide.

  “Overwhelming” attendance at St. Louis medical marijuana conference

According to a Missouri medical marijuana expert, farmers are excited to produce a new crop in southeast Missouri.

  Poplar Bluff school calls off class due to flu

A wave of flu related illnesses is forcing school officials at Sacred Heart School of Poplar Bluff to call off class Tuesday, March 12 through Friday, March 15.

  Red Cross issues call for blood after shortages due to weather

Platelets, type O negative blood and type AB plasma are three of the most in-demand blood products by hospitals.