• 29th Mar, 2019

    Scientists Plan on Additional Study as Analysis Shows Inconsistencies in
    Cancer Findings
    CHICAGO – In an initial study to determine if there are increased cancer cases in the area surrounding the Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) found that some cancers were elevated. The study also found differences and inconsistencies between genders, across the study areas, and among types of cancer. This study was the first of its kind in the country, and scientists recommend further research in Illinois and at the national level to determine the risks associated with ethylene oxide
    “Our top priority at IDPH is protecting the health and safety of all Illinoisans, which is why we moved swiftly to release the results of this initial study,” said IDPH Director...

  • 13th Mar, 2019

    Bacterial infections lead to investigation and warning
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is warning patients and health care providers about the risk of procedures involving unproven and non-Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved stem cell therapies.
    “While all medical treatments have benefits and risks, non-FDA approved stem cell therapies have the potential to expose patients to risks without a clear benefit,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi O. Ezike.  “If you are considering any stem cell treatment, first find out if the stem cell therapy is approved, and be sure to get all the facts.”
    After an investigation of several bacterial infections in patients following the use of stem cell products from the ReGen Series® (...

  • 7th Mar, 2019
    March 10-16, 2019 designated as a week to recognize more than 2,400 volunteers

    SPRINGFIELD – Governor JB Pritzker has proclaimed March 10-16, 2019 AmeriCorps Week in Illinois. Each year, the nation celebrates the service that tens of thousands of Americans perform through AmeriCorps. The Serve Illinois Commission uses this week to salute AmeriCorps Members and alums for their hard work and thank community partners that support them.
    “When Illinois communities need help, AmeriCorps Members step up,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland. “Illinoisans from all walks of life come together in the spirit of service, and we owe each of them a great debt.”
    AmeriCorps provides opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. From...