Christine Herman

Christine Herman spent nine years studying chemistry before she left the bench to report on issues at the intersection of science and society. She started in radio in 2014 as a journalism graduate student at the University of Illinois and a broadcast intern at Radio Health Journal. Christine has been working at WILL since 2015.

DeVonte Jones began to show signs of schizophrenia as a teenager. His first public episode was nine years ago at a ballgame at Wavering Park, in Quincy, Ill.

"He snapped out and just went around and started kicking people," says Jones' mother, Linda Colon, who now lives in a Chicago suburb.

The police were called. Jones was arrested, charged with aggravated battery and placed in Adams County Jail. Colon says Jones had no recollection of what happened.

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University of Illinois officials announced two big projects for the Urbana campus Wednesday: a new data science center and expansion of the Research Park.

Both projects will get state funding as part of the Illinois Innovation Network, the U of I’s new statewide research enterprise.

U of I Urbana Chancellor Robert Jones said the new data science center, which will be built on the current site of Illini Hall, will be a hub for cross-disciplinary research and workforce development.

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new Illinois law will require hospitals to ensure that sexual assault victims receive timely treatment from someone trained to examine them.

 

Right now in Illinois, fewer than 200 nurses have completed training in how to treat sexual assault victims, and only 20 are certified in pediatrics.

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While President Trump’s trade wars have pitted steelworkers against farmers in Illinois, that doesn’t mean that those affected by recent trade policies aren’t worried about each other.

 

In Trump’s first visit to Illinois since he took office, he spent the afternoon at United States Steel in Granite City, where his trade policies recently brought back more than 500 steelworker jobs.

Stressing out over a seemingly negative or condescending work email can cause ripple effects that extend to relationships in the home, according to new research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Labor and employment relations professor YoungAh Park led the study.

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A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the suicide rate in Illinois increased nearly 23 percent between 1999 and 2016.

 

Across the U.S., suicide rates have risen an average of 30 percent in that same time period.

Shirley Davis is a member and grant writer for the Champaign affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

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A consultant with 30 years of experience in state and federal reforms will oversee efforts in Illinois to expand children’s mental health services, according to a motion approved by a federal judge today.

 

John O'Brien is a Florida-based consultant who will serve as the court-appointed expert to help Illinois ensure Medicaid-eligible children throughout the state have access to mental health services within their communities.

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A new review finds that lower rates of survival for African-American women with breast cancer are linked to segregation, poverty and lack of access to healthcare facilities.  

Thousands of studies on breast cancer have looked at how a person’s race can affect both when they get diagnosed and their chance of survival. But only a few have explored how racial disparities are connected to other factors, like where women live.

Across the country, states desperate to prevent opioid addiction are increasingly looking to medical cannabis as a solution. Lawmakers in several states, including New York, Indiana, Georgia and Tennessee, have taken action to initiate or expand their medical marijuana programs to try and address the opioid crisis.

Illinois is trying to do the same.

DeVonte Jones began to show signs of schizophrenia as a teenager. His first public episode was nine years ago at a ball game at Wavering Park in Quincy, Illinois.

“He snapped out and just went around and started kicking people,” said Jones’ mother Linda Colon, who now lives in Midlothian in the Chicago suburbs.


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Up to 20 percent of women experience perinatal depression, which occurs during pregnancy or after giving birth.

Karen Tabb is a social work professor at the University of Illinois who studies factors that put women at risk of perinatal depression, which is associated with worse outcomes for both mom and baby.

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Behavioral health service providers in Illinois would see a slight rate increase under the budget passed by the General Assembly Thursday.

 

Sara Howe, CEO of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health, said the budget comes with a three percent rate increase for substance use treatment. It also makes permanent a three percent rate increase for mental health services that was implemented last year.

But Howe said the increases are small relative to the costs of providing the care.

Thirty U.S. states have enacted medical cannabis laws, and all but one of them include cancer in the list of conditions allowed. Such laws give cancer patients across the country access to a substance that remains illegal under federal law.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced a lawsuit against the private bus company Suburban Express for alleged human rights violations.

It took several months and a team of half a dozen doctors, nurses and therapists to help Kim Brown taper off the opioid painkillers she’d been on for two years.

Brown had been taking the pills since an injury in 2014. It wasn’t until she met Dr. Dennis McManus, a neurologist who specializes in non-pharmacological approaches to pain management that she learned she had some control over her pain.

“That’s when life changed,” she said.