health care


The Iowa Democratic Party is ramping up its efforts to defeat Republican US Senator Joni Ernst in November. This week, it began a statewide tour focusing on health care, and what it calls her "disastrous record." 

Area hospitals are limiting the number of visits to patients in an attempt to quell the number of flu cases.
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Don't visit local hospitals if you have symptoms of the flu.

Brady Johnson reports UnityPoint Trinity and Genesis health systems have implemented temporary restrictions on visitors because of an increase in cases of the flu.

Lisa Caffery, R.N. and Infection Prevention Manager at Genesis, says visitors should not come to the hospitals if they're suffering from any these symptoms; breathing problems, sore throat, chills, headache, stuffy or runny nose, cough, fever, or body aches.

Caffery has seen a lot of influenza lately, especially in younger children such as babies and toddlers.

OSF HealthCare hospitals, doctor's offices, and home care services will soon no longer accept Medicaid and Medicare patients enrolled in a Meridian-managed plan.

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A local hospital is inviting people to learn how to prevent someone from bleeding to death. Tomorrow, Genesis and MEDIC EMS will host classes called, "Stop the Bleed" in Davenport. / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Rock Island County Health Department has added an STD clinic for women. 

Christopher Peters

It could be a re-match next year in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District. Christopher Peters, a surgeon and a republican from Coralville is preparing to challenge democratic incumbent Dave Loebsack from Iowa City.

Hygienist, Linda Rowe, brushes a patient's teeth.
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Many elderly and disabled people who live in nursing homes need a lot more help taking care of their teeth.

In an Emergency Department room, health care workers demostrate how Tele-Stroke works as reporters observe.
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You've heard the expression, "Don't have a stroke." But if you do, a local hospital has started using a new tool that may help stop more brain damage. This week, Unity Point Trinity announced it's now using a Tele-stroke system. It allows specialists from Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago to evaluate patients without seeing them in person. / Quad City Health Initiative, Professional Research Consultants, PC

We have cleaner teeth and more of us have quit smoking, but we still need more exercise and better access to health care. Those are a few highlights from the Quad City Health Initiative's 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment. A consultant surveyed 900 residents and met with local professionals as part of the study.

Illinois is reporting widespread flu activity earlier than most years.  Widespread means the flu is showing up statewide.  Illinois tracks people hospitalized for the flu. That number is above 200 with nearly half the cases in the week that ended December 13th.