State News
5:16 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Doctors Now Available Online

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.

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6:36 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

UICOMP looks to add first-year med students


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:

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6:58 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Veterinary students go big at Central Illinois park

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:
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State News
3:07 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Pharmacists affected by proposed Medicaid cuts

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.  

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5:01 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

UICOMP gets grant for pancreatic cancer research

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.

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2:50 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Area medical students have ‘white coat’ ceremony

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:

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8:19 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

IL House measure allows psychologists to write prescriptions

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.

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6:21 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

UICOMP students present research projects

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:

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