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Suicide prevention: Acknowledging the growing problem

Suicide Prevention Week may have been September 10th through the 16th, but as Will County Health Department Behavioral Health Director Dr. Joseph Troiani emphasizes, this prevention must be practiced every single day.

Dental clinic hosting free dentistry day Sept. 22

Residents in Mokena and Will County will have the opportunity to receive free dental services at Mokena Crossings Family Dental on Friday, September 22.

State action plan addresses opioid crisis

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, several state agency officials, stakeholders, and advocates recently helped release the State of Illinois Opioid Action Plan. A coalition of state agencies has developed a strategic framework that outlines what Illinois needs to do to address ...

NBA player excites audience at parent, youth forum on prevention

Provide a venue where people can sit in on a panel featuring current and former athletes, conduct raffle drawings, offer a plethora of tips and words of encouragement, and have the fortune of holding the program right after school ends ...

Troy Township to present Medicare 101 for seniors

he township will host a presentation by AARP Illinois called "Medicare 101: Your Questions Answered" on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Event to raise awareness, funds for prostate cancer

The SEA Blue Chicago Prostate Cancer Walk & Run will take place this Sunday, September 10 starting at 8 a.m. in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.

Dear EarthTalk: Since when did Michael Bloomberg become a great environmentalist?

Michael Bloomberg was primarily known as a financier and media tycoon long before he became one of the most beloved mayors in New York City history. But what most people still don’t know about Bloomberg is that he is fast ...

Dear EarthTalk: How does Canada’s newly released “Food Guide” differ from the food recommendations offered up by the U.S. government?

These days, many countries around the world produce food guidelines periodically to help improve nutrition and encourage healthy lifestyles among their populaces. The most recent update for Americans came in 2013 when the Obama administration released its MyPlate guidelines suggesting ...

NAMI hosting Aug. support meetings

NAMI of Will and Grundy Counties offers support groups for families living with mental illness.

Ask Dr. Kevin: Understanding Sickle Cell Disease

In this article, Dr. Kevin answers common questions about sickle cell disease and its impact on the community and provides tips for living with and supporting someone with the disease. What is sickle cell disease? Sickle cell disease (SCD) is ...

Dear EarthTalk: How are environmentalists using Instagram to further their causes?

Instagram, the photo-based social network which Facebook bought in 2012 for a cool $1 billion, continues to rack up new users, doubling its base to 700 million monthly active users over the last two years. Environmental groups, activists and photographers ...

Mosquitoes in Will County test positive for West Nile virus

Four recent samples collected in June and July tested positive for the virus which is spread from infected birds and mosquitoes.

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 ...