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Illinois lawmakers are considering whether midwives -- who aren't nurses -- should be legally permitted to oversee home births.

Democratic Representative Robyn Gabel of Evanston says it's a matter of safety. She's sponsor of a measure that would establish training and other standards.  

Gabel says close to one thousand Illinois women hire midwives to help deliver their babies now.  She wants the practice regulated.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria is  getting $280,000 in grants for research.  The funding will go toward studies on two types of brain cancer commonly found in in children.  The grants will also fund research that looks at how stem cells can treat patients suffering a stroke.  The funding comes from the Illinois Neurological Institute and William E. McElroy Charitable Foundation. 

Residents of Illinois and Indiana can now talk to a doctor 24 hours a day, and seven days a week. This month, the Unity Point Health system began offering "Virtual Care" to anyone with a computer, tablet, or smart phone. 

One of the planners is Doctor Bill Chase, a family physician in Norwalk, Iowa. He says it's designed for people with relatively minor conditions such as colds, allergies, and rashes.

UICOMP looks to add first-year med students

May 21, 2015

The new University of Illinois President stopped in Peoria Thursday to tour the College of Medicine campus.  The visit comes as the campus looks to expand:

Veterinary students go big at Central Illinois park

Apr 30, 2015

More than 120 students will graduate from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in two weeks.  But a dozen of those fourth-year medical students are getting rare hands-on training at Wildlife Prairie Park near Peoria before walking across the stage.  Alex Rusciano observed one health session with a somewhat larger-than-normal patient:

Pharmacists affected by proposed Medicaid cuts

Apr 24, 2015

Illinois residents are getting a better idea of how new state government budget cuts will affect them.  That’s after the governor and lawmakers approved a plan to fix a 1.6 billion dollar budget hole.  

UICOMP gets grant for pancreatic cancer research

Aug 18, 2014

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria is using a two-year grant to boost research on pancreatic cancer. The school received the $50,000 grant from the William E. McElroy Charitable Foundation. This is the third grant the medical school has received from the group. The grant will fund ways to overcome the resistance some pancreatic cancers have to chemotherapy. The research is headed up by professor Christopher Gondi. He’s developed a new substance that can suppress the pancreatic cancer resistance to chemotherapy.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria welcomed 59 new students Friday. The incoming medical students donned white doctor coats that symbolize a student's path to eventually taking care of patients. Dr. Sara Rusch is the Regional Dean for the College of Medicine. She says the ceremony also stresses a need for more doctors in the region and across the nation:

The Illinois House has approved legislation that would allow psychologists to prescribe medicine. Doctors had long opposed sharing that privilege with another profession. But the groups finally found a compromise.

UICOMP students present research projects

Apr 21, 2014

Students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria presented about 25 different research projects Monday. The students had two to three minutes to explain the subject matter and conclusions of the medical research. Doctor Meenakshy Aiyer is the College’s associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She says presenting clinical and educational research helps refine student’s communication skills in an ever-changing environment: