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.

  Missouri denies clinic’s abortion license

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

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

Ky. to expand treatment, recovery services for substance abuse

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

  Meeting held on medical marijuana buffer zones in Cape Girardeau

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  Ill. Gov. Pritzker signs ‘Reproductive Health Act’

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

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

Murray State Regents approve Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

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

Mumps outbreak confirmed at immigration detention center in Va.

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

Cooling cap keeps cancer patients from losing their hair during chemotherapy

SIU offering free children dental clinics this summer

  First mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Ill.

  First responders use phone feature to help save lives

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

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.

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

A bill that has passed both the state House and the state Senate would give Medicaid coverage to young adults in the foster care system who move to Missouri.

Illinois Dept. of Public Health taking action to combat measles

Illinois has had seven reported cases of measles in 2019.

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

The Bill is HR 1010. It would overturn an Administration rule that expands short-term, limited-duration insurance, commonly known as “junk plans.”

Sen. Blunt welcomes court decision on liver distrobution policy

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) welcomed a Georgia District Court injunction that prevents changes in the national liver distribution policy prior to an appellate court ruling on the case.

‘Getting to Zero’ Illinois HIV plan announced

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and others have announced a five-year plan “Getting to Zero” to combat the HIV epidemic in the state.

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

Close to 20 men come to this boxing gym three times a week.

Events supporting female veterans coming to Poplar Bluff, MO

Women account for 30 percent of the increase in veterans who served between 2014 and 2018.

Missouri among states suing over generic drug prices

Missouri is among more than 40 states joining a lawsuit alleging that drug manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate prices for more than 100 different generic drugs, including treatments for diabetes, cancer and other conditions

  Milk bank opens in southern Ill.

The milk donated is given to NICUs and Special Care Nurseries around Illinois and Wisconsin for babies that may be to young to be on formula.

Federal judge strikes down Kentucky abortion law

A federal judge has struck down a Kentucky abortion law aimed at banning a common second-trimester procedure to end pregnancies.

  Do activity trackers monitor your heart rate accurately?

A local cardiologist thinks activity trackers are beneficial for your health.

  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

The 21st Annual Low Birth Weight Conference was held in Miner, Missouri on Friday.

  Health assessment shows southern Illinoisans aren’t very healthy

SIH spent the last three years looking at southern Illinois' biggest health problems. The results aren't very good stacked against the rest of the country.

Stop the Bleed training open to the public in southern IL

This training day aims at teaching people how to stop or slow blood loss from a wounded accident victim.

  Proposed regulation changes could ban tattoos on scarred skin

It is the first time in 15 years that updates have been made to Kentucky’s body art regulations.

IDPH: Make sure your child get their measles immunization

April 27-May 4, 2019 is National Infant Immunization Week.

  Next steps for hemp in the state of Illinois

The announcement for applications will come soon.

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

  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.