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Pet Talk—Safely Medicating Spot

When it comes to the health of your pets, medications play an important role in preventing disease, increasing longevity, and making for a healthier, happier pet. Whether it’s antibiotics, pain meds, or flea and tick prevention, there are various things to keep in mind when choosing the right medication for your furry family member.

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Investigation continues for extensively drug-resistant Tuberculosis

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to work with local health departments in northern Illinois and the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify individuals in Illinois who may have recently been exposed to a person diagnosed with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB).

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Cancer clinical trials in multicultural communities

In communities of color, the words "clinical trial" or "research study" sometimes raise concerns that are rooted in memories of infamous studies of the past, such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Because of this history, there is often not a lot of talk about clinical trials in these communities. But it's important that we hold these conversations.

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County Health PrEP clinic one-year mark

CHC Care Clinic's Goal of Preventing the Spread of HIV It was one year ago that the staffs of the Will County Health Department's Community Health Center (CHC) and Family Health Services HIV and STD program came together to offer the PrEP Clinic, once at week at the CHC Care Clinic. PrEP stands for "Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis," with the last word meaning "action taken to prevent disease." Treatment at the PrEP Clinic includes a daily pill, Truvada, to be taken for the purpose of reducing the risk of HIV. The treatment also includes very specific follow-up visits for HIV testing.

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Second rabid bat found in Homer Glen, officials say

The Will County Health Department is exploring the possibility of a bat colony in the area and has recommended the family who found the second bat in their garage seek treatment.

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Health Department urges precautions against mosquito bites

The Will County Health Department is urging area residents to take personal precautions against mosquito bites in the wake of increased local West Nile Virus (WNV) activity reported since August 19.

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Governor visits Quincy Veterans home after Legionnaire’s outbreak

Governor Rauner visited the home in Quincy following the confirmation of a 2nd case of the disease.

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Large study on aggressive Prostate Cancer in AA men begins

Thetimesweekly.com The largest coordinated research effort to study biological and non-biological factors associated with aggressive prostate cancer in African-American men has begun. The $26.5 million study is called RESPOND, or Research on Prostate Cancer in Men of African Ancestry: Defining the Roles of Genetics, Tumor Markers, and Social Stress. It will investigate environmental and genetic factors related to aggressiveness of prostate cancer in African-American men to better understand why they disproportionally experience aggressive disease—that is, disease that grows and spreads quickly—compared with men of other racial and ethnic groups. RESPOND is supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), both parts of the National Institutes of Health, as well as by the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF). The NCI funding will be provided from the 21st Century Cures Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

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Federal initiatives to curb heroin abuse to headline forum

Capt. Jeffrey Coad, a regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be a key speaker at the 2015 HERO Helps Community Forum in Romeoville on April 14.

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Cervical Cancer and prevention

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer, the Will County Health Department and Community Health Center urges area women to take action during January - Cervical Health Awareness Month.

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Will County ties animal rabies record with 13th infected bat

Four people who came in contact with the bat are being given post-exposure rabies treatments, officials said.

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African-Americans are twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia

Alzheimer’s Association 10 warning signs help ensure early detection and diagnosis

As the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, the Alzheimer’s Association is committed to raising awareness of this fatal brain disease and its warning signs in diverse populations during Black History Month and year-round. According to the 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer's disease or another dementia than older whites, but less likely to have a diagnosis.

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Silver Cross holding free program on lower back pain

Aches & Pains: Low Back Pain will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 31 at the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center in New Lenox.

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An important first step for county inmates

The importance of mental health treatment to help prevent crime has been an especially popular topic over the last few years. But just as important as early diagnosis can be to help steer someone clear of violent and criminal tendencies in the first place, there is also the importance of diagnosing inmates properly to help get the rest of their lives on track. Dr. Joseph Troiani, Director of Behavioral Health at the WCHD (Will County Health Department), remembers an important moment in Illinois history that changed things. “At one point the Will County ADF (Adult Detention Facility) had perhaps one psychologist and one psychiatrist both working just eight hours per week. Here in Illinois, the state funded Data Link Project was able to change that about 15 years ago.”

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New legislation to provide state support for mental health crisis

The Illinois Coalition for Better Mental Health Care is teaming with state Rep. Deb Conroy and state Sen. Heather Steans in an announcing their push for mental health funding and reform. Mental health problems are pervasive in Illinois. More than 2.5 million Illinoisans, including an estimated 850,000 young people under age 25, struggle with some form of mental health condition, from mild to severe. And far too many – the majority of Illinoisans with mental health issues – who need treatment are forced to go without. That could start to change, under new legislation being pushed forward at the state Capitol by the Illinois Coalition for Better Mental Health Care.

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Letter: Ohio botulism outbreak underscores need for safety

The 31 confirmed and suspected cases of food-bourne illness stemming from a church potluck could have been even worse had the food not been impounded before being served at a long-term care facility, Will County spokesman Vic Reato said.

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Community Health Center grant for medication option in treating opioid addiction

The Will County Health Department's Community Health Center (CHC) has received a grant of $285,750 from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA). This will expand the CHC's ability to provide treatment for opioid use disorder, with the addition of Suboxone to their medication-assisted treatment options.

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Will County Health Center receives new medication option for opioid addiction

The Will County Health Department's Community Health Center (CHC) has received a grant of $285,750 from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA). This will expand the CHC's ability to provide treatment for opioid use disorder, with the addition of Suboxone to their medication-assisted treatment options. One year ago, the CHC received a $175,000 grant to add Vivitrol (which is used for both opioid and alcohol use disorders) to their medication-assisted treatment options. CHC Chief Executive Officer Mary Maragos says the current presidential administration's commitment to fighting the opioid crisis makes it very hopeful that more help would be coming. "They made this a priority, and the federal department of Health and Human Services made a commitment this year to making $350 million available to community health centers nationwide in order to fight the opioid crisis. It's wonderful that we were included.

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Six more Homer Glen bats confirmed for rabies

The Will County Health Department is seeking the help of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to resolve the problem.

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Criminal defendants get second chance

Joliet - Six participants graduated recently from the Will County Mental Health Court in a public ceremony at the Will County Office Building. The individuals are from the communities of Plainfield, Homer Glen, Romeoville, and Joliet. The program was established in 2010 by Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow and former Chief Judge Gerald Kinney to provide judicial monitoring and treatment services to qualifying criminal defendants. Circuit Judge Fred Harvey and Problem-Solving Court Coordinator Julie McCabe-Sterr of the State's Attorney's Office also participated in the ceremony. The event marked the 21st ceremony for graduates of the Mental Health Court. Including recent participants, 69 individuals have graduated from the program. "Today marks a significant step in the lives of each of these individuals, who have worked extremely hard to complete this program," Glasgow said. "Mental Health Court is a win-win program that protects the public and improves the quality of life for participants. We all benefit when these graduates go on to find employment and contribute in a positive manner to our communities."

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