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Community health care providers are partnering to integrate primary health care with mental health care for the city's children and teens. We hear from health care providers about the mental health needs of children in the community and how a new model works.

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At 30, Monifa Thomas was a health and medicine reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times. Not long after she passed a complete physical, Monifa had a stroke and was paralyzed on her right side and had great difficulty speaking. We have the story of her recovery, return to her medical beat. 

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State legislation allowing psychologists to prescribe medication drugs was approved in a House committee vote last week and now moves on to the full House for further debate. Tonight, we take a look at the controversial bill and debate the pros, cons. Learn more and read the full bill.

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The first official case of the deadly infection Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) surfaces in the U.S. Last week, a patient was diagnosed at Community Hospital in Munster, Ind. Elizabeth Brackett will have an update and explain more about the dangerous virus. 

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The waiting list of patients seeking an organ transplant has reached almost 125,000 people, but the amount of willing donors is far behind that number. We discuss the past, present and future of organ transplantation. Read the personal story of a nurse-turned-organ donor.

Getting Illinois Covered

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We share what you had to say about our conversation with Illinois Deputy Governor Cristal Thomas and director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, about the number of state residents enrolled and the final month of the Affordable Care Act when we read some of our viewer feedback.

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Is too much sitting linked to disabilities later in life? We chat with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine professor Dorothy Dunlop, who is researching the issue. Read the full study.

Chiropractic Neck Manipulations

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Can chiropractic neck manipulations lead to strokes? We have some of your thoughts in tonight's Viewer Feedback.

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Finances, relationships, employment or the lack thereof, can all bring stress to your life. But what is stress really doing to your body? Dr. Charles Hebert of Rush Medical Center, and Joanna Hakimi, a therapist with Symmetry Counseling, discuss the effects stress has on your body, and ways to manage your stress. Read about signs and symptoms of stress, along with prevention techniques.

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We check the pulse on the first day of the health insurance exchange open enrollment.

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According to new data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four cardiovascular deaths – that is, 200,000 of 800,000 – are completely preventable. What more can be done to save these lives? We gather some leading experts for a frank assessment of heart disease in America. View graphs of data on heart disease.

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We share what you had to say about Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and a recent giraffe birth at Brookfield Zoo in tonight's Viewer Feedback.

Preckwinkle on "Spring Into Health!"

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An employee wellness program, a contentious county jail contract and a face-off over county road funding. We talk to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle about these issues and more.

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Dr. Terry Mason

February is American Heart Month, a month to spread awareness about the importance of heart health. Dr. Terry Mason, Chief Medical Officer for Cook County Health & Hospitals System, joins us to discuss heart health and more. Please also join us for a live web chat during and after the segment.

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Sen. Mark Kirk

Sen. Mark Kirk's surgeon had encouraging words today. The senator remains in intensive care, recovering from a stroke. We hear from two doctors about what's next.

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Dr. Terry Mason

Need tips on how to stay healthy in 2012? Dr. Terry Mason, Chief Medical Officer for Cook County Health & Hospitals System, joins us with several health recommendations for Chicagoans. Got any questions for Dr. Mason? Ask them here. Please also join us for a live web chat during and after the segment.