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Black woman develops alternative to breast cancer treatment

Breast cancer is something far too many families have a personal connection with. Many women know a mother, aunt, sister, cousin or friend who has suffered from this disease. Many of who have suffered even during the therapy. But a ...

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways companies are using plastic waste from the ocean in their products to take a stand for the environment?

A recent study published in the journal Science estimates that there are some 86 million metric tons of plastic in the world’s oceans today—and that every year we add another eight million more. The pieces of plastic we discard break ...

Dear EarthTalk: Does Volvo’s embrace of electric cars signal the beginning of the end of the gas-powered internal combustion engine?

Volvo has announced that it will only sell hybrid and electric cars beginning in 2019, signaling a shift in the auto industry as a whole toward more fuel-efficient cars that can help reduce drivers’ carbon footprints and fuel costs. “In ...

Senior Health Fair in Plainfield

Plainfield - State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) will host his third annual Senior Health Fair from 9:00 AM - Noon on Wednesday, July 19 at St. Mary Immaculate Parish's Cana Hall, located at 15629 South Route 59 in Plainfield. The ...

Will County grant to fund opiate overdose prevention

thetimesweekly.com Joliet – For the second year, Will County was awarded the Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose Related Deaths grant by the Illinois Department of Human Services and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to further its efforts ...

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways people are using games to help reduce their carbon footprints?

Environmental advocates and organizations are increasingly employing gamification—defined by Merriam-Webster as “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something...so as to encourage participation”—to get people to learn about environmental problems and take action to reduce their carbon footprints ...

Department of Health warns of rabid bats

More than a dozen rabid bats found in Illinois so far this year.

Men and Health: How to be more proactive not reactive about your health?

The timesweekly.com Dr. Jennifer Byrd, Chief Medical Officer at the Will County Health Department Community Health Center, says the answer is a definite “Yes.” Men continue to be hesitant to go to the doctor. During this Men’s Health Month, Dr. ...

Are there any good organic beers, wines or liquors out there?

Perhaps no other industry has responded to the greening of consumer preferences quite like beverage producers. From wine to beer to spirits, greener choices made from local and organic ingredients and packaged in lighter-weight containers abound. Indeed, getting a buzz ...

Trinity Services benefit

Romeoville - Trinity Services, Inc. will benefit from talented local artists this summer through a charity art show at the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. “Fine Arts for Finer Lives” Exhibition ...

Black AIDS Institute National and Digital campaign

Black AIDS Institute (BAI), the U.S.'s only national think tank focused on HIV impact in Black communities, has announced "30 Days Of HIV" a national, digital, community campaign to raise awareness, educate and mobilize Black communities around the ongoing HIV/AIDS ...

Dear EarthTalk: What can we do to solve the e-waste problem caused by so many of us tossing our cell phones out and getting new ones every two years?

As more and more of the world develops—and smartphones become ubiquitous—electronic waste (AKA “e-waste”) is a bigger problem than ever. Around the world, people generate some 50 million tons of e-waste every year, much of which ends up improperly disposed ...

Residents warned of dangers of fentanyl-laced Heroin New chemical additive yields deadly consequences

Heroin and fentanyl overdose deaths are increasing in Will County, according to recent autopsy reports from Coroner Pat O’Neil’s office. Fentanyl is a manufactured opioid more than 50 times stronger than heroin. “In the last three months, almost all of ...

Dear EarthTalk: How are farms and farmers dealing with climate change?

Agriculture may well be one of the industries hardest hit by the effects of global warming. The non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental advocacy group, reports that warming-related drought and flooding is already behind tens of billions ...

Dear EarthTalk: I heard that the Pope urged President Trump to keep the U.S. in the Paris climate accord. Since when has the Catholic church been involved in environmental politics?

Concern for the health and well-being of the planet has always been part of the biblical tradition. “Sacred Scripture calls believers to care for God’s creation and all of God’s children,” reports the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), an ...

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