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Health
11:03 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Health care reform could affect prison numbers

One possible side effect of the new health care law – fewer people behind bars. IPR’s Sean Powers reports.

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Health
10:54 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Proposed changes revealed for Peoria County septic code

The Peoria City/County Health department is considering code changes that regulate on-site wastewater systems.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the move follows months of tweaks to the code:
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Health
4:12 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

IL Healthcare advocates tout new insurance marketplace

Healthcare advocates are celebrating the opening of Illinois' insurance marketplace, where those without coverage will be able to shop for plans under the Affordable Care Act starting Tuesday.  But they're also trying to temper expectations. 

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State News
5:32 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Illinois law bans tanning beds for minors

A new Illinois law bans anyone under 18 from using a tanning bed. Previously, minors had to get their parents' permission to use one.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:30 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Peoria Friendship House hosting health fair

Credit Maryland Pharmaceutical Society

The Peoria Friendship House is hosting a community health event Saturday. Peoria Public Radio’s Orko Manna reports the Community Unity Day and health fair combines two annual Friendship House events:


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Government
4:20 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Medical marijuana now legal in Illinois

Illinois doctors could soon start prescribing marijuana to their patients. IPR’s Tony Arnold reports:


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Education
7:10 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Manual health program includes food, exercise tips

Manual students learn healthy eating tips as part of the Healthy Living Program

High school students at Manual Academy are learning ways to eat better and exercise.  The Healthy Living program is being funded through a grant from the American Cancer Society.  The program includes nutrition information and exercise routines every week.  Tina Schallhorn is a pediatric dietician with Methodist Medical Center.  She says the class teaches people about sugary foods and drinks like soda:

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:38 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Peoria launches a substance abuse prevention effort

A newly coordinated effort in Peoria aims to reduce substance abuse in young people. Nearly 150 people attended the first Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Peoria County meeting. The S.A.P Coalition aims to impact those between 13-to-25 in the county. Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll is leading the effort. She says there were 32 drug related deaths of Peoria County residents last year. She says the process will be gradual. Ingersoll says they are starting with encouraging 100 percent school participation in the next Illinois Youth Survey.

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Health
5:01 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Young girl dies from flu in McLean County

Influenza has killed an eight year old girl in McLean County. This is only the second child death related to flu in the state this season. Kera Simon is a spokeswoman for the McLean County Health Department: 

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