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3 Arrested For Selling Deadly Synthetic Cannabis

Apr 3, 2018
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  The owner of a Chicago convenience store and two employees have been charged with selling synthetic marijuana that has been linked to two deaths.

 

Federal prosecutors have charged 48-year-old Fouad Masoud and 44-year-old Jamil Abdelrahman Jad Allah, both of suburban Justice, and 44-year-old Adil Khan Mohammed of Chicago with conspiring to distribute and sell a controlled substance. Federal prosecutors say U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents made undercover buys of the synthetic cannabinoids at Masoud's West Side Chicago store.

Synthetic Marijuana Kills 2 in Illinois

Apr 2, 2018
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The state health department reports 2 people have died linked to synthetic marijuana use. One is a 22-year-old Peoria man and the other is in Chicago. State and local Public Health officials are not revealing the identities of the victims.

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Peoria Health Department are issuing warnings about synthetic cannabinoids after multiple people who've used them suffered severe bleeding.

Records show that a top aide at the Illinois Department of Public Health took a leave of absence to work on political campaigns in the fall of 2016 while the agency faced the baffling return of deadly Legionnaires' disease at a state-run veterans home.

The Illinois House is taking up a measure that requires veterans’ home officials to promptly inform families about Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks. It’s a response to the ongoing health crisis at the Quincy Veterans’ Home.

Sue Scherer joined a chorus of lawmakers who have condemned the Rauner administration's handling of that outbreak, which left 13 veterans dead and sickened nearly 60 others over the past three years

The Decatur Democrat says concerns about her own nursing home-bound mother echo the concerns of those families in Quincy. 

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At least two Illinois lawmakers have called for the director of the state’s public health department to step down. This following the deaths of 13 residents from Legionnaire’s disease at a veterans’ home in Quincy since 2015. But Dr. Nirav Shah says he thinks he still has the public’s trust - and intends to continue in his role.

Dr. Shah says his agency’s role during an outbreak is to figure out who’s at risk, identify the source, and make recommendations to facilities on how to keep people safe.

Recent figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health show that more women appear to be traveling from out of state to have an abortion despite the total number of terminated pregnancies decreasing statewide.

State officials say preliminary test results show legionella bacteria have been found in the Illinois State Capitol complex.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is requiring state lawmakers to jump through a public-records law hoop before turning over emails about a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
 
Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah told a joint House-Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Wednesday that Sen. Tom Cullerton's request for communication surrounding the crisis that has led to the deaths of 13 residents and sickened dozens more is subject to the Freedom of Information Act .
 

Illinois public health officials are reporting a second case of measles in a person who was at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
 
The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday said this case is unrelated to a case reported last week at the airport. The department says there isn't a measles outbreak at O'Hare.
 

U of I Lends Helping Hand in Opioid Epidemic

Nov 7, 2017

Opioid addiction is a growing problem in Illinois. And people have the chance to learn more during a free webinar on Thursday.

Illinois Sets Out to Stop Opioid Abuse

Oct 12, 2017

The governor’s new Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force made a stop in Urbana Thursday, to hear ways to curtail drug abuse in the state. 

Illinois public health officials say a Kankakee County resident is the first Illinoisan to die from West Nile virus this year in the state.

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As parents vaccinate their children at the start of school, public health officials in Illinois say adults should also check to see if they need booster shots.

Illinois Public Health Department Director, Dr. Nirav Shah, says vaccines don’t last forever.

SHAH: “A lot of vaccines aren’t regularly administered until folks are older, so this is a perfect opportunity to speak to your doctor and check in to make sure your own vaccines are up to date.”

Illinois public health officials say the state has confirmed its first human case of West Nile virus this year.

Illinois residents are being warned to beware of rabid animals after more than two dozen rabid bats have been reported in the state this year.

Illinois Department of Public Health data show opioids contributed to nearly 1,200 overdose deaths in the state in 2016. There were about 3 million Schedule II opioid patients in Illinois annually from 2008 through 2016.

The nursing home industry is fighting legislation that would require them to have higher staffing levels — and greater penalties if they don’t meet them.

Illinois’ long-term care ombudsman tracks complaints and looks out for residents of nursing homes. But the ombudsman has her own complaint. She says state agencies that regulate nursing homes are ignoring her.

New legislation would deal with two problems she keeps hearing about: low staffing levels, and discharging residents to hospitals. That second practice, known as “dumping,” also blocks patients from coming back.

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Medical marijuana sales reached more than $4.4 million-dollars in November at licensed dispensaries throughout Illinois, marking another month of steady growth for the year-old industry.  The state released new sales figures for November along with a new tally for how many patients qualify to buy marijuana legally. 

New data show that the percentage of Illinois youth diagnosed with concussions grew by 83% between 2010 and 2015.  Diagnosed concussions among Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois members between the ages of 10 and 19 increased from a rate of 7.6 per 1,000 members in 2010 to 14 per 1,000 members in 2015.

A Decatur woman's ambition to become a nurse has led to new legislation allowing some convicted felons to petition the state for a health care worker license.  Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a measure into law that has personal meaning for 43-year-old Lisa Creason.

The Illinois Department of Public Health recently reported the state is aware of 47 cases of Zika virus, including at least three pregnant women. Meanwhile, officials in Florida are trying to contain the first known mosquito-borne outbreak of the disease in the continental U.S.

In an attempt to sort through the facts and fears about Zika, we spoke to Dr. Janak Koirala, division chief of infectious disease and a travel medicine specialist at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.

The Centers for Disease Control says the Zika virus poses a low risk to the donated blood supply in the country. But one northern Illinois blood bank says the virus is still affecting the overall supply in the area.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state's doing everything possible to reduce the risk of further contamination by legionella bacteria at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Rauner visited the home Wednesday, a day after state officials reported two residents have new cases of Legionnaires' disease.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Nirva Shah said at a news conference that both affected residents have been treated and released from a hospital.

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CARBONDALE - Southern Illinois residents continue to lack easy access to hospitals with trauma centers that offer specialized care for severe injuries.

A judge has ordered Illinois health officials to reconsider their decision not to include migraine headaches on the list of conditions that qualify for use of medical marijuana in the state.
 
A Cook County judge overturned Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah's denial of a petition to add migraines to the list.

The court ruling was in response to a suit filed by an unidentified man who has already been using marijuana to treat his headaches. Attorney Robert Bauerschmidt says the middle-aged man has suffered severe migraines since adolescence.

Hot Hot Hot ... Child Car Safety Reminder

Jun 10, 2016

The East Peoria Fire Department is participating in the Safe Kids Worldwide campaign reminding people to never leave children alone in a hot car and to lock unattended vehicles. 

Wisconsin recently had a large increase in the number of deer ticks throughout the state. But what does that mean for Illinois? 

Deer ticks are the ticks that could carry Lyme disease, and the peak time for reported cases of the disease is usually in June and July. The University of Wisconsin Arboretum saw the number of immature deer ticks increase by more than 1,000 percent from 2014 to 2015, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

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Two Peoria Nursing Homes have been cited by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

In January, Sharon Health Care Elms on North Rochelle is cited for failure to follow fall procedure policy resulting in significant patient injuries. The home is being assessed a $25,000 fine.

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A death in Illinois has been linked to the same strain of bacteria that has caused an unprecedented outbreak of infection in Wisconsin and one case in Michigan.  The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that an Illinois resident died after contracting an infection from the bacterium Elizabethkingia.

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