The Gibson Center awarded highest level accreditation

Gibson Recovery Center is a not-for-profit organization with offices throughout Southeast Missouri. It has been providing behavioral health services in the area since 1979.

SSM Health in Southern Ill. received top honors for high-quality patient care

Flu claims 10 more lives in Arkansas

  Gov. Parson to attend roundtable on health care, addiction in Cape Girardeau

High school football players fitted for new, safer helmets

Mercy Health to accept Future Physicians Program applications

Volunteers needed for equine therapy services in Ill.

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  Carbondale clinic uses device to take away addiction withdrawal symptoms

Study suggests use of hair dyes can increase risk of developing breast cancer

Southeast Missouri State University reminds community of flu prevention

Illinois first state to do in-state testing for 2019 novel coronavirus

  Illnesses surging in southeast Missouri

Illinois Department of Public Health and poison control center launch Illinois Coronavirus Hotline

  Heartland schools keeping sickness out of building

Schools staying clean to beat sickness.

Sick students cause some schools to cancel classes

Whether it is the flu, strep throat or a cold, illness has some Heartland students feeling under-the-weather this time of year.

Marion Ill. organization to host Problem and Compulsive Gambling Symposium

The event is open is free and open to the public.

Saint Francis and United continue to work in ‘good faith negotiations’

A Saint Francis spokesperson said United will have three weeks to respond.

Scammers may use coronavirus to hook victims

  How does marijuana impact you when behind the wheel?

2nd Illinois novel coronavirus case identified

Mo. and Ill. join other states to reach settlement with health records company

  UnitedHealthcare released a statement regarding negotiations with the Saint Francis Health Care system

Novel coronavirus case detected in Chicago, Ill.

  Licenses issued for some southeast Mo. medical marijuana dispensaries

See the full list of approved and denied dispensaries.

  Marijuana shortages in southern Illinois result in protection for medicinal patients

Thrive Dispensary adjust their hours of operation.

  Coronavirus shouldn’t affect travelers out of Cape Girardeau Regional Airport

Flyers out of Cape Girardeau don’t need to worry.

Well Child health exam leads to life-saving heart surgery for 8-year-old boy

A little boy with a big heart has an eye on the future thanks to one organization providing in-school exams.

Ky. Dept. for Public Health reports first vaping-related death

Dr. Angela Dearinger, DPH commissioner, said the death was a man in his late 20s.

2 reports of Hep. A in southern Illinois

Of the cases nationwide, they have resulted in more than 300 deaths across 30 states.

  New FDA nutrition labels hit the stores

New FDA nutrition labels

What you need to know about the new nutrition label from the FDA

The FDA has updated the Nutrition Facts label to help make understanding it easier.

Company issues voluntary recall of Levetiracetam Oral Solution 100mg/mL

Levetiracetam is used to treat several types of seizures.

Bill to raise tobacco purchase age to 21 now goes to Pres. Trump for signature

The products include e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

Mo. Dept. of Health and Senior Services issues 10 certifications for medical marijuana testing facilities.

It was decided earlier in 2019 that 10 facilities would be licensed throughout Missouri.

4 flu-related deaths reported in Kentucky, including 1 NKY child

There are also 1,622 total confirmed cases of the flu in Kentucky since Aug. 4., commonwealth health officials say.

  How to know the difference between just having a cold and the flu

Do you know the difference between just having a cold versus the flu? The time to find out should come before you get sick.

  Pink Up: Southern Illinois man beats brain and lung cancer

“And she said you also have the most deadly aggressive cancer you can have. She said you’re dead and you’re never going to go home again," explained Jim Moore. These shocking words from one hospital led to doors opening at another.

Second bed bug found at Jonesboro Elementary School

For a second time in less than a week, a single bed bug was discovered at the school.

  U.S. Supreme Court denies Ky. abortion clinic’s petition in ultrasound informed consent law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Governor Matt Bevin on Monday, December 9, denying a Louisville abortion clinic's petition of certiorari in the House Bill 2 ultrasound case.

Design phase of new Cape Girardeau VA center underway

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new VA health care center will take place in the spring.

Outpatient office opening in Carterville, Ill.

This is all to celebrate the opening of the Carterville outpatient office.

Hepatitis A outbreak in Northeast Arkansas grows to more than 400 cases

More than 400 people have come down with Hepatitis A in the state since February 2018.

  Health officials stress importance of flu shots

The flu season is in full swing and the Heartland is seeing their fair share of reported influenza cases.

  Troopers help deliver heart for organ transplant

Two Illinois State Troopers played an important role in a successful organ transplant.

  Tips to stay healthy while traveling this Thanksgiving

Tis the season of holiday travel, family and food; and experts say it's an important time to think about germs.

Mo. launches new online reporting system for adult abuse, neglect

The new system will also allow for secure electronic submissions from the public and it is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

5th vaping-related lung injury death reported in Ill.

Vaping-related lung injury cases have been reported in 32 cases statewide.

  Blackberries from Fresh Thyme grocery stores linked to Hepatitis A outbreak

Nebraska, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania are affected.

N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

The man didn't even get the rabies vaccination that day, but if he did, the bill shows it would have been an extra $13,048 charged.

  Gov. Parson launches youth vaping awareness campaign

Gov. Parson has launched "Clear the Air" public awareness campaign to deter the use of vaping devices among Missouri's youth.

Red Cross offers gift card for blood donation

Those who come out to give Nov. 18 through Dec. 18 will receive a $5 Gift Card

Second Missouri vaping death reported

Missouri health officials say a woman’s death is the second in the state associated with the use of vaping products

  Fourth Illinois resident dies after vaping related lung injury

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the fourth death of an Illinois resident who had recently been hospitalized with a lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping product.

Mercy Health - Murray Cardiology to open Nov, 25

Mercy Health and Primary Care Medical Center have announced the opening of Mercy Health – Murray Cardiology.

2 Heartland states make Wallethub’s top ten ‘Fattest States in America’

According to WalletHub's report, obesity is rising in the United States due to physical inactivity.

  SIH Memorial Hospital goes live as level II trauma center

The ‘trauma desert’ is Southern Illinois effectively ended at 7 a.m. Monday Nov. 4, when the SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale went live as a Level II trauma center.

Vaping, e-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says

The study found teens who experiment with vaping are more likely to try cigarettes but vaping first does not increase their odds of becoming smokers.

  3rd death reported in Illinois after vaping-related illness

IDPH continues to work with local health departments to investigate another 42 possible cases in Illinois.

Anxiety, panic disorder medication recalled over potential foreign substance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public about a recall of one lot of Alprazolam Tablets. The medication is being recalled due to the potential presence of a foreign substance.

Study says less than half of children get enough sleep during the week

The time change going out of Daylight Saving Time always throws people off, and for kids, it can be challenging getting them to bed and waking up on time.

  Perry Co., Mo. School Dist. 32 taking precautions after student diagnosed with meningitis

At this time, the school district said they do not know if it is bacterial or viral meningitis.

3 rural Heartland hospitals to receive federal technical assistance

Marshall Browning Hospital, Sparta Community Hospital and Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital were selected to participate in the federal program for rural hospitals.

Vaping-related death reported in west Tenn.

Tennessee Department of Health says a person in West Tennessee died from a vaping-related illness.

Humid, windy days are worse for pain, study says

The new study says humid and windy days are worse for pain.

Ill. Dept. of Health: 2nd resident dies after vaping-related lung injury

IDPH is working with area health departments to investigate another 41 possible cases.

  How to prevent carbon monoxide leaks at home

Make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors installed before winter hits.

Kentucky AG announces 2 drug-related settlements

Kentucky's attorney general has announced two separate settlements totaling nearly $40 million that involve a drug company and a drug distributor

Centerstone to add gambling addiction treatment service

Before this grant, there were no gambling treatment providers in Centerstone’s service area in Southern Illinois.

  Human milk depot opens in Jefferson County, Illinois

There is also a milk bank in Carbondale and several other in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky

Drug-Take Back Day to include e-cigarettes

This year, Evape cigarettes and pens will be accepted along with unwanted medications at two locations in Carbondale, Ill.

$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.

Patients with chronic pain protest lack of access to painkillers

The “Don’t Punish Pain Rally” saw several patients who suffer from severe pain spread awareness for people left behind during the opioid crisis.

St. Jude scientists work to improve flu shot

St. Jude scientists are partnering with the University of Georgia to improve the flu shot and how it works.

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

The Kentucky Department for Public Health says more than a third of students haven't received the mandated Hepatitis A vaccination

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

A Florida seafood company expanded a recall for some of its tuna products because of the risk of scombroid fish poisoning.

Flu shot clinics available in southeast Mo.

Medicare and Medicaid will be accepted.

St. Jude leading charge to improve flu vaccine

Scientist with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital along with the University of Georgia will help lead a national push to improve the flu vaccine!

Distracted driving simulator coming to several southeast Mo high schools

The ARDDES experience uses live teaching, video and peer interaction with the driving simulator.

Missouri leaders to raise awareness about vaping risks

Missouri officials are developing a public safety campaign aimed at making young people aware of the risks of vaping

Number of vaping-related illnesses on the rise in Tennessee

Experts say most patients reported vaping THC--the “high” producing ingredient in marijuana.

Western Kentucky University going tobacco-free next year

Western Kentucky University says it will begin the new year tobacco- and smoke-free